§ 5039 Declaration of policy.
The General Assembly recognizes that a successful economic development effort is critical to the long term viability of our State. It further recognizes that the majority of the economic development benefits and increases in jobs will come from the businesses that are currently in the State. It is therefore crucial that the State, through its economic development program, meets the needs of those businesses in an ever changing work place. One of the critical needs for business is a well-trained and well-educated work force. As the pool of younger workers shrinks, business must turn more to women, minorities and senior citizens to fill those jobs. This labor group brings great potential for productivity, but also special needs (such as child care, elder care, flexible work times and re-training). The General Assembly, therefore, intends through this subchapter to address this situation by establishing, in the Delaware Economic Development Office, a Human Investment and Partnership Program, whose responsibility will be to assist Delaware businesses to better utilize that work force talent. With the help of businesses who have successfully dealt with many of these issues and others in the community who have facilitated such activities, the Delaware Economic Development Office will provide that assistance to Delaware businesses.
§ 5040 Establishment of the Human Investment and Partnership Program.
There is hereby established a Human Investment and Partnership Program within the Delaware Economic Development Office whose purpose is to provide assistance to Delaware businesses in order for them to better utilize the talent pool of women, minorities and senior citizens.
§ 5041 Responsibilities and functions of the Human Investment and Partnership Program.
The Human Investment and Partnership Program shall have the following responsibilities and functions:
(1) Assist Delaware businesses in tapping the work force of women, minorities and senior citizens;
(2) Work with Delaware businesses and others in the community who have been successful in addressing the issues so crucial to that work force: child care, elder care, flexible work-time, re-training, etc.;
(3) Provide training and awareness programs for Delaware businesses on the issues and benefits of bringing women, minorities and senior citizens into the workplace; and
(4) Assist Delaware businesses in overcoming obstacles to fully utilizing the work force of women, minorities and senior citizens.
§ 5042 Human Investment and Partnership Council.
§ 5043 Reporting to the Governor and the General Assembly.
The Delaware Economic Development Office and Department of Labor shall issue an annual report on progress made by the 30th of December of each calendar year. The Office will report on its progress, the barriers that exist to women, minorities and senior citizens entering the work force, and what resources, both public and private, are necessary to facilitate the expansion of Delaware's work force.