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L-R (Back row) Representative Jeff Spiegleman, Senator Dave Lawson, Representative Timothy Dukes, Representative Harvey Kenton, Brooks Banta (President Kent County Levy Court) L-R (Front row) Governor Jack Markell, Representative Bill Carson, Representative Trey Paradee, Senator Bruce Ennis, Mayor Bill West (Georgetown), Mayor JoAnn Masten (Smyrna), Mayor John Shwed (Laurel), Mayor Bryan Shupe (Milford), Mayor Anthony Moyer (Harrington), Mayor Robin Christianson (Dover) Anas Ben Addi (Director DSHA)
Mayor Bryan Shupe, Milford
Mayor JoAnn Masten, Smyrna
Mayor John Shwed, Laurel
Mayor Bill West, Georgetown
Front L-R Lauren Good (KCI), Connie Holland (OSPC Director), Norma Barlow (Police Chief behind), Teresa Tieman (Harrington City Manager), Tony Moyer (Mayor Harrington), Governor Jack Markell, Anas Ben Addi (DSHA Director), Duane Bivens (Harrington City Council), Amy Minner (Harrington City Council), Brooks Banta (President Kent County Levy Court), Debbie Pfeil (KCI)
Crowd gathers to watch the ceremony outside the Inn at Duck Creek, Smyrna DE

Program Description

The Downtown Development Districts Act of 2014 (the Act) was enacted by the General Assembly in order to:

  • Spur private capital investment in commercial business districts and other neighborhoods;
  • Stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of such districts and neighborhoods;
  • Help build a stable community of long term residents by improving housing opportunities; and
  • Assist municipalities in strengthening neighborhoods while harnessing the attraction that vibrant downtowns hold for talented people, innovative small businesses and residents from all walks of life.

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What's Going On...

Annual Downtown Development District Report
It has been an exciting year for our downtown districts in Seaford, Dover, and Wilmington as well as the addition of our five new districts in Smyrna, Milford, Harrington, Georgetown, and Laurel. In total of the life of the program $22 million in DDD funding has spurred $448 million in private and other investment in eight total districts. By strategically investing public money to promote commercial and residential development, the program is making a long-lasting contribution to the economic vitality and quality of life in the heart of Delaware's communities. View the report!

Grant and Incentive Information

Information and links to all incentives available to real property investors within designated Downtown Development Districts. Contact information, phone numbers, and email addresses are provided so that you can get in touch with the appropriate person.

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Contact Info

Phone: 302-739-3090

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Last Updated: Thursday, 25-Jan-2018 11:52:25 EST
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