By Tyler Micik
The State Chamber’s Infrastructure and Transportation Committee met on June 28th for the second round of discussion around ideas on how the State could invest the additional $1 billion or more it's set to receive from the federal government. Committee members talked about the potential of creating a multi-flag university center in the City of Wilmington. Mayor Michael Purzycki joined the conversation and welcomed the idea, stating that schools are key to improving Wilmington’s social infrastructure.
Other ideas discussed included making DE Route 1 an Interstate Highway, establishing Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs) and Complete Community Enterprise Districts (CCEDs), supporting site readiness/environmental remediation, achieving 100% broadband access, and revising the Farm Preservation Act. Building a parking garage in Rehoboth and Lewes and making I-95 an innovation corridor were also mentioned.
The committee will meet again in mid-July to discuss these proposals and more. The State Chamber plans on using these ideas to curate a list of recommendations, which will be presented to the Governor at our Developing Delaware Conference on October 14. If you would like to join the conversation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 576-6590.
The ideas listed above do not represent an official State Chamber position. They are a compilation of the thoughts shared during our meeting as we continue to develop formal recommendations.