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The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced several initiatives to streamline processes and contribute to fos- tering economic growth across the state. Gov. John Carney said, "Dur- ing my statewide business roundtable meetings, I asked business owners, ‘What can the state do better to help our busi- nesses grow?’ I received great feedback, and I'm glad that we are already making changes and improvements based on that feedback. I appreciate DelDOT moving quickly to identify solu- tions that will help our business community thrive.” "Following Gov. Carney's request, DelDOT has taken a comprehensive look at how we can improve and in some in- stances expedite our processes to ensure we are not delaying economic development proj- ects. I believe the actions we've outlined and committed to are a good step in assisting this effort," said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. "These are encouraging steps forward," said state House Mi- nority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford. "At the business forum we held at the Seaford library earlier this year, many business owners expressed frus- tration in their dealings with DelDOT. These policy changes are a credit to Secretary Cohan and her agency. It demonstrates a good-faith effort to take le- gitimate criticisms to heart and make needed enhancements. It is my hope they will continue this impwork, constantly reassessing the agency's operations with an eye toward improvement." "The steps the governor and DelDOT have taken to listen to the business community, and more importantly act on their comments is greatly appreci- ated," said state Rep. S. Quinton "Quinn" Johnson, D-Middle- town. s"This is how our government and private sector should work together. There are reasons a process of approval is needed, however that process can at times be long and actually deter economic growth. I am thankful the governor and DelDOT have come up with initiatives that will help speed up the process and further enhance economic development in the state. Eco- nomic development means jobs for Delawareans!" "Jen Cohan and her leadership team have been outstanding in reaching out to the engineer- ing community to improve the overall review process which is so critical for economic develop- ment within our state," said Mike Riemann, president of ACEC Delaware. The following are steps Del- DOT has taken and will be implementing to promote eco- nomic development throughout the state: Shorten DelDOT's review time: 44 days to 31 days  Currently, the department has a performance measure that staff must review and provide com- ments on development plans within 44 days of receipt. Un- derstanding the role DelDOT has in the success of economic development in Delaware, it has shortened development plan review time to 31 days. In addition, DelDOT is working with the engineering community toward limiting the number of times a plan must be reviewed by staff, with the goal that approval will be given after no more than two reviews. In order to accomplish this, staff will require an in-person meeting with the developer and engineer after the first review if comments and outstanding items are present. Expedite small business and redevelopment plans  The Letter of No Contention approval process was created to process commercial projects that have an existing entrance in an expedited manner, rather than going through the formal process. The goal of this process is to grant approval within three weeks, and DelDOT has imple- mented this change effective immediately. DelDOT has been working with the American Council of Engineering Companies and other stakeholders to expand the scope of those eligible for a LONC. Expedited review team for economic development proj- ects. 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