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Governor and KC State Legislators Address CDCC

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware Governor, Jack Markell and members of the Kent County state legislative delegation highlighted the annual Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon, held at Dover Downs on Friday. Governor Markell said that when he took office in 2009, Delaware (with a $ 3- Billion annual budget) was rated in the worst ten states for unemployment. In 2014 it was rated in the ten best and in 2015 the First State was rated fourth best with a 4.7% unemployment rate. He said that Delaware is moving towards a more nurturing business environment with the recent passage of the Innovation Tax Credit Act and that it is a major state economic priority to keep agricultural business in Delaware. [ See: "DuPont Tax Incentives Passed" by David Anderson, delawarepolitics.net 3/18/2016. ] The Governor raised the possibility that Delaware is in Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message:

Increasing Opportunities in the New Year By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Time and again Delawareans make the most of the opportunities given to them. No stories highlight this fact more clearly than those of the first class of graduates from Zip Code Wilmington. The program was formed earlier this year to address one of the most important challenges facing our society: giving people access to the education and training required to thrive in an economy transformed by new technology – an economy that requires more skills than ever. Through a partnership of the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Zip Code provides a 12-week, intense coding course for little to no cost. When the first class concluded a few weeks ago, the program had successfully resulted in IT jobs for every graduate – people like Joel Guevara, a Marine who had trouble finding full time work when he returned Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/9/2015

Unleashing the Untapped Potential of Our Downtowns By: Delawre Governor Jack A. Markell Healthy and vibrant downtowns are critical components of Delaware’s economic well-being and quality of life. With urban areas across the country growing rapidly, we must ensure our cities are attractive places to live, work, and visit – to raise a family and to start and expand a business. It’s why we started the Downtown Development District program, designed to spur private investments that renovate old properties, build new ones, and revitalize neighborhoods. Funding approved by the General Assembly has allowed us to provide $5.6 million in grants for projects in our first downtown districts in Wilmington, Dover, and Seaford. Those grants have leveraged an additional $114 million in private investment to refurbish buildings that house small businesses, create green space and build new housing. Read more