Posted: Jun. 17, 2018 12:01 am
SPARTA — As the members of the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership know all too well, collaboration and support can be more essential to an area’s success than individual prosperity.
On Friday, business owners, community leaders and corporate representatives from around the county gathered at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club for the partnership’s 14th annual awards luncheon.
“This is an opportunity for us to thank the businesses and individuals that help our community to thrive,” partnership President Tammie Horsfield said. “One of our missions is to grow our employment base here, and these employers have all in some way contributed to that effort.”
In looking to honor its contributing members, Horsfield said the organization seeks to identify those who “preserve the environment and character of the county while still promoting smart development.”
This year’s awards ceremony included a new category of recognition: the redevelopment award.
“Redevelopment is reinvestment in neighborhood and commercial areas to replace or repair previously developed buildings or plots of land that are in substandard condition or are no longer useful in their current state,” former partnership Chair Jessica Caldwell said.
The award was presented to Greentree Development Group, a progressive land developer that seeks to breathe new life into distressed properties through construction and design.
Greentree Development Group was responsible for two new Hopatcong projects — Brookland at Lakepointe and The Townhomes at Lakepointe.
“We have been very lucky to work with such committed investors,” Hopatcong Mayor Michael Francis said. “Our goal in Hopatcong is to create a supportive network of residents and businesses working hand in hand, and some of these new projects have certainly contributed to that end.”
Another noted recognition, the new business award, was presented to two separate entities: Lorraine’s Cake Shoppe and Tea Room, and Pace Glass Inc.
“Every time Lorraine thought she was set for opening, another delay occurred,” Horsfield said, noting hurdles like the need for a new septic system and Health Department permits that caused numerous complications for owner Lorraine Perry. The Cake Shoppe, located in Lafayette, celebrated its grand opening in May.
“Lorraine’s Cake Shoppe and Tea Room is very deserving of this award, especially for Lorraine’s perseverance, hard work and continued faith in seeking and making her dream come true,” Horsfield said.
The category’s second winner, Pace Glass Inc., broke ground in Andover just last month.
“As an energy conscious company, Pace Glass’s goal is to recover, process and reuse every shred of glass available and in doing so, create a greener tomorrow,” Horsfield said, noting that the company would be poised to create “ample job opportunities” for local residents.
This year’s municipal award was presented to Lafayette Township, described by Horsfield as “a mix of residential areas, farmland, small businesses and light industrial establishments.”
In presenting the award, Horsfield made mention of the Lafayette Township Economic Development Committee, several new businesses, the revitalization of The Shoppes at Lafayette and the Northwest New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The awards ceremony was rounded out by numerous other community recognitions: the longevity award, presented to Nisivoccia LLP; the environmental leadership award, presented to the Sussex County Solid Waste and Recycling Facility; the economic innovation award, presented to project developer John A. Malone Sr.; the distinctive leadership award, presented to Joe DiPaulo, president of Atlantic Health System’s western region; the business investment award, presented to the newly constructed Newton Towne Center mixed-use adult community; the business expansion award, presented to both Biondo Investment Advisors and the Sussex County YMCA; the business advocacy award, presented to Project Self-Sufficiency; the training and workforce development award, presented to Skylands Professional Training; and the past chairman’s award, presented to Jessica Caldwell.