As my time in office ends, I am so thankful for the opportunity to have served our state and the people of Delaware. We have come so far together – from the depths of the Great Recession to the best job growth in the region, while strengthening our schools, protecting our environment, and creating more opportunity for people of all backgrounds.
The best part of this job is traveling the state to meet with thousands of you: entrepreneurs taking chances on new ideas, workers supporting their families while going back to school to get a better job, farmers expanding to new markets, and people overcoming adversity, whether it be a layoff, overwhelming debt, or substance abuse to build a better life. You have constantly inspired me with determination, ingenuity, love, and commitment, and we can be proud that together, we have made our state more beautiful, more productive, more prosperous, and more inclusive than ever before. That includes 60,000 jobs created, helping us earn recognition as one of the top three state economies because of the talents of our business people and workforce. Our tireless educators have led efforts resulting in record high graduation rates, and more students well-prepared for their next steps. Our communities have given opportunities to people previously denied them, including ex-offenders who have served their time. We have improved our quality of life by supporting expanded pathways and trails and cleaner air, as well as libraries and the arts. We have opened our hearts and laws to protect and support people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.
Serving as your Governor has been the honor of my life, and I will never forget the kindness and generosity you have shown me and my family in times good and challenging. Thank you for all you do for our state and each other, and for your commitment to keep Delaware moving forward.