CRANE, Ind. —
Making the county a place to play is also important to economic development, and to that end the chamber and visitors center is establishing a Historic Geocache Trail — a high-tech scavenger hunt — throughout the county to promote tourism. The trail is being created with a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Arnold welcomed the crowd and talked about the Westgate Tech Park and the Westgate Academy. Arnold also explained how the construction was funded and talked about resources.
“It's just a great facility and great addition to Daviess County,” he said.
The President’s Award was presented to outgoing Chamber President Eric Headley by Alan Goodwin, who congratulated his board on a good year.
“There's a lot of good things Samantha has planned for the chamber,” he said. “I encourage members to get involved.”
Dinner and other award presentations followed, with the 2012 Dillon Tourism Award accepted by Levi Raber for Dinky’s Auction Center. The annual award is named for Lucille Dillon, a champion of county tourism, and presented by Bobbitt.
RTC Communications was recognized as the Business of the Year, with Alan Goodwin, incoming chamber president, making that presentation to RTC head, Deron Steiner. RTC is a member-owned cooperative that focuses on providing the latest technology at the best possible price to its customers.
The Hagel Award is presented annually to a person who’s made a difference to business and industry in the county. This year, Dave Cox was recipient of the award, presented by Bob Barron.
The Art R. Boddy Award, named for a respected engineer and philanthropist, is given to a volunteer who moves the county forward, making it a better place to live. Presented by Rev. George Qualley, this year’s award went to Bob Barron.
Entertainment by Jamie Utley and comedian Mike Armstrong rounded out the evening.