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.