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Building and Sustaining a Stronger, More Prosperous Delaware: Strengthening Our Economy

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | Kent County | New Castle County | Office of the Governor | Sussex County | Date Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2016



Dover, DE – Earlier this month, the Governor’s office began releasing a series of videos highlighting the progress the state has made over the past eight years through the voices of Delawareans. They will address ways in which the lives of Delawareans today, and in generations to come, are affected by efforts to strengthen our schools, develop cleaner and more efficient energy, make the state a safer and more welcoming place for all people, improve recreational and cultural options, and create more economic development and opportunity.

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.

By the end of Governor Markell’s first year in office, Delaware’s unemployment rate was climbing toward ten percent and five percent of the state’s jobs were gone. In 2010, Gallup ranked Delaware 45th in its annual job creation index. Today, however, Gallup ranks Delaware fourth. Our unemployment rate has fallen drastically to 4.1 percent, while employment gains have been the largest for any two consecutive years in the state’s history. Since Markell took office, the labor force participation rate has grown by 1.4 percentage points—the second highest rate in the nation.

In today’s economy, businesses can hire, locate and expand anywhere in the world, and because of the diligent efforts of the state and its partners, and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Delawareans, the state is now one of the nation’s leaders in job growth, outpacing the regional and national rates.

Excerpts from the video:
“I think it’s in the DNA of a very small state to prioritize the interests of very small companies,” Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery said. “The way Dogfish is a David in the world of Goliaths—the multi-national conglomerates that dominate the beer world—to some extent Delaware is a David in a world of Goliaths when you look at the giant states that are out there.”

“I heard about project pop-up via Facebook, and it was really great to see something like that happening in Delaware,” Amber Shader, owner of First & Little and Amber Shader Photography said. “As soon as I saw it I really jumped at the opportunity to be able to have three months out there where you can have a safety net and test out your business.”

“We just can’t believe the can-do attitude we received from here, the immediate responses to any of the questions or issues we had,” Dermot Brady, CEO of AB Group Packaging said. “All I can say is if anyone wants to choose the right state, choose Delaware—biggest secret in the USA.”

The video series will be released via email as well as on the Governor’s YouTube channel. This week’s video is available on:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/9PuPrRlMx4U
Delaware.Gov: http://governor.delaware.gov/podcast_video.shtml
By email: Please contact our press team to subscribe to our press list
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/governormarkell
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/governormarkell

Previous Videos:
Building Better Trail Systems
Revitalizing Delaware Downtowns

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Building and Sustaining a Stronger, More Prosperous Delaware: Strengthening Our Economy

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | Kent County | New Castle County | Office of the Governor | Sussex County | Date Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2016



Dover, DE – Earlier this month, the Governor’s office began releasing a series of videos highlighting the progress the state has made over the past eight years through the voices of Delawareans. They will address ways in which the lives of Delawareans today, and in generations to come, are affected by efforts to strengthen our schools, develop cleaner and more efficient energy, make the state a safer and more welcoming place for all people, improve recreational and cultural options, and create more economic development and opportunity.

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.

By the end of Governor Markell’s first year in office, Delaware’s unemployment rate was climbing toward ten percent and five percent of the state’s jobs were gone. In 2010, Gallup ranked Delaware 45th in its annual job creation index. Today, however, Gallup ranks Delaware fourth. Our unemployment rate has fallen drastically to 4.1 percent, while employment gains have been the largest for any two consecutive years in the state’s history. Since Markell took office, the labor force participation rate has grown by 1.4 percentage points—the second highest rate in the nation.

In today’s economy, businesses can hire, locate and expand anywhere in the world, and because of the diligent efforts of the state and its partners, and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Delawareans, the state is now one of the nation’s leaders in job growth, outpacing the regional and national rates.

Excerpts from the video:
“I think it’s in the DNA of a very small state to prioritize the interests of very small companies,” Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery said. “The way Dogfish is a David in the world of Goliaths—the multi-national conglomerates that dominate the beer world—to some extent Delaware is a David in a world of Goliaths when you look at the giant states that are out there.”

“I heard about project pop-up via Facebook, and it was really great to see something like that happening in Delaware,” Amber Shader, owner of First & Little and Amber Shader Photography said. “As soon as I saw it I really jumped at the opportunity to be able to have three months out there where you can have a safety net and test out your business.”

“We just can’t believe the can-do attitude we received from here, the immediate responses to any of the questions or issues we had,” Dermot Brady, CEO of AB Group Packaging said. “All I can say is if anyone wants to choose the right state, choose Delaware—biggest secret in the USA.”

The video series will be released via email as well as on the Governor’s YouTube channel. This week’s video is available on:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/9PuPrRlMx4U
Delaware.Gov: http://governor.delaware.gov/podcast_video.shtml
By email: Please contact our press team to subscribe to our press list
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/governormarkell
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/governormarkell

Previous Videos:
Building Better Trail Systems
Revitalizing Delaware Downtowns

image_printPrint

Related Topics:  , , ,


Graphic that represents delaware news on a mobile phone

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.

Here you can subscribe to future news updates.