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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Downtown festival raises money for community park

The College Town Kent Summer Tour took place on Saturday, July 11, 2015, to raise money for the Dan Smith Community Park, which is being constructed between Bricco's and Bar 145 in downtown Kent...

Photo courtesy of Dan Smith Community Park website

Construction set to begin in July on downtown memorial park

Chelsea Graff June 30, 2015

A small park will be built between Bricco’s and Bar 145 in downtown Kent to honor late economic development director Dan Smith, who was instrumental in the transformation and revitalization of the city’s...

Fundraising begins for Dan Smith community park

 Dan Smith, former Kent economic development director, is known by many throughout the Kent community as one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown.Smith lost his life in 2014 after...

Kent economic development director applicants under review

Carley Hull October 2, 2014

The City of Kent will soon begin the review process of applications to choose a new economic development director.The application deadline ended last Friday, according to the City of Kent’s website,...

Former Kent economic development director dies at 45

Emily Mills July 25, 2014

Dan Smith, 45, Kent’s economic development director who shaped the downtown transformation, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.“Dan was inspirational about helping...

Kent Economic Development Director Dan Smith talks about the balance of new construction while preserving historic buildings using the example of the construction on Water Street across from the Kent court house which was the former main post office.

Park dedicated to former Kent economic development director to be created

Emily Mills June 24, 2014

Construction of a small pocket park dedicated to Dan Smith, the former economic development director for the city of Kent, is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2015.Kent Mayor Jerry...

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