Annual Augusta Chamber of Commerce dinner held Saturday

Local business leaders and business owners attended Saturday night’s Augusta Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, held at The Point Events Center.  
Following a delicious meal, business awards were presented and a State of the City address was given by Augusta Mayor Matt Childers.
Childers shared highlights from 2017 and details on specific city projects.
“I know south Ohio has been miserable.  But we’re not just making it work.  We are doing it right.  And as a reminder, as part of this project, we’ve also added the largest single sidewalks project ever undertaken by our city,” Childers continued, “Substantial completion is expected in April when it will open for two-way traffic.  And we anticipate the landscaping, grass and tree plantings to be completed in July.”
Childers also discussed projects included in the Pride & Progress Sales Tax projects, along with ideas and programs on the horizon.
Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Josh Ogden presented an award to Chamber Executive Director Sarah Hoefgen for her dedication and hard work in the five years that she has been the director.
The following awards were presented:
Overall Business of the Year - Community National Bank of Augusta
Health & Wellness Business of the Year - Susan B. Allen Clinic
Restaurant of the Year- Sugar Shane’s Cafe
New Business of the Year - State Farm Insurance, Kim Snare Agency
Non-Profit of the Year- USD 402 - Bright Futures
Community Leader Award - Eric Grooms.
The audience enjoyed participating in and solving the crime in “Midnight at the Masquerade” mystery theatre.
Dylan Hartnett will serve as president of the Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

For a complete copy of Mayor Childer’s State of the City address, see Saturday, Jan. 27th’s TG edition.