Kent County to match Delaware small business grants for locals

DOVER — Last week, Kent County Levy Court commissioners agreed unanimously (with one commissioner absent) to match the funds given to Kent County businesses through a state-level grant. The EDGE grant (Encouraging Development, Growth & Expansion) was established in May by the Delaware Division of Small Business to support “early stage businesses.” Through the program, […]

Letter to the Editor: Lodging tax another governmental overreach

State legislation recently gave Kent and Sussex counties the approval to enact a lodging tax of up to 3 percent lodging tax. This is another example of the government interfering with the free market via taxation. The tax will hurt the business owners who run hotels and motels. Demand for their services will go down […]

Letter to the Editor: A baffling proposal

The (proposed) Kent County hotel tax that will be provided to Delaware Turf baffles me. Why would the legislature enable a new tax that goes to a private entity? A new interchange was built for this venue then several hundred thousand to build a “Park and Ride” lot that can be used for “overflow” parking […]

Commentary: An economic engine worth supporting for Kent County

Nearly 10 years in the making, the Kent County Regional Sports Complex (DE Turf) has proven to be among the greatest economic generators that Kent County has ever experienced. In only 16 months of operation DE Turf has attracted 200,000-plus visitors from 33 states, Canada and New Zealand, resulting in more than 20,000 new hotel […]

Commentary: Dover/Kent MPO wants to have your voice heard

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization is gearing up for the 2021 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The MTP is a long-range plan that will outline a vision on how to invest and improve transportation in Kent County over the next 20 years. Updated every four years, this plan is also the catalyst for the state’s Capital […]

Kent officials see Frederica, Little Heaven as areas for job growth

DOVER — The consensus on Frederica and Little Heaven’s future seems to be: change is coming. The areas have received increased attention since the construction of the DE Turf sports complex and completion of DelDOT’s extensive overpass project along the U.S. 1 corridor. Kent County’s staff, politicians and business advocates believe that because of increased […]

Letter to the Editor: Clean up after yourself

I am in agreement with Mr. White regarding his letter about Kent County being “trashy.” (“Trashed Kent County,” May 10) We all should take our trash home and dispose of it or use public trash cans. it is not heavy. Upper New York State and Canada do not have this problem. It’s refreshing and the […]

Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce marks 100 years of service

DOVER — Back in 1919, what would become one of the state’s most prominent business associations humbly established itself as the Dover Chamber of Commerce. Setting out to promote the civic, industrial, commercial, agri-business and social interests of the community, the small group grew and evolved over time. Eventually merging with the Smyrna-Clayton Chamber of […]

Letter to the Editor: Trashed Kent County

I have been living in Kent County since 1966 and it is a great county to live in, however the county has become one huge landfill. Most people are pigs as they litter the county roadside and in some cases even their own yards. Junk cars seem to have become the lawn ornament of choice […]

Kent Economic Partnership launches ‘Choose Central Delaware’ website

DOVER — To coincide with National Economic Development Week (next week), the Kent Economic Partnership (KEP) has launched its new Choose Central Delaware website, the agency announced on Thursday. Now in its fourth year, National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council, the largest professional membership organization for economic developers, in […]