Gov. John Carney has selected members of the Economic Development Working Group to develop recommendations for implementing a public-private partnership at the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO).
The bi-partisan working group will explore how state government can work with the private sector to improve economic development efforts in Delaware, including ways to attract new, growing companies to the state, build a stronger entrepreneurial community, and support innovation, a release from the Governor’s office stated.
“Over the next several weeks, the working group will explore how we can best position Delaware to be at the top of the list for businesses looking to start-up, grow or relocate,” said Carney. “We will work with private industry to help grow our economy so that Delaware can compete for good-paying jobs.”
The Economic Development Working Group members include:
- Mark Brainard – President, Delaware Technical Community College (Co-Chair)
- Doneene Damon – Executive Vice President, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
- Mark Kleinschmidt – President, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce
- Nick Lambrow – President, M&T Bank, Delaware Region
- Jim Maravelias – President, Delaware AFL-CIO
- Terry Murphy – President, Bayhealth Medical Center & Chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable
- Mona Parikh – Community Engagement Liaison, UD Horn Program in Entrepreneurship
- Sen. Brian Pettyjohn – Senate Republican Caucus
- Albert Shields – Policy Director, Office of Governor Carney
- Rep. Bryon Short – House Democratic Caucus
- Richelle Vible – Executive Director, Catholic Charities
- Sen. Jack Walsh – Senate Democratic Caucus
- Rod Ward – President, Corporation Service Company (Co-Chair)
- Bernice Whaley – Director, Delaware Economic Development Office
- Rep. Lyndon Yearick – House Republican Caucus
The working group will begin its work this month and report back to Governor Carney by April 7, 2017. No meetings of the group were announced in the release, although Jonathan Starkey, a spokesman for the governor said that information will be forthcoming.
The group includes a member from each of the General Assembly’s four caucuses; four representatives from the business community; the Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office; the Governor’s Policy Director; and representatives from the nonprofit sector, higher education, labor and the public.
The Economic Development Working Group was established by Carney’s first executive order.