Unveiled Tuesday, Sussex Profile 2018 tells the county’s story

GEORGETOWN – There’s a story to be told about Sussex County, Delaware.

The 2018 Sussex Profile tells some of those stories.

Before a VIP audience of town and county leaders and those from the business community, the Sussex Profile’s 22nd edition was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The 2018 Sussex Profile was unveiled at a luncheon Jan. 30. From left, Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent, County Administrator Todd Lawson, county councilmen Sam Wilson Jr., and Rob Arlett, Sussex Profile publisher Darel LaPrade and county councilman Irwin “I.G.” Burton III.

Utilized by the county as a primary business/industry recruitment tool, the Sussex Profile is a collaborative partnership between Sussex County government and staff and Independent NewsMedia Inc.

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson pegged the Profile as “an annual story about where we are with the county as it relates to statistics and all of our efforts that we are putting forth to grow this county, specifically towards economic development, and some of the focus that the council has had in the years past.”

Specifically, Mr. Lawson referenced the county’s efforts to expand broadband, sewer and wastewater; grow the county’s business park; and stimulate business growth with a new loan package program.

“All of these efforts are a culmination of this council’s vision for economic development, to do what we are all charged to doing and making this county better,” said Mr. Lawson.

“As we all know Sussex County offers a unique array of natural treasures that make it a great place to live. Its many communities offer multiple options for entertainment. There is always something do to and to see,” said Darel LaPrade, publisher of the INI group that publishes the Sussex Profile. “But the county is also a business incubator, a place where entrepreneurs are stretching their muscles and where new opportunities are being created. While some of these ventures are new, all are connected to the county’s rich past and its increasingly transformative economy. In this year’s Profile you will find many examples of these transformative ventures.”

CHEER marketing director Anthony DelFranco, left, and Kevin Loftus, director of development, marketing and communications for La Red Health Center, check out the 2018 Sussex Profile.

Showcased features in the 2018 Sussex Profile include: The Freeman Stage at Bayside; Allen Harim; Joe Schell and his vision for the Sussex Sports Center complex; Tanger Outlets; the town of Millsboro; 5-star restaurants/culinary options and Proximity Malt, where business is brewing through transformation of the former Laurel Grain Mill into a large-scale malting operation.

Proximity Malt garners the cover of the 72-page glossy magazine.

“This story in this year’s Profile is really exciting,” said Mr. Lawson, noting he, Sussex County Economic Development Director Bill Pfaff and Sussex County Council president Mike Vincent had the opportunity to tour the malting facility located south of the town of Laurel. “It’s a great picture and it’s a great story. It is really impressive. The amount of energy, time and investment that they are making in Sussex County is significant.”

Proximity Malt in Laurel garners the cover of the 2018 Sussex Profile.

“Proximity Malt is a new venture based on old experiences,” said Mr. LaPrade. “Converting the old landmark Laurel Grain Mill into a modern marvel, this company will fill a need that didn’t exist just a decade ago. Its potential is overwhelming.”

Mr. LaPrade extended sincere thanks to the county and INI staffs as well as supporting advertisers.

“I’d like to thank the county officials again because this is a public/private partnership,” said Mr. LaPrade. “And I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of our advertisers, because without them we wouldn’t be able to do this at all.”

The unveiling luncheon was held at the Sussex County Association of Realtors facility in Georgetown. It was catered by Bethany Blues.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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