• Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Providing New Access to Information that Impacts the Lives of Delaware FamiliesTo 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. 2016-10-21 14:35:33
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Successful Downtown Development ProgramVibrant 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. 2016-10-14 16:22:08
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Sustaining Delaware’s Strong Economy through Employment GrowthDelaware’s economy today is strong, with the lowest unemployment rate in a decade and job growth that leads the region. But that doesn’t happen by accident. Businesses today can choose to locate just about anywhere, and the Markell Administration works tirelessly to attract and retain employers — from the largest corporations that hire thousands of Delawareans, to our small businesses who collectively employ more people than any other sector, to entrepreneurs and start-ups with the next great idea. 2016-10-07 13:09:31
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All AbilitiesLast 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. 2016-09-30 13:08:18
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Empowering Everybody to Prepare for Natural Disasters and Other EmergenciesSevere 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. 2016-09-23 13:27:27
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Opening Pathways to Success by Expanding Opportunities for All to Earn a High School DiplomaIn 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. 2016-09-16 12:45:39
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Saving Lives by Reducing Distracted DrivingModern technology is amazing and there’s almost no limit to what people can do with their phones these days, but when phone use is combined with driving, the results can be deadly. Far too many drivers use handheld electronic devices behind the wheel, and that creates distractions that not only threaten their own lives, but also those in other vehicles and the pedestrians and bicyclists who share our roadways. 2016-09-09 13:04:01
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Investing in Educational Programs and Instruction that Meet the Needs of Today’s World2016-09-02 12:01:12
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Improving Transportation Safety and Efficiency while Creating JobsDuring this year’s highway construction season, the Delaware Department of Transportation is making major strides to improve your ride. We are investing in projects that will enhance safety, reduce congestion and accommodate growing traffic on our roadways.2016-08-26 13:14:38
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Conserving Natural Resources to Build Our EconomyAttention to our natural resources isn’t just about environmental protection – we must recognize and take advantage of how they contribute to our economy and the quality of life. Delaware’s beaches, waterways, campgrounds, trails, award-winning state parks and wildlife areas form the backbone of Delaware’s conservation economy. That’s especially evident this time of the year as residents and visitors enjoy Delaware’s great outdoors by kayaking, camping, fishing, bicycling, and playing in the surf and sand. 2016-08-19 12:18:17
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Creating Opportunities for Delaware Employers to Export and Create JobsDelaware entrepreneurs have always been at the forefront of innovation and quality. They create products and services that people need and improve the quality of life for consumers across the country and beyond. Today, the ability to tap into the global marketplace is a key driver of business and employment growth. Exports now support more than 10 million American jobs, and to thrive, Delaware employers must have access to these expanding markets. 2016-08-12 12:37:15
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Honoring Delaware’s OlympiansGovernor Markell honors Delaware’s athletes competing in Rio. “Over the next few weeks the world’s attention will turn to Brazil as 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries compete in the Summer Olympic Games,” Governor Markell said. “They are an inspiration to me, and a great example to our young people – whatever their dreams are. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.” 2016-08-05 11:50:15
  • Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Celebrating the Delaware State FairThis 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.2016-07-29 13:47:06
  • Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Preparing All of Our Students for Success in College and LifeAll 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. 2016-07-22 11:45:34
  • Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Honoring the Life and Service of Tim McClanahanThis past week Delaware lost a selfless community hero and courageous first responder when volunteer firefighter Tim McClanahan was killed during a helicopter training exercise. As we grieve with Tim’s family, friends, and colleagues, we also honor and celebrate his contributions to our state – as a dedicated family member, a volunteer firefighter, and an original member of the Air Rescue team with which he was flying at the time of his tragic accident. And we are reminded of the sacrifices that first responders, police officers, and firefighters make across our state every day to keep us safe. 2016-07-15 11:59:21



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