I'm a native of Wilmington but spent most of my career working in other areas of the country.
For manufacturing we are on a dead end road with poor rail infrastructure and we are surrounded by environmentally sensitive areas that greatly increase the cost and liability. Forget major manufacturing.
As for so-called knowledge based business we have some of the essentials.We have a large creative community,a very good university and we have quality recreation and entertainment opportunities. What we don't have is good public infrastructure, Our public schools are deplorable. Our local governments are a nightmare to interact with. We have a Chamber Of Commerce that is absolutely useless for anything other than promoting political agendas.
As for things improving with a GOP government, This past year they passed a law to exclude a large number of "Knowledge" people from marriage or the legal protection of domestic partnerships. Next will be relaxation of environmental rules. That might attract a cement plant and a couple hundred $20 an hour jobs but it won't attract a company of 300-500 geeks who make $100k a year.
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