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Making the Economy Grow

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Friday, November 13, 2015

This past week I have had several conversations with Nonprofit and Government leaders about economic impact and sustainability.  Delaware is very fortunate to have many nonprofits that contribute to the economy.  Several nonprofits are starting some impressive initiatives that are designed to generate considerable revenue growth to the State over the next couple of years.

The Wilmington Renaissance Corporation has completed planning, and has begun implementation of a Creative District in Downtown Wilmington.  This initiative focuses on creative production and consumption – in other words, it is a place for artists to work and live, and for their patrons to meet and engage them.  There are plenty of past examples of how arts initiatives have revitalized downtown districts across the country, and this has great promise to do the same.  You can learn more at

Spending time in Kent County, I learned about the Restoring Central Dover collaboration. This initiative came out of the CenDel Foundation’s Safety Task Force and evolved into a collaborative vision among community leaders in the nonprofit, business, and religious communities.   Led by NCall Research, the five-year plan for restoring Dover includes a range of initiatives that overlap with government, business, religious, and nonprofit activities that are aligned towards creating a vital Dover community.  The details can be found at

Did you know: DANA is holding free nonprofit forums to further discuss how to "Make Delaware Great!" We started this discussion at our Annual Conference in June; now it's time to take it further! Bring your ideas; sign up here.

Delaware Botanic Gardens has completed their planning to convert 37 acres into the Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek outside of Dagsboro in Sussex County.   Cultural Tourism has already been marked as an economic driver for the state. Delaware Botanic Gardens adding one in Sussex County is anticipated to generate millions in future years.  With a tourist draw also comes small business opportunities such as restaurants and hotels.  This is a big boon for this part of Delaware! You can see more at

These are just a few upcoming examples of now nonprofits continue to innovate in ways that create jobs and generate cash for the Delaware economy.  Collectively, nonprofits are a huge employer, draw millions to the state for cultural activities, and make our lives better each day.   As we move into a season of thanksgiving and celebration, and we remind our community of the transformational impact we have on lives, don’t forget to share the good news on how your organization has an impact on our economy, as well.   


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