Earlier this year, the Kent downtown revitalization project was nominated for consideration for one of the annual State of Ohio economic development awards.
I’m pleased to report that we placed 3rd overall in the best project category — a very worthy validation for our project, but candidly, not the first place that we were hoping for.
It’s not like there’s some big cash award for first place, or tax free status in the State of Ohio for a year prize; it’s just the recognition for a job well done that we thought the Kent project deserved.
Being the competitive sort that we are, the first reaction to 3rd was a bit of a let down, but looking closer at the results it turns out that we took 3rd behind a couple of really big and really good economic development projects so 3rd started looking more impressive with each passing day.
After a couple of weeks of mounting pride, we started feeling so good about third that Dan decided it was time to share the press release that you’ll find below with the local media.
So here’s to 3rd place, nice job Kent!
(for the record we’re already planning on re-submitting next year with our eyes on the top seat).
Press Release By Dan Smith, Kent City Economic Development Director
Daniel D. Smith, Economic Development Director
City of Kent
215 East Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240