updated: 10/28/2010 7:48:17 AM
Former Indiana State Treasurer John Snyder has received the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation's inaugural Arthur R. Boddy Legacy Award his nearly 50 years of leadership and service. Executive Director Ron Arnold noted Snyder helped bring numerous companies to the area and others expand, all on a volunteer basis before there was any formal economic development effort.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
October 27, 2010
WASHINGTON – John K. Snyder, a former Indiana State Treasurer and long-time Daviess County resident, received the first annual Arthur R. Boddy Legacy Award for leadership and service in economic development October 26. The Daviess County Economic Development Corporation and Foundation made the award in honor of nearly 50 years of service to the county, beginning with Snyder’s service as the organizing chairman of the Washington Industrial Expansion Committee in the early 1950s.
“Long before there was any formal economic development effort in the state or in the county, this group made a major difference in diversifying both the local and regional economies,” said Ron Arnold, executive director of the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. “John’s leadership and commitment helped bring several companies to the area and helped others expand, and all of it done on a volunteer basis.”
Snyder said that the economic development group was formed in part because high school seniors were graduating from local schools and then leaving the area due to a lack of jobs. “The ‘brain drain’ has been a challenge to Indiana communities for many decades in one form or another,” Snyder explained. “The first economic development group was able to attract some new business and change a few things.”
A major distinctive in the first Daviess County group was that the planning leaders came from diverse backgrounds, according to Snyder. “We had a local labor leader, small business owners, a preacher and others, which was a huge advantage.”
The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) played a role in economic development for the region back in the 1950s and 1960s, but in a completely different way than it does today. “Back then it was primarily an ammunition manufacturing and storage facility,” Snyder said. “Today it is a technology giant serving all branches of the U.S. military.”
After Snyder was elected State Treasurer, leading the state Republican ticket both in 1966 and 1968 as the top vote-getter, he leveraged his position to continue to help the people of Daviess County, according to Arnold.
Snyder led the group that brought then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon to the Washington High School gymnasium for a major policy speech in February of 1968, a visit that some political historians say marked the inaugural opening of Nixon’s successful presidential campaign. According to Arnold, Snyder has continued to pay a positive role in regional economic development since his retirement from banking in the late 1990s, including serving to bring other companies to the region and the development of I-69.
Snyder was presented the inaugural award by one of his sons, Michael Snyder (who in his role with The MEK Group has followed in his father’s economic development footsteps in Daviess County), and Snyder’s 14-year-old grandson Winston Snyder, whom the elder Snyder hopes will become the third generation to continue positive economic development for the county.
The first legacy award was made as part of the annual dinner for the Daviess County Chamber of Commerce. Other awards include the Hagel Award for outstanding community service to Tom Boyd, the Daviess County business of the year to Traylor Fertilizer Services and the Lucille Dillion award for tourism promotion to the Blue Door antique shop.
The Legacy Award was named for the late Arthur R. Boddy, a former partner of Midwest Engineers and a long-time community servant in economic development, according to Arnold.
Source: Daviess County Economic Development Corporation