Salem, OR (Dec. 15, 2021).   The Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) held its annual awards luncheon on Dec. 15.  VanNatta Public Relations (VPR) received the Community Service Award.

Rich Duncan, president of Rich Duncan Construction, presented the honor. He said, “We’ve seen this business step up to help with media, public relations, communication, and event planning, and even website development for the Santiam Rebuild Coalition – they really to it all, and for that, we are grateful to have them in the region.”

Mary Louise VanNatta, CEO of VPR, accepted the recognition. “SEDCOR has been an important organization for our company and our family.”  VanNatta’s father, Fred VanNatta, served as one of the organization’s first presidents and executive directors.  “When a region has economic prosperity, people have jobs. When they have jobs, they can provide for their families, even buy a house, and give stability to their children. That’s what SEDCOR does.”

Award winners included:

▶ Agri-Business of the Year
E.Z. Orchards

▶Business Partner of the Year
Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments

▶Community Service Award
Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, Fellow PRSA

▶Entrepreneur of the Year

▶Innovative Product of the Year
Oregon CBD

▶Manufacturer of the Year
DCI International | DCI Edge

▶Small Business of the Year
Don Froylan Creamery

▶Outstanding Public/Private Partnership
Buildable Custom SoftwareMEDP – McMinnville Economic Development PartnershipOregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP)

▶Community Service Award
Rich Duncan

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