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The vacant building that used to house Kmart on U.S. 13 will be home to Burlington, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory. (Delaware State News file/Dave Chambers )

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Delaware State University professor Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, director of the Optical Science Center for Applied Research, says the center wants to use its research to help business in Kent County. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Delaware State University’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi said the optics center, and the university, wants to be a player in company development, (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Delaware Agricultural Museum director Di Rafter welcomed the almost 90 people attending Tuesday unveiling of the 2106 Kent Economic Profile at the museum. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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PPG Dover plant manager Neal Nicastro said one challenge manufacturing faces is finding the next generation of employees. Delaware’s Pathway to Prosperity program is helping today’s students receive the training they need to be tomorrow’s workers. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Realtor Michael Harrington Jr. said the Kent County real estate market made gains in average housing sale price and volume sold in 2015. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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From left, Delaware State News managing editor Andrew West, Delaware State University professor Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Delaware State News publisher Tom Byrd and Kent Economic Partnership director Jim Waddington unveil the 2016 Kent Economic Profile at the Delaware Agricultural Museum on Tuesday morning. The publication features the Delaware State University’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research building on its cover. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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