Fulton County Photography Contest



What does Fulton County mean to you? Share photos of your experiences with us!

The Fulton County Photography contest is your opportunity to win $100!

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and the Fulton County Visitors Bureau have partnered to gather photographs from area residents and former residents that describe what Fulton County means to our citizenry.

First prize will win $100, Second prize will win $50 and Third $25. Also, all photographers whose photos are selected to be used on our website will receive a $10 gift card.


The Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open to all professional and amateur photographers who live, work or play in Fulton County.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their photograph may be used in publications for Fulton County, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and Fulton County Visitors Bureau, including social media and website publications.


The Photo Contest begins December 20, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm on January 31, 2019 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.


Voting will take place through social media ‘voting’ February 1 – February 8, 2020.


Enter photographs enjoying experiences in Fulton County. Photos of our beautiful natural resources, our strong business and agricultural environment and the events and activities that attract people to visit Fulton County will all be accepted. If adults are in the photograph, please complete and submit a release form for every person. If minor children are in the photograph, a parent or legal guardian must complete a release form for the photograph to be considered in the contest. A release form can be found below.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 10MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi are requested. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

A caption is required and should include:

  • Photographer name, address, city, state and telephone number
  • Name of location (ex: Glacier, National Park)
  • City
  • Detailed caption of subject matter

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may not be entered.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.


All images must be submitted by email. The email address for submission is kelly@fcedc-ohio.com

Submitted email must be 10MB or less and must include a caption with the information listed above.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to kelly@fcedc-ohio.com.


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Fulton County, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and Fulton County Visitor’s Bureau a royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on publications, websites and social media sites in support of the mission of Fulton County, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and Fulton County Visitors Bureau.
  • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media.
  • Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived.


In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, we may, in our sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered email; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Little girl contestant at stock show


Women’s Leader LIVE is an interactive event with a wide range of Speakers and Business Leaders who have used their strengths and skills to overcome the day to day struggles. Our speakers will be going over the effects of “being too nice,” how passion can help you defy the ‘impossible’, physiological effects of stress and how it can alter your body, the power of your words and the root of your motivation, and how to become your own ‘self-starter’ using communication techniques. You and your peers will leave feeling inspired and motivated!

Katie Peters

“A good teacher has the power to shape the thinkers, leaders, and doers of entire generations and bring about change even if only in their corner of the world. Katie Peters has been bringing about these generational changes for the last 16 years as a high school English teacher. What sets Katie apart is her genuine nature to meet her students where they are, establish rapport, and understand a shared common ground which opens the door for real learning to take place. She has taken a few hard knocks to get to where she is as a woman and a professional, but she takes it as a lessons learned and it’s all up from here.

Her first year of teaching, Katie was actually told she spent too much time building rapport and not enough time getting into the subject matter. This feedback was a low blow because in her mind, she was doing a great job. However, by the end of the year, something ironic happened: 100% of her at-risk students passed their reading and math standardized tests. At that moment, she had a paradigm shift; she realized that building relationships is the key to everything. As the old saying goes, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” Although many of her students came from drastically different backgrounds, she saw the importance of validating their feelings to make way for a breakthrough to common ground. Katie also began to see that many of the world’s problems stemmed from damaged relationships and miscommunication. She felt charged to continue to pour into her students, because they are the next generation who will go forward and attempt to make the world a better place.

The Teacher Becomes the Student

After a lesson she learned from one of her students, Katie builds rapport by listening and asking the right questions. She once repeatedly asked one of her students what he wanted to be, and he continued to tell her he wanted to be an NBA player. Exhausted by the exchange, she said, “Life doesn’t always work out the way we want.” Her student responded, “You keep asking me what I want to do and not who I want to be.” Katie suddenly had another moment, he was right, she discovered that he wanted to be someone who was going to make a difference and impact people’s lives. Later, this same student went on to be a published author and Toledo firefighter. In that moment, she decided she wanted to impact her students and everyone in her path to be good human beings, not just good scholars. “We have plenty of smart people, who do evil things. We need more good people in the world,” says Katie. Also, someone’s profession doesn’t define them, it’s the “why” behind what they do that really matters.

Although Katie is a self-professed “late bloomer” because she didn’t learn who she really was and what happiness meant to her until later in life, she encourages and shows her students to find themselves so they don’t have to pretend. In her opinion, everyone should be unapologetic about who they are, because it will bring them great joy and it will be that much easier to establish relationships with others who have vastly different viewpoints if you have a mutual respect.”


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Diana Patton

“Everything I do is about helping people push past trauma and adversities. I believe young people and adults can rise above their circumstances, accept challenges as they come, be resilient, thrive, and stay committed to living their very best life.

The way I help people rise above their circumstances is by creating strategies and products that are beautifully inspiring, simple to implement, and positively contagious.

And I happen to have a school care strategy called RISE. Perhaps you may be interested in implementing this strategy at your school.

I have extensive executive level corporate and non-profit experiences. I am becoming the leading expert in Social Justice and Integrative Health Coaching and Advocacy in high schools, colleges, and organizations. I support people who work in the “helps” profession (such as educators, counselors, community health workers, social workers) in their self-care and personal advocacy efforts. I also conduct legal advocacy.

I also offer professional development to school districts and organizations seeking to evaluate, examine, and/or modify current practices to be more responsive to the vital clients they serve.

I speak to business professionals to help them “Find Their Why” through their own personal story to better serve and mentor others. My autobiography, Inspiration in My Shoes, helps me share how I was able to push past trauma, adversities, and abuse to find my why and serve others.

I currently serve on the University of Toledo Health and Human Services Advisory Board (to improve the human condition), the Paralegal Advisory Board, and the newly formed Toledo Public School Districts (TPS) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.” (https://www.dianarpatton.com/diana/)

Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Ohm

“Lieutenant Colonel  Rebecca Ohm is the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander at the 180th Fighter Wing. As a traditional guardsman, her areas of responsibilities are the personnel and aircraft in the areas of the flight line, weapons, and avionics sections. She is also responsible for the personnel and aircraft for the alert mission.

LtCol Ohm started her career as a flight line crew chief in January 1993. She became the first female fighter pilot at the 180th Fighter Wing and in the state of Ohio. She has been on several combat deployments and received the Air Medal in 2005 in support of Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  LtCol Ohm also became the first female fighter pilot in the state of Ohio to become an F-16 Instructor Pilot.

Becky has combined her love of flying with an entrepreneurial spirit and in 2007 opened an aviation themed coffee shop with her husband, in Perrysburg, Ohio.   She has been the main force behind the success of The Flying Joe, acting as the chief financial officer, public relations officer, marketing director, and bookkeeper.

Becky is a 1995 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in Columbus, Mississippi where she met her husband, John.  As a traditional guardsman, she has been able to balance her roles as a commander, business owner, wife and her most important role as mother of her son, Zachary, and daughters Olivia and Emily.” (https://www.eaa9.org/rebeccaohm.htm)

                                                                  Karen Shaper

“Karen Shaper is a trained communication specialist, with 20 years’ experience in customer service from the University of Michigan. Karen Shaper has taught Communications at Washtenaw Community College, U of M Dearborn and Eastern Michigan University. Karen currently works as a training coordinator for the University of Michigan and does public speaking events around the country. Karen holds Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Communications. Many businesses suffer from not having a good communication skills. Shaperenterprises LLC focuses on improving a business presence through effective communication.” (https://shaperenterprises.com/#about)

Kieu Okuley

“Kieu Okuley is the owner and pharmacist of Okuley‘s Pharmacy and Home Medical in Defiance medical and Okuley‘s pharmacy in Continental Ohio. She has been a pharmacist for over 25 years and specializes in wellness consultations and specialty compounding. Kieu enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life by balancing out stress, digestion, thyroid, and  hormones.

Kieu has faced many challenges balancing out being a mom, caregiver and business owner. Through many years of hardship she has implemented a self care program and teaches her patients how to do the same.  When we care for ourselves, we can care for our loved ones.




What is Fulton Leadership University?

Fulton Leadership University is an opportunity for potential managers, “rising stars” and current managers to enhance their leadership skills and learn more about their community. This dynamic learning experience encourages self-discovery, fosters an opportunity to enhance networking, and inspires stewardship.

Why is Fulton Leadership University important?

Fulton Leadership University will provide opportunities for business leaders and future leaders to enhance their skills in a unique way. The instructor will provide dynamic engagement and discussion opportunities to the class and will provide individualized coaching and mentoring experiences between the participating student and the student’s sponsor. This unique offering will enhance the student’s leadership skills while enhancing the relationship between the student and sponsor.

Why is Fulton Leadership University different?

Fulton Leadership University provides educational opportunities on varying leadership topics such as: leading in crisis, negotiation, active listening, and strategic planning among others. The FLU also provides students the opportunity to learn more about their own community through courses on agriculture and the environment, economic development, civic engagement, non-profit board governance, and company tours. There are two key components that make Fulton Leadership University different than other community leadership courses: 1) Each student will undertake a recognized leadership assessment and the instructor will meet individually with sponsor and student to share results of the assessment and provide feedback on what the assessment means to the relationship of the student and sponsor. 2) Unlike most community leadership programs, FLU is focused on providing dynamic leadership skill enhancements for the student to utilize in the future with the goals to provide career-long professional development opportunities.

Who is eligible for Fulton Leadership University?

Any person that resides or works in Fulton County and any person that works for a business that is a member of the FCEDC may apply for Fulton Leadership University. Fifteen (15) students will be selected based on criteria that focuses on creating a diverse class of students from applications.

When is the application due?

Applications are due on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Selection of the students involved in the first class will be finished by August 14, 2019.

What is the cost of Fulton Leadership University?

Participating students will be required to pay $500 by September 13, 2019. Up to three students will be selected for scholarships. Scholarships will be prioritized for non-profits and small businesses with less than ten employees.

Who is the instructor of Fulton Leadership University?

Christopher Harben, DSL, MBA is the instructor for the course. Dr. Harben is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University – Erie Campus and has nearly ten years of experience coaching business and healthcare leaders. He holds a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regents University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Findlay.

When are classes for Fulton Leadership University?

Classes will be hosted at varying locations every month from September 2019 through May of 2020. Students are required to by present in at least eight of the nine classes. Prepare for each class day to start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. A course schedule will be provided to the selected inaugural class by September 1, 2018.

Where do I send my application for Fulton Leadership University?

Applications may be sent via postal mail, by email or dropped off to Matt Gilroy, Executive Director of the FCEDC by 5:00 p.m. on August 2, 2019:

Matt Gilroy

Executive Director

Fulton County Economic Development Corporation


9460 County Road 14

Wauseon, Ohio 43567

(419) 337-9270

Who may I call if I have questions about Fulton Leadership University?

Contact Matt Gilroy at (419) 337-9270 or by email at matt@fcedc-ohio.com


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2019 FCEDC Annual Awards Banquet & Meeting

FCEDC Announces Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet for the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation will be hosted at Founders Hall in Archbold, Ohio on April 25, 2019. The event is used primarily to recognize and reward FCEDC members and all businesses in Fulton County that make such a significant impact in Fulton County’s economy.

The event will start with recognizing FCEDC Award recipients. Nominations for the awards are being accepted. If you would like to consider making a nomination, please read the information below:

2019 FCEDC Business Excellence Awards

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) will be offering four Business Excellence Awards in 2019. The four awards include:

  • Business of the Year
  • Retail Excellence Award
  • Industry Excellence Award
  • Community Leadership Award

The FCEDC aims to highlight the outstanding contributions that local businesses are making. The objectives of the awards are:

  • To recognize the important role the business community plays in Fulton County.
  • To encourage innovation, business excellence, and good corporate citizenship.
  • To present businesses with the opportunity to be rewarded for excellence and business success.

Eligibility: All businesses located within the Fulton County area are eligible to be nominated, or to nominate themselves, for any of the award categories. The only exception to this is that the Business of the Year award must be given to a member of the FCEDC.

Cost and Entry: There is no cost to enter the awards. To enter please submit a fully completed nomination form, addressing all of the nomination questions. Note: Applicants are able to nominate in more than one category (please submit a separate nomination form for each category).

Nomination Process: Anyone can complete a nomination form. A business or individual can self- nominate a company, or be nominated by another person. The process is simple, just complete the attached nomination form and turn it in to the FCEDC representative listed at the bottom of the nomination form by the deadline of March 15, 2019. A business/individual does not have to be a member of the FCEDC to submit a nomination form.

Awards Dinner and Presentation Night: Winners will be announced at the FCEDC Annual Meeting in April 2019. Attendance at the FCEDC Annual Meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend. You do not have to be a nominee, or with a nominee, to attend.

Click here to review guidelines and complete form: 2019 FCEDC Award Nominations

The Keynote Speaker for the FCEDC Annual Meeting will be John U. Bacon.

John U. Bacon has worked nearly three decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.

Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Master’s in Education in 1994. In 2005-06, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship named him the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism.

He started his journalism career covering high school sports for The Ann Arbor News, and then wrote a light-hearted lifestyle column before becoming the Sunday sports feature writer for The Detroit News in 1995. He earned numerous state and national awards for his work, including “Notable Sports Writing” in The Best American Sports Writing in 1998 and 2000.

After Bacon covered the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he moved from the sports page to the Sunday front page, roaming the Great Lakes State finding fresh features, then left the paper in 1999 to free-lance for some two dozen national publications, including stories on Formula One racing in Australia for The New York Times, on Japanese hockey for ESPN Magazine, and on Hemingway’s Michigan summer home for Time.

He has authored ten books on sports, business, health, and history, five of which are New York Times bestsellers, including:

Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership,

Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football,

Fourth & Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football,

Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football,

and John Saunders’ Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, which Bacon coauthored.

His book, The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism, became a national best seller when it was released on November 7, 2017.

Bacon has also pursued his passions for radio, television, coaching and teaching.  In 2007 he was invited to give weekly sports commentary on Michigan Radio every Friday morning, which he still does. He also appears weekly on WTKA Sports Talk 1050’s The Michigan Insider, Michigan Radio’s Stateside, and occasionally on National Public Radio, which awarded him the PRNDI prize for nation’s best commentary in 2014.  He appears often on TV, including HBO, ESPN, Fox Business, MSNBC, and the Big Ten Network, where he is a frequent contributor to both “Icons” series.

Bacon has taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and teaches at the University of Michigan, where the students selected him for the 2009 Golden Apple award, given annually to the University’s top teacher.

On the side, Bacon became the head coach of his former high school hockey team, Ann Arbor Huron. As a player in the early eighties, he set the record for most games in a Huron uniform without scoring a goal, 86 (he’s not braggin’ – he’s just sayin’). As a coach, he took over the worst team in school history (0-23-3 in 1999-2000), and helped transform them into the best (17-4-5, #4 in the state, and #53 in the nation), in just three seasons. In 2007, he was inducted into the Huron River Rat Hall of Fame.

A popular public speaker, Bacon delivers speeches on the themes taken from his books, and coaching and teaching experiences — including leadership, diversity, motivating millennials, and creativity — to corporations, universities, and other groups around the country and the world.  In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.”

Bacon is now an average hockey player, a mediocre Spanish speaker, and a poor piano player – but this has not stopped him from enjoying all three. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.