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Dale Hileman Receives 2013 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award

March 2013


WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013—Dale Hileman, executive director of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA), has been chosen by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) to receive the 2013 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award.

The award was dedicated by the DDAA in 2009 in memory of Donald Myers, who was executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and president of the EODA. Known as a dedicated public servant and champion of the people of Appalachia, Myers exemplified the humanitarian spirit the award was created to recognize and honor.

Hileman has been engaged in eastern Ohio development efforts for decades, serving as a board member of the Ohio Development Association and a senior consultant for the Ohio Business Retention and Expansion Program. He has been involved with the EODA, an independent, nonprofit organization that advances the economic development of 16 counties in eastern and southeastern Ohio, since its founding in 1990.

Hileman was cited by the DDAA for his "humble heart, selfless dedication, and tireless efforts" and the many years of leadership and service he has provided to Appalachian Ohio. His numerous community and economic development endeavors have "greatly contributed to the growth and development of eastern and southeastern Ohio and enhanced the quality of life for many of the Region's residents."

The DDAA is a membership organization of the 73 local development districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission's federal-state-local partnership.