Officials say infrastructure spending a boon for state

DOVER — The $816 million bond bill passed over the summer allocates the largest sum of money to capital projects in 13 years, part of a deliberate approach taken by Gov. John Carney both to improve the state’s infrastructure and to avoid growing the state budget to an unsustainable level. It’s a strategy that has […]

Letter to the Editor: Upgrades needed before more development

I am writing in response to the front page article titled “Master planning process” Delaware State News, Jan. 7. It is said in the article that with all the recent interchange improvements around Little Haven and Frederica they are eyeing economic development. Eric Buckson, who is chairing the group, is a good guy who is […]

Frederica, Little Heaven may be ripe for economic development

FREDERICA — The governor’s certification of Kent County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan came with a caveat — a master plan must be drafted and adopted for a large portion of Little Heaven and South Frederica in the orbits of both the newly constructed Del. 1 interchanges in the area. State planners suspect that the interchanges raise […]

Millsboro hopes to soon reap retail dividends in Buxton investment

MILLSBORO — Millsboro governmental leaders are hoping the town soon reaps dividends in its substantial investment with a retail matchmaker. Town council in its current fiscal year budget allocated $50,000 for a one-year contractual partnership with Buxton, a Texas-based analytics/retail match-making firm, to help guide long-term retail recruitment and retention strategies in Millsboro. The partnership […]

Inaugural Ladybug Festival in Milford wins Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2018 best new event award

The Ladybug Music Festival – Milford, coordinated by Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and Gable Music Ventures in Wilmington, received the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2018 best new event award. The award was one of four presented at the organization’s Tourism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 6. “We’re honored and humbled to be recognized for our work […]

Sussex County plants seeds for Economic Gardening initiative

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County government is planting seeds in an economic development initiative geared to help established businesses climb another rung on the ladder of success. By a 4-1 vote, Sussex County Council Dec. 4 agreed to move forward with Economic Gardening – an entrepreneurial approach which seeks to grow local economies from within. “It […]

New Business: Developers consider expanding McGinnis Green shopping center

DOVER — Nearly a year after the completion of the 22,000-square-foot McGinnis Green shopping center at the intersection of Jerome Drive and Del. 13 north of Dover, the building is almost fully rented. “We’ve just signed contracts with Domino’s Pizza, an Allstate office and Miracle-Ear (a hearing aid retailer),” said Charles Rodriguez of R&R Commercial […]

Delaware’s liquor industry growing through collaboration

SMYRNA — Although small, Delaware’s distilled spirits industry is relying on a creative and collaborative recipe to grow. With the newest addition of easySpeak Distilling in Milford last December, there are about four in the state. Several of them are making large investments in their future, and with the signing of House Bill 373 last […]

10 downtown revitalization projects split $4.3 million

  DOVER — Ten projects across the state have been chosen for a combined $4.3 million in rebates through the Downtown Development District program, officials announced Monday. The rebates will leverage $53 million in total investment, according to the Delaware State Housing Authority. One of the projects is in Dover, while Laurel and Georgetown are […]

Dover officials see need for parking garage

  DOVER — It appears as if city of Dover officials are beginning to think vertically when it comes to addressing the often-times confusing parking situation in the downtown area. Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen recently said that he and City Planner Dave Hugg have been in discussions with several entities in hopes of bringing […]