Kent County Economic Summit to be held virtually on Tuesday

DOVER — The 12th annual Kent County Economic Summit will be held virtually on Zoom Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Minus the opportunity for providing in-person mingling and synergy among attendees, organizers have adapted to compensate as so many others have. “There were some initial brief discussions about canceling the event, but everyone […]

Milford city council narrowly approves daycare next to liquor store

On Monday night, Milford’s city council narrowly approved plans for a daycare on the Milford-Harrington Highway next to Mike’s Liquor Mart in a five-to-three vote. The addition had been recommended by the city’s planning commission the week before with only one dissenting vote, but several council members said they had been in touch with constituents […]

Milford Planning Commission approves daycare next to liquor store

At the Milford Planning Commission’s Tuesday night meeting, the group bid farewell to Sara Pletcher, a member from the second ward who recently moved to Magnolia, and welcomed new member Shelby DiCostanzo of the first ward into its ranks. The committee gave its blessing to three new projects in town, including the construction of a […]

Commentary: Random SEDAC thoughts in pandemic-challenged world

By Joseph T. Conaway It has been a while since I wrote an commentary about economic development in Sussex County. Like most of you, I have been following the recommendation of our medical experts and avoiding crowds and situations that may expose me and my extended family to dangerous situations. Has it affected my consulting […]

US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

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WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending by a record 8.2% in May, partly erasing huge plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter. Last month’s rebound in consumer spending followed record spending drops of 6.6% in March and 12.6% in […]

GAO audit: US sent $1.4B in virus relief payments to dead people

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported Thursday. More than 130 million so-called economic impact payments were sent to taxpayers as part of the $2.4 trillion coronavirus relief package enacted in March. The Government Accountability Office, Congress’ auditing arm, cited the number […]

Commentary: COVID shutdown hurts the working poor

By Dr. John Stapleford As of this date, there have been officially 290 COVID-19-related deaths in Delaware out of a population of 982,000. This is a death rate of three one-hundredths of 1 percent (.03%). There have been 7,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases, for an incidence rate of eight-tenths of 1 percent (.8%). The state government’s […]

Meoli the Big Mac of local McDonald’s franchises

MILFORD — Milford’s Golden Arches are under new ownership. Local McDonald’s restaurateur Mike Meoli and The Meoli Companies recently added the Milford McDonald’s restaurant to their ownership list, solidifying the Meoli presence in Downstate Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula. “It had made sense for a long time for that store to be part of […]

Millsboro council’s final approval paves way for Grotto Pizza groundbreaking

MILLSBORO — If all goes well, a new Grotto Pizza restaurant in Millsboro will open sometime this fall. With a few minor tweaks to parking scheme and a second cross access easement added to preliminary plans unveiled in January, Millsboro town council May 4 approved final site plans for the new Grotto Pizza sports bar/restaurant […]

Gov. Carney announces public engagement around economic reopening, recovery

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney on Thursday announced a statewide public engagement strategy focused on Delaware’s economic reopening and recovery effort due to COVID-19. Starting on Monday, the Delaware Division of Small Business and the Delaware Prosperity Partnership will host virtual Recovery Town Halls with members of the General Assembly, small businesses, and local Chambers […]