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Delaware Manufacturing Job Growth Opportunity

From: Charlie Copeland, Co-Director, Center for Analysis of Delaware’s Economy & Government Spending at Caesar Rodney Institute 

Delaware has suffered a 31% decline in high-paying manufacturing jobs over the last 18 years. With federal funds from Covid stimulus legislation and tweaks to the State’s site and business permitting process, Delaware could position itself for decades of manufacturing job growth.

The Situation today: Delaware, its counties, and several municipalities are set to receive an enormous amount of money from the Federal government’s pandemic-driven federal legislation. While one can argue whether these funds are necessary given the rapidly growing US economy, the money is coming.

 With this incoming cash, our local governments are now debating what to do with these funds. The proposals tend to reflect one end or the other of the adage, “Give someone a fish to eat today, or teach them to fish to eat for a lifetime.” But these proposals miss an important point… Are there even fish in the lake? In other words, are there high-paying skilled jobs in Delaware for our citizens? The answer to this question is increasingly “No.” Read more:https://www.caesarrodney.org/CRI-news/Delaware-Manufacturing-Job-Growth-Opportunity.htm