Last week, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Ohio Chamber of Commerce' 2016 Grassroots Advocacy Award for its outstanding dedication to community advocacy at the Ohio Chamber's annual meeting. This is the Westerville Area Chamber's third time winning the award in the past nine years.

Last week, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Ohio Chamber of Commerce' 2016 Grassroots Advocacy Award for its outstanding dedication to community advocacy at the Ohio Chamber's annual meeting. This is the Westerville Area Chamber's third time winning the award in the past nine years.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce' Grassroots Advocacy Award is awarded each year to a leading local chamber that goes above and beyond in advocating for and supporting the Chamber Action Alliance at a local and state level.

The chamber is both honored and excited to receive this award. Our government relations committee is a big part of our ability to advocate, and we're proud to have such a dedicated and passionate team of business leaders who engage in workforce, taxation, healthcare and business regulation advocacy.

The award was presented April 5 at the Capitol Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center, followed by a reception held at the Sheraton Hotel Columbus. The meeting included a panel discussion, the presentation of the Grassroots Advocacy and Grassroots Campaign Award and remarks from former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner.

Experience 'Taste' Friday

There's still time to grab tickets to Taste of Westerville -- the community's signature annual dining event, featuring more than 20 local restaurants, breweries and distilleries in one location -- taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. this Friday, April 15, at Crowne Plaza.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn, Old Bag of Nails, Cheryl's Cookies, Monaco's Palace & Catering, Smashburger and Yabo's Tacos are just a few of the restaurants confirmed to participate.

For more information on the chamber's award or to book tickets to Taste, contact the chamber office at 614-882-8917.

Janet Tressler-Davis is president and CEO of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides Chamber Corner to ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.