ONTV Honored at Virtual Ceremony
Orion Neighborhood Television was honored at the Philo Festival of Media Arts, earning two awards for excellence in local programming. The Central States Alliance of Community Media hosted a virtual ceremony on Oct. 29. The Philo Awards in an annual public access television cable TV competition within the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan region. The “PHILO” is awarded for excellence in community media in various categories.
ONTV was the winner in the community event professional category for its “Miracle League Grand Opening” program. The “ONTV Newscast” was also recognized as a finalist in the news professional category.
On Aug. 9, 2019 Orion Township celebrated the grand opening of Miracle League Field, which is an accessible baseball diamond for people of all abilities. “ONTV had multiple cameras at the event to cover the opening ceremony and following game,” says station manager Joe Johnson. “It was amazing to see the entire community come together to make this happen and we were happy to document this historic moment. To be recognized for our efforts by the ACM is just frosting on the cake.” “This program is a perfect example of why community television is so important,” says Ian Locke, executive director. “Local news stations came out and covered the event as a news story. ONTV covered the event from the opening ceremony to the final out.”
Over the years, ONTV has taken home awards at both the regional Philo and the national Hometown Media Awards. “We feel that our staff and producers create programs that are considered to be the best in the country and our facility sets a standard that others hope to replicate,” says Johnson. “The feedback we get from the community regarding our programs and classes inspires us to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Philo Awards is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of modern television. The ACM Central States Region honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth by recognizing the effort of access producers who promote the use of media in their community.
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UM-DEARBORN’S ILABS’ ECITIES RESEARCH RECOGNIZES ORION TOWNSHIP FOR SUPPORTING BUSINESS IN THEIR COMMUNITY
Orion Township, MI (October 23, 2020) – Orion Township has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Orion Township was honored as a five-star community along with 110 other communities across the state.
“We are very proud that the University of Michigan has recognized Orion Township for its efforts in attracting new investment in the community. Our initiatives on Brown & Baldwin roads are contributing to meaningful change benefitting our residents in terms of tax base and new recreational opportunities while creating platforms for new business and employment,” said Chris Barnett, Orion Township Supervisor.
The 2020 eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments, and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period of 2015-2019, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2.4 percent per year by investments such as library equipment, building, water, and sewage improvements, and street renovations, while property tax rates increased by less than 1 percent on average per year.
Although accounting for less than 20 percent of the State’s cities and townships, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 70 percent of Michigan’s population and 87 percent of the state’s commercial property. “Each year, the eCities project aims to highlight the successes and continued commitment of cities and townships to grow business and support entrepreneurship within their communities,” said Kari Kowalski, iLabs project manager.
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Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The university has 9,400 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education and health programs. A top-ranked university with faculty devoted to teaching and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn is shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.
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