Economic Impact

The Delaware Main Street program, modeled after the National Trust Main Street Program, has been in existence since 1995, with consistent annual business and job gains resulting in an average net gain of 4 business and 16 jobs per participating town annually.

Since 1996, designated Main Street towns in Delaware reported:

  • A total net gain of 362 businesses and 1,688 jobs
  • A total of $316,017,673 investment in improvements downtowns statewide, of which 192,677,631 was from private funding sources.
  • Over 1,200 facades have been improved statewide in Main Street towns.

Volunteerism is essential to the success of our local, grassroots-led revitalization programs and committees.  In Main Street towns alone:

  • A total of 64,415 volunteer hours have been logged in Main Street towns, valued at $1,231,211.

NOTE:  Above statistics reflect an average of six towns reporting annually since 1996.

Recently, the Division of Small Business expanded the reach of downtown revitalization resouces to communites statewide by initiating Downtown Delaware, a resource center for issues involving downtown revitalization, 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.  Currently Downtown Delaware serves seven designated Main Street towns and ten Commercial District Affiliates.