Chamber honors Mercer, TMS

Ted Mercer

Staff Reports

TROY — The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce honored Ted Mercer as the recipient of the 2015 Individual Community Service Award.

Troy Main Street also received the Group Community Service Award. The awards were presented at the intermission of the Cincinnati Symphony concert on Thursday evening, which was moved to Troy Christian High School gym due to inclement weather.

Mercer has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for many local non-profit organizations. Among the groups Mercer has been involved with, are Troy Junior Baseball, Troy Foundation, United Way of Troy, the Robinson Fund and Operation Cloverleaf.

Mercer, the owner of Mercer Group Inc., originated a group of lawn care companies to donate time, personnel and equipment to maintain the 18 acres at the interchange of State Route 41 and Insterstate 75. In addition to his work with Operation Cloverleaf, he was instrumental in the construction and maintenance of the baseball field at Trostel Park.

In the nomination of Mercer, Ozzie Haddad said, “It is a pleasure to nominate Ted Mercer for the Community Service Award. Ted exemplifies the true meaning of community service. He has given countless hours volunteering in our community to enhance the quality of life.”

The chamber’s Group Community Service Award will be presented to Troy Main Street in recognition of their continued dedication to strengthening downtown Troy as a great place to live, work, shop and celebrate.

Organized in 1990, Troy Main Street is a non-profit organization promoting the economic revitalization of downtown Troy. Managing the downtown business recruitment and retention program, improving the visual image of downtown and organizing downtown community events are all part of the Troy Main Street effort.

Troy Main Street’s efforts have led to a renaissance, with record high occupancy levels and record numbers of new businesses openings. In addition to recent economic development efforts, Troy Main Street organized 10 events in 2014 that attracted over 50,000 people to downtown Troy and generated significant spending at our local shops and restaurants. Troy Main Street consists of a volunteer board of 13 members and staff including one full-time executive director, two part-time employees and a contracted farmer’s market manager. Troy Main Street celebrated 25 years in 2014.

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