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Delaware has spent nearly a decade trying to get its aquaculture industry off the ground, but optimism remains that it will take off.

Contributor Jon Hurdle updates where the industry is now and where it’s headed.

There is a new app on the market, connecting chicken litter suppliers and customers in Delaware.


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The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awards retired Major General Frank Vavala its Josiah Marvel Cup Award.


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There’s a new state-of-the-art training facility in Kent County.


Chesapeake Utilities’ “Safety Town” is something the company wanted to get off the ground for some time.


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The list of those eligible for assistance related to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer is expanding. 

Underrepresented founders of early stage, tech-enabled companies are the focus of a revamped funding competition.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Green Energy Fund is increasing solar rebate amounts on January 1st and adding a new category for diverse businesses.

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The new coronavirus relief bill signed by President Trump will extend benefits for thousands of Delawareans claiming unemployment during the pandemic.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) is sending out early Christmas presents.


The Co-Op’s president and CEO Bill Andrew says some member-owners are seeing a bill credit or check from the utility this month.

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Delaware has seen an uptick in unemployment claims since Gov. John Carney lowered dining capacity and put into effect a curfew for Delaware restaurants. 

Tree growers in Delaware say their Christmas tree sales are shaping up pretty well this year.

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Wilmington Brew Works is coming out with a new beer to commemorate the first president of the United States ever to be elected from the state of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me - Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino speaks with John Fusco, the Vice President and Creative and Brand Marketer at Wilmington Brew Works about the new  IPA and the adjustments the brewery has made during the pandemic.

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Connections CSP has seen the biggest payday in Delaware from the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP). But the state’s largest nonprofit says it’s still in the red because of the pandemic.

Crimson Clover Cover Crop

Sussex County farmers can apply for over $1.1 millions in funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to plant cover crops.

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Weekly unemployment claims continue to hold steady in the Delaware.

The state Office of Unemployment counted 1,634 claims for the week of November 21 for a total payout of more than $8.1 million.

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Gov. John Carney’s latest round of COVID restrictions could spell the end for many locally owned restaurants in the First State.

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At least regionally it seems people are taking heed of pleas from government and health officials to stay home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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The unemployment rate continues to drop nationally and in Delaware, according to the state Department of Labor.

The First State’s unemployment rate peaked at just under 16 percent in May and has since been on a rapid decline.

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Thanksgiving is just days away, and with it the holiday shopping season.

But this is likely to be a holiday shopping season unlike any other as retailers and consumers try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic that has worsened in recent weeks.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida give us a preview of what to expect from holiday shopping in 2020.

The Wilmington Riverfront has spent decades trying to find its identity and build its viability. 

Recently, it got an unlikely boost from Joe Biden. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden was forced to accept the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the parking lot outside the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  Then just two weeks ago, he celebrated becoming President-elect in that same spot.

That helped put the Wilmington Riverfront, and specifically the Chase Center, on the national radar.  Contributor Jon Hurdle examines how much the attention could help them.

The Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) gets a new name and logo.


The Delmarva Poultry Industry, which represents chicken farmers, chicken companies and related businesses, is now the Delmarva Chicken Association.


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More Delaware small businesses and nonprofits are eligible to apply for Delaware Relief grants under changes made to the program.



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Delaware drivers get some good news at the pump as November gets underway.


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More manufacturing jobs are coming to central Delaware.

The Pennsylvania-based corrugated packaging producer U.S. Corrugated recently announced it is bringing the company’s planned $80 million plant to Dover.

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The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life, including it turns out, how much Halloween candy people bought.

A recent survey conducted by University of Delaware shows people are celebrating Halloween differently this year because of COVID-19.

One of the study’s authors is Brandon McFadden, an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Workers compensation insurance rates in the First State decrease for a fourth year in a row.

The Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau approved the rate decrease 11.56%.

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Port of Wilmington operator GT USA Wilmington is turning to Goodwill’s Staffing Service to supplement seasonal jobs at the port.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is preparing to hire a new president and CEO.


The man currently in that post announced that he is retiring next year.

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The governors of Maryland and Delaware announced a new grant program to provide help contract poultry farmers in their states.

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Unemployment across the nation and in Delaware is still high, but continues its steady decline after spiking over the summer.