A proposed complex of athletic fields and an indoor sports facility takes a big step forward thanks to a major funding commitment.
The Greater Dover Committee and Kent County Levy Court say their newly-submitted application to the Delaware Infrastructure Investment Committee qualifies for $3.2-million in funding because of its potential to create more than 300 jobs. Backers of the proposal also say it could have an $18-million annual boost to the economy, with visiting teams, families and fans cheering on the athletes, dining in local restaurants, shopping at central Delaware retail outlets and staying in the area’s hotels and motels. “This will provide the state with the infrastructure needed to compete for more sports tourism,” Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin said. “We’re excited about what this means for the future of Kent County and the state as a whole. This will be a big plus for economic development.” The complex would be built on a plot of land near Frederica donated by the county.