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DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/18/2016

Improving Public Safety by Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism By: Delaware Commissioner of Corrections, Rob Coupe Hello, I’m Rob Coupe, Commissioner for the Delaware Department of Correction. At the Department of Correction, we’re focused on keeping the public safe by providing effective supervision to individuals whose behavior has brought them into contact with our criminal justice system. And we’re taking new steps to give these individuals a better chance of turning the page on their past and building new, productive, and law abiding lives. It’s a fact that more than 95% of inmates will be released from incarceration and return to the community. Historically, after release many of these individuals commit new crimes and return to prison. Many factors can influence criminal behavior, and even those who are determined to chart a new course must overcome significant barriers Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/9/2016

Expanding Pathways to Career Success for Delaware Students By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delawareans and all Americans face a changing global economy, one where employers can increasingly move anywhere in the world to find talent and, because of technology, they produce more with fewer employees. The most effective thing that our state can do to increase opportunity and prosperity is to ensure everyone has the skills to compete for good jobs. That requires bringing together our K-12 schools, our colleges and universities, and our business community to create a pipeline for success. It’s the reason I was so excited about our announcement at A.I. du Pont High School this past week, when we awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to 16 high schools to expand our Pathways to Prosperity initiative. The program provides hands-on training to students in growing fields like manufacturing, Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/02/2016

Reducing Home Utility Expenses While Protecting the Environment By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell As temperatures drop, some Delawareans worry about utility bills that spike this time every year and their ability to keep their families warm during the winter season. Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income to heat poorly insulated homes, while drafty doors and windows allow heat to escape. That’s where Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program steps in to insulate and weather-proof homes at no cost to reduce the financial burden for low-income households, especially families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The Weatherization Assistance Program benefits Delawareans in several ways. First, home weatherization creates safer and healthier homes. While determining the weatherization that’s needed in each home, trained and certified Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 11/11/2016: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware

Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In 2015, we committed to ending and preventing homelessness among veterans in Delaware. I said something then that remains true today: Even one homeless veteran is one too many. That’s why this week I was thrilled to announce that – after more than a year’s work with our local, state and federal partners – we have effectively ended veteran homelessness in our state. We now have the systems in place to ensure that homelessness is prevented whenever possible; that it is rare, brief and does not reoccur. Many groups deserve our thanks for their work to ensure that all veterans in Delaware have a safe, quality place to call home. The Delaware State Housing Authority led the statewide initiative with support from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, but it would not have Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 11/4/2016

Improving Quality of Life with New Trails and Pathways​ By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This week we marked the beginning of construction on the final link of the New Castle Industrial Track Trail, a critical segment of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway. When complete, it will join with the Wilmington riverfront to provide a walking and bicycling connection between downtown Wilmington and Old New Castle. It will create commuting options for Delawareans who live and work downtown and expand recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors. This groundbreaking marks another step in the great progress we have seen in making our state more walkable and bikeable. We’ve added 50 miles of new pathways and trails, and raised our ranking among the most bike-friendly states from 31st to third. When we first announced the Delaware Trails and Pathways initiative I could Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/28/2016

Honoring Teachers for Their Role in Shaping our Children’s Future By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell We know that a major factor in student achievement is an excellent teacher, and we can’t overstate the important role our educators play in shaping our children’s future. That’s why we’re supporting them in more ways through professional learning communities in schools, new teacher leadership roles, and compensation for professional development and national certification. Delaware has many outstanding educators, and this week I was honored to announce that our 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year is Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary in the Brandywine School District. Wendy was one of twenty nominees from school districts and the charter school network, and together these exceptional men and women represent thousands of dedicated and passionate Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/21/2016

Providing New Access to Information that Impacts the Lives of Delaware Families By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell To be effective, government must be transparent. That’s why within the first 6 months of my administration, we launched the Delaware Checkbook website which gave unprecedented access to state spending information. We also enacted the most comprehensive updates ever to Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, making it easier for the public to get access to government documents. And we expanded disclosure of campaign donations because the public has a right to know which groups support a candidate for public office. Earlier this year, we took another important step when I signed Executive Order 57, which established an Open Data Council, and laid the groundwork for an open data portal. As we celebrate this week's launch of that portal, we know it will only be effective Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/14/2016

Expanding Successful Downtown Development Program By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Vibrant downtowns are crucial drivers of economic growth and they are central to our efforts to strengthen the quality of life. More than ever, Delawareans want to live and work in our urban cores that are close to transportation networks and entertainment and recreation opportunities, and that’s why we are investing in our downtowns through the Downtown Development District program. Since last year, when we launched the program in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford, $14 million in grants through the Delaware State Housing Authority has leveraged more than $290 million in private investment. That’s helping Wilmington small businesses like Sterling Grille perform needed renovations, and funding residential construction in downtown Dover. Just this week, in Seaford, I observed progress at the Residences Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/30/2016

Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities By:Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work. Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/23/2016

Empowering Everybody to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Severe weather, natural disasters, and public health emergencies can threaten the safety of our people, homes, and communities. As Governor, I’ve observed how fortunate we are to have so many exceptional public servants hard at work keeping us safe during rain, wind, and snow events, as well as other emergencies. They’re law enforcement and other first responders, emergency management staff, transportation workers, public health workers, and other social service providers across Delaware, who are well-prepared to serve us during times of need. As we recognize National Preparedness Month, we thank them for their service. But in addition to supporting them, we all must recommit to taking responsibility for knowing what to expect and being prepared for emergency situations. Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 9/16/16

Opening Pathways to Success by Expanding Opportunities for All to Earn a High School Diploma By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell In our rapidly changing economy, there has never been a better time to enter the workforce with the right skills, but there’s never been a more challenging time to be without the key skills or the right education. Ensuring Delawareans have access to good jobs starts with giving them the best chance to earn a high school diploma. It provides entry into today’s job market and opens pathways to additional education and training, and it’s why we should be proud that, with the hard work of teachers focused on identifying and helping students who fall behind, Delaware has set new graduation records and recently recorded the fastest growing graduation rate in the country. But we can’t just focus on teenagers. Today, more than 75,000 Delaware adults don’t Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/29/2016

Celebrating the Delaware State Fair By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell This week, for the final time as Governor I had the opportunity to attend our Delaware State Fair which for nearly a century has celebrated our vibrant agriculture community. It’s our state’s largest industry and, anchored by our 2,400 family farms, it generates tens of thousands of jobs and contributes 8 billion dollars to our economy. Our farmers lead the nation in the value of products produced per acre and their impact continues to grow. That success is on full display at the State Fair through thousands of exhibits, demonstrations, student agricultural projects and much more. They show that Delawareans of all ages are developing products, growing crops, and raising poultry and livestock that’s strengthening our food supply and making our lives better. At this year’s Fair I visited with the next Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/22/2016

Preparing All of Our Students for Success in College and Life By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell All Delaware students deserve the chance to make the most of their talents in an economy that requires a higher level of skill than ever before. Thanks to the hard work of many educators and administrators, we are getting closer to that goal, from vast improvement in access to high quality early childhood programs, to record high school graduation rates. And after just two years, our Pathways to Prosperity program is giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn college credit and workplace experience in high-demand industries like IT, engineering, and health care. That’s all important progress, but we must also remain focused on an obstacle preventing young people nationwide from reaching their potential. We have too many students who work hard to meet college entry requirements, Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/8/2016

Ensuring Our Agriculture Industry Thrives By: Delaware Governor Jack Markell From poultry and livestock, to fruits and vegetables, to soybeans and other crops, Delaware’s agricultural community is as vibrant as ever. It’s our largest industry, injecting more than $8 billion into our economy annually, and our farmers lead the nation in the value of their products per acre. Our farmers’ markets surpassed $3 million in sales last year, every Delaware public school district buys directly from local farmers, and our family farmers are finding new markets by selling to local supermarkets who recognize the value in selling their products. The nutritional benefits of locally grown products are incredible; eating local reduces the environmental impact from shipping produce across the country and promotes a safer food supply; and starting Monday, we’ll celebrate Buy Local week, which Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/24/2016

Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs : Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her success. That’s why one of our top goals has been giving all Delaware families access to high-quality early learning programs and why I made early childhood funding one of my top budget priorities this year. It supports social and emotional development, helps even the playing field for children across socio-economic levels, and puts all kids on the path to meeting their full potential. The efforts of state leaders, advocates, and, most importantly, teachers and other staff are paying off. Today, more than 70 percent of low-income children are enrolled in our highest quality pre-schools, up from 5 percent in 2011. More than 120 programs now receive the highest rating of 5 Stars, up from just 24 in 2012. And Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 6/17/2016

Ensuring the Rights and Safety of All Delawareans and Americans By: Delaware Governor, Governor Jack A. Markell Last Sunday, Delawareans and Americans across the country awoke to the horrifying and tragic news of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history – a crime that the President appropriately called “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Victims were largely from the LGBT community.  To Delaware’s LGBT community, we stand with you.  To Camp Rehoboth and Haven at University of Delaware, thank you for standing strong and providing comfort.  We will remain vigilant to ensure protections against discrimination remain strong and undeniable. To Delaware’s Muslim community: thank you for speaking out against the perpetrator of this murder and for making it clear that your community stands strong against this perversion of your religion.  We will not impose religious Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 6/10/2016

Making the Most of the Talents of All People By: Governor Jack A. Markell Our state is at its best when we make the most of the talents of all of our people. Every member of our community deserves a chance to be productive, to be told they and their work matter, and to contribute to the greater good by putting their time and talent to use. I'm pleased that in Delaware we’ve made real progress in supporting people with different types of abilities through programs like Project Search. This career development program for people is sponsored by Christiana Care, with strong support from the State’s Department of Labor, Red Clay School District, and non-profit service providers who provide career coaching and job search assistance—Bayhealth also participates. This past week I visited with this year’s inspiring class of Project Search graduates, including Chris Coulston. Chris Read more

DE Governor: Weekly Message 6/3/2016

Beyond Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Have Served and Sacrificed By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell Each Memorial Day we honor the members of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Delawareans have fought, and died, since the earliest days of our nation, and they continue to make that sacrifice, including Warrant Officer Sean Mullen, of Dover, a Special Forces soldier serving in Afghanistan, who died three years ago when his unit was attacked by insurgents. We remember these many fallen heroes whose lives were cut short and keep their families in our thoughts and prayers. With Memorial Day’s passing it’s important that we remain committed to the spirit with which we pay tribute to them and all who serve in uniform. Today, 85,000 veterans call Delaware home, and 6,000 of our men and women are currently engaged in some form of military service. As Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 5/27/2016

Expanding Opportunities for Our Students With Language Immersion By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell All of our young people deserve access to the best possible education and training for their futures. That means supporting them in reading, writing, math, and science, and helping them acquire key skills for jobs in growing industries. But, we must not overlook the value of language learning. In today’s interconnected world, our economy and individuals’ job opportunities increasingly rely on the ability to communicate with people whose first language isn’t English. It’s why, four years ago, we started our world language expansion program with a few hundred kindergartners learning half of their subjects in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. That continues through elementary school and we aim for them to be proficient in their second language by fourth grade, ready begin advanced Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 5/20/2016

Preparing Our Students to Thrive in Rewarding Careers By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell Building a rewarding career in growing industries today increasingly requires education and training beyond the traditional high school curriculum. We're committed to opening those pathways for every Delaware student. One way is through our innovative Pathways to Prosperity program. It's forging partnerships between employers, school districts, and institutions of higher education to provide hands-on, real-world training to high school students. Thanks to the strong support of Delaware's manufacturing community and the leadership at Delaware Tech, the manufacturing pathway was the first to launch. For the past two years, its class of two dozen students have received specialized training, and many worked last summer in paid internships at Delaware employers. This past week, these 27 seniors received Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 5/13/2016

Empowering Delawareans to be Financially Literate and Grow Our Economy By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Delaware’s economy continues to get stronger, with a low unemployment rate and record job creation that leads the region. But at a time of rapid economic changes, many people continue to struggle with financial insecurity. A recent study found more than 60 percent of Americans are not prepared to handle even minor unexpected expenses. Financial insecurity limits opportunities for home ownership, higher education, and retirement savings. It impacts employers and the broader community, and puts a strain on government assistance programs. We’ve responded to this challenge with Stand By Me, a financial empowerment program that is celebrating its fifth anniversary. More than 10,000 participants have received free one-on-one financial coaching focused on reducing debt, improving Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 4/6/2016

Recognizing the contributions of Delaware’s public servants By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell This time each year we recognize the contributions of teachers, law enforcement officers, and the many Delawareans who devote their career to public service. These individuals are often unsung heroes – doing the work that keeps our state running. Some, including correctional officers, police officers, firefighters and first responders, and members of the National Guard, put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. Others teach and inspire future generations, help the unemployed find work, protect the air and water, plow our streets, care for the sick and vulnerable, and the list goes on. It’s why it’s so important that we take advantage of opportunities to recognize these men and women from activities around Teacher Appreciation Week to the solemn services held last Wednesday Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 04/22/2016

By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Reducing Employment Barriers for our Skilled Workforce Through Professional Licensing Reform We have no higher priority than giving Delawareans the tools and opportunities to compete for the skilled jobs in today’s economy. That goal is behind our focus on STEM education at all grade levels and specialized skill training in high schools. We’ve taken steps to improve college readiness and made higher education more affordable. And programs like our TechHire initiative provide short-term intensive training for expanding fields like IT. Even when people have the right skills, however, we know other barriers sometimes prevent them from entering the workforce. More than a quarter of U.S. workers now require a license to do their jobs, and our state’s Division of Professional Regulation has issued more than 85,000 active licenses. Many of our Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 4/15/2016

Giving all Delawareans affordable opportunities to gain the right skills for today’s economy By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell More than ever, access to good jobs and a rewarding career requires education and training beyond a high school diploma. We have no higher priority than to ensure that we give all Delawareans affordable opportunities to gain the right skills for today’s economy. When we give that chance to our hardworking and determined workforce the impact is clear. You can see the results in the 50 young Delawareans who just completed intensive training in health care and customer service through our partnership with the McKinsey Social Initiative. The graduates told us that prior to joining the programs, they were unemployed or underemployed, felt frustrated and stressed, and saw no way to jumpstart their careers. Now they have job opportunities that they could not Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 4/1/2016

Helping Delaware Entrepreneurs Compete in the Global Marketplace While Strengthening our Local Economy By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell We live in a rapidly changing world with an economy that’s been forever altered by global competition and new technology, and these changes have meant new challenges but also tremendous opportunities if we ensure that our people have access to the opportunities. To support our businesses, especially our smaller ones, that means giving them the chance to enter new global markets. Over the next 15 years billions of new middle class consumers will be added globally, creating trillions of dollars of new wealth outside of the United States and companies that are involved in global trade are twenty percent more efficient and do twenty-five percent more business than those who don’t. It’s a challenge to get started for small businesses with limited Read more