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Governor Markell Proposes Downtown Development Districts

Press Release

Location: Wilmington, DE

Joined by community leaders, legislators, and local officials at events in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties today, Governor Markell unveiled his proposal for economic development incentives and other benefits that would help revitalize downtown areas in Delaware's cities. The effort was previewed in Markell's State of the State address.

"Our success as a state and the opportunities available to Delawareans depends in large part upon whether our cities are safe and vibrant," said Markell, who outlined the plan at The Queen in Wilmington, the Schwartz Center in Dover, and the Bridgeville Fire Hall. "With the determination of so many Delaware community leaders, committed investors, talented businesspeople, and individuals from all walks of life, we have the opportunity to generate a surge of cultural, real estate, and business activity that could jumpstart underdeveloped areas of our cities. These individuals just need a little help to make their visions for our downtowns a reality. And we know how states can provide effective assistance. It's time to act."

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