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senior vp: Joseph C. Ott has been named senior vice president and community development officer at F.N.B. Corp.

Ott will be in charge of the companywide community development strategy, comprised of elements including Community Reinvestment Act programs, fair lending activities, affirmative credit efforts, philanthropic giving and more. Based in Pittsburgh, Ott will report to Frank Hannah, director of corporate compliance.

“FNB has always maintained a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are confident that Joe’s expertise in community development aligns perfectly with our goal of even further improving the positive impact we are able to make for our customers and the communities they call home,” Hannah said.

Ott has nearly 15 years of community development experience, including 10 years of service with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, most recently as the regional community development adviser. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh. A resident of Pittsburgh, he serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Dollar Energy Fund.

DISTINCTION: The Jefferson County Educational Service Center has earned a rating as an effective sponsor, making it among only five sponsors in the state to achieve that distinction.

JCESC officials recently were informed via correspondence from Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio Department of Education.

Sponsors are those who provide oversight and ensure that community schools are upheld to meeting the highest standards, officials said. The sponsor rating, which comprises the 2015-16 school year, is based on three components: Academic performance, adherence to quality practices and compliance with all applicable laws and rules.

Based on the scores of each component, JCESC received an effective rating and was among only five of the 65 sponsors statewide to achieve the designation. The others include the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, ESC of Central Ohio, St. Aloysius Orphanage and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

JCESC Superintendent Chuck Kokiko said the state hired a third-party entity to interview the sponsors and documentation and evidence were submitted for review.

“I was very excited about the rating the ESC received, knowing the amount of hard work and dedication our staff put into the sponsorship process,” Kokiko added. “The fact that only 7 percent of the sponsors in the state reached the standard speaks to the rigors of the process. The Ohio Department of Education has tasked sponsors with holding charter schools accountable and to ensure they provide a quality education to the students they serve.”

JCESC serves Buckeye Local, Edison Local, Harrison Hills City, Indian Creek Local, Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Southern Local, Steubenville City and Toronto City schools in Ohio plus St. Paul School in Weirton.

CROSS STORE: The 170-year-old company that makes Cross pens now has a flagship retail store at its new Providence headquarters.

The new A.T. Cross Co. store opened Wednesday.

CEO Robert Baird says the company’s recent move from suburban Lincoln, R.I., to the Foundry complex near downtown Providence is part of a broader strategy to boost talent and reinvigorate the luxury pen brand.

Rhode Island has offered the company $1.9 million in incentives based in part on plans to add 35 new jobs in coming years. Baird says he previously considered relocating to Connecticut but preferred staying in Rhode Island, where the company was founded in 1846.

Most of its pens are now manufactured in China. It’s owned by New York private equity firm Clarion Capital Partners.

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