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  • Downtown Delaware

    Downtown Delaware is a resource center within the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) that focuses on downtown revitalization issues, with particular emphasis on business development, vacancy reduction, and proactive planning for selection and placement of retail goods and services in commercial business districts throughout Delaware. Following after the National Trust Main Street model, additional areas of focus include organization, design and promotion.

    The resource center's mission is to provide Delaware's historic downtowns, communities, and small businesses with tools to revitalize their commercial districts, increase entrepreneurism and innovation, and enhance quality of place.

    Downtown Delaware offers technical assistance and training to staff and volunteers within the eight designated Main Street towns, representatives of Delaware Commercial District Affiliate communities (including seven USDA "Recipient" Towns), and to downtown stakeholders statewide, including property owners, and small businesses, including women and minority business owners.

    Recently, the DEDO was awarded a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant of $234,643 that allowed DEDO to expand technical assistance to seven rural towns in Kent and Sussex Counties over a three year timeframe. These "USDA Recipient Towns" include Bridgeville, Delmar, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, Millsboro, and Milton. All communities statewide are invited to participate in services provided to these towns.

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