Indian Hills hosts its third annual Vision Awards

Heather Ware accepts Social Entrepreneur of the Year award on behalf of Market on Main.

Indian Hills Community College hosted the third annual Vision Awards on Thursday

The event honors and recognizes innovators in the community who make an impact in Southeast Iowa's economy.

Seven awards were handed out. Ottumwaâ??s Market on Main, Albia Brewing Company and Fat Baggers, Inc. were all recipients. Fairfield High School student Justin Clements won Student Entrepreneur of the Year, and the high school's FBLA advisor Diane Goudy received the Entrepreneurial Educator of the ear award. The IHCC Alumni of the Year award went to Kathy Penniston, an Iowa court reporter. Bryan Ziegler known as a man behind the scenes in business planning and general marketing strategies took home the lifetime achievement award. Executive Dean of Economic Advancement Tom Rubel says that award was just introduced as a surprise last year.

"Southeast Iowa is a great place to live and work, and of course when you're gonna live in Southeast Iowa, we need business and industry, and we need innovation and we need some risk takers, so it's an exciting evening for us it really is," Rubel said.

Ottumwa has been a leader, Fairfield, I mean you name the towns around here that really have economic development agencies that are coming up with these new ideas, Iowa right now is in a perfect position," Terry Rich, keynote speaker and President and CEO of the Iowa Lottery said.

Next year's event will be the last Thursday of April.