Issue 6.18
May 1, 2020
Message from the President
In a joint letter sent to Governor Carney, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Business Roundtable proposed a series of strategic policy recommendations. The combination of a carefully considered, phased reopening of Delaware businesses and the implementation of a series of strategic policy changes will put Delaware and our citizens in a healthy and economically secure position in the future.

Along with the letter, we sent:

  • The COVID-19 Prevention Best Practices guide, which was created to encourage businesses to start thinking about how to safely prepare weeks before a reopening occurs.
  • A proposal with a series of strategic policy recommendations with consideration that the economic recovery from the pandemic will take far longer than any of us may have initially imagined. We put together a piece called, Putting Delaware Back to Work: Economic Recovery in the First State, which summarizes the policy recommendations.

With appropriate spending prioritization, creative use of federal stimulus funds and a careful balance between use of state operating funds and the state’s bonding authority, we are certain that Delaware can meet this challenge.
What the Philly Fed is seeing now and what we may see in the future

TUESDAY, MAY 12 | 10:00 AM

Patrick Harker, president & chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ( bio ) will provide regional economic outlook with a focus on Delaware’s economy. Harker will also take a deep dive on key industries, including manufacturing and construction, agriculture, restaurants and hospitality, banking and finance, and the legal sector.

Join us to learn where we were prior to the outbreak, what the Fed is seeing in terms of impacts on these critical Delaware industries, what recovery time could look like and permanent industry changes we may see.
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Leveling the playing field for small businesses to find top tech talent

Growing Delaware's economy isn’t just up to the large financial, insurance and real estate players that are keystones to the state’s wealth. Small businesses account for 98 percent of business in Delaware and employ 55 percent of Delaware’s workforce, according to the Delaware Division of Small Business. Just as large companies in Delaware are feeling the pinch when it comes to finding top tech talent, so are small business owners who not only want to attract the best of the best but also want to be able to retain them in the competitive tech market. Read more

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In Case You Missed It
As we begin to think about reopening Delaware’s economy, businesses need to create a return-to-work plan without jeopardizing employee’s or customer safety. We are pleased to share this guidance on COVID-19 Prevention Best Practices .

 The goal in issuing this best practice guide is to encourage businesses to start thinking about how to best prepare weeks before a reopening occurs. We want to avoid business owners opening their stores or operations without a safe, organized plan to do so.
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