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National Report Spotlights Need for Growing Entrepreneurial Base In Delaware

WILMINGTON, Delaware – Delaware slipped slightly in new entrepreneurship when it compares to other states, according to a national study released Thursday that measures the rate of new business creation across the country. The 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity found that Delaware ranked 16th among the 26 smallest states in new business creation – down from 14th in the 2015 study. The findings put a spotlight the Delaware Business Roundtable’s Delaware Growth Agenda, which calls on the state to fundamentally change its approach to economic development and nurture a growing entrepreneurship base in the face of intense competition for jobs, investment and talent. “Delaware has a real oppo

Amid Turmoil, Time To Refocus Economic Development In Delaware

The following op-ed appeared in the Delaware State News: Each month seems to bring a new piece of major economic news to Delaware that fundamentally challenges how our state has approached economic development for several decades.. Our economy today is unrecognizable to leaders of just a generation ago, as major corporations are downsizing and huge chunks of entire industries have left the state. Traditionally, the state’s economy has relied on the presence of large corporate and institutional employers, which is where much of Delaware’s long history of research and innovation has occurred. Now, to keep up with economic and technological change, Delaware must develop a culture of entrepreneu

Time for a Reset on Delaware’s Economic Development Approach

The following op-ed appeared in Town Square Delaware: Economic development in Delaware is at a crossroads. At a time when the legacy corporations that drove the state’s economy for generations have dramatically reduced their footprint and are no longer a source of sustainable jobs,, Delaware’s political, business and community leaders have an opportunity to work collaboratively to fundamentally change the way we attract businesses and create jobs in the state. The Delaware Growth Agenda, commissioned by the Delaware Business Roundtable, calls on the state to fundamentally change our approach to economic development and nurture a growing entrepreneurship base in the face of intense competitio

A Framework For A New Economic Development Approach

The following op-ed appeared in the News Journal: In an increasingly competitive global economy, no single administration, no single piece of legislation and no single industry will be able to lead Delaware to economic success in the coming years. Instead, Delaware’s government, business and community leaders must join together to fundamentally change our approach to economic development and nurture a growing entrepreneurship base in the face of intense competition for jobs, investment and talent. That’s the conclusion of the Delaware Growth Agenda, which was commissioned by the Delaware Business Roundtable. Since its economy was pummeled by the Great Recession, Delaware has fought back. Go

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