DE governor taps 3 downtowns for redevelopment program
Gov. Jack Markell has tapped Wilmington, Dover and Seaford for a program meant to help revitalize downtowns in the state.
The Democratic governor announced Sunday that the three cities submitted the winning applications to be designated as Downtown Development Districts. The program calls for each of Delaware’s three counties to get one such district. Nine localities applied for the program.
Markell proposed the legislation creating the program, which is modeled in part after a similar program in Virginia. The General Assembly approved it unanimously last year. The designated districts will receive incentives to promote investment and economic development. For example, people who invest in real estate in the districts will be eligible for grants that cover up to 20 percent of the cost of their investments.
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