Category: Government

By Alex Vuocolo After decades of neglect, Rodney Square is getting a $6 million to $8 million facelift. Downtown Wilmington’s central square will soon see a fresh crop of trees and shrubs, new paving, more benches and tables and a lighted fountain. The public park — a mostly bare, flat rectangle wedged between the city’s…

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Delaware Office today announced SBA’s 2019 Delaware Small Business Award winners. John Fleming, district director of SBA Delaware, will officially present winners with their awards at SBA’s annual Delaware Small Business Awards Dinner on May 9, 2019 at DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington. SBA’s May 9 Delaware Small…

Work starts on $4 million upgrade to Hicks Anderson Community Center

By Peter Osborne The City of Wilmington and partners that include the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank are preparing to make a series of announcements over the next six to eight weeks that will ignite development on the west side of Wilmington and hopefully build the trust of residents that positive change is coming. To…

Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown introduced a bill Tuesday that would levy an “impact fee” on drug makers to help cover the cost of opioid addiction in Delaware. The levy would establish a two-tier fee paid only by those opioid manufacturers whose products are of the highest strength and/or most widely dispensed in our state, based…

Online info and collaboration speed service at local VA centers

By Kathy Canavan Contributing Writer In a word-association game, many Americans would pair “VA hospital” with “overworked,” “overwhelmed” or “beleaguered.” A recently published analysis of VA medical centers over recent years by USA Today indicated long delays for care and troublesome patient-survey results but lower death rates and prevention of post-surgical complications than other facilities.…

Delaware has joined another multi-state lawsuit against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation. The Obama-era EPA wrote the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to limit power plants in upwind states such as Pennsylvania from polluting downwind states such as Delaware. The D.C. Appeals Court overturned the regulation as it required states to reduce emissions by…

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-AL) on March 6 joined the bipartisan legislation “Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act.” The bill is designed to bolster transparency and accountability surrounding workplace harassment. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will introduce a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.…

(AP) — Delaware’s Bureau of Prisons has a new permanent leader. The Delaware State News reports that Shane Troxler was named chief of the Delaware Department of Correction’s Bureau of Prisons on Friday. The former deputy bureau chief takes the helm after his predecessor, Steven Wesley, was reassigned in late January. Wesley was moved to…

The Delaware Division of Small Business has launched a searchable database of local resources available to small business owners. Business Resource Connection, available on delbiz.com, provides information on approximately 300 programs from 80 different organizations across the state. “Small businesses are the backbone of Delaware’s economy,” Secretary of State Jeff Bullock said. “Our job at…