by Mark DiMaio
As we kick off 2016, the Chamber’s newly formed Economic Development Committee prepares for action. The Committee’s mission is simple: Enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Delawareans, and work in collaboration with Delaware communities and stakeholders; Promote polices that facilitate the expansion of existing companies; Act as a key resource for businesses considering locating in Delaware and advocate for strategies that expand the tax base and create higher-income employment opportunities.
Committee Chairman Mike Vanderslice, Vice President of Environmental Alliance, Inc., believes the committee will be productive in finding actionable policy solutions to drive economic expansion.
“As a life-long resident of Delaware, I have a vested interest in a healthy local economy. I’m committed to working with Economic Development Committee Members and with other State Chamber Committees to identify actionable initiatives that will enhance economic growth. In light of recent announcements, it is imperative that the business community (small and large) pull together to cultivate solutions to keep Delaware moving forward.”
The Committee will work with the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), County and City Economic Development Offices, as well as local chambers, to promote policies and strategies that support existing industries and foster a climate that attracts new and innovative business to Delaware. A formal kickoff committee meeting will take place in late January or early February.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.