Former legislator, Wilmington Economic Development chief Joe DiPinto remembered

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Catching up over coffee (from left) Mayor James Baker, Joe DiPinto, John Rago, the late Ted Blunt, Tanya Washington and Henry Supinski
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Former legislator, Wilmington City Council member and city Economic Development Director Jos DiPinto died on Monday.

According to a release from the City of Wilmington, after nearly 40 years with the DuPont Company, Joe DiPinto served as a member of City Council (1973-1986), a State Representative (1987-2006), and city Department of Economic Development Director (2006-2012)

“To Pat, his wife, and his children, including Jim, Wilmington’s Zoning Administrator, and his entire family, I offer the condolences of a very grateful City for the years that Joe devoted to Wilmington’s growth and to preserving the strength of our State,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Joe was a Republican in a heavily Democratic city and state, yet he never let political party affiliation or politics interfere with getting the job done. He was focused and determined to serve the needs of the people of Wilmington, whether he was in Dover at the Delaware General Assembly or in Wilmington inside his City Hall office. We have lost an outstanding person and public servant.”

DiPinto served his entire 12-year career on City Council (1983-1986) with council colleague James Baker, who eventually became President around the same time that Joe DiPinto was preparing to serve in the General Assembly in Dover. Twenty years later, then-Mayor James Baker asked DiPento, who was wrapping up his state government career, to become the city’s Director of Economic Development.

“Joe knew that this position gave him the opportunity to directly help the people of Wilmington through development agreements that provided jobs for City residents and revenue to support City services,” Baker stated. “Joe cared about people regardless of their standing in life, race, religion, or politics. He served the people of Wilmington well. Joe made people feel comfortable discussing complicated projects. City employees, residents, and businesses alike enjoyed working with Joe. He was a great friend and colleague. I send Pat and Joe’s family my condolences and my thanks for supporting him through all of his many achievements.”

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Joe DiPinto also served as an appointee to Delaware’s Science and Technology Council, the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, the Riverfront Development Corporation, the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Delaware Science and Technology Commission. In addition, Joe was also President of the Wilmington UDAG Corp. and Board member of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, Downtown Visions, WEDCO, and the Christina Gateway Corp. He also served on the Boards of St. Francis Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Ministry of Caring, Sacred Heart Village, Salvation Army, and WHYY.

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