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DelDOT launches infrastructure fund for new projects

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In front of the Christina River Bridge, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 61, legislation that establishes the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund, on July 31, 2019. | PHOTO COURTESY OF GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has launched that the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund (TIIF), an initiative supported by Gov. John Carney last year.

The fund was established to provide economic assistance for renovation, construction, or any other type of improvements to roads and related transportation infrastructure in order to attract new businesses to this state, or expand existing in-state businesses, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality full-time jobs.

Atthe bill signinglast summer, Carney said, “This legislation is really about creating good-paying jobs for Delaware workers and their families “¦ TIIF will allow us to react quickly to important economic development projects that require upgrades to roads or other infrastructure. Investments in our transportation infrastructure make it easier and safer to travel across Delaware, and help us attract development from new and existing businesses.”

In a statement, Delaware Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan called the fund “an important step in our ongoing efforts to expedite our processes to ensure we are encouraging economic development projects that will help businesses in our state grow.”

TIIF is funded with $5 million from the state’s general fund and $5 million from DelDOT’s fiscal year 2020 budget. The fund will be managed by the TIIF Council, a nine-member council established by the legislation with seven appointments made by the governor. The council will consider applications and make funding recommendations to Delaware’s Transportation Secretary and the Secretary of State.

Carney has appointedRob Book, Michael Casson, Cornelia Johnson, Mona Parikh, John Riley, Bill Strickland, andJoe Westcottas the first members of the TIIF Council, whichmet for the first time on Jan. 27.State Rep. Bill Bushand Sen. David Sokolawere appointed by their respective chambers to represent the General Assembly on the council.

The fund is now live andaccepting submissions.

By Jacob Owens

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