Effort focuses on job creation, incentives for innovation
The Democratic candidate for Delaware’s only seat in the U.S. House is outlining a plan to encourage innovation in science and technology. John Carney says his plan could lead to more jobs, help small businesses grow, and strengthen the overall economy.
“I believe that it’s critical, absolutely essential, that we begin to make things in America again,” Carney said.
Carney spoke at the former Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, which is being redeveloped by the University of Delaware. Plans for the sprawling location include a technology park, relocation of the College of Health Sciences, and operations of the Health Sciences Alliance involving Christiana Care and Jefferson University.
Carney believes Delaware can be a national leader in the manufacture and installation of “green energy” technology, but says that would require keeping taxes low for renewable energy manufacturers, reducing federal regulations, and improving advanced job training for the state’s work force. He also calls for expanding access to credit for small businesses, and more federal funding to encourage research and innovation.
“We need entrepreneurs and small businesses to commercialize these research developments and take the ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace,” Carney said.
Carney, Delaware’s former Lieutenant Governor, faces Republican Glen Urquhart in the November election.