Governor Carney Nominates Noel Primos to Delaware Superior Court in Kent County

Primos has been a private practice lawyer in Dover

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday announced his nomination to appoint Dover attorney Noel Primos to serve as a Delaware Superior Court Judge in Kent County.

The Delaware Senate must approve the Governor’s nomination.

“Noel is a long-time Dover lawyer who is well respected inside and outside of the legal community,” said Governor Carney. “It is my pleasure to nominate him to serve on the Delaware Superior Court, and I look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

Primos has been an attorney at the Dover law firm Schmittinger and Rodriguez since 1992. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment law, construction law, and personal injury. He also practices municipal law, and has served as the attorney for the Kent County Board of Adjustment.

Primos holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and earned his law degree at Yale University.

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Governor Carney Presents Order of the First State to Justice Randy J. Holland

Justice Holland is longest-serving Justice in Delaware history

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday presented the Order of the First State to retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland.

Justice Holland, who retired at the end of March, is the longest-serving Justice in Delaware history. Governor Carney presented Justice Holland with the Order of the First State – an honor bestowed for meritorious service – during a retirement dinner in Wilmington on Wednesday.

“Justice Holland is an expert on the Delaware Constitution, a student of Delaware history, and has been a steady source of wisdom on Delaware’s highest court for more than three decades,” said Governor Carney. “It is a great honor to present Justice Holland with the Order of the First State. On behalf of the people of Delaware, I thank him for his commitment to public service.”

Justice became the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court when he was nominated by Governor Michael Castle in 1986 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate. He was re-appointed twice to additional 12-year terms, by Governor Thomas R. Carper and most recently in 2011 by Governor Jack Markell. In 2009, he became the longest serving Justice in Delaware history.

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Governor Carney Announces Departure of DEDO Director Bernice Whaley

Whaley is joining St. Andrew’s School as Director of Development

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that Dr. Bernice Whaley, the Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, is leaving DEDO to become Director of Development at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown.

Dr. Whaley has served as DEDO Director since June 2015. She had been deputy director of DEDO since 2009.

“Bernice has been a source of steady leadership at the Delaware Economic Development Office,” said Governor Carney. “In recent months, she has led DEDO while serving on the Economic Development Working Group, helping us craft a new economic development strategy to invest in Delaware’s entrepreneurs, attract good-paying jobs, and grow our economy. I am thankful for Bernice’s service, and wish her the best of luck going forward.”

Cerron Cade, the deputy director of DEDO, will serve as acting director until a permanent director is selected.

“For over eight years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving the people of Delaware – first as deputy director and then as DEDO’s director. I am grateful to have been a part of this amazing team and honored to have the opportunity to lead it for the past two years,” said Dr. Whaley. “We’ve helped enhance the economic vitality of the state by creating and retaining thousands of jobs, attracting businesses and visitors from across the globe, implementing new initiatives to support workforce development and bolster our community of small businesses and entrepreneurs. I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Delaware and students from around the world in a different, but equally rewarding, role with St. Andrew’s School.”

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Delaware Economic Development Working Group Recommends Plan for Public-Private Partnership

Governor Carney created the working group with Executive Order #1

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Delaware Economic Development Working Group submitted its report to Governor John Carney on Friday, recommending a plan to implement a public-private partnership – the Delaware Prosperity Partnership – that would restructure Delaware’s economic development efforts.

The nonprofit partnership, as recommended by the working group, would leverage private resources to enhance business recruitment, promote entrepreneurship and innovation, support workforce development and provide market analysis on Delaware’s economy.

On January 18, his first full day in office, Governor Carney signed Executive Order #1, creating the working group to recommend a plan for implementing a public-private partnership to improve Delaware’s system of economic development.

Governor Carney is reviewing the working group’s recommendations.

“Delaware’s economy continues to undergo substantial change, and we should do everything we can to ensure Delaware is competing for the good-paying jobs of the future, preparing our workforce for those jobs, supporting our entrepreneurs and promoting innovation,” said Governor Carney. “It makes sense to ask the business sector to partner in those efforts. Thank you to the members of the working group for their attention to this important issue. I am committed to working with the General Assembly as we explore a path forward.”

A new partnership, as recommended Friday by the working group, would be designed as a forward-looking entity to anticipate economic trends – with success of the initiative defined by a set of metrics to include new job creation, higher wages, expanding Delaware’s high-quality talent base, growing Delaware’s tax base, and new business formation.

The working group’s plan does not call for a full replacement of the Delaware Economic Development Office. Under the group’s recommendations, DEDO would remain responsible for administering the Delaware Strategic Fund, Delaware’s Tourism office, business development initiatives and various additional functions.

The Delaware Prosperity Partnership would be led by a Chief Executive Officer and governed by a 15-member board with members from the public and private sectors. Friday’s report anticipates a total annual budget of $2.5 million – with the private sector funding a target of 40-60 percent of the nonprofit’s operational costs.

“The members of the working group were honored to serve the Governor on this project and brought a lot of energy, commitment and great thinking to the process of developing the final report,” said Mark Brainard, President of Delaware Technical Community College, and co-chair of the Economic Development Working Group. “The literature shows that states that want to bring additional resources and talent to their economic development initiatives in the future utilize public-private partnerships as a mechanism for generating these additional resources and this proposed model is a very solid start for the Governor’s team and the General Assembly to build upon during the weeks and months ahead.”

“I want to thank all the working group members for their active and thoughtful participation,” said Rod Ward, President of Corporation Service Company, and co-chair of the Economic Development Working Group. “Our report outlines a wonderful opportunity for the business community to work more closely with the state on economic development through a public-private partnership. It can be a game changer for economic growth.”

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Governor John Carney and Governor Larry Hogan Respond to PJM Reevaluation of Artificial Island Cost Allocation

WILMINGTON, Del. – On Thursday, PJM’s Board of Managers agreed to provide additional data and analysis that could lead to a new cost allocation for the $279 million Artificial Island transmission line project.

The decision comes a week after Governor John Carney and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urged PJM in a letter to assist Delaware and Maryland in opposing the current cost allocation. As currently funded, Delmarva Peninsula ratepayers would fund 90 percent of the cost of the project through higher electric bills, while receiving few direct benefits.

“Under the current cost allocation, this project is a bad deal for Delawareans and Delaware businesses,” said Governor Carney. “We are hopeful that new data and analysis from PJM will help lead to a fair cost allocation – one that doesn’t ask ratepayers on Delmarva to pay higher electric bills, without receiving much in return.”

“Without action from federal regulators, Maryland residents and businesses still stand to pay an unfair share of the costs. With that in mind, we welcome any action on PJM’s part to address our serious concerns,” said Governor Hogan. “This is a step in the right direction, but we will continue to advocate for fair and equitable division of costs among ratepayers.”

Delaware and Maryland have appealed the current cost allocation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Governor Carney and Governor Hogan urged PJM to support the rehearing in their letter.

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