VAN WERT - In a spirit of celebration and anticipation, the Van Wert County Economic Development Group held its annual awards dinner Thursday night at Willow Bend Country Club. More than 150 people jammed the room to honor three award winners and to hear from the director of the Ohio Department of Development, Christiane Schmenk. The first award winner of the evening was Charles Koch, a local attorney who was given special recognition for his volunteer work putting together land contracts for the more-than 1,500-acre Van Wert Super Site just northeast of Van Wert. “I grew up in the area and my wife and I have made the commitment to leave this community better than when we first came here. Anything we can do to make that happen, I’m just happy to do it,” Koch told the crowd.
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