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About Us

On February 7, 1807, the Delaware General Assembly approved the incorporation of the Town of Milford and the first board of commissioners was formed to govern the city. At that time, the incorporated area was only in Kent County, north of the Mispillion River.

Eighty years later, the town reincorporated with land on both sides of the river. The first town council was seated, six men from north Milford and six from south Milford. Notably, many years before the United States Constitution was amended in 1920 to give women the vote in national elections, women were voting in Milford.

An elected mayor and eight member council now govern the City of Milford. There are four wards in the city, each with two council positions. The mayor is elected for a two year term, as are the council members. One council position in each ward is open for election each year.

A city manager works in tandem with the mayor and council. The manager is responsible for carrying out city policies and supervising municipal employees.

Included under the umbrella of city government in Milford are the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Milford Parking Authority is an independent corporation with members appointed by the mayor. The Authority owns, operates and maintains public parking lots in the downtown district of Milford. Revenue for the Authority comes from a tax paid by owners of properties in the downtown district.
In 1990, the city adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The intention of the Plan is to guide land use decisions and is updated regularly for plans ten to fifteen years in the future. The Plan includes information on demographics, the economy, city infrastructure and natural features.

In greater Milford’s earliest days, more than 300 years ago, Native Americans harvested shell fish and small game and grew corn and melons. In Saw Mill Range, as Milford was then called, an active timber industry was underway. By the 1700’s a thriving shipbuilding industry supported the community’s economy.

Today, dozens of different enterprises in greater Milford represent a myriad of business and employment categories. Non-durable manufacturing in the greater Milford region includes food processing plants, textile, chemical, and rubber products. Durable manufacturing in the area includes fabricated metal products, millwork and electrical industrial apparatus. The service sector is a significant employment base in Milford as demonstrated by the hospital and general health care industry, educational system, job training and vocational rehabilitation centers. A varied and thriving retail sector includes such businesses as grocery, department, discount and variety stores, motor vehicle dealers and building materials sales. Tourism and related hospitality field are reflected by Milford’s many fine restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, taverns, and motels. Other business categories that provide jobs and community economic support are wholesale trade, construction, and agriculture. One third of the total population of Kent and Sussex counties lives within a 15-mile radius of downtown Milford giving the community a market base of more than 75,000 customers.

OUR BOARD

Angel Hodges
Hodges Accounting & Tax Services LLC
President

Raised in Greenwood, Delaware, Angel feels a connection to the local area and the businesses that serve our communities. She started her accounting career with a local public accounting firm here in Milford in 2003 and worked her way up the position of Firm Administrator before moving on to a larger firm in Rehoboth, Delaware where she held the position of Supervisor. During her career, Angel has enjoyed helping clients with tax preparation, business consulting, payroll education, and record organizational skills. Angel has experience with many different accounting software systems including QuickBooks, PeachTree, Xero, just to name a few. Angel is married and has four children. Outside of the office, Angel enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She also enjoys volunteering for several local organizations.
Jennie Hess
Delaware Tech - Terry Campus
Vice President

Jennie Hess is Art Director for the award winning Strategic Communication and Marketing team at Delaware Tech. As both a Del Tech and Wilm U alum, Jennie has over 20 years experience in graphic design and marketing. Beside Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford, Jennie also serves on the Gourmet Gala, Kent County Economic Summit, and Chocolate 5k executive committees. Jennie resides in Milford with her son who both enjoy drawing, painting, and crafting together in their free time.
George Hufnagel, Jr.
Wattay Accounting
Treasurer

I am originally from Long Island NY, my family and I moved to Milford in 2004. I have been a CPA for 19+ years and have worked in both public and private accounting. I currently work at Wattay Accounting with offices in Milford and Smyrna. I am married with 2 children. I love sports fan who has coached both Pop Warner football and little league baseball/softball in Milford. I also do the color commentating for Milford High School Football. I enjoy spending time with the family and going to the beach.
Jennifer Jurzcak
Delaware Dept. of Labor
Secretary

I have been a lifelong resident of Delaware. I have recently added to the Board of Directors for the Milford Chamber. I have been employed with the State of Delaware for over 16 years most of that time has been with the Dept. of Labor as a Business Services Representative where I help employers find good quality applicants and receive grants. I enjoy attending Milford Chamber events, Crocheting, and time with friends / family. I am married to Jeff Jurczak (originally from Harrington) who is employed as a Automotive Mechanic for Willis Chevrolet in Smyrna, DE. He enjoys fishing, camping, and anything Automotive. We have two children Kyle Lehmann (15 years old, Step Son) He loves building things, history, and drawing. Jeffrey Jurczak (7 years old) who is proud to attend the Academy of Dover Charter School in Dover (Great multiple Award Winning School). Jeffrey loves animals, bike riding, and taking apart electronics to figure out how it works.
Jason Peel
Milford School District
Originally from North Carolina, Jason Peel has made Milford his home for the last 13 years with his wife and three children. With 20 total years of experience in education, he holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. Currently, Jason is the Director of Human Resources and School Climate in the Milford School District.
Stephen Morrow
Rhoades & Morrow, LLC
Stephen T. Morrow is a partner with Rhoades & Morrow LLC. His practice areas include personal injury and workers' compensation. Steve is a graduate of Milford High School and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Steve earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Steve is admitted to the bars of the State of Delaware and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has practiced before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Randy J. Holland Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court. Steve is the immediate past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, is on the Council of Presidents for the American Association for Justice and is a past Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Steve serves as a frequent presenter at seminars focused on workers' compensation practice and procedure. Steve also performs pro bono services by representing children in need who are placed in Delaware's foster care system.
Pat Abel
Independent Newsmedia, Inc.
Alice Rausch
Bayhealth Medical Center
Alice Bavis Rausch joined the Marketing Communications Department at Bayhealth in the fall of 2015 and serves as the Southern Region Strategy and Brand Program Manager. She has worked with the marketing team to coordinate several large events for the Bayhealth Sussex Campus project, including the groundbreaking, topping out, and opening ceremonies. Alice attended Syracuse University, graduating with a double major in speech communication and broadcast journalism. Prior to joining Bayhealth, Alice anchored the evening news at FOX 21 and WBOC-TV. She now enjoys spending her evenings at home with her husband and two daughters.
Debbie Millman
Millman Autoparts Inc.
Danny Perez
River Lights Cafe LLC
Linda Mills
WSFS Bank
Tyler Kuhn
Dover Federal Credit Union
Tyler Kuhn is the Vice President of Marketing and Digital Experience at Dover Federal Credit Union where he focuses on leading marketing, community impact and development, and digital experience efforts for the company. Through these efforts, Tyler and his team are able to deliver an effortless digital experience to members around the globe, while also living out the credit union philosophy of serving the underserved in their local communities. While creating an effortless digital experience is a large part of his role, Tyler is most passionate about community service. As a resident of Magnolia, Tyler understands the importance of finances, but more importantly how they impact the residents of the communities that they serve; specifically, in marginalized communities. Tyler received his Bachelor's degree from Wilmington University in 2015, and was a proud graduate of Dover High school in 2011. He currently resides in Magnolia, DE with his wife Caitlyn, and daughter Ellie. Tyler is a sports fanatic and loves speaking with new people.
Terry Rogers
Busy Bee
Born and raised in Milford, I moved to Southern Maryland in my freshman year of high school when my Dad was transferred there. I graduated from Chopticon High School and returned to Delaware when I was 22. I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services from Delaware Technical and Community College Owens Campus. I was employed with the American Cancer Society for three years before moving with my supervisor to Jobs for Delaware Graduates where I worked for three years. I then became the Transportation Secretary for Milford School District, a job I held for almost 20 years before working in Guidance at both Milford Middle and Milford High School. I left the school district in 2010 and was looking for something to keep me busy. At a Chamber breakfast, I met Bryan Shupe who had just started an online paper. I mentioned I was writing about historic houses in MIlford for fun and he hired me to write them for Milford Live. I have been with Milford Live ever since. I also write for an online content company and provide various types of copy for websites, blogs, press releases, etc. I have been married for 33 years to my husband, Greg. He had two children, a daughter and a son, when we married and we have a daughter together.
Joie Fe Morgan
A to Z Insurance
A licensed producer for the past 6 years at the largest Hispanic owned insurance agency in Delaware. AtoZ Insurance has offices in Wilmington, Dover, Milford and Georgetown. Currently a notary public and carries property & casualty licenses in PA, DE and MD. Milford resident, live music fan, amateur photographer and has been a professional baker/cake decorator for 15+ years. Takes entirely too many food photos and can sometimes be seen around statewide events, wearing a red inflatable flailing arm costume.
Alicia Hollis
Kent Sussex Industries
Alicia Hollis is a born and raised Milfordian. After graduating Cum Laude from Salisbury State University, she moved back to Milford and became involved in various activities throughout Milford. In 1997, she became Director of Community Relations for KSI. Alicia joined the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford Board of Directors and can often be seen in various places throughout Milford, Alicia has a passion for helping people. Through her involvement with the Milford Chamber, and her position at KSI, she is able to help direct people needing various kinds of services. She strives to develop win-win relationships.

OUR COMMITTEES

Events:
   Spring Community Expo Milford Elks Lodge ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
   Girls Night Out featuring the Marvelous Men of Milford Milford Elks Lodge ~ 7 to 10 p.m.
   Annual Golf Classic The Rookery North
   Annual Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Downtown Milford & Bicentennial Park - Chairperson: Angela Dorey - Dorey Insurance & Financial Services
   Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford The Rookery North

 
24 NW Front St.
Suite 101
Milford, DE 19963
Phone: (302) 422-3344
Fax: (302) 422-7503
E-mail: milford@milfordchamber.com