CLEVELAND (Friday, September 8, 2017)
– At its Annual Meeting today, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) honored retired Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) CEO Julius Ciaccia, Jr. with the 2017 Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution. The award was accepted on his behalf by current NEORSD CEO Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells.
Ciaccia retired from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in February 2017 after having led the organization as chief executive officer since 2007. Ciaccia joined the sewer district after 30 years with the City of Cleveland, where he served as director of public utilities and commissioner of water.
During his leadership at the sewer district, the agency successfully negotiated Project Clean Lake, a consent decree agreeing to a 25-year, $3 billion investment in the region's sewer infrastructure. This agreement will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve Lake Erie's water quality.
Throughout his career, Ciaccia was active with numerous water and wastewater organizations.
“Director Ciaccia has been a leader in our region for decades and understands what it takes to have collaboration, leadership, and dedication,” said Valarie McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs for the City of Cleveland and current Second Vice President on the NOACA Board of Directors.
Grace Gallucci, NOACA Executive Director echoed that sentiment. “During his tenure on the NOACA Board, Director Ciaccia exemplified regional leadership,” Gallucci said. “He always provided an informed perspective on the issues that matter most to Northeast Ohio, especially clean water.”
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About the Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution:
NOACA launched the Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution in 2004 to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly toward the betterment of the region by exhibiting outstanding leadership skill and accomplishment. The award is named for Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr., the late mayor of Strongsville and a former NOACA Board member, who exemplified leadership, dedication and regional cooperation throughout his career. Learn more at www.noaca.org/EhrnfeltAward
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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