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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Embracing a Bright Future Amidst a Changing Economy

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015




All Delawareans deserve the chance to embrace a bright future for themselves and their families. Our state is on the right path. More Delawareans have jobs than at any time in our state’s history, and our job growth is fourth fastest in the nation, far outpacing our neighboring states. But our progress will only continue if we prepare our people to succeed in a changing economy.

That was the focus of my State of the State address, which outlined my priorities for the year. By 2025, at least 65 percent of our jobs will require training beyond high school, but only 40 percent of our workers have that today. It’s why I announced the Delaware Promise: within a decade, 65 percent of our workers will earn a college degree or professional certificate. Everyone will earn at least a high school diploma.

To support this goal, I announced new initiatives to train our current and future workers for growing industries like IT and health care. Recognizing that the quality of our students’ education depends on their teachers, I’m pushing to help attract and retain more great educators by improving the way we pay them.

A strong economy requires a modern transportation network that allows people to travel safely and businesses to operate efficiently. But our roads and bridges are deteriorating. I’m committed to increasing investment in infrastructure this year.

And our people won’t have opportunities if their communities aren’t safe, so we’re stepping up our efforts to solve the intolerable violence in Wilmington.

None of these efforts will be easy, but if we make the right choices, we know our people will seize their opportunities to build a bright future. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Embracing a Bright Future Amidst a Changing Economy

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015




All Delawareans deserve the chance to embrace a bright future for themselves and their families. Our state is on the right path. More Delawareans have jobs than at any time in our state’s history, and our job growth is fourth fastest in the nation, far outpacing our neighboring states. But our progress will only continue if we prepare our people to succeed in a changing economy.

That was the focus of my State of the State address, which outlined my priorities for the year. By 2025, at least 65 percent of our jobs will require training beyond high school, but only 40 percent of our workers have that today. It’s why I announced the Delaware Promise: within a decade, 65 percent of our workers will earn a college degree or professional certificate. Everyone will earn at least a high school diploma.

To support this goal, I announced new initiatives to train our current and future workers for growing industries like IT and health care. Recognizing that the quality of our students’ education depends on their teachers, I’m pushing to help attract and retain more great educators by improving the way we pay them.

A strong economy requires a modern transportation network that allows people to travel safely and businesses to operate efficiently. But our roads and bridges are deteriorating. I’m committed to increasing investment in infrastructure this year.

And our people won’t have opportunities if their communities aren’t safe, so we’re stepping up our efforts to solve the intolerable violence in Wilmington.

None of these efforts will be easy, but if we make the right choices, we know our people will seize their opportunities to build a bright future. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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