September 18, 2018
Chamber Update
The time it takes for regulatory permitting to be completed has long been an issue for Delaware State Chamber of Commerce members. State and local permitting officials point to incomplete plans and documents as one frequent reason for holdup, while applicants point to unclear or conflicting public policies, large backlogs of work awaiting approval, and more. Our future depends upon finding ways to overcome these challenges and insure complete submissions, while expecting timely reviews and guidance that leads to approval. Reform of permitting processes is not easy and will require enormous amounts of time, dedication and focus.

With your help, we intend to make these issues a priority. I shared this vision with the Governor and his staff on Monday afternoon, and they are willing to consider ideas for improvement. That’s where you come in. Anecdotes are fine, but we need concrete ideas that will achieve both prompt approval of permits, while protecting public health and safety. I hope you will share your ideas with us as we move these discussions forward.  

News You Can Use
Lots of economic data this week! On Wednesday morning, August housing starts and building permits will be released. On Thursday, weekly jobless claims and the September Philly Fed Index will be posted. Reports for August's existing home sales and leading economic indicators will also be shared this week. 

In Case You Missed It
The State Chamber announced its 2018 Superstars in Business award winners last week. Click here to learn more about this year's winners, and don't forget to register for the Superstars in Business Awards Luncheon on November 7. Please join me in congratulating Delaware Humane Association, Promo Victory, Cover & Rossiter and Kuehne Company. We also recognize Awards of Excellence recipients Exceptional Care for Children, Holmes Smith Consulting Services, Inc., Ferris Home Improvements and Home Instead Senior Care.
Michael J. Quaranta
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
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