John F Clair Award

The City of Painesville Economic Development Department is proud to announce the John F. Clair Economic Development Award. Although not born in the City of Painesville, John fully embraced his adopted city. He was successfully re-elected three times to the position of councilman at-large after his initial appointment in 1987. John was truly a community leader and a visionary who believed that the City of Painesville was and could be much more than believed. John delighted in setting big goals and in turn accomplishing them. It was his “never take no for an answer” attitude that helped with the retention and expansion of our business community.



  1. Must be a Painesville City business/organization for at least one year and in good standing (no outstanding utilities or permit violations)
  2. The business/organization should demonstrate the value of balancing business and community service
  3. The business should substantially contribute time and energy to the growth of the community
  4. The business should contribute to the positive image of the city either through investment or volunteerism 


To nominate a business, please fill out the form below. Nominations are due by Monday, January 31 and the winner will be announced at a February 2022 City Council meeting. 

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