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Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Working Hard to Grow Our Economy


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Across our state, Delawareans are working hard to grow our economy -- and we are making progress. New expansions by Kraft and ILC Dover are putting people back to work. Rent-free office space through our Project Pop-up Program is helping establish small businesses like Computers Fixed Today; 302Fitness; Royal Treatments; Milton Wellness Center of Delaware; and Milford Massage, Wellness and Yoga. And ongoing initiatives like Start it Up Delaware continue providing resources and mentorship to help new businesses get up and running. Yet, there is more to do. We must continue to reduce the costs of doing business, improve our transportation systems and make government more efficient. We are focused on positioning Delaware as the right place for businesses to build and grow, but we know they can only create quality jobs if they have access to talented employees. As we strive to give everyone in our state the opportunity to maximize their talents, we celebrated a program this week that is putting young people on the track to success. People like Master Corporal Kenneth Harriston. Corporal Harriston was one of the first students in Jobs for Delaware Graduates. Since its founding by Governor duPont 35 years ago, the program became a model for 32 other states, leading to the establishment of Jobs for America's Graduates, which helps keep students moving on towards education or employment. Great ideas often spur great opportunities, which is why I look forward to hearing more from you about strengthening our economy at our upcoming town hall meetings -- October 3rd at Cape Henlopen High School and October 10th at Delcastle High School. By positioning the First State as the right place to build and grow a business, we'll keep Delaware moving forward.

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