September 4, 2018
Chamber Members:

I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday weekend, taking advantage of the last bit of summer as fall fast approaches.

In 1894, Labor Day became an official federal holiday. Former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez said of this day, "...Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity." And President Reagan observed, "We built this great Nation, built it to surpass the highest standards ever imagined, through the hard work of our people. I would match the American worker against any in the world. The people whose labor fuels our industry and economy are among the most productive anywhere."  

Here in Delaware, our future success is dependent upon creative leaders and risk takers, together with a skilled and nimble workforce. A labor market that demonstrates speed and flexibility will become even more important over the next ten years as advancements in technology converge and disrupt decades-long ways of doing business. Our Superstars in Education program celebrates innovation in workforce development, and our Superstars in Business program recognizes the entrepreneurs that have successfully operationalized these advancements. I encourage you to support both of these worthy programs.
Additionally, the Chamber is pleased to introduce a new event - Developing Delaware, in partnership with Governor Carney's Office and the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. I hope you can join us for what is sure to be a dynamic discussion surrounding economic development, and more, in the great state of Delaware.
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Michael J. Quaranta
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
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