• Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning ProgramsThe 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. 2016-06-24 12:01:02
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Ensuring the Rights and Safety of All Delawareans and AmericansLast 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. 2016-06-17 12:59:44
  • Weekly Message Transcript: Making the Most of the Talents of All PeopleOur 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. 2016-06-10 12:01:11
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Beyond Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Have Served and Sacrificed2016-06-03 12:02:09
  • Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Opportunities for Our Students With Language ImmersionAll 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.2016-05-27 12:01:25
  • 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



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