Rider receives Lawrence Mayor’s award
LAWRENCE » Rider University has been recognized as a local institution that uplifts Lawrence Township in special ways.
The university next month will be presented with the Mayor’s Award for Economic or Community Development at the township’s 19th annual economic development awards gala.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a recipient of the Mayor’s Award from the Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee,” Rider University spokeswoman Kristine A. Brown said Thursday in a statement. “This recognition is particularly gratifying given the longstanding, positive relationship Rider has fostered with the township for so many years. We look forward to continuing our work with the township to bring economic growth and vitalization to the area.”
Another local academic institution will be honored alongside Rider at the Oct. 11 ceremony. That’s because the Lawrenceville School, a private boarding and day school for grades 9-12, has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Award.
“The Mayor’s Award for Economic or Community Development is given to a business, civic group, public official or program that deserves special recognition for its efforts on behalf of the community,” according to Lawrence Township Municipal Manager Kevin Nerwinski, who announced the 2017 award recipients in a press release earlier this month.
The Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee and the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce jointly conduct an annual awards program to recognize local businesses or institutions that enhance the community in ways that promote job growth and expansion of the township’s local tax base. The awards program also honors individuals and civic groups that promote quality of life through civic engagement, development of new facilities or building renovations in the 22-square-mile township.
In addition to Rider and the Lawrenceville School, the following entities or individuals have been named as 2017 award recipients:
• Costco Wholesale, 4100 Quakerbridge Road, recipient of the New Large Business Award.
• Centercourt Club & Sports at Lawrence, 1080 Spruce St., recipient of the New Small Business Award.
• Willis Greenhouses Incorporated, 1365 Lawrence Road, recipient of the Business Service Award.
• Valet Auto Wash, 4 Litho Road, recipient of the New Building/Renovation Award.
• Ian Burrow, principal of Burrow Into History, a Hopewell Borough-based organization that provides advocacy and education in historic preservation and archaeology, recipient of the Podmore/Dwyer Historic Award.
• Junior Girl Scout Troop 70019 in Lawrence, recipient of the Ralph Copleman Environmental Award.
The awards program will take place beginning 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant off Route 1 near JCPenney.