The Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) has appointed William Kurt Foreman as its first president and CEO. The selection followed a months-long search that began with the formation of the public-private partnership in early 2017.
Foreman currently leads the 16-person economic development team at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. His group serves the needs of a 10-county area of nearly 1.5 million people.
He also served as CEO of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and in economic development positions in Pittsburgh and the Washington D.C. areas.
“We remain focused every day on making sure that Delaware’s economy is competitive, and that all Delawareans have access to good, high-quality jobs,” said Gov. John Carney, co-chair of the partnership “That’s why we have partnered with the private sector through the Delaware Prosperity Partnership to bring additional resources to our economic development efforts. The bottom line is this: Delaware remains a great location for businesses to put down roots, grow, and create jobs.”
The DPP has a budget of $3.4 million annually and will work to attract private investors to contribute additional money. The organization will serve as the main advocate for Delaware business nationally and a facilitator of economic development within the state.
“Kurt has put successful teams together, is highly respected and well known in the field and can hit the ground running,” said Rod Ward, co-chair of DPP and president and CEO of CSC.