Economic development ideas hatched at Milford retreat

MILFORD — Although City Council’s Tuesday night retreat workshop was mostly focused on accounting matters, some time was taken to discuss the future of Milford’s economic development strategy. Many council members made clear their desire to leave the Kent Economic Partnership, a countywide organization focused on bringing business to the area. “I think KEP is […]

Seaford proposes business park, asks county for help

GEORGETOWN — Seaford officials say interest in undeveloped city-owned land has spurred an initiative that includes a partnership pitch to Sussex County. “Seaford has always been a draw for jobs for western Sussex dating all the way back to the river and then the railroad and then DuPont. We have great belief that this opportunity […]

Milford rejects mixed-use Riverwalk development, mulls leaving Kent Economic Partnership

MILFORD — City Council has officially rejected a plan to develop a city-owned property on the Riverwalk, behind The Salvation Army and next to the basketball court. “Our recommendation is to deny the proposal for the redevelopment of the Washington Street property for mixed-use development,” said City Manager Mark Whitfield during council’s meeting Monday. Rob […]

Corrugated box ‘super plant’ may bring 150 to 200 jobs to Dover

DOVER — Linda Parkowski is cautiously excited about Kent County and the city of Dover’s prospects of becoming the new home of the U.S. Corrugated box manufacturing company, which has been based out of Newark, New Jersey, for the past 35 years. If U.S. Corrugated continues to move forward on plans to build a mammoth […]

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 […]

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