A local nonprofit agency recently presented awards recognizing the best of the South Bay. For many, that geographic area expands to include Tijuana and northern Mexico.
The South County Economic Development Council honored six individuals and institutions during its 22nd annual summit.
The Pioneer Award went to Vibra Bank, recognizing its focus on serving the cross-border Hispanic market — and its ability to understand businesses on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Binational Endeavor Award went to the San Diego Padres, recognizing the team’s work in rehabilitating two Little League fields in Tijuana as well as other work benefiting children from the San Diego-Tijuana region.
The Corky McMillin/Best of South County Award went to Shannon Brown. The principal of Brown Marketing Strategies received honors for her work in business development and as a community volunteer.
The Golden Dedication/Marilyn Lassman Lifetime Achievement Award went to Melyn Acasio, vice president and business development officer for Neighborhood National Bank.
The Regional Leadership Award went to the Port of San Diego and the city of Chula Vista, for securing the California Coastal Commission’s approval of the Chula Vista Bay Front Master Plan. The plan offers a blueprint for future economic development in the city.
The Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award went to United Technologies Corp. Aerospace Systems in Chula Vista, formerly known as Goodrich. The corporation has offered customized, free training on the subject of continuous improvement to city of Chula Vista employees.
The summit also included panel discussions on the regional economy and a keynote speech from economist Ben Stein.