LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Preparing for Milford’s Future Starts with You

Over the last four years as Mayor of Milford, I have made it a priority to encourage ongoing dialogue between residents and their local government in an effort to continually evaluate and challenge our efforts in moving Milford forward. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak with over 100 residents as two community groups hosted a City of Milford Update. Residents learned more about how their input will shape Milford over the coming years and were excited about the private and public investments that will determine the course of our collective future.

The $300 million investment by Bayhealth in the creation of the new Sussex Health Campus in SE Milford is an incredible feat of engineering to witness. Recently celebrating the placement of the final steel beam, Bayhealth has wasted no time constructing the exterior skin of the hospital while the Bayhealth Foundation announced its successful campaign of raising $15 million. Chairman of the campaign Bill Strickland summed it up best when he said to me “I expected to reach this goal as quickly as we did. When you get Milford people behind something, they show up and work hard to get the job done.”

This strategic move by Bayhealth will increase the quality of healthcare for Milford residents while giving a competitive advantage to our town as healthcare in Southern Delaware dramatically changes over the next several years and decades. More than just an expansion of the current hospital, the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus aims to increase the quality of healthcare providers available in lower Delaware. In 2018 Nemours will start construction on a 35,000-square foot building on the campus that will host pediatrics and senior care. The company has stated that this campus will allow them to provide specialized healthcare needs for children and seniors across the entire state. The Milford campus will be a catalyst for expanding superior care as they commit specialists including neurologists, endocrinologists and speech and physical therapists to the new location on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus.

As these investments make waves across the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond, the City of Milford continues to proactively seek partnerships that will help existing Milford businesses grow, create opportunities for new businesses to set roots in Milford and prepare for the inevitable growth that our region will experience. I personally have met with over 100 businesses executives over the course of 2017 and will continue to seek out partners that can create jobs and services that benefit the City of Milford. The creation of quality jobs, the ability to ensure public safety and the opportunities for continued education are at the forefront of making sure that our town continues to experience positive changes ahead. Prepared for growth with investments in expanded infrastructure and quality services while creating an environment that encourages economic growth and job creation, City leadership understands that a strategic approach to our growth must above all else, involve public input.

In planning for our future, the most critical component is public input and the City of Milford has been committed to increasing the opportunities for our residents to have an impact on decisions made by their local government. At the next City Council meeting on November 13, City Council will discuss the expansion of public hearings and public input during City Council and committee meetings in an effort to give our residents more opportunities to guide their own future. City leadership is also in the process of conducting Community Conversations during which residents have the ability to share ideas and concerns while creating a foundation for a 5-year Strategic Plan to be used as a guide for growth. A list of future Community Conversations can be seen at http://www.cityofmilford.com/419/Strategic-Plan-Community-Conversations.

As I committed to residents in 2014, when elected as Mayor, I will continue to provide ongoing information about local government through several mediums including local newspapers, online resources, social media and in person state of the City addresses. On Wednesday, December 6 at 7pm, residents are invited to attend a City of Milford Update at the Milford Parks & Recreation Building on Franklin Street in Milford to hear more about their local government and share ideas and concerns for our collective future. Updated information can always be found at bryanshupe.com and https://www.facebook.com/MayorShupe/.

Mayor Bryan Shupe



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