2016 Reinventing Delaware Ideas
Bulldozer Academy - Partner with the Mike Rowe Works Foundation to create heavy equipment operator training center in Southbridge, Wilm.
Internships for Adults - Internships for Adults (IFA) provides access to 1, 2, or 3 day internships/job shadowing opportunities to adults who are post-college age, are motivated to follow their passions or dreams, but need to establish relationships with various companies in a more structured way; think of IFA as a “career audit”!
Employers and Small Businesses - Attract creative and innovative employers and small businesses to Delaware.
Attract and Retain Non-Delaware Talent - Make private employers of choice in our nation. Bring SME’s in marketing, recruiting, and State tourism together to share and build on attraction techniques
Responsive Delaware - Encourage Public Education to develop and prepare trained workforce specific graduates to contribute to the economic development effort.
DE Tech Hub - Create increased working relationship of higher education and businesses around technology. Institutionalize student through loan repayment and job placement.
Cross Governmental Mentoring - Gov and businesses face significant loss of experience and knowledge with baby boomers retirement. Younger workers want more supportive work environments; state and local gov’t should partner with state and local chambers of commerce to design and advertise as a recruiting and retention tools – mentoring programs.
Delaware Software Lab - To create a critical mass for early stage software companies & talent in Wilmington, we’re launching Delaware Software Lab.
Hatch House Ventures (HHV) @ Wilmington - HHV is a network of pre-accelerators for recent graduates, acting as the bridge between HigherED and later stage support organizations for entrepreneurs.
2,000 jobs in 7 Years - Create a public/private partnership to create 2,000 jobs over the next 7 years in the City of Wilmington for the unemployed or “unemployable”.
Accelerator - Local innovation ecosystems are expanding, and startup accelerators help to launch and scale entrepreneurs.
Student Loan Incentive - Attract Professionals to Wilmington by offering to pay, through a private/public partnership, a portion (say 25%) of their outstanding graduate school loans over five years, if they relocate to Wilmington
Cancer Research/Moonshot - Create a Delaware Cancer Research and Innovation Enterprise District.
Healing the Body Through the Mind – A Holistic Healthcare Approach - Differentiate Delaware as the leader in healthcare services by integrating traditional medical treatments (the body) with advanced psychotherapy and mental health approaches (the mind).
Wings then Roots – Wings then Roots: a major effort to engage hundreds of Delaware employers, business, nonprofit and government leaders, who commit formally to become mentors, and hopefully to offer internship(s). Let’s give top UD students a look at, a taste for, comfort with the real Delaware.