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Jacob Owens

Editor, Delaware Business Times

  • Delaware travel agents launch new advocacy organization

    WILMINGTON – With international leisure travel largely at a standstill amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, travel agents have seen historic losses as they refunded trips to clients and awaited the opportunity to begin booking vacations again. For many of those agents, it’s led to income losses of as much as 18 to 24 months as […]
  • Activist investor calls to replace Corteva CEO, control board

    WILMINGTON – Activist investor Jeffrey Smith, of Starboard Value LP, announced publicly Thursday that his firm is targeting the agricultural chemical and seed company Corteva, evoking memories of the company’s former parent DuPont’s ugly battle with activist investors. Starboard is one of the most well-known and feared activist firms on Wall Street, as it succeeded […]
  • Wilmington-area office tenants shed space in Q4

    WILMINGTON – Although the northern Delaware market largely escaped the threat of increasing office vacancies through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, several large tenants began shedding space last quarter, according to leasing reports from all four major brokerages. Two of the largest local losses came from health care insurer Cigna, which vacated about […]
  • New partnership crafts home spice blend for President Biden

    WILMINGTON – Both native son Joe Biden and Riverside-based Second Chances Farm (SCF) enjoyed a monumental year in 2020 despite the impacts of the pandemic, and the two will celebrate a bit together under a new product from the socially conscious vertical farm. SCF has created a new limited edition product line of dried seasoning […]
  • Several with Delaware ties join Biden administration

    While the new Biden administration taking office Jan. 20 will be awash with those who formerly held positions in the Obama administration, there will be some with Delaware ties making the jump to federal service. The majority of those Delawareans have either taught at or served in administrative roles at the University of Delaware, the […]
  • Editorial: We must remain focused on the pandemic

    It’s been a wild start to 2021, as Democrats somewhat surprisingly won full control of the federal government only to see chaos erupt at the U.S. Capitol and the start of an unprecedented second impeachment of a sitting president. Here in the First State, we’ve been lucky to largely avoid the rancor that has enveloped […]
  • NCC tourism chief Willoughby to step down

    WILMINGTON – Sarah Ridgway Willoughby, the longtime executive director of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced Tuesday afternoon that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of June for a planned move to Florida. Willoughby has been director for more than 12 years of the nonprofit bureau that serves […]
  • Duffield merges firm in three-way national deal

    PIKE CREEK – Duffield Associates, the state’s largest environmental engineering firm, announced Friday that it has merged with two other firms across the country to create a new national firm. The deal also includes Hull & Associates, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and HSW Consulting, headquartered in Tampa, Fla. The combination of the three resulted in […]
  • Carney lifts 10 p.m. Delaware restaurant curfew

    WILMINGTON – Gov. John Carney announced Friday morning that he was lifting the 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars in Delaware spurred by rising COVID-19 cases, effective immediately. Establishments will still have to prominently display signage on tables stating that parties must be from the same household and share messaging on masking compliance, including […]
  • New advisory group aims to push Del. innovation economy

    WILMINGTON – A new state advisory group intends to increase Delaware’s spotlight as a science and technology innovation hub, helping the state remain competitive in the region for growing and relocating companies. The Science & Tech Advisors Group, announced Dec. 30, consists of representatives from Delaware’s top tech companies, industry organizations, institutions of higher education […]