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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...

Spring 2017 DDD Grants - Apply NOW!
The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) is pleased to announce that the Spring 2017 funding round for the Downtown Development Districts (DDD) grant program is now open! Grant rebates of up to 20 percent are available to qualified investors with qualified real property investments associated with commercial, industrial, residential or mixed-use buildings or facilities located within a designated downtown District. Currently, there are eight designated Districts: Dover, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, Seaford, Smyrna and Wilmington. Investors making a qualified real property investment greater than $250,000 must apply for a Large Project Reservation no later than May 15, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Investors making a qualified real property investment between $15,000 and $250,000 may apply on a rolling basis, as long as funding is available.

Five New Downtown Development Districts Announced
Governor Jack Markell, on August 10, 2016, announced a statewide expansion of Delaware's Downtown Development Districts program, significantly building on the state's efforts to redevelop Delaware's commercial business districts and drive private investment in towns and cities.

Governor Markell officially designated five new Downtown Development Districts - in Smyrna, Harrington, Milford, Georgetown and Laurel. Investors who make qualified improvements to residential, commercial, or industrial properties in those districts now may qualify for state and local development incentives, including 20 percent state grant rebates. See the full article.

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: Tuesday, 30-May-2017 09:07:32 EDT
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