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Delaware daily roundup: AI lessons for employers; $500M for Tech Hubs; Free lunch in schools

Plus, Delaware State University researchers went to Senegal for climate change-related project to increase crop resiliency.

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AI can’t replace human experience

Did you know that one of the companies most on the cutting edge of AI workforce is John Deere? No, they didn’t replace their tractor salesmen and experienced agriculture employees with generative AI. That experience was too valuable and couldn’t be replaced with new employees with AI certifications (or AI itself).

Instead, John Deere upskilled the workforce it has by augmenting the jobs. That’s just one of the things I learned about AI last week at the Tech Council’s conference.

➡️ Read my article on AI and the workplace here.

EDA announces $500M for Tech Hubs

Delaware came together with Philadelphia and southern new Jersey to form the Greater Philadelphia Region Precision Medicine Tech Hub, also known as PROPEL.

It was selected as a tech hub and put together a grant request in 2023. The bad news is, PROPEL didn’t get the funds. Still, an unnamed official says more money might be coming down the pipeline, so it’s not over yet.

➡️ Read Katie’s report.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Buccini Pollin Group is planning a 200-unit, 22-story market-rate apartment building on Orange Street in Wilmington. [Delaware Business Times]

• Free lunch and increased mental healthcare in schools are among the education bills passed through the Delaware legislature. [Spotlight Delaware]

• Delaware State University researchers went to Senegal for climate change-related project to increase crop resiliency. [DSU]

• The Delaware EARNS state-sponsored retirement program is now open for registration or opt-out. [Delaware Business Now]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Tuesday, July 16 —  Networking mixer at Stitch House Brewery [Details here]

• Thursday, July 19 — Young Professionals Night at Wilmo Ax (Constitution Yards) [Details here]

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