Ohio is a big state with lots of great projects so coming out on top is a pretty big deal.
Don’t take my word for it, just come by the office and watch Dan Smith, City Economic Development Director, doing his we’re number 1 dance. He and the whole team earned it so a little dancing was in order.
Obviously we didn’t do the project to win awards but we’re certainly not too proud to accept them when they’re offered to us. Development is such a brutal business — projects can unravel in the blink of an eye for no apparent reason — so when you’ve got a winner, there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a shout of winner, winner chicken dinner.
It’s great to be recognized by the professionals from around the state that are in the trenches fighting for every inch of economic success right along with us because they know what it takes and how a project like downtown Kent is a once in a lifetime event.
No doubt peer validation feels good but it still doesn’t beat the smiling faces of the customers wandering the new stores and restaurants in the downtown project. That’s the best reward of all.
So let’s take a quick look at 2012: KSU enrollment sets record, KSU baseball makes the College World Series, KSU football makes top 25 (currently number 17 but who’s counting), KSU men’s basketball beats a Big Ten school (Nebraska) for the first time in school history, and downtown Kent is recognized as A-Number 1 in the State of Ohio.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. Just more proof that a rising town lifts all ships.