• Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Preparing Our Students to Thrive in Rewarding CareersBuilding 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.2016-05-20 12:02:36
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Recognizing the Contributions of Delaware’s Public ServantsThis 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. 2016-05-06 12:00:32
  • 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 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'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
  • 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
  • Weekly Message Transcript: Growing Our Economy by Improving Quality of Life and Supporting TourismWe have no higher priority than ensuring good jobs are available to all Delawareans who want them. While our work is not done, the state’s expanding economy is putting more of our people to work than ever. We recently set a record for consecutive years of job growth, adding more than fifteen thousand jobs over the past two years alone. Our unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 8 years. Building on that progress means continuing to invest in a skilled workforce and foster a business climate that welcomes entrepreneurship and innovation. Part of those efforts must include realizing the full potential of our state’s high quality of life and abundant natural resources that are making Delaware an in-demand destination for visitors. We are seeing what’s possible when we make that a priority. 2016-03-11 13:01:33
  • Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Educational Opportunities to Ensure Future Student SuccessGiving our students the best chance to thrive means exposing them to great educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math--STEM. STEM jobs are increasing much faster than average, from computer system analysts and software developers to medical scientists and biomedical engineers. And preparing our students means collaboration among our school districts, our colleges and universities, and business leaders to align curriculum with the needs of the workplace. 2016-03-04 13:01:18
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Improving Our Criminal Justice System to Create New OpportunitiesOne of the ways we have worked to improve public safety and create opportunity for all Delawareans is through a smarter criminal justice system - a system that reserves limited prison space for violent criminals and emphasizes treatment and community supervision for low-level offenders whose needs outweigh their risks to the community. A significant number of the individuals who enter our justice system battle addiction and mental illness, and experience shows us that these are factors that drive criminal behavior. In fact, fully half of the inmates in Delaware’s prisons are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Adopting reforms that include improved efforts to identify and treat them can lower our prison population, keep families intact, and give more offenders the opportunity to be productive citizens. 2016-02-19 13:01:14
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Accepting Our Past to Build a Brighter FutureThis past week, I proudly issued our state’s annual proclamation for Black History Month – an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of remarkable Delawareans. They’re people like famous civil rights attorney Louis Redding, community leader and Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League founder James Gilliam Sr., and jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown as well as the many talented musicians who perform at the festival bearing his name. We also unveiled the state’s new exhibit marking 125 years of great contributions by students and faculty of Delaware State University.2016-02-12 13:20:07
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Building Our Economy by Investing in Delaware’s InfrastructureSupporting a strong economy and a high quality of life for Delawareans requires a safe and efficient transportation system. That’s why, with bipartisan leadership from the General Assembly, I’m proud we have increased investments in roads and bridges by nearly $400 million over the next six years. That means creating tens of thousands of jobs, fewer accidents, and less congestion. And in addition to construction happening with those funds, we’re celebrating another important milestone this week for our infrastructure with the groundbreaking for the new US Route 301. 2016-02-05 13:00:40
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Investing in a Strong Future for DelawareA transcript of the Governor's Weekly Message: Investing in a Strong Future for Delaware2016-01-29 13:00:57
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Celebrating Past Progress and Envisioning a Bright Future for DelawareGovernor Markell celebrated the progress made over the past eight years and highlighted the vision for a bright future for the state.2016-01-22 13:01:27
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Investing in Our Students by Building on Dual Enrollment ProgressWe know that good-paying jobs increasingly require education or training beyond high school, and evidence shows that students who take a college course in high school are more likely to complete their post-secondary education. 2016-01-15 13:10:52



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