Kent Economic Partnership presents annual awards

Director of Kent Economic Partnership James G. Waddington, left, presents the Economic Development Spirit Award to David Hugg for individual commitment to promoting Kent County during the Kent Economic Development annual dinner at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Mr. Hugg retired in December after an almost 15-year stint as Smyrna’s town manager. However, by March, just as he was getting settled into retirement, the city of Dover came knocking. He was appointed as the acting director of planning and community development for the city, and has been serving in that position since. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Director of Kent Economic Partnership James G. Waddington, right, presents the Economic Development Trendsetter Award to David V. Blaeuer, general manager of First State Orthopaedics. The award is given for expansion and new job creation in an existing business. The business, founded in 1978, has five locations in Kent County.

Director of Kent Economic Partnership James G. Waddington, right, presents the Economic Trailblazer Award to Andrew Cantioni, general manager of Brick Works Brewing and Eats in Smyrna. The Trailblazer Award is reserved for the successful start up of a new stand-out business. Founded in 2016 by a partnership of Kent County entrepreneurs Eric Williams, Ryan Maloney and Kevin Reading the brewery/restaurant has reported a large following at their location east of downtown Smyrna.

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