Hi, I’m Linda Parkowski, director of Delaware’s Tourism Office. Our goal is to convince travelers to visit the First State – to shop, eat and stay with us. It’s a task with a big impact – adding $2.2 billion a year to our state’s economy and employing 39,000 people.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell joined a bipartisan group of governors, local policy makers and business leaders today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Jobs Summit to discuss policies that produce economic growth and examine how states across the country are increasing competitiveness.
Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock has released the 2011 Annual Report for the Delaware Division of Corporations. Delaware remains the chosen home of more than half of all U.S. publicly traded companies. At the end of 2011, there were over 945,000 active business entities in the state, a 4% increase from 2010. Overall new entity formation in 2011 grew 13% to 133,297.
Governor Markell focuses on jobs and making Delaware a better place to start and grow a business as the nation’s governors gather next week in Washington, D.C. for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
“One way you can give a gift to yourself while shopping for friends or family is to shop at local and small businesses here in Delaware,” said Governor Markell. “Your money, when spent locally, not only helps to keep Delawareans working – it’s money that can then be used by small business owners to support other small and local businesses – and from it, the benefits to our economy keep growing.”