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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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.”