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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for May 26-28

    Tuesday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. — The Senator will host Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Member of President Obama’s Cabinet, on a small business walking tour/owner meet-and-greet along downtown Wilmington’s Market Street commercial corridor. The tour highlights downtown Wilmington’s entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the accessibility of SBA resources and how they can help small businesses start and grow. La Fia, 421 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054.

    Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the ground breaking of initial phase of The Flats, a new construction project by the Todmorden Foundation that will benefit low-income persons as well as people with disabilities. The event will conclude with a $500,000 grant presentation from Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and their member institution, WSFS. 500 North Bancroft Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054.

    Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m.  The Senator will visit Crystal Steel Fabricators and talk with workers about their most recent projects. Founded in 1992, Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc. has grown from a single site in Delmar, DE to global scope. It has been an AISC Certified Fabricator for over 14 years, now carrying Fracture Critical, Bridge Component Standard and Sophisticated Paint Endorsements in addition to Steel Building Structures certification. It serves the largest and most sophisticated clients in the industry including Bechtel, Bovis Lend Lease, Gilbane, Skanska, Holder, HESS, Turner, Clark, Jacobs, CAM, Hensel-Phelps and Whiting-Turner, delivering steel to jobsites up and down the East Coast.  Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302.573.6054. 

    Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. — The Senator will visit with USDA Rural Development Director Dr. Bill McGowan for a walking tour and discussion of recent federal grants the town of Laurel received. Grants include Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) for $38,000 for planning study for a commercial business park and a Preliminary Planning Grant (PPG) for $24,000 to complete an engineering report for a well in town. Laurel, DE, address. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham 302.650.7858. 

  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for May 11-16

    Monday, May 11 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech at the 4th Annual Kind to Kids Foundation Spring Celebration.Kind to Kids protects and aids foster children, especially those who have been victims of abuse or neglect. At this celebration, Capital One will be given the Kind to Kids Business Community Service award and Henry Tucker will receive their Young Adult Rising Star award. Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Caroline Jones at (302) 521-1111.

    Monday, May 12 at 3:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Emerging Global Entrepreneurs Event at the White House featuring remarks by President Obama, senior Administration officials, young entrepreneurs from around the world, and guests from the popular TV show Shark Tank. The event will highlight the impact of the Administration’s efforts to advance the frontiers of entrepreneurship around the world and the potential for young people to transform their lives and their communities through entrepreneurship. The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Open to credentialed press. 

    Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m.  The Senator will attend the Congressional Child Survival Prayer Breakfast. At this event, co-sponsored by Food for the Hungry, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and other faith-based organizations, more than 150 religious leaders, development organizations, Congressional Members and their staffs will come together to bring prayers and attention to the issues of global health and child survival in the developing world. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Lucas Koach at lkoach@fh.org.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Appropriations FSGG Subcommittee hearing regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. Witnesses testifying will be Mr. Thomas Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Mr. Ajit Pai, Republican Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the CARE Gala dinner honoring outgoing CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle. Dr. Gayle has faithfully served the CARE foundation in its mission to provide disaster relief and fight global poverty since 2006. U.S. Department of Health Secretary Burwell will be the keynote speaker at this event. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 10:25 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Efficiency Global Forum. This event will bring together heads of government and visionaries from the leading non-government organizations to discuss the nexus between doubling energy productivity and meeting regional and national climate goals.  Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. –  Open to press. Contact: Becca Rohrer at 202-530-2206.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Rotary International Congressional Reception. Senator Coons was a 2014 recipient of Rotary’s “Champion of Polio Eradication” Award and will be recognized for this accomplishment at this event. Senate Mansfield Room 207, Washington D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Bankers Association 120th Annual Dinner.  Since 1895, the Delaware Bankers Association has aimed to support its member institutions with leadership and information that will provide their employees, their communities, and the state with a safe and viable financial services industry.  Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League’s 8th Annual Lions and Legends Awards Celebration Dinner. This event will commemorate the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rochelle Kilby at 302-402-3185.

    Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. – The Senator will attend “Breaking Bread Behind Bars.” This groundbreaking event was designed by late award-winning restaurateur Matt Haley. Inmates are invited to be involved in the preparation of a meal and then dine as guests at that meal alongside business and civic leaders who can potentially facilitate their employment after their release from incarceration. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Ajit George at 302-656-0201.

    Friday, May 15 at 9:15 a.m. – Sen. Carper and Coons will join Lieutenant Colonel Bliss, for an update on the Broadkill Beach dredging project, where federal contractors are turning back the clock on more than sixty years’ worth of storm erosion and sea level rise damage. Broadkill Beach, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, May 15 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver the keynote remarks at the First State Community Loan Fund’s Annual Luncheon. The theme of the luncheon will be how federal programs have positively impacted the First State Community Loan Fund at its ability to serve its clients. Sheraton Wilmington South, 365 Airport Road in New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Vandell Hampton at 302-652-6774.

    Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Bench and Bar Conference. This event will feature judges from the district of Delaware, the Third Circuit, and the Federal Circuit, and other distinguished speakers and honored guests.  Chase Center at the River Front, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rebecca Baird at 302-658-5279.

    Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception welcoming the Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, to Delaware. John Kofi Adyekum Kufuor served as the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the African Union.  Closed to press.

    Saturday, May 16 at 7:15 p.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Disabled American Veterans Department Convention Banquet. This is the 45th Annual Department and the 39th Department Auxiliary Convention. Walter L Fox Post 2, American Legion, 835 South Bay Road, Dover, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Paul Lardizzone at 302-382-3448.

  • Carper, Coons, Carney host job fair in Sussex County

    REHOBOTH, Del. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative John Carney (all D-Del.) hosted a job fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Monday featuring more than 70 currently-hiring employers, with over 200 job seekers in attendance. This was the third of three such fairs hosted by the delegation this year.

    Organizations from the public and private sectors, including Kate Spade, the Wilmington Police Department, and the University of Delaware met with prospective employees, accepted resumes and applications, and in some cases conducted on-the-spot job interviews.

    Visitors to the job fair were also invited to attend job seeking skills workshops with Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. During these workshops, “Dress for Success” and “Interview Skills,” participants will learn how to build a neat and professional wardrobe and how to present oneself during an interview.

    Since 2011, the Congressional Delegation has hosted 26 job fairs in Delaware, including four specifically for veterans. Past job fairs hosted by the Congressional Delegation took place in New Castle County on April 10th at Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton campus and in Kent County on March 23rd at Wilmington University’s Dover Campus. These fairs successfully connected hundreds of unemployed Delawareans with prospective employers.

  • Senator Coons speaks at panel on criminal justice reform

    WILMINGTON, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons sat down with other leaders and reformers in the field of criminal justice at Salesianum High School’s Centenary Hall for “Incarceration Nation,” the latest in the Salesianum Breakfast Speaker Series. Panelists participated in a lively discussion about mass incarceration in the United States and then fielded questions from an audience of community members, professionals, and Salesianum students.

    “The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners,” said Salesianum’s President Brendan P. Kennealey in his opening remarks. The goal of the discussion was to consider the impacts, both social and economic, of America’s mass incarceration epidemic.

    Senator Coons was joined by two other panelists in the field of criminal justice. The Honorable John Gleeson, a federal judge from the Eastern District of New York, has recently made news for his efforts to raise awareness about the controversial effects of mandatory minimum sentencing. Also on the panel was United States Attorney for the District of Delaware Charles Oberly III. Prior to taking that position, Mr. Oberly was the longest-serving state Attorney General in Delaware’s history, serving three four-year terms. Chief Justice Leo E. Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court moderated the discussion.

    Panelists zeroed in on mandatory minimum sentencing and the efficacy of electing federal judges to the bench as potential contributing factors to the trend towards mass incarceration. This question of the effectiveness of imprisonment on reducing crime rates is particularly timely as Wilmington is suffers from an epidemic of violent crime.

    “What we need is an attitude of humility in the face of the vast human suffering that is really at the core of the criminal justice system,” Senator Coons said in his closing remarks, “for victims and for those who commit crimes and for those who put themselves at risk investigating and prosecuting crimes. An attitude of humility is what I try to encourage in my colleagues in the Senate as we examine this issue and try to find a bipartisan path forward.”

  • A look ahead at Sen. Coons' schedule for April 27-May 1

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a panel discussion on criminal justice reform called “Incarceration Nation.” He will join United States Attorney Charlie Oberly, Chief Justice Leo Strine and Judge John Gleeson, District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, as a part of Salesianum’s Breakfast Lecture Series to discuss causes and solutions for the United States’ large prison population. Salesianum School, 1801 North Broom Street, Wilmington DE. – Open to press. Contact: Betsy Dougart at 302-356-2660.

    Tuesday, April 28 at 6:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Refugees International Gala. The Senator will be honored with a Congressional Award for “demonstrating extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action” at this event.  Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC. – Open to press. Contact: Kendra Davis at 703-582-3203.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 9:15 a.m.  The Senator will attend a breakfast discussion on building a strong American workforce. He will be joined by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons to discuss ways that Congress can improve skills training programs for the jobs of tomorrow. Union Station’s Columbus Room, 40 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Whitney Mitchell (Third Way) wmitchell@thirdway.org.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government Ceremony. The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government is given annually to a government official whose career demonstrates and promotes respect for high standards of public service; this year, Representative John Lewis will be honored for his work with the civil rights movement. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Jim Paul at 217-244-6762.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. At this unique event, the Senator will participate in a competitive cook-off against other Senators and Representatives preparing and serving their favorite dishes to locally acclaimed professional chefs. Proceeds from this event support the March of Dimes foundation, which funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.  National Building Museum, 440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will testify at the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources’ hearing on energy efficiency legislation. Sen. Coons will testify on the Coons-Collins weatherization bill and Coons-Gardner Energy Savings Through Public Private Partnerships act. Sen. Coons will be on a Members panel with Senators Collins (R-ME) and Klobuchar (D-MN). Dirksen-366, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend a dinner with the Council on Competitiveness Executive Committee. The Council’s goal is to increase the United States' economic competitiveness in the global marketplace and to bring high-value economic activity into the United States. The Council works to facilitate the debate on competitiveness by bringing together business, labor, academic and government leaders to evaluate economic challenges and opportunities. The Army-Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Andrew Steigerwald at ASteigerwald@compete.org

    Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.  – The Senator will attend the investiture of Collins J. Seitz Jr as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Delaware. Collins J. Seitz Jr is a native Delawarean and a longtime corporate lawyer, specializing in commercial, intellectual property, and trust cases.  The Baby Grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Kathryn Wolinski at 302-255-0099.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule April 20-27

    The Week Ahead 

    Monday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech for the Delaware Jefferson Awards Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are given at both national and local levels to “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact Nancy Leonard at 302-530-8722.

    Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m.  The Senator will deliver remarks at the Association of American Universities’ Spring Meeting. The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an international organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. The Four Seasons Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Steering Committee meeting to discuss reform of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act. This discussion will bring together advocacy groups and national organizations to discuss issues critical to the reauthorization of the ESEA and how Senate Democrats can best meet the needs of students across the country. Senate Room 207, Mansfield Room, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. — The Senator will deliver a keynote speech for a World Malaria Day event. This event, hosted by the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, will bring together a range of speakers and stakeholders united in the fight against this infectious disease. Senate Visitors Center Room 210, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Houston Ernst at Houston@globalfight.org.

    Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will speak at a breakfast for the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 120, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Ryan Davison at 202-872-6241.

    Thursday, April 23 at 5:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. This event will have a specific focus on Mr. Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative, which supports the effectiveness of governments in Africa. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Danielle Gram at danielle.gram@tb-agi-us.org.

    Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Del-PAC Student Leadership Dinner. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s AIPAC-trained student group, this dinner will bring together more than 100 student leaders and activists from the campus community to discuss Israel and the American-Israeli relationship. Gore Educational Building, South College Avenue, University of Delaware-Newark, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Josh Berkowitz at josh.ada.berkowitz@gmail.com.

    Friday, April 24 at 6:15p.m. – The Senator will attend the retirement celebration for Dr. Joseph Pika. Dr. Pika has been an integral part of the University of Delaware’s Political Science and International Relations department since he joined the faculty in 1981. Courtyard Marriot Ballroom at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. – Closed to press.

    Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 11th Annual WOW Awards Celebration. The WOW Awards Celebration is the signature fundraiser of the Delaware HIV Consortium. With a new theme every year, the WOW Awards Celebration recognizes leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS and raises much-needed funds for Delawareans living with the disease. Clarion Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Scott MacKenzie at 302-654-5417.

    Saturday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Brain Tumor Walk. This annual event benefits the National Brain Tumor Society; proceeds from it support research to find a cure for brain tumors, public policy advocacy, and patient information to make sure that the critical needs of the brain tumor community are being met. Dravo Plaza at the Wilmington Riverfront, 1080 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press.

    Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Common Wealth Awards hosted by The PNC Financial Services Group. These awards recognize individuals who have enriched modern society in a range of human endeavors; honorees this year include musician Jon Bon Jovi and actor Edward Norton for Public Service awards, in addition to entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales for the Mass Communications Award. Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE. – For press inquiries, contact: Nicole Berger at nicole.berger@pnc.com.

  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for April 13-19

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at a press conference announcing an $18.8 million dollar grant to fund a new job training program with local partners. Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has been awarded a three-year, $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with local partners in providing job training and intensive case management to Delawareans who receive food benefits and have limited job skills or work experience. Delaware is one of 10 states to receive the competitive grants seeking collaborative ways to move people into employment. Central Baptist Church, 839 Pine Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Jill Fredel (DHSS) at 302-357-7498.                                                                                                                                                             

    Tuesday, April 14 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to mark up the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. This bill would allow Congress to review a potential nuclear agreement made with Iran. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The Senator will attend the French Congressional Caucus Reception. The French ambassador has invited all members of the 114th Congress in addition to the members of the French Caucus and representatives of French companies who have invested in the United States to attend this reception. French Embassy, 2221 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled “American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters.” Witnesses include Ms. Dina Esposito, Director of the Office of Food for Peace, United States Agency for International Development, Mr. David Ray, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, CARE USA, Dr. Vincent Smith, Professor of Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, and Dr. Stephanie Mercier, Senior Policy Advisor, Farm Journal Foundation. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. — The Senator will be recognized by Delaware’s delegation of the Biotechnology Industry Organization as Legislator of the Year. BIO is the largest trade organization representing the biotechnology industry in the United States and around the world. Russell Senate Office Building, Room 119, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: National Fire and Emergency Services’ Sean Carroll at 202-371-1277.

    Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Humane Society’s Patron Party. The Senator is an honorary co-chair of this event for the Delaware Humane Association, a non-profit no-kill animal care and adoption center serving Delaware since 1957. Closed to press. 

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 30-April 5

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. — The Senator will tour the Delaware Historical Society and view their recent renovations. The Delaware Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.  505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. – The Senator will tour the Center for Composite Materials lab at the University of Delaware. UD-CCM has been internationally recognized as a center of excellence for interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer in the areas of materials and synthesis, multifunctional materials, processing science, mechanics and design, sensing and control, and software. 101 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. The Senator will visit ITWorks joined with members of Delaware’s finance community. Sen. Coons will bring members of the banking community, including representatives from Barclays, CapitalOne and JPMorgan Chase, who have about 1,000 IT jobs to fill locally. ITWorks is a free 16-week technology training program for unemployed and underemployed urban young adults, ages 18 to 26, which prepares them for an entry-level IT job and provides them with a pathway to a career in technology. 625 North Orange Street.  Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend the delegation grants fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Delaware State University’s Dover campus. The free event is designed to help Delawareans better understand the process of finding and securing grant opportunities. The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MLK Student Center at the Delaware State University MLK Building, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Drew Slater at Congressman Carney’s office at 302-854-0667.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. – The Senator will meet with Dean Nancy Targett at the University of Delaware’s Lewes Campus to gain a better understanding of the school’s recent research with underwater drones. Currently, Dean Targett leads the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Effective July 1st, Dean Targett will serve as interim president of the University of Delaware following current president Patrick Harker’s departure from the university. Smith Lab, 700 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, Sussex, Delaware 19958.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. — The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the monthly meeting of the Sussex County Association of Towns. SCAT consists of individuals from town leadership, the legislature, city engineers, representatives from government agencies as well as private industry representatives from various towns in Sussex County who represent the interests of each town. Bridgeville Fire Hall, 311 Market Street, Bridgeville, DE. Open to press. Contact:  Robin Griffith (302) 855-7743 or rgriffith@sussexcountyde.gov.

    Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m. The Senator will visit with Citibank’s leadership and employees. Citibank currently employees more than 1,000 people in their Delaware offices. 1000 North West Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Event is closed to press.

  • DAFB breaks ground on new runway

    DOVER, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Runway 01-19 at Dover Air Force base in Kent County. This event marked the beginning of a project that will, over the months to come, replace the existing Runway 01-19 with a new runway meeting the requirements for heavy strength runway pavement, in addition to repairing the instrument landing system and the runway approach lighting system.

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center awarded $98.3 million to Versar, Inc. and Johnson Controls in 2014 in order to complete this project. Initial work on the project began in early February of this year, and the new Runway 01-19 is expected to be finished in June of 2016.

    "This runway is especially critical for warfighters and maintaining the cutting edge of our United States Air Force," said Sen. Coons. “The investment in this runway is a key piece in making sure that we continue to have an airport here that is best in class, that is BRAC-proof and that continues to make it's lasting contribution to moving our country's 20 percent strategic airlift capability."

    The runway has been in service since the 1940s and is crucial to permitting the C-5M Super Galaxies and C-17A Globemaster IIIs to accomplish their missions for the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings. In the last year alone, 31 Dover AFB aircraft touch downed on 230 airfields in 62 countries.

    Dover Airforce Base is home to the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port and the nation's only Port Mortuary, which is expected to see changes to its operations as a result of the project. Safety remains the highest priority.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 23-29

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the CEO Council for Growth. The CEO Council is a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. The CEO Council is an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce influencing regional and national policy through advocacy. 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 23 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Kent County job fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Wilmington University’s Dover campus. This is the 24th delegation job fair hosted since 2011. More than 50 companies representing the private and public sector will be on hand to meet and greet job candidates. The job fair is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilmington University Dover campus, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m.  The Senator will attend Runway 1-19 groundbreaking ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base. This project will completely replace the existing 9,600 foot long, 150 foot wide 69 year-old runway to meet the requirements for modified heavy strength runway pavement. This project will also include the repair of the instrument landing system and runway approach lighting system. Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE. Event is open to press. Contact: DAFB’s Sarah Bergstein at 302-677-3370.

    Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on the judiciary FY16 budget request. The Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals and Mr. James C. Duff, Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts are witnesses. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 138, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a joint meeting of Congress for remarks delivered by His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. President Ghani’s address will offer him an opportunity to outline his version for the future of Afghanistan and the U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral relationship. President Ghani is expected to thank the United States, U.S. service members, and diplomats for their efforts to bring about peace and security in Afghanistan. United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Event is open to credentialed press.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water that will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for US Department of Energy. Witnesses will be Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, US Department of Energy, and Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, US Department of Energy. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 124, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010

    Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend and deliver brief remarks at Delaware State University’s 4th annual Inspired Day of Service. This day of service is an opportunity for DSU’s community to demonstrate the core values of the university and an outstanding opportunity for Inspire Scholars to work towards the completion of their community service requirements. Sen. Coons will join some of the Inspire Scholars for volunteer service at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. MLK Student Center, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware State University’s Carlos Holmes at 302-857-6062.

    Saturday, March 28 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the Delaware Wing Civil Air Patrol annual Conference and Banquet. The volunteers of CAP perform three key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations, aerospace education for youth and the general public and cadet programs for teenage youth ages 12-21. About 450 men, women and cadets, currently serve within the Delaware Wing. The Landings, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware Civil Air Patrol’s Major Richard Hamm at 302-897-8384. 

    Saturday, March 28 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Science Fair State Finals. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press.

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