Oneonta Business Association presented its annual awards to businesses and community members who have made a significant impact within the city over the past year. Thirty-six entities were nominated and the top three nominees in each category were asked to provide information about themselves, as well as supporting documentation. The information was then transmitted to judges in the Mobile Bay area and winners were selected for Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Edwards-Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, and VolunTeen Scholarship Award.
This year the OBA also honored two individuals for their professional leadership in the installation of the LED “Light the Town” system that illuminates the rooftop perimeters of downtown and is now expanding to other parts of the city. The project began in 2019 after the city removed the existing system that had been donated by Glenn Glaze 25 years prior. The incandescent and deteriorated system was costly to maintain. OBA did not have a banquet last year due to COVID-19 concerns preventing the timely recognition of the duo in 2020.