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  • Governor's Weekly Message: Expanding Opportunities to Promote HomeownershipWilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about the benefits of homeownership and the effort to expand those opportunities through access to credit and financing assistance and financial literacy education, and partnerships among government, non-profits and the business community to drive accessible and affordable housing development statewide.2016-04-29 12:01:02
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Opportunities to Promote HomeownershipOwning a home is part of the American Dream. Homeownership strengthens neighborhood stability and for many Delawareans their home is their biggest investment and a primary source of financial security. Promoting homeownership is a good way to improve peoples’ lives, and the Delaware State Housing Authority has led our effort to expand those opportunities through programs like our first-time homebuyer tax credit and the Home Again initiative for repeat homebuyers. 2016-04-29 12:00:21
  • Governor's Weekly Message: Reducing Employment Barriers for our Skilled Workforce through Professional Licensing ReformWilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses his commitment to ensure that Delaware’s professional regulations are instruments of opportunity for Delaware’s skilled workforce, including an executive order he signed this week that brings government together with community members to review existing licensing requirements and recommend ways to eliminate unnecessary barriers to entry.2016-04-22 12:00:52
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Reducing Employment Barriers for our Skilled Workforce through Professional Licensing ReformWe 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. 2016-04-22 12:00:33
  • Governor Markell creates professional regulatory review committeeActing to ensure that Delaware’s professional licensing regulations are instruments of opportunity, rather than arbitrary and expensive barriers to entry into the job market, Governor Markell today signed an executive order establishing a state Professional Licensing Review Committee. Building upon an effort first announced by the Governor in this year’s State of the State address, the Committee will be made up of representatives from a variety of backgrounds, including heads of executive agencies, members of the General Assembly, community advocates and members of Delaware’s regulated professions.2016-04-20 17:34:11
  • Culinary Training Facility at State’s Largest Prison dedicated to memory of Delaware Restauranteur Matt HaleyToday Governor Markell, Department of Correction and Department of Education administrators and State Senator Bruce Ennis, Chair of the Senate’s Corrections Committee, joined family members of the late Delaware Restauranteur Matt Haley and representatives from SoDel Concepts, the restaurant group he founded, to dedicate the future site of the Matt Haley Culinary Arts Training Center at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Smyrna. Markell sought the funding to convert an unused cafeteria dining building at the state’s largest prison into the training facility, which will feature a commercial-style restaurant kitchen and an attached classroom. Funding was appropriated by the General Assembly in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and the project is currently in the design phase. 2016-04-19 17:15:45
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Giving All Delawareans Affordable Opportunities to Gain the Right Skills for Today’s EconomyMore 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. 2016-04-15 12:24:50
  • Governor's Weekly Message: Giving All Delawareans Affordable Opportunities to Gain the Right Skills for Today’s EconomyWilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights how the state is supporting efforts to connect Delawareans to affordable education and workforce training opportunities beyond high school at a time when continuing education is increasingly necessary to compete for good jobs in the new economy.2016-04-15 12:23:57
  • Legislation Introduced to Expand SEED College ScholarshipBuilding on the state’s progress toward giving every Delawarean access to the education and training required to thrive in the new economy, Governor Markell today announced legislation to expand scholarships that provide two years of free college tuition to Delaware students.2016-04-12 12:35:39
  • 50 Graduate from Innovative Workforce Employment ProgramGovernor Markell today joined hundreds of friends and family members who celebrated the graduation of 50 Delawareans who have recently completed the Generation USA Youth Employment Program, a partnership with the McKinsey Social initiative, and are on the path to securing employment in a variety of in-demand fields. This evening’s ceremony in the Clarion Hotel’s Belle Golden Ballroom recognized individuals who have completed training through the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program and the new customer service program, which prepares participants for a range of customer-facing roles, including in hospitality and retail companies. Additionally, the CNA program is currently holding classes and Generation is recruiting 50 students to begin the customer service training program in May.2016-04-11 22:00:57
  • Governor Announces Budget Director NominationGovernor Markell today announced that he will nominate Brian Maxwell, Deputy Director at the Office of Management and Budget for more than three years, to lead the agency when Director Ann Visalli departs next month. Visalli will end her more than seven years in the position when she becomes Chief Operating Officer at St. Andrew’s School in May. Markell will submit Maxwell for consideration by the State Senate when the General Assembly returns to session.2016-04-08 13:49:01
  • Budget Director Visalli to Depart Administration with Legacy of Responsible Governance and Investments in Delaware’s FutureDirector Ann Shepard Visalli will conclude her tenure leading Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) next month following more than seven years leading the Markell Administration’s efforts to balance challenging budgets while making key investments that have strengthened the economy, improved the education system, and enhanced quality of life throughout the state. 2016-04-08 13:39:46
  • Governor's Weekly Message: Making Delaware a Center for Research and Employment in Biotechnology and the Life Sciences Governor Markell discusses efforts to build a well-trained workforce, foster business development, and bring together leaders from government and industry to make Delaware a center for employment in biotechnology and the life sciences. 2016-04-08 12:04:21
  • Legislation Introduced to Support Investment in Delaware EntrepreneursBuilding on efforts like regulatory reform and broadband improvements that have made Delaware a more welcoming place to start and expand a business, Governor Markell joined members of the General Assembly today to announce legislation that will give startups and small businesses better opportunities to access capital.2016-04-04 16:01:03
  • Governor's Weekly Message: Helping Delaware Entrepreneurs Compete In The Global Marketplace While Strengthening Our Local EconomyGovernor Markell discusses Delaware's efforts to support entrepreneurs and grow Delaware’s economy by helping them enter new global markets.2016-04-01 13:26:11
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Helping Delaware Entrepreneurs Compete In The Global Marketplace While Strengthening Our Local EconomyTranscript of Governor Markell discussing Delaware's efforts to support entrepreneurs and grow Delaware’s economy by helping them enter new global markets. 2016-04-01 13:15:02
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Recognizing Talents of All People to Build Our EconomyWe should strive every day to ensure everyone has access to opportunities to make the most of their own abilities. It’s a moral imperative, but it’s also a fact that we only achieve our potential as a state when we tap into the talents of all of our people.2016-03-25 15:03:16
  • Governor's Weekly Message: Recognizing Talents of All People to Build Our EconomyWilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights Delaware's commitment to ensuring all communities in Delaware realize their potential through meaningful work.2016-03-25 14:50:11
  • Weekly Message: Creating Opportunity and Improving Quality of Life by Investing in DowntownsGovernor Markell highlights the success of Delaware’s Downtown Development District grant program in driving significant private investment in the state’s urban centers.2016-03-18 12:00:25
  • Weekly Message Transcript: Creating Opportunity and Improving Quality of Life by Investing in DowntownsWe create opportunity for all Delawareans and improve quality of life when we invest in our downtowns. Individuals and businesses are increasingly attracted to work and live near urban centers, which play a crucial role in the economic and cultural life of our state. That’s why we started our Downtown Development District grant program, and it provides a variety of state and local government incentives, including grant rebates to offset the cost of residential, commercial, and industrial development in designated areas. 2016-03-18 12:00:08



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