Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chillicothe Campus Dean Donna Burgraff named to Community Improvement Corporation

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff has been named to the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.

The CIC is a non-profit economic development organization that was formed in the 1960s to assist cities and counties with development projects. The local CIC’s main emphasis is on supporting existing employers and attracting new employers to the region. The organization works closely with area civic and business organizations to achieve these objectives.

The CIC includes a 25-member board that is comprised of business and professional leaders in the Ross County area.

The CIC, which was a founding member and partner with the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, is funded primarily through business donations.

“I am honored to serve on this board. The CIC and the Chillicothe Campus share the common focus of working collaboratively with individuals to support this region. It is important to OU-C that we serve as an economic driver for the Ross County area, and this appointment will allow me to work more closely with business and civic leaders to ensure that our efforts are aligned with overall initiatives in the region,” Burgraff said.

CIC board consultant Dona Smith said, “We are pleased to have Dean Burgraff as a member of the CIC board. Higher education is a key piece in economic development, and her insights will be most helpful as we work together to support the economic well-being of this region.”

Burgraff began her duties as OU-C dean in August 2010. Others appointed at the January annual meeting were Terry Dresbach, AEP; Elizabeth Scott, Fluor; and Kevin Winegardner, WRH. Board members are elected annually and can serve for up to eight years.

CIC officers for 2011 are: Steve Houseman, PWE, president; Joe Corbin, Horizon, vice president; Toni Eddi, City of Chillicothe law director, secretary; and Steve Neal, Ross County auditor, treasurer.

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