The New Albany Chamber of Commerce announced its Delta award winners during the annual holiday luncheon Dec. 12 held at the new Bob Evans Farms corporate headquarters in New Albany.
Courtney Orr, the chamber's executive director, said the chamber solicits nominations from members and the chamber's board of directors before the chamber's nominations and awards task force reviews the submissions and makes recommendations for board approval.
The outstanding business expansion award went to Bob Evans Farms, which opened Oct. 26.
The three-building complex includes offices, a test kitchen, a training facility and the second Bob Evans Express, an on-the-go version of the restaurant.
The award for outstanding business leaders went to the city of New Albany's community development department.
The award recognized the community's business expansion, from Discover Financial Services' commitment to build in the Central College Business campus in 1998 to the 3,000 acres now devoted to business campuses which represents "$1.5 billion in private investment" and include "nearly 12,000 jobs they created that have generated more than $100 million in community income tax revenues" since the parks were established, according to the chamber.
The outstanding citizen of the year award went to Eileen Leuby, who was the New Albany Chamber of Commerce's first director.
Leuby started the chamber in 1997 and resigned in July to become membership coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
The outstanding business award went to Personal M.D. founded in 2006 by Jeffrey and Debbie Milks.
Personal M.D. is considered to be one of the first "medical concierge practices in the country," which offers access to a physician or nurse practitioner 24-hours a day, seven days a week; same or next-day appointments; and home and hospital visits by the doctor, according to the chamber.