Miamisburg mayor joins Las Vegas, Philly leaders with international award

Dick Church Jr.
Dick Church Jr.

Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church Jr. received recognition from an international organization.

Church was named Monday night as a recipient of the Leadership in Public Service Award from the International Economic Development Council.

The IEDC award recognizes an elected official who - for more than 10 years - has served as a strong public advocate for economic development.

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Previous recipients include former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell – who was honored during his tenure as mayor of Philadelphia – and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Church, Miamisburg’s longest-serving mayor, was credited for his work with the Department of Energy for working to transform Mound Laboratory when it was decommissioned into Mound Business Park.

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The council also cited Miamisburg’s work with the Austin Center area near Interstate 75 during Church’s tenure.

“The support he was able to build in the region, including a partnership to create new infrastructure improvements adjacent to the interchange, played a huge role in the significant success of the Austin Interchange and its impact on the city,” according to the council.

Since then, Miamisburg has gained almost $55 million in private investment, three North American headquarters facilities and an increase of more than 900 new jobs with over $60 million in annual payroll in the area, according to the IEDC.

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