Issue 7.06
February 5, 2021
The Vaccine is Here, Now What?
This Month in Dover
The General Assembly returned to session in January remaining in virtual format. A number of bills were introduced that will have an impact to business, including an increase in Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, the Governor’s recommended budget, and several bills related to wages in Delaware.

  • SB33 increases the amount of renewable energy sources to be included in the mix of energy the regulated utilities in Delaware provide, up to 40% by 2035.
  • HB64 creates new personal income tax brackets for high earners, starting at 7.1% for those making $125,000 and topping out at 8.6% for those earning $500,000

Join us on March 24 for our Spring Manufacturing & Policy Conference
Manufacturing in Delaware and the nation was facing a shortage of workers well before the pandemic upended the economy. In fact, as many as 2.4 million factory jobs could remain unfilled through 2028 due to a tight labor market and a lack of skilled workers, according to a 2018 study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.

Top challenges in manufacturing:
  • Transitioning to high-tech
  • Finding and developing workers
  • Retraining and retaining talent
  • Retiring Baby Boomers

These challenges are not experienced by manufacturers alone. Join the Delaware Manufacturing Association and presenting sponsor, DEMEP, for the 2021 Spring Manufacturing & Policy Conference where we will address a recurring theme – talent.

This half-day, virtual conference will feature Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.


During the early onset of COVID-19 in the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) conducted a survey of manufacturing leaders to examine the economic and operational impacts of the pandemic. The results of the survey informed NAM’s COVID-19 Policy Action Plan recommendations. The survey revealed three major concerns of manufacturers related to COVID-19:

  1. The financial impact
  2. The anticipated change in operations
  3. Supply change disruptions

Governor’s Initiative Retrains Workers to Meet COVID-19 Challenge
Taking advantage of Delaware’s ability to quickly convene the right people, an ad hoc working group was developed to hit the ground running last September with a team that consisted of state workers from labor, education and the workforce development board, the business community, and community experts in training and workforce development.

Step one was to develop where the opportunities of the future would be – and this was a critical step and had the support of all on the team. Our training would focus on:
  • Healthcare
  • Construction and Trades
  • Computers and Information Technologies
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Hospitality and Food Service


The Delaware Department of Labor works with partners in the Information Technology (IT) sector to build pathways through educational, training, and work-based learning opportunities for Delaware citizens who are unemployed, underemployed, disabled, veterans and their spouses (including those veterans transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces), young adults ages 18-26, underrepresented women, People of Color, or citizens reentering the workforce as ex-offenders to prepare for jobs and connect with employers in the IT field. Read more >
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