Delaware Governor Jack Markell joined a bipartisan group of governors, local policy makers and business leaders today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Jobs Summit to discuss policies that produce economic growth and examine how states across the country are increasing competitiveness. A new study was unveiled at the summit, which finds that states that boost exports, foster innovation, provide businesses with certainty and reasonable taxes, insist on excellence in education, and prioritize infrastructure are leading on job creation and economic growth. The study, Enterprising States, was commissioned by the National Chamber Foundation and prepared by The Praxis Strategy Group.
"The federal government has something to learn from these enterprising states," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "If you want jobs and growth, you need to create an environment where private-sector businesses, entrepreneurs, and capital are welcome and can grow and thrive."
The Enterprising States study ranks Delaware sixth in exports and sixth in infrastructure. The state is investing further in these strengths with its recently-created New Jobs Infrastructure fund for job-creating infrastructure projects and state-funded improvements to the Port of Wilmington. To support small and large business development, Governor Markell has called continued funding and replenishment of the Delaware Strategic Fund, the state's main financing tool for business growth. Already rated ninth for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM jobs and fifth for technology business, Governor Markell created the STEM Council to help improve collaboration between business and educators.
"Our most important job remains helping to create jobs. To help people get back to work now and ensure our kids have real opportunities to succeed in the future, we need to stay focused on making our schools stronger, on helping our businesses compete and win, and on making government both more responsive and fiscally responsible," Markell said. "I want to thank the national Chamber for highlighting some of the success we have had in Delaware and for their support of our efforts to help move our economy forward."
Other governors participating in the Jobs Summit included Dave Heineman from Nebraska, Gary Herbert from Utah, and Scott Walker from Wisconsin.
"The governors we heard from today are on the front lines of our nation's economic challenges, and they are producing the kinds of innovative policies that will drive growth and improve the future of their states," said Margaret Spellings, president of the Chamber's U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation. "Our Enterprising States study highlights specific policies and programs that states can undertake to foster growth--all driven by sound free enterprise principles."
The Enterprising States study highlights specific strategies that all 50 states are employing to remain competitive and restore jobs. It also outlines the top ten future "boom states," which are best positioned to grow, create jobs, and prosper in the coming years.
Governor Markell's interview on the Jobs Summit on FreeEnterprise.com is available here.
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