by Mark DiMaio
The Chamber’s Committees are in full swing, with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting to discuss the Coastal Zone Act (CZA) and recommendations from the Clean Water Task Force and the proposed DNREC regulations regarding storm water management. The committee continues to discuss the modernization of the CZA and how to best stimulate economic growth in the zone. The Delaware Clean Water Task Force is looking at a new draft bill related to water fees that focuses on a fixed fee per each Delaware business versus a fee for every business tax parcel. Concerns remain with the recently proposed DNREC storm water regulations. The committee will work with member companies to find a workable solution to the proposed regulations.
The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) held its kick-off meeting last week. The Committee discussion focused on Delaware’s current development climate and ways in which the committee could engage on issues. Much of the committee dialogue centered on the importance of keeping pace with the rapid economic changes both locally and nationally. The EDC will concentrate its efforts on both short and long-term topics and issues that will best advance Delaware’s existing business climate and foster an innovative environment for future development. In coordination with other State Chamber Committees, The Delaware Manufacturing Association and the Delaware Public Policy Institute, the EDC will work with stakeholders to advance policies to strengthen Delaware’s economy.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.