Delaware Gov. Jack Markell made a special visit to Middletown when he spoke at the Middletown-Odessa Rotary Club’s meeting at the Appoquimink Boys & Girls Club Wednesday, September 23.


    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell made a special visit to Middletown when he spoke at the Middletown-Odessa Rotary Club’s meeting at the Appoquimink Boys & Girls Club Wednesday, September 23.
     Markell spoke about the current state of the economy and the job situation in Delaware.
    Markell discussed three major topics at the meeting: creating more jobs, reducing expenses in government and improving schools.
    Markell said there is a great importance to attract outside businesses to the state.
    “Because of our size, it is unlikely Delaware will ever be in a position to write a bigger check than another state to entice a company to locate here,” he said. “So what that means is instead is that we have got to be faster and more nimble and more agile and more flexible and more responsive than other states. That in fact is where we will win.”
    Markell said Delaware is also committed to helping small businesses, which is why they created the Delaware Small Business LIFT Program to make it possible for businesses to borrow more affordably.
    “The great thing about Delaware is every job matters,” he said. “There are some states around the country where governors aren’t really interested if it’s less than 250 or 500 jobs. I’m interested if it’s one job.”
    Markell also discussed the importance of having high-quality schools in the state.
    “We are not going to have a strong economy long term without good schools,” he said.
    Markell said the state wants to give more discretion in decision-making about students to the educators.
    “We believe the decisions about kids are better made by the people who are closer to the kids, meaning any of the teachers and principles and super attendants, as opposed to people in an office building in Dover.”
    In the closing of his speech, Markell made a request to the members of the rotary club.
    “We can work really hard in government to identify ways to save and to identify inefficiencies, but frankly you all are the customers,” he said. If you have ideas, we want you to let us know.”