Economic Development


verview of Milford, Delaware

Milford is a City located in both Kent and Sussex Counties in the State of Delaware.  The Mispillion River divides the City between the two counties and serves as a key destination for residents and visitors.  A former ship building hub, Milford has since transformed into a vibrant area packed with galleries, small businesses, special events, performance spaces and gathering places.  Milford proudly combines traditional small-town values with unconventional imagination and artistic sentiment.  In November 2018, Milford was selected by the Kent County Tourism Corporation as the 2018 Village of the Year.  Milford's proximity to the Delaware beaches and designation as a Downtown Development District (DDD) has enabled the City to experience exponential growth in economic development and housing stock.  Additionally, the City is nestled between Route 1 and Route 113 making it an attractive location for industries, and businesses serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

New or Existing Business Resources

State of Delaware - One Stop Business Services

The State of Delaware provides a "one-stop" website for new and existing businesses that operate in Delaware.  Small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and expanding businesses can all get licenses, report hiring and additional State related information.

Need Help Starting or Expanding Your Business?

The below organizations provide technical assistance for small startups and existing small businesses.

City of Milford - Selecting a Location

Please contact the Planning Department if you are interested in opening a business in the City.  Whether it is new construction or moving into an existing commercial space, contacting us early in the process can help avoid unnecessary delays in starting your business.  Prospective business owners should become familiar with the City's zoning code and select a location that is appropriate for the proposed use.  Click here to view Parcel, Zoning, Downtown Development District, Opportunity Zone, Historic Preservation and other geographic information in the City's Economic Development Mapping Portal.

In addition, renovations or occupancy classification changes on existing buildings may require City and State agency approvals before you can operate your business.  Click here to find out more information on the steps required to open your business in Milford.

Efficiency Smart

The City of Milford, in partnership with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), offers Efficiency Smart to help its businesses reduce their energy use and save money.  Click on the links to find out more about the Business Energy Rebate (BER) program for small businesses or to learn how to get expert technical assistance and personalized consultative services

Helpful Links

USDA Programs & Services for Businesses
True Access Capital
Kent Economic Partnership 
Sussex County Economic Development