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Wapakoneta Recognized as an Ohio "Best Hometown"

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WAPAKONETA — There will be plenty of talk about Wapakoneta during the next year. Rightly so, community leaders said. A statewide publication has picked the city as one of five “best hometowns” in the state.

Civic leaders learned of the award, presented by Ohio Magazine, last week. Plans are being formulated to celebrate the recognition.

“This is a fantastic honor. It’s wonderful they have picked us,” Mayor Rodney Metz said. “It truly shows we are working together. We’re a united community. We have common goals and things are coming together.”

The city — along with Zanesville, Urbana, Worthington, and Medina — will be spotlighted in the magazine’s November edition.

“Your achievement is especially impressive in light of the fact that Ohio is home to many of the best hometowns in America,” wrote Richard Osborne, publisher and editor of Ohio Magazine, in a letter to Metz. “Only one town is chosen from each of the state’s five regions for this very special honor. This award recognizes that Wapakoneta is among the best of the best.”

Greg Myers, director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, said the recognition highlights the work across the community to improve roads, invest in school facilities, and enhance the quality of life.

“It’s an important validation about the quality of life in our community,” Myers said. “We’re always looking at ways as we promote our community for capital investors to prove we’ve got a tremendous work force or high quality of life other than us just saying it. Anytime somebody else confirms what you feel about your community, it’s a good thing.”

by Bob Blake, The Lima News