Transportation Infrastructure panel makes project recommendations

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The Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund (TIIF) Council has made its first recommendations for project funding to Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

Recommended recipients of funds include Incyte Corp.,which plans to expand its research center and headquarters near Wilmington and the Peninsula health care system, which plans a medical facility near Millsboro, the Delaware Business Times reported.

Peninsula, based in Salisbury, earlier added Nanticoke Health Services and its Seaford hospital to its holdings.

The council has recommended eight projects receive a total of $8.8 million in grant funds. The funds will go toward infrastructure investments providing a public benefit and assist in the creation or relocation of more than 1,300 jobs in the state. TIIF was funded through the state budget.

“The TIIF is a unique opportunity to offset infrastructure costs that may have prohibited these companies from expanding here in Delaware and is another tool now available to us to support our business community,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

State Representative and council member Bill Bush added, “As chair of the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce committee, I continue to advocate for helping businesses grow across our state and I am very pleased with the process we’ve created with TIIF to do just that.”

“The grants provided by TIIF will create a real public benefit and an immediate impact on businesses that are eager to expand and add good jobs in Delaware,” stated Joe Westcott, market president for Capital One and chair of the TIIF Council.

The recommendations put forth by the council last month.

APPLICANT RECOMMENDED GRANT NEW/RELOCATED JOBS
CHRF LLC $250,000 18
FMIIV (Project Cape) $600,000 159
RIG Acquisitions LLC (Fort DuPont RV Resort) $1,350,000 5
Incyte Corporation headquarters $1,092,154 952
Lakeshore Motor Corporation auto dealer $521,929 25
Miller Metal Fabrication $313,000 6
N.K.S. Distributors $1,151,817 4
Peninsula Regional Health System $3,570,000 150

TIIF 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 or expand existing businesses in this Delaware, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality full-time jobs, a release stated.

The members of the TIIF Council appointed by Governor Carney are Rob Book, Martin Nunlee, Cornelia Johnson, Mona Parikh, John Riley, Bill Strickland, and Joe Westcott, who serves as chair. Representative Bill Bush and Senator David Sokola were appointed by their respective chambers to represent the General Assembly on the council.

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