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DE222 Honoree: Linda Parkowski

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Title: Executive Director

Linda Parkowski

Workplace: Kent Economic Partnership

Boards: Riverfront Development, Leadership Delaware, State Division of Parks and Recreation, State Division of Fish and Wildlife, Kent County Tourism

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Kent Economic Partnership is focused on attracting and retaining businesses in central Delaware, which boasts of a hour and a half drive to D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Roughly 60% of the U.S. population is within a three-hour radius of Kent County. Linda Parkowski was named executive director of the KEP in 2018, after the nonprofit was reorganized. Under her leadership, Kent County has helped draw a $80 million corrugated box plant and is focusing efforts on drawing warehouse tenants to East Dover, among other initiatives.

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