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Gov. Carney signs innovation and entrepreneurship bill

Plans for a new economic development strategy are well underway.

Delaware Gov. John Carney.

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Great news for Delaware innovators (and, really, anyone looking for a good place to start a business): Gov. John Carney signed House Bill 226 on Monday, a step toward fulfilling his first executive order to revamp the state’s economic development strategy to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship
“By restructuring our economic development efforts, we’re positioning Delaware to create good-paying jobs, build an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and ensure that Delaware remains a leading state to do business,” Carney said in a statement. “We will partner with private business to draw on new resources, and ideas, for improving our economy. And we will offer new, targeted support for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are responsible for much of our economic growth and job creation. Thank you to members of the General Assembly and members of our Economic Development Working Group for their leadership on this important issue.”
Carney also signed incorporation paperwork creating the Delaware Prosperity Partnership — a public-private partnership that combines private-sector resources with business recruitment, workforce development efforts, entrepreneurship and economic growth in Delaware.
In addition, Delaware will soon have a new Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism . The state agency, which replaces the now-axed DEDO, will offering targeted support for small business owners, entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses.

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