Report: Delaware lags well behind Pennsylvania, Maryland in business expansion approval process

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Ananalysisof Delaware’s permitting process released this morning finds the state lags behind Maryland and Pennsylvania when it comes to the approvals process for businesses wishing to locate or expand in the state.

The analysis was conducted by the international firm KPMG and made numerous recommendations for streamlining the process.

“Coupled with low taxes, a prime location and a high-quality workforce, a more favorable permitting environment would make it significantly more likely that Delaware would be more competitive as we work to grow, retain and attract businesses to our state,” said Rod Ward, chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable and co-chair of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. “These recommendations should serve as a roadmap for policymakers to develop a more predictable permitting process and a more competitive Delaware.”

The analysis was commissioned by the Ready In 6 Coalition, comprised of Delaware Business Roundtable, Delaware State Chamber, Kent Economic Partnership, Greater Kent Committee, Sussex County Economic Development Action Team, ACEC Delaware, the Committee of 100, the Central Delaware Chamber, the New Castle County Chamber, Delaware Contractors Association, the Delaware Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Home Builders Association of Delaware.

The analysis found that Delaware’s permitting process can stretch up to 24 months, placing the state at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting and growing businesses. “In the region, Delaware’s competitors, Maryland and Pennsylvania, are able to achieve substantially faster permit approvals. As a result, Delaware is missing significant economic development opportunities,” the analysis indicates.

The Roundtable and its partners have launched a “Ready in 6” initiative, designed to cut the permitting timeline from 24 months to six months to make Delaware more competitive with other states.

The report recommends state and county leaders improve in three key areas to streamline the permitting process in Delaware: Enhance communication, increase efficiency and reduce paperwork, and track and use with more effectiveness.

Click on the document below or view the full analysis here:

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The Delaware Business Roundtable is a volunteer consortium of CEOs whose companies collectively employ over 75,000 people in Delaware.

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