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Preston County Chamber of Commerce hosts awards dinner

KINGWOOD — The Preston County Chamber of Commerce presented its awards in a new format at Thursday night’s annual dinner.
The social hour and dinner were again held at Camp Dawson. But in a break from past practices, there was no keynote speaker. Instead, videos about the award winners were shown. The videos will also be available on the chamber’s web site, prestonchamber.com.
Prodigi was honored as the Business of the Year. According to its web site, Prodigi is a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) product owned and powered by Digital Connections. Digital Connections is privately owned by John Rockis, Bob Joseph and Tim Wotring.
The business began 22 years ago and “is in the process of building 100 miles of FTTH throughout the Bruceton area and into Albright and Kingwood.”
Others honored: New Business of the Year, Hearing Central; Nonprofit of the Year, Food For Preston; and Sheila G. Haney Ambassador of the Year, Shaffer’s Printing.
A new category created this year is the Farm, Agriculture and Rural Enterprise of the Year. The Preston Grower’s Co-Op was the first business to win this now annual honor.
In addition to the annual dinner, chamber members host business after hours events, and the chamber offers lunch and learn events that are free to members but open to all.
The next lunch and learn event will be from noon-1 p.m. April 19, at a location to be determined. Drew Proudfoot, of Bowles Rice, will present an update on tax laws.