Downtown Delaware

Downtown Delaware, a Main Street America Coordinating Programis the downtown revitalization resource center within the Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism (formerly the Delaware Economic Development Office - DEDO) a division of the Delaware Secretary of State.


The resource center focuses on downtown revitalization opportunities and strategies, 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 the state. Downtown Delaware’s work aligns fully with the four key areas Main Streets have been successfully using as a guiding framework for over 35 years:  Economic Vitality, Promotion, Design, and Organization, known collectively as the “Main Street Four Points”.


As a Main Street AmericaTM Coordinating Program, Downtown Delaware is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  Learn more about Main Street America.  The mission of the Downtown Delaware resource center 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.

Job Opportunties:

The Downtown Dover Partnership (Dover, Delaware) is seeking an Executive Director.  Download application here.  Applications will be accepted until the job is filled.

Rehoboth Beach Main Street is seeking an Executive Director.  Contact  Applications will be accepted until the job is filled.

The latest Unlock the Block news!

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June 15 Application goes live!  Complete an application to formally be considered for an Unlock the Block property:

June 19 (4-5:15 p.m.) Information Sessions  - Downtown Dover City Council Chambers, 15 Loockerman Plaza 

June 19 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) Pitch Clinic to help you prepare for the Pitch Contest - Downtown Dover City Council Chambers, 15 Loockerman Plaza

NOTE: You are welcome to attend the clinics even if you don’t plan to proceed to the Pitch Contest.

July 9 Application deadline 

July 26 and/or July 30 Pitch Contest

August 15 (on/about) Announcement of Selected Business Owners

Keeping in mind that a program such as Unlock the Block must respond to evolving circumstances and unexpected opportunities, the above dates may vary from those given. Be assured that you will receive timely updates.

Please continue to circulate the word about Unlock the Block – there are two project websites (below). Keep in mind that those who complete an Expression of Interest will receive updates more quickly, and directly from our office!

Complete the Expression of Interest to receive updates! (Project website)


Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund

The Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund is intended to support crime reduction, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development programs statewide, with special emphasis on programs in and around Downtown Development Districts (DDD) and in Delaware's high crime communities. 

The application process closed on December 20, 2017.  Nevertheless if you would like to learn more about the Fund, Download the 2017 application here or see Press Release (10/25/17).