WILMINGTON – Gov. Jack Markell on Monday encouraged Delaware’s business leaders to play an even larger part in turning our economy around by serving as “eyes and ears” for the state’s economic development officials.
Business owners, Markell told the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, should let state officials know when they hear of businesses interested in expanding or relocating in Delaware, and they should also raise a red flag when they hear of fellow business owners who are running into governmental red tape.
Markell, who will speak to the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce tomorrow, has focused on creating jobs and moving Delaware’s economy forward since his first day in office. He has already launched the LIFT program, which provides small business with critical access to capital, and created an economic ombudsman to remove obstacles to businesses’ growth.
“There is no reason with our small size that Delaware should not be the best place to start and grow a business. I am absolutely committed to making that happen,” Markell said. “We must wake up every day asking ‘what can we do to facilitate business?’ Delaware must be fast, nimble and quick in responding to the needs of business.”