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Roundtable Applauds Gov. Carney Executive Order on Economic Development

WILMINGTON, Delaware – The Delaware Business Roundtable commends Governor John Carney for using his first Executive Order on his first full day in office to establish a working group to develop recommendations for implementing a public-private partnership at the Delaware Economic Development Office.

A public-private partnership is one of the Roundtable’s top public policy priorities in 2017 and was included in the Delaware Growth Agenda released last year. Such a partnership would align Delaware with the approach increasingly taken by other states where public-private partnerships have been credited with attracting tens of thousands of jobs, significant capital investments, and billions of new dollars in sales and payroll.

“The Business Roundtable and the entire business community welcome the opportunity to work with Governor Carney, the General Assembly and other stakeholders to help develop a new, collaborative approach to economic development,” said Terry Murphy, President and CEO of Bayhealth and Chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable. “Properly structured to include leadership and involvement from both the public and private sectors with a focus on emerging business sectors, a new partnership for economic development has the power to be transformative for Delaware.”

Governor Carney announced that the working group will report its findings by April 7.

The Roundtable believes the new approach to economic development should facilitate new and expanded investment in Delaware that retains and grows jobs; encourage the development of infrastructure and enhance the business climate; and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that enables the state to grow the industries, technologies and jobs of the future.

Read the full Executive Order here.

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