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Coffee Meeting -- Service Academies Night -- Rethinking Economic Development

Date: January 24, 2017



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January 24, 2017
Drug Issues Spark Conversation 
at Coffee Meeting 
At State Rep. Danny Short's January constituent coffee meeting, drugs -- both legal and illicit -- dominated the conversation.
The pending opening of a "compassion center" in Sussex County to distribute medical marijuana was discussed.  Delaware's medical marijuana law calls for a compassion center in each county, but thus far only New Castle County's center has been established.  Kent County's center should be open later this year.  The location of Sussex County's center, and the date of its opening, have not yet been officially disclosed.
By law, physicians may authorize marijuana use for a wide range of reasons including terminal illness, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV, conditions that cause debilitating pain, wasting syndrome, intractable nausea, and/or seizures.
Because marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I narcotic by the federal government, traditional pharmacies cannot dispense it.
The state's ongoing epidemic of illegal opioid drug abuse also drew discussion.  Rep. Short said community leaders in western Sussex County have been meeting to explore approaches for handling the challenge.
The casual hour-long "Coffee with Danny" meetings are intended to give residents of the 39th District a convenient opportunity to speak with their state representative and discuss the latest developments over free coffee and pastry.
NOTE:  The hour-long events are held the first Wednesday of the month, beginning at 8 a.m., usually at the Pizza King Restaurant in Seaford.  However, the next meeting, on February 1st, will be hosted by the Nanticoke Senior Center.  Located at 1001 W. Locust Street in Seaford. The venue is the former site of the Seaford Golf and Country Club.
16th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night
Do you or a family member have an interest in attending one of the nation's elite service academies?  If so, an upcoming event in Dover may be of help.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is hosting the 16th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Education and Technology Building on the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.
The event is open to middle and high school students, their families, and teachers and school counselors. 
16th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night
Representatives of the following service academies and other military organizations:
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Delaware National Guard
  • Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC program
February 22, 2017  (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College (Education and Technology Building), 100 Campus Drive Dover, DE 19904
Rep. Short Supports Effort to Explore 
Economic Development Alternatives
State Rep. Danny Short joined Gov. John Carney last Wednesday for the official signing of an order to reexamine how Delaware fosters business growth. 
Gov. Carney's first official act as Delaware's new chief executive, Executive Order 1 will form a working group of at least 14 members "to study how Delaware's public and private sectors can work together to ... attract more growing and fledgling companies to the state and to build a stronger entrepreneurial community."
The group is charged with reviewing the functions and responsibilities of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), including the agency's staffing and funding levels. They will also examine how public-private partnerships have been successfully employed elsewhere to promote entrepreneurial activity.
The executive order mirrors a recommendation made in July by the Delaware Business Roundtable. More than a dozen states have already adopted economic development strategies that are based on public-private partnerships.  Such organizations operate independently of government and leverage funds from multiple sources instead of relying solely on tax dollars.
The working group is expected to deliver its findings to the governor by April 7, including proposed timelines and drafts of any needed legislation.