We Kent Wait
Several important new initiatives and projects are making the county better than ever. Here are just a few.
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Floral imports are big business—and one likely to spin off unique benefits to air travelers.
It may surprise some to learn that the Central American nation of Colombia has approached Kent County as a destination for its seasonal flower export business. But Colombia already does about $1.2 billion a year in trade with Delaware, so it knows more about Kent County than one might think.
“They are a big exporter of seasonal flowers into the United States beginning from Valentine’s Day through Easter,” says Dan Wolfensberger of the Central Delaware Economic Development Council. “They currently are using New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where the fees are much higher than they would be here.”
The county is looking to house the import operation at the former Sunroc Building in the Kent County Aero Park. “It’s a 225,000-square-foot building, which would provide a distribution center for the flowers that would be reshipped to major wholesalers in southern New Jersey,” Wolfensberger says. “It would also permit us to export items of our own back to Colombia and South and Central America.”
In addition to developing a significant trade center, the CDEDC is working to provide commuter flights on Evergreen Airlines, which handles cargo shipments on behalf of the military at Dover Air Force Base. Wolfensberger says the CDEDC is working with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide the $5.5 million needed for the renovations to accommodate Evergreen.
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