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TRUMBULL TOURISM RECOGNIZED: The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau recently received recognition for its achievements in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation at the Ohio Conference on Tourism.

The bureau was recognized in four categories, including as a finalist in the video category for its 2021 Video Campaign.

It also achieved a Certificate of Excellence for its 2020-21 “Where’s Wally” organic social media campaign. They also were awarded two RUBYs for the visitor email marketing campaign and their 2020 Trumbull County Visitors Guide, which also won a national award.

Accepting the awards were Kimmer Wolfinger, membership manager, and Beth Kotwis Carmichael, executive director.

The travel association’s RUBY Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s hospitality and tourism industry for advertising, marketing and public relations efforts.

FREE VIRTUAL SERIES FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL FITNESS: Credit Union of Ohio will offer virtual workshops financial guidance for those buying a home, finding affordable health care coverage, estate planning and how to responsibly use credit cards this week

The schedule is: noon Tuesday, first-time homebuyers workshop; 1 p.m. Wednesday, individual health care and insurance coverage; 7 p.m. Wednesday, estate planning; and noon Thursday, how credit cards work.

The workshops are open to Credit Union of Ohio members and the public. However, attendees must register in advance at cuofohio.org.

Credit Union of Ohio serves state employees in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and the communities of Franklin, Fairfield, Cuyahoga, and Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

AKRON CHILDREN’S RANKS AMONG TOP PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS: Akron Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top pediatric medical centers in the world, according to Newsweek’s World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 rankings.

The system ranked 16th. This year was the inaugural ranking of pediatric hospitals on Newsweek’s annual medical specialty survey. There were 150 pediatric hospitals included in the rankings.

Newsweek compiled the rankings to help patients and their families “know which hospitals or state-of-the-art facilities have the most accomplished physicians and diagnosticians and offer the highest level of care,” according to Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief.

Together with Statista, Newsweek invited more than 40,000 medical experts in more than 20 countries to recommend and rank hospitals based on their expertise in a subspecialty.

In addition to the Newsweek ranking, Akron Children’s is ranked as a top hospital for pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery and pediatric urology with US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings for 2021-2022.

CORTLAND BANCORP REMINDS SHAREHOLDERS OF DEADLINES: A vote of shareholders of Cortland Bancorp, the holding company for Cortland Bank, to merge with Farmers National Banc Corp, the hold company of Farmers National Bank, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Squaw Creek Country Club, 761 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Vienna.

Also, there is a 5 p.m. deadline today for Cortland shareholders to elect the form of consideration they wish to receive for their shares of Cortland common stock in connection with the proposed merger.

Shareholders of Cortland with questions regarding the special meeting may contact Advantage Proxy, Cortland’s proxy solicitor, at 1-877-870-8565, or for banks and brokers, at 1-206-870-8565, or by email to ksmith@advantageproxy.com.

ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED: Akron-based Brouse McDowell has announced Timothy M. Reardon, Jay M. Skolnick and Michael A. Gallo Jr. from the firm’s Youngstown office were recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America 2022, while Brian A. Coulter, also in Youngstown, was recognized on the “Ones to Watch” list.

Reardon was recognized for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law; Skolnick for corporate law; Gallo for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, as well as litigation — bankruptcy; and Coulter for commercial litigation.

The 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5 percent of private practicing attorneys in the United States.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOMING: Ohio’s remarkable year of new business filings continued in September, as the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office reported 14,543 new business formations for the month.

Through the first nine months of 2021, 156,600 new businesses have formed in the state, a 21 percent increase over the same period last year.

There were 171,073 new business filings in 2020, beating the previous record of 130,621 set in 2019.

ANDOVER BANK ACHIEVES HIGH RATING: Andover Bank has earned the highest overall rating of outstanding from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for its performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to meet the credit needs of its entire community, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The designation follows a broad evaluation of the bank’s lending, investment and service levels. Community development activities were reviewed from 2017 through February.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, “Andover’s community development performance demonstrates an excellent responsiveness to community development needs of its assessment areas in Ohio through community development loans, qualified donations and community development services.”

People on the Move

FIRM ADDS REALTOR: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate has added Realtor Amanda Wood to its team of real estate professionals.

Wood, who grew up in Mecca, received her Ohio Real Estate License this year. In addition to real estate, she is a property manager with more than six years of experience, managing everything from mobile homes to multifamily properties.

She will work in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

DIRECTOR JOINS BANK BOARD: Middlefield Banc Corp. has announced Jennifer Moeller has been elected to the board of directors of The Middlefield Banking Company effective Dec. 13.

Moeller has served in a variety of roles with experience in strategic planning and marketing for consumer goods, personal financial software, startups and retail banking. She sits on the investment committee for North Coast Ventures and is an active early stage investor.

Previously, she started and ran a floral business, Hensbury Farm, for more than 15 years and also served in leadership roles with MECA Software and The BankMart after beginning her career in packaged goods marketing with Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati. Moeller is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and also earned a master’s certificate from The National School of Banking at Fairfield University.

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