Banner, county unveil 2020 Profile

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
County Director of Economic Development Susan Banks and Banner Advertising Manager Dave Cannon unveiled the Dorchester 2020 Profile Magazine.

CAMBRIDGE — County and state officials joined Banner staff on Dec. 13 to unveil the Dorchester 2020 Profile Magazine. The publication, a cooperative effort between the county and this newspaper, details local culture, history and economic opportunity.

The glossy magazine, available free at locations around the county, looks at the progress made in advancing the local economy, as well as opportunities still available. There are also feature articles describing the unique culture and rich history of the area.

As an annual publication, the Profile serves to illustrate an important role played by the Banner. “The paper is, in reality, an important cheerleader for progress in Dorchester County,” Publisher Darel LaPrade said.

In his remarks to the dignitaries gathered at the Economic Development Office’s Innovation Center on Bucktown Road, Mr. LaPrade noted that the newspapers of Independent Newsmedia, Inc., the Banner’s parent company, cover communities across Delmarva.

“The real arc is in managing the process,” he said. “I believe Dorchester has found the correct approach” in emphasizing development and preservation.

He recalled that when James Michener was doing research for his book, “Chesapeake,” he came to Dorchester to learn about the region. That place as the Heart of the Chesapeake remains near and dear to residents, who not only honor their past, but are working hard to create a prosperous home for themselves and their families.

“There are exciting times ahead,” Mr. LaPrade said, running down a list of positive changes: The improving outlook for the seafood industry; activity at Sailwinds Park; the new North Dorchester High School; and 14 new businesses in downtown Cambridge, among others.

“The Banner staff is proud to be part of this mission,” he said.
State Senator Addie Eckardt (R-37) said, “The Banner is truly a community paper. You cover so much, and you celebrate so much. The paper really raises the bar.”