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New Castle County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Carney and WEIC

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By Christi Milligan

Tony Allen and The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (WEIC) and U.S. Rep.  John Carney were recognized for their contributions to Delaware at the annual dinner hosted by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce this month.

Allen, who insisted that the WEIC be included in the recognition, said that much of the work of improving public education in Wilmington still remains.

The commission was established under Gov. Jack Markell, and is charged with enhancing educational opportunities for Wilmington’s public schools.

“At some point it’s not enough to know that our own kids are doing well, while the other 50 percent are living in poverty,” told the audience. He added that fixing the problems does not rest solely on the teachers or principals or even parents, but rests on “ … men and women of good conscience.”

Carney received the Free Enterprise Award from the chamber for his policies that support large and small business, particularly the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, IPO legislation introduced by Carney that makes it easier for emerging growth companies to go public.

Carney, who is also running for governor of Delaware, also noted the changes at DuPont.

“We are no longer a single company town as we were for years and years,” said Carney, who called the news about DuPont a “punch in the gut.”

The chamber’s 2016 annual dinner, “Celebrating Success” gave more than 350 attendees an update on the chamber’s work, which includes a focus on legislative advocacy and business development, according to President Mark Kleinschmidt.

He said the NCCCC continues to work as a change agent for the business community, focusing on building its membership, particularly among millennials, and fortifying its economic development programs.

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