Wilmington, DE – In a guest weekly message, Delaware Economic Development Officer (DEDO) Director Bernice Whaley reviews the state’s efforts to sustain Delaware’s strong economic growth through efforts to attract and retain employers who recognize the value in Delaware’s welcoming business climate, highly-skilled workforce, and high quality of life.
The Small Business Administration has granted Global Delaware an FY 2016 State Trade and Export Promotion Program award totaling $282,636 to support the state’s efforts to help Delaware companies enter and develop markets overseas. This year’s grant is the largest STEP award the state has ever received.
Early this morning, Governor Jack Markell signed a balanced Fiscal Year 2017 budget funding programs that build on the progress made to increase Delawareans’ opportunities to make the most of their talents. The budget reflects changes realized and reinforced by the Administration and the General Assembly over eight years, helping the state achieve the fastest job growth in the region while raising the quality of life for all Delawareans.
The video below addresses the progress of the state’s economy and how Delaware’s business climate encourages companies to locate and expand in Delaware. These results have happened as the state has pursued an approach of working with private, public and non-profit partners to support innovative technology, workforce development, and job-creating capital investment.
Acting 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.
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