U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) participated in a roundtable discussion in the Capitol on Wednesday looking at innovation, job creation and economic growth. The meeting was hosted by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and featured a dozen business leaders from around the country, including Ernie Dianastasis, the managing director of the Delaware Valley Region of Computer Aid, Inc. in Wilmington.
"With so many Delawareans out of work, Congress' focus should be on helping businesses grow and create jobs," Senator Coons said. "Today's conversation was wide-ranging and thoughtful, and we are grateful to Ernie and other business leaders from around the country for sharing their on-the-ground expertise with us. Eight years of business experience in Delaware made it clear to me that Congress must take action to foster an environment that will fuel private sector economic growth and job creation."
"It is extremely important for United States senators to conduct these meetings with business leaders to gain a better understanding of the current environment, particularly in these uncertain times," Mr. Dianastasis said. "Hearing firsthand what the challenges are, where the opportunities are, what is working and what is not working will enable senators to better understand the current economic landscape. This information should enable them to consider legislation that promotes growth. I am pleased to say that Senator Carper and Senator Coons meet with business leaders in Delaware on a regular basis to seek their input on these important issues."
Computer Aid, Inc. has grown significantly in the past four years, innovating to stay ahead of offshore competition and weathering dramatic changes in the industry. Ernie Dianastasis started as the Delaware Valley Region's first employee by working out of his living room and 28 years later, runs a region with over 750 employees. He is also the founding chairman of First State Innovation, which works to help grow, attract, retain, and connect high growth technology based businesses in Delaware and the region.
Senator Coons has been working closely with Delaware businesses to find innovative ways to help them grow and create jobs, even in a tough economy. Along with the other members of the Delaware Congressional delegation, he hosted nine job fairs in two years, connecting employers ready to hire with 10,000 Delaware job seekers.