Dave Myers, most recently executive director of government and foundation relations with Bucknell University, was honored Oct. 6 with the Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Innovation Award by the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center.
The award acknowledges, recognizes and celebrates those whose actions exemplify the vision of the SBDC's first director, Charles Coder, to support the growth of small businesses in the region and across the state with the vision, inspiration, leadership and determination that he exemplified. Coder served as SBDC director from 1989 to 1998.
Myers was instrumental in assisting Bucknell University in fostering regional economic and community development opportunities on campus and downtown. He helped secure $12.5 million in state funds to support core community initiatives; he helped design the funding strategy that enabled Bucknell University to secure an additional $9 million in federal tax credits for these efforts; and he helped define the four projects that these funds supported.
He also was instrumental in revitalizing the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone, which not only helped make the downtown investments possible, but fostered the creation of more than a dozen small businesses in Lewisburg, a number that have been significantly enhanced by the creation of the Bucknell Small Business Incubator.
Myers was presented with the award by state Sen. John Gordner, R-Berwick, the 2010 recipient of the Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Excellence Award; Keith Buffinton, Dean of the Bucknell College of Engineering; and Jon Vernam, director of the Bucknell center.
District office names
Heather Norton, transportation construction manager, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for October 2011.
Norton has done an outstanding job of filling in as a transportation construction inspector supervisor in the field, prior to her promotion to manager this month, along with continuing to help out in the district's materials unit.
Her work in the field, a news release said, helps to free up the construction manager from some of the more tedious duties of concluding all final paperwork following completion of physical work on construction projects.
She still comes in to the Materials Unit to do year-end reports for bituminous plants.
Her performance in both the field and office has earned her a promotion to field manager, the release said, adding, "she expresses a strong dedication to the job and a willingness to handle any and all tasks that she is asked to complete. She has been working long hours during the recent storms, even though she sustained a lot of damage to her own home."
Norton, a 16-year PennDOT employee, lives in Millville with her children Curtis and Mitchell.