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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jack Markell Press Conference at Angelucci's

Jack Markell, Democratic candidate for Governor of Delaware came to Angelucci's Fine Woodworking & Stained Glass Studios and Artists Gallery yesterday for a Press Conference to explain how his plans to harness the economic development potential of Delaware’s arts organizations can help downtown areas thrive. Since this is a subject near and dear to us, when Scott Angelucci called and invited us to attend, we made it our business to go out and hear what he had to say. One of the interesting things he said was that "Arts organizations in Delaware have tremendous economic potential. The arts generate an 8 to 1 return on investment and employ 3,685 full-time workers, making the arts more than the state’s 11th-largest employer. The arts also generate $142.4 million annually in local economic activity and generate $9.4 million a year in revenue for state and local governments." His plan calls for "the creation of arts and entertainment districts in localities throughout Delaware and tax incentives to the artists and organizations choosing to work or live in those areas." To read more about Mr. Markell's thoughts on the arts in Delaware visit his website at http://www.markell.org/press_releases.aspx?pri=64

Scott introduces the Candidate as Sara Gallagher (president of Mispillion Arts League) looks on

Scott Markell talking about the arts in Delaware at Angelucci's

Discussing the Arts (l to r, Dan Bond, Jack Markell, Walt & Sharon Hepford, Rosemary)

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