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JPMorgan Chase announces major upgrades at Delaware sites

JPMorgan Chase Monday announced a major upgrade to its Delaware buildings and a downtown parking structure. A ceremony marking the Delaware Renovation Program was held at the entrance to its Wilmington Corporate Center at 3 Christina Center in the Christina Gateway development. Christiana Gateway is at the southern edge of downtown Wilmington and a short walk to...

Repair project to close St. Georges Bridge for 18 months

A major repair project will begin in early April at the St. Georges Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The bridge will remain closed to all traffic for approximately 18 months. The $45.8 million contract, awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc., involves demolishing and replacing the bridge decking, median barrier, drainage features; replacing bridge approaches and roadways; and...

Great Outdoor Cottages cuts ribbon at 110-employee Georgetown site

Blue Water business partner Great Outdoor Cottages last month held a ribbon cutting and open house for their new building in Delaware Coastal Business Park in Georgetown. Great Outdoor Cottages has hired 110 employees since its inception and plans to hire over 100 additional employees. "For the community, it means more jobs and more stimulus and employment for a long time...

Georgetown man charged with felony home improvement fraud

Delaware State Police photo of Waller above Delaware State Police arrested 32-year-old Michael Waller of Georgetown, for home improvement fraud following investigations that began last summer. In June and July of 2022, State Police detectives began investigating Waller, owner of “Waller Precision” company, after they had received complaints of incomplete residential construction. Detectives determined that Waller had failed to carry out...

Personnel file: June 30, 2022

The Committee of 100 announced that Elizabeth Keller will become the new Executive Director of the organization effective July 11. She succeeds Jennifer Kmiec who is retiring.  Keller moves to The Committee of 100 from the Delaware Tourism Office, which she joined in 2010 and served as Director since 2017. She led state tourism program development, strategies, and community...

House passes $1.4 billion Bond Bill as session winds down

The House on Tuesday approved a state-record $1.4 billion capital budget. House Bill 475 was hashed out by the Joint Bond Bill Committee, a 12-member panel of representatives and senators from both parties. The Bond Bill funds various construction, planning, and repair projects for state infrastructure, buildings, and grounds. The Bond Bill is a major contributor to the state's economy. ...

Labor shortage explored at Friday breakfast event

Panelists agree that college has been overemphasized A breakfast discussion of workforce issues had a lively moment on Friday morning. The United Way of Delaware's Pancakes & Progress featured an exchange between panel members Delaware State Chamber of Commerce President Mike Quaranta and Delaware AFL-CIO President James Maravelias. Maravelias mentioned proposed legislation that would call for...

Wegmans holding hiring event Monday as grocer prepares for fall opening in Barley Mill

Wegmans is holding a virtual hiring event on Monday in anticipation of a fall opening for its first Delaware store. The supermarket chain, based in Rochester, NY, has been hiring staff for the store, with some employees training at their location in Concordville, PA. The new store is at the intersection of Lancaster Pike and Barley Mill Road, a short distance...

Ceremony marks start of 3.7 million sq. ft. logistics center at former Bainbridge Naval site

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan late last week was part of a ceremonial flag-raising that signaled the reactivation of the site of the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center and the beginning of development for a 3.7 million square feet of logistics and distribution space on 40 acres in Cecil County. Established in 1941, nearly 245,000 recruits were trained at the...

Gas price increase slows but doesn’t stop

Gas prices rose another a couple of cents a gallon over the weekend, according to figures from AAA. During the past week, the price at the pump has risen by seven cents a gallon and about a quarter a gallon over the past two weeks. Delaware's average gas prices are now six cents a gallon above the national...

Freeborn pleads guilty to theft charges related to job at Wilm. Land Bank

William Freeborn pleaded guilty to two charges for actions during his time as the Executive Director of the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank. Freeborn is a former Wilmington City Councilman and a Director of the state  Division of Corporations. The Land Bank partners on redevelopment projects in city neighborhoods. Freeborn, 67, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Official Misconduct and Theft for knowingly accepting at...

Delaware jobless claims decline as total payments during pandemic approach $1.5 billion

Initial unemployment claims continue to decline in Delaware as employers deal with a labor shortage that shows few signs of abating. For the week ending on Feb. 19, unemployment insurance claims paid out totaled $1.46 million. The total number of claims was 311. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly $1.5 billion in unemployment payments have been issued. Nearly 274,000...

Can Purzycki’s $50 million housing program aid city’s turnaround?

Hello everyone, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki's announcement of a $50 million program to improve the city's housing stock flew under the media radar during a busy week in Dover and elsewhere. The ambitious program, fueled with federal pandemic funding, ranges from new housing to demolition of properties beyond repair and programs that allow lower-income homeowners to make needed improvements.  Also, this week,...

Duffield engineering firm rebranded as Verdantas

Delaware-based Duffield Associates is one of five professional service groups that have been rebranded as Verdantas. Ohio-based Verdantas was assembled with backing from a private equity company Round Table Capital Partners launched this new venture with the acquisition of Hull & Associates in July of 2020. It later added Duffield Associates, LLC, HSW Consulting, LLC, GeoInsight, Inc. and...

Route 141 project completed ahead of schedule

The long-running Route 141 project that ran from Newport to Route 13, New Castle, has been completed ahead of schedule. The key corridor has been vexing motorists for years with multiple construction projects. All major work for the most recent project from the I-95 interchange to Jay Drive, which began in August 2019, has been completed ahead of the original spring...