Downtown Milford, Incorporated, is a dynamic multi-faceted economic development organization that serves as positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program. To learn more about the Main Street approach visit Downtown Delaware or National Main Street.
Downtown Milford, Inc. is an accredited Main Street Community since April 2008. Being a Main Street America Accredited™ community is a mark of distinction that signifies commitment to comprehensive revitalization, community engagement, and rigorous outcome measurement.
DMI has a proven track record of success in planning, implementing, and measuring results that align with the Main Street Approach and have met a series of rigorous accreditation standards. Accredited programs are selected by the local Coordinating Program, which in Delaware is known as Downtown Delaware. That program is administrated through the Delaware Office of Small Business and Tourism and is a division of the Delaware Department of State.
In June 2018, the DMI Board of Directors implemented a three-year strategic plan. We welcome you to to review it: click here.
- North Boundary – Beginning at the intersection of N.W. Front Street and Maple Avenue (including Parson Thorne Mansion), extending East to the Milford Police Station at 400 N.E. Front Street.
- West and South Boundary – Beginning at the intersection of N.W. Front Street and Maple Avenue and extending South to the intersection of Maple Avenue and South Walnut Street.
- East Boundary – Beginning at the intersection of South Walnut Street and Maple Avenue and extending North to S.E. Front Street. Extending East on S.E. Front Street to Columbia Street. Extending North on Columbia Street to Mispillion Street. Extending East on Mispillion Street to Marshall Street. Extending North on Marshall Street to Mispillion River. Extending across Mispillion River (including Goat Island) to Milford Police Station at 400 N.E. Front Street. The project area shall include all properties fronting on both sides of the streets noted above and all properties located within the DMI boundaries.
Trish Gerken, Executive Director
Downtown Milford, Incorporated is managed by a full-time paid executive director who is responsible for working with the Downtown Milford, Inc. Board of Directors to implement and administer the Downtown Milford programs; she provides program support tasks; serves as central advocate for the downtown district; acts as liaison between the program and the City of Milford, public agencies, civic groups, downtown stakeholders, and the community.
The members of DMI want to preserve this area’s rich historic heritage and bring new life and purpose to it. We have focused on:
- developing the area’s infrastructure through projects such as the Downtown Streetscape Program and the Mispillion Riverwalk;
- improving the quality of our downtown real estate through programs such as our matching grant program for structural and facade improvements;
- attracting and supporting businesses which can make the most productive use of the downtown real estate, for example through our revolving small business loan program;
- organizing and supporting community events in the downtown area such as the Riverwalk Farmers Market, Bug & Bud Festival, Holiday Stroll, and Santa House.
DMI members and supporters have been meeting on a regular basis since 1993. Currently DMI Board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in City Hall at 201 S. Walnut Street.