Chesapeake Utilities Corp. announced that its natural gas local distribution division, Chesapeake Utilities, was named 2017 Kent County Tourism Partner of the Year in recognition of the company’s collaboration on creating an environmental impact and advancing tourism within Kent County.

The award was presented by the Kent County Tourism Office during the 27th annual Celebration of Tourism in Kent County held Nov. 2 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Chesapeake Utilities recently teamed up with Kent County Tourism on the tourism office’s new compressed natural gas-fueled mobile visitor center, The Villager, unveiled Oct. 26. The Villager will travel across the region and share the message of why Kent County is a tourist destination. This partnership supports the environment through a reduction in carbon footprint; the American Gas Association estimates that carbon dioxide emissions in a CNG-fueled vehicle are 20 to 30 percent lower than in vehicles using traditional fuels.

The company’s employees have supported Kent County tourism year-round through events like Dover Days, the Delaware Beer and Wine Festival and the Amish Country Bike Tour.

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