COLUMBUS — Pomeroy Mayor and local business owner Jackie R. Welker was invited Sept. 22 to the Ohio State Capitol building in Columbus to receive an award from the “Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area Foundation,” in recognition of his achievements and positive impact on the local economy.
This award was specifically in recognition of Welker’s ongoing efforts to promote the local “Rhythm on the River” and “Big Bend Blues Bash” music series, respectively. Both events have now been taking place locally for more than 15 years. It was estimated that those events bring more than 5,000 visitors annually to the downtown Pomeroy area, and create a significant positive impact in sales and revenue for local shops and restaurants during the concert season.
As part of his acceptance speech, Welker stated that, “Pomeroy is doing better, shops are moving in and we continue to work very hard to create a positive impact on the economy for all of our citizens.” He went on to say that he is “very proud to be a citizen of the Appalachian foothills and Meigs County, in particular.”
Welker received a plaque commemorating his award, as well as a picture with other regional recipients and local elected leaders state Sen. Joe Gentile and state Rep. Debbie Phillips.