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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...

Officials highlight $2 billion in Delaware infrastructure improvements

Delaware's Congressional delegration joined state govenment leaders  and a Biden Administration official in highlighting  $2 billion in  projects from the recently signed infrastructure bill.  “Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that President Biden signed last week, we will be able to repair the transportation system Americans rely on today – and build a transportation system that empowers Americans to thrive...

Strikepoint, formerly Horizon, continues wave of HVAC acquisitions

Newark-based Strikepoint Group Holdings, formerly known as Horizon Group Holdings, continues to snap up East Coast heating and air-conditioning companies. The latest acquisition is Largo, FL-based Paradise Air, Inc. The purchase is Strikepoint's eighth of 2021. Sellers were Jill and Tim  O’Connell, who opened the business in 2010. The company operates in Pinellas and Hillsborough County, FL. Founded in 1987, Strikepoint Group...

Covid update: Cases, hospitalizations continue to decline.

The weekly Covid-19 report from the Delaware Division of Public Health shows a continued downturn in new cases and hospitalizations. Seventy-eight  percent of hospitalizations involved people who were not vaccinated, with 54% of deaths coming from those not fully vaccinated.  The death rate figure among the fully vaccinated has led critics to falsely claim that doses are not effective, pointing to...

State to use federal Rescue Act funds for new Hospital for Chronically Ill in Smyrna

Delaware will use $50 million in federal Rescue Plan Act funds to build a new Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna.  The hospital, which originally opened in 1932, provides skilled nursing care to more than 100 residents. Construction of a new, 72,000-square-foot facility in Smyrna will create 250-300 construction-related jobs. “Delawareans deserve a health care system that’s able to...