The City of Oberlin is proud to have been recognized with the following awards:
2010 Economic Development Plus Award winner: Business Attraction
Collaboration of the City of Oberlin, Team Lorain County, City of N. Ridgeville, Lorain County Growth Partnership for the Attraction of GreenField Solar. In 2007, GreenField Solar Corp. housed its big idea to change the solar energy industry in a small leased office space in Lorain County. The startup, which makes solar panels using a patented technology called PhotoVolt for which tiny cells collect sunlight to generate power at a lower cost to consumers, received a capital investment and was considering places to locate a headquarters permanently and expand. After considering Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas, all places with large semi-conductor markets vital to the solar energy industry, GreenField selected Oberlin for its expansion. Additional offices are in North Ridgeville.
2012 Best Intergenerational Community Award
2012 Best Hometown in Northeast Ohio
2013 Team NEO Economic Development Plus Award winner: Business Retention (fewer than 100 employees)
Collaboration of the City of Oberlin, Team Lorain County, BioEnterprise, Lorain County Community College, and Lorain County Growth Partnership for the Retention of Synapse Biomedical. Synapse Biomedical had sought venture capital during the evolution of its NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System, which, in 2003, helped paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. When this Oberlin company again required funding to support its expansion and manufacturing growth, out-of-state investors encouraged the firm to relocate. That's when the winning team of BioEnterprice, the City of Oberlin, Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Lorain County Growth Partnership and Team Lorain County stepped in to keep Synapse in Northeast Ohio. They secured a Job Creation Tax Credit, as well as federal support, and tapped the resources of LCCC for its test labs, recruitment teams and training resources. As a result, Synapse is staying in Oberlin and plans to grow its employee base from 15 to 75 over the next three years, bringing $5.1 million in new payroll to the region.