Delaware Governor Jack Markell says his visit to Connecticut Tuesday to meet with other governors focused on two key issues: jobs and education.
Markell is Vice-Chairman of the National Governor’s Association and took part in the NGA’s “Best Practices Regional Meeting on Growing States Economies.” “We have to make those investments while also showing that we were good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Markell said.
Delaware’s Governor said he was impressed to learn more about a Nebraska program that offers private-sector internships and its “reverse trade missions,” where delegations from other countries visit to facilitate trade agreements. Delaware hosted a similar mission earlier this year when Chinese business leaders visited the First State.
Markell added that there is still a willingness among the states to work together and share ideas, although to some extent states compete when a company announces that it is looking to move.
“By far the best economic development is to help the companies that are already in your state to grow,” Markell said.
Others attending the session included Nebraska Governor Dan Heineman, who chairs the NGA, and the host Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut.