At the suggestion of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Group, the State Chamber will reconvene its Economic Development Committee early 2016. In the early 2000s, the committee was mothballed due to a quickly expanding Delaware economy. After the housing bust, the State Chamber’s policy efforts went into supporting policies to stabilize Delaware’s economy. Much has changed over the past few years and the time is right to put additional emphasis on economic development issues.
Mike Vanderslice, VP of Sales and Marketing for Environmental Alliance, will chair the committee and is part of the next generation of State Chamber leadership. The Committee membership will include younger executives as well as more seasoned leaders covering a diverse number of industries throughout the state.
The Committee’s mission will focus on expanding economic opportunity, an issue that’s important to all Delawareans. Internally, the Committee will engage other DSCC Committees such as Tax, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environmental and Employee Relations along with Board of Governors in developing and advancing the State Chamber’s economic development policy.
As part of the mission, the Committee will partner with DEDO, County and City Economic Development Offices, as well as local chambers to promote policies that support existing industries and foster a business climate that attracts new and innovative companies to Delaware.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.