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54. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE Cape Gazette National blueprint increasin ployment of people with bilit" Markell shares findings, recommendations compiled during yearlong project At the Aug. 2 opening session Bottom Line: Employing Peo- for the annual meeting of the ple with Disabilities, involved National Governors Associa- gathering information from tion, Gov. Jack Markell released a people with disabilities, other blueprint off'mdings and recom- advocates, business leaders, mendations compiled during a federal agency representatives, yearlong project he led as NGA state policymakers and research- chair to increase hiring of people ers. The NGA organized more with disabilities, than 60 meetings, as well as The document provides a road two roundtables, two sessions map for states, businesses and at the NGA Winter Meetings in the disabilities community to Washington, D.C and institutes work together on ways to .ad- in Pittsburgh and Seattle where dress a persistent challenge and people across the country gath- take advantage of the valuable ered to learn and discuss best skills possessed by this popula-, practices. tion. In presenting the blueprint Markell chose the topic real!z- to fellow governors, Markell ing governors might be missing said discussions with business- a unique opportunity to help people throughout the initiative businesses with their workforce affirmed they care about an concerns in a way that would employee's ability, not his or her generate broad bipartisan sup- disability. Instead of looking to port. Of the estimated 54 million businesses to solve a social ser- Americans living with a disabil- vice problem, Markell said states ity, only 20 percent are employed must approach companies by or seeking employment, corn- offering to help solve the chal- pared to almost 70 percent of lenges they face in finding and Americans without a disability, hiring skilled workers. "As governors, we know In addition, businesses are that when barriers prevent much more likely to buy in to a significant segment of our the benefits of employing people population from participating with disabilities when they know in our workforce, talent is be- a peer in the private sector is ing wasted and our economic doing so. Governors must bring competitiveness suffers," said business leaders.together to talk Markell. "Businesses that are about this topic and provide an leading in hiring people with dis- opportunity for them to learn abilities understand this effort from each other. isn't about charity. As the CEO Markell referenced a partner- of Walgreens told us, he wants to ship being launched in Delaware have 25 percent of the company's that illustrates the potential for workforce consist of people with putting more people with dis- disabilities because it's better for abilities to work. The state has his bottom line and in the best helped bring together the IT interest of his shareholders." firm CAI and an international or- Markell's initiative, A Better ganization called Special!sterne, cbmoveOcom WE KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD & REACH THE WORLD 34867 W. ISAAC DRIVE, REHOBOTH BEACH $128,900 OWN YOUR OWN LAND & walk or bike to shopping plazas, restaurants, & movie theatre! Minutes to RB & Lewes beaches! 10108 SAWMILL WAY, MILLSBORO $199,500 2010 Townhouse/Condo on Indian River! Like new, 3 bdrm/2 1/2 bath, 1 car garage, unfinished basement ready for finishing! Community pool, playground, and pier! Inventory is Down! It is a Great Time to List! Call me to set an appointment. ca. 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