Governor's weekly address: Revitalizing Delaware's downtowns

By Carl Kanefsky 9:08pm, April 4, 2014 - Updated 8:35am, April 7, 2014
Gov. Markell delivers his weekly address. (YouTube screenshot)
Governor Markell recently unveiled a new initiative, designed to revitalize downtown areas in cities throughout the state.

In his weekly address, the governor said our cities need a boost to make them safer, and to attract new business, and that's why he's creating Downtown Development Districts in every county.

"In these designated areas it will be more affordable to pursue residential, commercial, and industrial development," Markell said. "We will focus historic preservation tax credits there and other state agencies will prioritize projects for the selected districts."

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The governor says it's vital that our cities be safe and vibrant.

Not only does the economic future depend on it, but when neighborhoods are cleared of vacant houses and more people live and work in our cities, they are safer for everyone.

"In Delaware, we’ve seen the potential for revitalization," the governor said, "but given the financial challenges facing our cities and towns, we need to work together to meet our potential."

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The governor believes Delaware's downtowns will be able to provide something for everyone.

VIDEO: Gov. Markell's weekly address:

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