Beacon Journal staff

Kentís efforts to revitalize its downtown have garnered first place in the Best Projects category of this yearís Ohio Economic Development Association annual Excellence Awards. For more information about the association, visit

Named a finalist in the Workforce Development Innovation category was Stark State Collegeís satellite campus at Barberton High School.

In Kent, three blocks of downtown are being remade. Davey Resource Group, the consulting arm of the Davey Tree Expert Co. of Kent, has taken over the top of a new three-story building at Haymaker Parkway and South Water Street. A second new three-story building houses another corporate anchor, Ametek Lamb Electric Co.

In Barberton, the former National Guard Armory, which was bought by the Barberton Community Foundation a few years ago, is being renovated to house an advanced materials joining and welding center for Stark State College.