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Columbus Business First Celebrates Women of Influence

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Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease partner Scott Ziance was featured in a Columbus Business First story discussing whether Indiana’s right-to-work law will give it an advantage in company relocation decisions compared to Ohio. Read the entire piece online (subscription required).

DLZ Ranks 25th for Top Architecture Firms in Central Ohio

Larson Design Group (LDG), Columbus office has made headlines again! LDG made an impressive first appearance on one of Central Ohio’s busiest architectural firm lists: Columbus Business First’s 2021 Columbus Busiest Central Ohio Architectural Firms list, based on gross architectural billings.

Gregory Galieti, AIA, and LEED AP, is the latest addition to DLZ as Director of Architecture. He brings over 30 years of experience designing projects ranging from airport facilities and parking garages through schools and sports complexes, park designs, recreation designs, and park and recreation designs – perfect for creating commercial, industrial, and municipal properties and retail.

Engineering News-Record Midwest recently awarded Olentangy Scioto Interceptor Augmentation and Relief Sewer (OARS) project with a Water/Environmental Award of Merit for this $370 million endeavor, featuring a 20-foot diameter, 23,300-foot long tunnel designed to provide wet weather relief to OSIS sewer, one of Ohio’s largest combined sewer systems.

Road & Bridges magazine recently honored DLZ as one of three design firms: Top Road & Highway Design Firms, Top Bridge Design Firms, and Top Mass-Transit Design Firms. This ranking was determined based on survey responses from more than 10,000 government officials who were asked which design firm they preferred working with.

DLZ is pleased to announce its newly upgraded online application system has been honored as the 2018 Innovative Solutions in Employment Applications award winner by USLBA’s National Small Business Awards program. The system enables DLZ to enhance its recruiting efforts by expanding where job openings are advertised and streamlining the application process for potential employees.

DLZ currently has an immediate need for qualified architects in its Indianapolis office. To learn more about this and other career opportunities at DLZ, click here.

Air Force One Honored with Corporate Citizenship Award

Columbus Business First has honored Air Force One with a Corporate Citizenship Award in the Vanguard category for their community efforts. This honor recognizes local companies’ efforts to innovate alongside nonprofit partners to make an enduring difference within their local areas.

Air Force One was honored to recognize two employees as Airman and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Senior Airman Armand Aranda of 129th Medical Group Rescue Wing was named Airman of the Year while Master Sgt. Sonja Torres from the 146th Operations Support Squadron received this distinction as a Noncommissioned Officer.

Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease Partner Scott Ziance Discusses $100 Million in Tax Credits.

Scott is a partner at Vorys’ Columbus office and oversees one of the country’s premier law firm-based incentive practices for economic development incentives – one of which involves using tax incentives, financing mechanisms, and unique economic development entities to assist developers, operating businesses, and political subdivisions with developing or redeveloping property and creating jobs across the United States.

Columbus Business First recently reported on the Ohio Tax Credit Authority granting several companies $100 million in state tax credits. Scott was instrumental in negotiating program language negotiations as part of Vorys’ tax group.

Vista Site Selection LLC, an ancillary business of his firm that helps companies identify optimal and economically viable real estate sites for their operations, is also under Scott’s purview and serves as co-chair of Columbus NAIOP chapter and on Heritage Ohio’s board of directors. He has published extensively about economic development incentives throughout his career.

Women of Influence Awards Reception

Columbus Business First’s 2023 Women of Influence Awards honored local women whose influence can be felt throughout their businesses and communities. Held on Wednesday, July 12th, at the Westin Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, the ceremony honored 27 remarkable women across seven categories – mentors, rising stars, and influential community voices were recognized with awards this year. Winners were featured on its Women of Influence podcast, with new episodes dedicated to each winner being released as winners through its awards program this year.

The Leader Award honors women who have excelled in corporate leadership roles and enjoy the respect of their teams while leading with confidence and integrity. The Visionary Award celebrates women who own or manage companies vital to Central Ohio’s economy yet still find time and resources to identify needs within their community, industry, or initiatives for other women business owners.

The Game Changer Award recognizes women unafraid to break traditional boundaries and forge their paths. Recipients of this honor possess a passion for innovation and eagerly accept new ideas that advance their profession or community.

Lastly, the Champion of Her Cause Award recognizes a woman who uses her voice and resources to encourage others toward gender parity in their spheres of influence. She serves as an agent of change and champions women’s equality.

Nominees for recognition may be submitted by anyone who knows a woman of significant accomplishment; however, to be considered, they must complete and offer a Nomination Package and have two letters of recommendation on letterhead from individuals not related to either themselves or the nominee. Nomination is open to women from all occupations, ages, and industries, with October 30 as its deadline.

Women of Influence Awards recognize women from all industries, stages, and backgrounds while acknowledging allies who support them. This year’s theme, Embrace Equity, encourages others to identify, understand and modify their behaviors to foster greater gender parity within their spheres of impact.