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Local officials celebrate Wilmington urban farms and gardens


Farm to Fork As part of Delaware’s first-ever state-wide local produce week, Wilmington officials like city council member Darius Brown put the spotlight on the city’s urban community farms and gardens. Brown and others paid a visit Wednesday to Wilmington’s 12th & Brandywine Urban Farm. The farm grows fresh produce like swiss chard, blackberries and scallions for a low price. ...

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Meet Wilmington’s ‘tech councilman’


Darius Brown wants businesses to take advantage of open data and hopes to expand fintech opportunities in the city. Councilman Darius Brown is known around town as the “tech councilman.” Wielding a nickname like that bears the burden of meeting high expectations held by the community you’re claiming to represent. In his two-and-a-half years on council, Brown has made some leeway in getting the ...

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Justice Reinvestment


  WILMINGTON – Members of city council called on Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine to establish a community court in Wilmington, modeled after those in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Councilman Darius Brown said he and others have been pushing for the new lower court to be created for the last three years, but the proposal has not advanced. ...

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City to Work-EPA Grant


“A key part to any community revitalization is an educated and trained workforce,” said Paul Morris, vice president of workforce development and community education at Delaware Tech.   Participants could be trained in roughly six months, according to West End Neighborhood House Executive Director Paul Calistro. The West End Neighborhood House is one of the coalition members that received an ...

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Infrastructure Week


Wilmington 3rd District city councilman Darius Brown is using National Infrastructure Week to raise awareness of the importance of investing in the local and national infrastructure – despite tight budget times. Brown led a tour of the 16th Street water filtration plant where nearly $60 million dollars has been spent recently on various capital improvements. Two recent plant upgrades – state of ...

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TweetMyJobs connecting Delaware job seekers to employers


 60CONNECT 11TWEET 1LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Seven years after launching an artisan spice business, Thalia Noel found herself in need of some extra income. But two months into her job search, the 42-year-old New Castle resident still wasn’t able to find work close to home. “I turned looking for a job into a job,” Noel said. “I signed up with a bunch of job websites ...

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Darius J. Brown named to Delaware Business Times 40 under 40


By Robert Kalesse Special to Delaware Business Times At first glance, residents of neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey might look upon Delaware and think the First State is nothing more than a place where sales tax goes to die and corporations go to thrive. While both are true (and rather good attributes, we might add), there is ...

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Councilman Brown passes $10.10 Minimum Wage bill

Wilmington Councilman Darius Brown discusses an EPA grant to train Wilmington residents with skills to pursue environmental careers. Seated (from left) are Sean Garvin, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; Marjorie Croft, director of the Division of Hazardous Waste for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Paul Morris, assistant vice president of Workforce Development and Community Education at Delaware Technical Community College; and Paul Calistro, director of West End Neighborhood House.

“We beat back the obstructionists and naysayers to provide opportunity to working people.” A new law requiring businesses contracted by Wilmington to pay their employees at least $10.10 an hour is expected to cost the city an estimated $50,000 and $65,000 annually to administer. City Council voted 11-0 Thursday night to increase the minimum pay for employees at firms with ...

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Education Compact: A commitment to urban academic achievement


  The first marking period is coming to an end for many Wilmington schools. I represent several traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools in the City and through my Learning Neighborhoods initiative we are making great strides for equitable urban education. Learning Neighborhoods is a commitment to urban academic achievement to champion educational causes. As a learning neighborhood, ...

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City to ponder raise for contractor workers


Wilmington City Council will take action next month on an ordinance that will require employees of city contractors to get paid at least $10.10 an hour. The council’s finance committee had discussions on Councilman Darius Brown’s proposal Monday night, with council members and city officials mostly talking about the need to hire a contract compliance officer to make sure that ...

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