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There's a great deal of construction going on in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Eric Gaudreau files this report on efforts to revitalize the area.  Producers for this story were Talon Foreman and Brianna George.

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Mayor Jake Day declared last night that Salisbury was on track to become one of the great small cities in the country.

It’s only been a year since he took office.

And he touted the city’s progress in that time as he spoked to a packed crowd in the Wicomico Room on the campus of Salisbury University.

“It’s going to take an army of people who are dedicated to changes this community, to keep this progress up. It’s going to take a change in mindset. It’s going to take a change in our self-esteem and how we think about ourselves as a city.”

Laura Mitchell left the Salisbury City Council this week. She came in at a time of great political turmoil as the city faced some of its toughest challenges. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mitchell as she settled in at her new home in Montgomery County about her experience and the issues that she faced at the time.

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The makeover for Main Street in Salisbury will be getting underway in downtown next month.

Last week the city council approved a $4.6 million contract with Corrado Construction Company for the stretch that runs from Route 13 to Division Street.

They will not only replace the sidewalks, landscaping and street lights but also the 100 year old sewer and water mains.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that initially it had been scheduled to begin last fall.

But a decision to include high-speed internet lines caused a delay.

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Efforts to revitalize downtown Salisbury includes a new initiative. It's called First Saturday. Modeled after the Third Friday event, its designed to pulled people back into the heart of Salisbury with music and activities. Delmarva Public Radio's Timothy Young braved the weather and to a look at the effort.

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The proposed Wilmington stock exchange could be getting some startup money from the Wilmington Urban Development Action Grant Corporation.

There is a proposal for $2 million for the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc. which would handle in small and medium sized businesses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the money would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that goes towards increasing economic activity in the downtown area.

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Two downtown city parking lots -- 1 and 11 -- in Salisbury could finally get redeveloped.

This coming Monday the City Council is expected to finalize a contract with Devreco.

Council President Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that during a closed door meeting this week the council decided move ahead with the contract.

The council is hoping to see a multi-use development that would include apartments and retail outlets as well as open space and parking.

The paper reports that developer Brad Gillis called the deal a “great opportunity”.

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$5.6 million in grants is set to revitalize the downtown areas in Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.  

There are thirteen projects in all from a state grant for areas designated as Downtown Development Districts earlier this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include commercial and mixed use as well as residential developments.            

Officials hope that the state funds will generate as much as $114 million in private money.

The grants will provide up to 20 percent of construction costs for those projects that have already been completed.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - An organization trying to promote a healthy and welcoming living and work environment in downtown Wilmington is asking a state panel for several hundred thousand dollars.

Downtown Visions is asking for a state Strategic Fund grant of up to $368,000 to expand its safety and patrol services in a targeted section of downtown Wilmington.

The state Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at its meeting Monday.

Salisbury Looking Into a First Saturday

Sep 25, 2014

Right now Salisbury celebrates Third Friday with a lively atmosphere in the downtown area.

Now, city officials are looking at a First Saturday as well.

This event would center on music.

Joey Gilkerson with a small group of downtown boosters told the Salisbury Daily Times it would be similar in format and location to Third Friday.

The idea got some support from the city’s downtown arts and entertainment committee.