The creation of Dickinson Economic Development Corporation was authorized by City Council on June 9, 1998 through Ordinance 347-98, with articles of incorporation approved the same day through Resolution 387-98. The Corporation is funded through the adoption of a sales and use tax pursuant to the provisions of Section 4B of the Development Corporation Act of 1979. The sales tax authorized by Section 4B, provides cities with a wide range of uses. It is intended to give communities an opportunity to undertake projects that improve the quality of life for the the community. Section 4B tax can be used to fund projects that are considered community development initiatives such as purchase of land, buildings, equipment and expenditures to improve facilities, parks and entertainment venues.