Dover Marching Ahead With Jobs

The Dover Post had an article that showed how many major vacancies are being filled in Dover. Not only is Downtown in the midst of major revitalization (We gave final passage to new incentives Monday, but how successful our efforts are to reclaim “empty big boxes”. The article highlighted some of the challenges, but save one, everyone covered was either opening, filed a site plan, or was under contract. It sited the incentives that we passed when I came on board Council.

I expect to see the same with downtown because we have a comprehensive approach of security, economic business incentives, controlling taxes and fees, residential aid, and youth outreach. We built our plan from the wishes of the people. It took more than a year to survey, hold meetings, have focus groups, and seek community leader involvement, but the results have been solid. The people know what is needed better than a central plan coming out of a book. Unemployment in Dover has already dropped almost in half from higher (9.9%) than the national average to lower than the national average (5.4%) in 3 years. Now we have to tackle the tougher issues that plague us and other cities long term. If you want to serve the people, involve them. Common sense conservative governance works.

2 thoughts on “Dover Marching Ahead With Jobs”

  1. Downtown revitalization efforts seem to succeed when the peripheral residential areas are desirable. I have seen this occur in Alexandria and in Lewes. Milton and Milford, both in a state of perpetual “revitalization,” have had limited success because the surrounding neighborhoods are still, to some degree, marginal.

    I have only been to “downtown” Dover a couple of times, but it has been my experience that neighborhood improvments, and the subsequent increase in the desirability of property and increased real estate prices in the residential areas in the immediate vicinity that precipitates the long-term revitalization of “Main Street.”

  2. Agreed, that is why most downtown revitalizations fail. You have to change the underlying factors in neighborhood. People won’t invest in a place that is falling apart and dangerous a block away in every direction. You have to have an inclusive approach.

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