MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Carney Announces Statewide Eco Tour

Wilmington, Del. – Governor John Carney announced on Friday that he will travel throughout Delaware on an Eco Tour to continue to promote outdoor recreational activities that Delawareans and visitors can enjoy into the fall. Governor Carney will be meeting with outdoor experts and small business owners, and engaging with participants during the tour.

*Media planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Jessica Borcky (Jessica.Borcky@delaware.gov) by 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 25.

Tuesday, September 26

WHAT: Governor Carney will tour the Bellevue Mansion at Bellevue State Park. Afterward, Governor Carney will travel to Delaware City for a brief tour of the American Birding Association Headquarters (ABA) and to bike a portion of the Michael Castle Trail.

WHO:   Governor Carney

Representative Valerie Longhurst

Secretary Shawn Garvin, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Jeff Gordon, President, American Birding Association

Liz Gordon, Events Coordinator, American Birding Association

Liz Keller, Director of Delaware Tourism Office

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2:30 p.m. – Bellevue Mansion Tour

Bellevue State Park

901 Philadelphia Pike

Wilmington, DE 19809

4:00 p.m. – American Birding Association Headquarters Tour

American Birding Association Headquarters

93 Clinton Street

Delaware City, DE 19706

4:30 p.m. – Michael Castle Trail Bike Ride

Governor Carney will depart from ABA Headquarters, ride the trail through wetlands and along the C&D Canal, then back to ABA Headquarters.

Delaware City, DE

Wednesday, September 27

WHAT: Governor Carney will tour Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, take a Cape Water Taxi lighthouse tour, and meet with members from the Town of Leipsic at Sambo’s Tavern to discuss the first annual Oyster Festival.

WHO:   Governor Carney

Secretary Shawn Garvin, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Kara Coats, Deputy Secretary, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Al Rizzo, Complex Manager, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Mayor Pugh, Town of Leipsic

Martha Wilkinson, Deputy Mayor, Leipsic

Debbie McKeever, City Council Member, Leipsic

Linda Parkowski, Deputy Director, Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism
Liz Keller, Director of Delaware Tourism Office

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 10:00 a.m. – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Road

Smyrna, DE 19977

12:45 p.m. – Cape Water Taxi Lighthouse Tour

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958

3:00 p.m. – Sambo’s Tavern

283 Front Street

Leipsic, DE 19901

Tuesday, October 3

WHAT:  Governor Carney will kayak at Trap Pond State Park. Afterward, Governor Carney will travel to Cape Henlopen State Park for a tour of the Fort Miles Artillery Park and Museum.

WHO:   Governor Carney

Representative Tim Dukes

Secretary Shawn Garvin, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Trap Pond Partners, Trap Pond State Park Friends Group Members

Liz Keller, Director of Delaware Tourism Office

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: 11:00 a.m. – Kayaking at Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond State Park

33587 Bald Cypress Lane

Laurel, DE 19956

3:00 p.m. – Tour of Fort Miles Artillery Park and Museum

Cape Henlopen State Park

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive

Lewes, DE 19958

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Governor Carney and Mayor Purzycki Announce Investments in Wilmington Infrastructure

Twenty transportation projects in Wilmington will lead to $258 million investment

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki were joined today by state and local officials, residents, and members of the business community at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station in Wilmington to highlight the significant infrastructure investments being made in the City of Wilmington.

Gov Carney Infrastructure

Twenty projects underway or in planning stages by the Delaware Department of Transportation and the City of Wilmington will lead to a city investment of $258 million over the next six years. The investments includes $165 million for the upcoming two-year or more reconstruction of the I-95 Wilmington corridor. Governor Carney and Mayor Purzycki also announced today the awarding of contract for the construction and operation of the nearly $20 million Public Private Initiative for the Wilmington Transit Center to Transit Center, LLC. The new transportation hub for the city will be constructed adjacent to the Biden Train Station on Walnut Street.

“Alongside Mayor Purzycki, we’re working hard to invest in infrastructure in our city, which will help create jobs, improve travel, and spur economic development,” said Governor Carney. “Wilmington has been my home for three decades and we have to work together to reenergize our business district and strengthen our neighborhoods. These infrastructure improvements are an important part of this effort.”

Among the projects highlighted by the Governor and Mayor today were more than $12 million in pedestrian and transit improvements throughout downtown, reconfiguring Union Street, the removal of the Walnut Street Sweep, improved pedestrian and transit facilities on Fourth Street, and continued streetscape improvements in Southbridge. There projects are in addition to the previously announced construction of the Christina River Bridge on the Wilmington Riverfront will provide a much needed southern entrance and exit to the Wilmington Riverfront that will encourage further development on the Southbridge side of the river.

“The Governor and DelDOT Secretary Cohan have been steadfast in their commitment to improving vehicular travel, public transit and pedestrian safety in Wilmington by supporting projects that make travel more convenient for our citizens, workers and visitors,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We have a collective understanding that the economic benefits of infrastructure investment are significant, and as Wilmington’s neighborhoods and businesses become stronger, our City will contribute more to Delaware’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

“We are making major infrastructure improvements throughout the state, spending more than $780 million this year alone. These improvements in our state’s largest city will positively impact all who live and work in Wilmington,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

Other projects include:

  • ADA improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Streetscaping projects on Concord Avenue and Old Brandywine Village
  • King and Orange Street Transit Improvements
  • Maryland Avenue Paving and Rehabilitation

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Governor Carney, Delaware Prosperity Partnership Announce Interim CEO

John Riley will help develop strategic plan and lead search for permanent leader

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday announced that John Riley, a former state Director of Business Development, will serve as interim CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership – the newly-established public-private partnership that will lead the state’s economic development efforts.

In the position, Riley will help launch operations, develop a strategic plan for the new nonprofit, and conduct a search for a permanent chief executive.

“John is well-known and respected across our state, and has significant experience in economic development,” said Governor Carney, who will serve as co-chair of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership board. “I’m pleased he has agreed to help us launch the partnership. We are committed to changing the way we do business, fostering innovation, and growing our economy. I’m confident John will help position the partnership to succeed.”

“Establishment of this entity was a critical step to enhance the state’s ability to attract, grow and retain companies; to build a stronger entrepreneurial culture and to support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent,” said Rod Ward, President of CSC and co-chair of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership board. “As Interim CEO, John will work with the board on the recruitment of a permanent CEO and development of a strategic plan for Delaware.”

“Thank you to Governor Carney and the entire board of the partnership for this opportunity,” said John Riley. “Delaware has great assets – a talented workforce, a strategic location along I-95, responsive leadership, and great communities up and down our state. I look forward to doing everything I can to attract investment and additional good-paying jobs to our state, and setting up this new partnership to succeed in helping grow our economy.”

Riley served as Director of Business Development under then-Governor Thomas R. Carper. He retired from Ashland where he was Director of Government Relations and previously served as Director of Public Affairs for Hercules Incorporated. Riley has continued to be active in economic development and assisted Governor Jack Markell’s Administration with Delaware’s strategy in responding to the DuPont-Dow merger.

Members of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership board approved the hiring of Riley at an organizational meeting this week.

Governor Carney, who took office in January, has made it a top priority to restructure Delaware’s economic development efforts, and strategically partnering with the private sector on economic growth was a key recommendation of the Governor’s Action Plan for Delaware. Last month, Governor Carney signed House Bill 226, creating the Delaware Prosperity Partnership and a new division within the Department of State to support small business growth.

The Delaware Prosperity Partnership will be run day-to-day by the chief executive officer and a full-time staff. The nonprofit will lead business marketing efforts for the state, with a focus on attracting early-stage and technology-focused businesses, recruitment of large employers, and expansion of international business opportunities for Delaware companies. Its leaders also will work with employers and Delaware educators to fill key talent gaps in the state. The state will jointly fund the partnership’s operations with private business.

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Governor Carney’s Statement on Graham-Cassidy Health Care Legislation in U.S. Senate

WILMINGTON, Del. Governor John Carney on Thursday released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy Health Care legislation in the U.S. Senate, which could cost Delaware more than $2 billion in federal funding reductions by 2026, cuts that would reduce access to quality health care and shift costs onto Delaware families and the state budget:

“This bill would be a disaster for Delaware seniors, Delawareans with disabilities, and children and adults in low-income households who depend on Medicaid as their connection to care. It would force our Medicaid program to limit eligibility, cut benefits or pay a far greater share of the cost for the Delawareans who are covered today. This bill also would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s federal assistance for individuals and families buying coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, raising premiums for most of the 27,000 Delawareans who get their coverage there. This bill is clearly the wrong direction for Delaware and the wrong direction for our country.”

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Governor Carney Announces Appointments to Board of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership

Public-private partnership will lead economic development, business marketing and recruitment for Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday announced appointments to the board of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership – the public-private partnership that will lead Delaware’s economic development efforts, and business marketing and recruitment for the state. Board members represent a cross-section of Delaware’s economy – with representatives from Delaware’s financial industry, leading corporations, the nonprofit sector, higher education, and the legal community.

Governor Carney will co-chair the partnership’s board alongside Rod Ward, President of CSC.

“Collectively, this group of leaders from across our state will ensure that Delaware is positioned to create good-paying jobs, to attract talent, and to lead in a 21st century economy,” said Governor Carney. “As co-chair, I will remain closely involved in the direction of the partnership, and Delaware’s economic development efforts. And we will focus on promoting innovation, attracting technology-focused jobs to Delaware, connecting entrepreneurs with available resources, and building a talented workforce. Thank you to Rod Ward for agreeing to co-chair this group, and to all of those who have agreed to serve.”

“We are extremely pleased with the Governors foresight and leadership in establishing a public-private partnership to expand economic development here in Delaware,” said Ward. “Increasing business community involvement and support was one of the major recommendations of the Delaware Business Roundtable’s Delaware Growth Agenda. The board appointed by the Governor for the Delaware Prosperity Partnership is ready to roll up their sleeves and work to attract new business and entrepreneurs into our state.”

Governor Carney, who took office in January, has made it a top priority to restructure Delaware’s economic development efforts, and strategically partnering with the private sector on economic growth was a key recommendation of the Governor’s Action Plan for Delaware. Last month, Governor Carney signed House Bill 226, creating the Delaware Prosperity Partnership and a new division within the Department of State to support small business growth.

The Delaware Prosperity Partnership – which will be run day-to-day by a chief executive officer and a full-time staff – will lead business marketing efforts for the state, with a focus on attracting early-stage and technology-focused businesses, recruitment of large employers, and expansion of international business opportunities for Delaware companies. Its leaders also will work with employers and Delaware educators to fill key talent gaps in the state. The state will jointly fund the partnership’s operations with private business.

 

Partnership board members include:

Governor John Carney (co-chair)

  • Rod Ward, President, CSC (co-chair)
  • Desmond Baker, Founder, Desmond A. Baker & Associates
  • Alan Brangman, Executive Vice President, University of Delaware
  • Patrick Callahan, Founder, CompassRed
  • Eric Cheek, Associate Vice President, Delaware State University
  • Doneene Damon, Executive Vice President, Richards, Layton, & Finger
  • Jeanmarie Desmond, Co-Controller, DowDuPont
  • Robert Herrera, Co-Founder, The Mill
  • Nick Lambrow, President of Delaware Region, M&T Bank
  • Senator Greg Lavelle, Delaware State Senate
  • Greg Moore, Vice President, Becker Morgan Group
  • Lori Palmer, Ventures Executive Leader, Trellist Marketing Technology
  • Rob Rider, CEO, O.A. Newton
  • Representative Bryon Short, Delaware House of Representatives
  • Richelle Vible, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
  • Senator Jack Walsh, Delaware State Senate
  • Representative Lyndon Yearick, Delaware House of Representatives

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