The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a non-governmental organization and, therefore, is not directly involved in developing policies or passing laws and regulations that impact on the business sector. It does, however, serve as a powerful advocate for policies and laws that favorably affect businesses in general and Hispanic business owners, in particular. And it works with local, regional, and state elected officials to promote and develop pro-business initiatives.
Named after the English city of Newcastle, the county is the northernmost of the three Delaware counties, and although it is the smallest it has the highest population density and it is the most economically developed of the three counties. As of the 2010 census, its population was 538,479, of which 8.7% were Hispanic or Latino. The county seat is Wilmington. The median income for a household in News Castle is $52,419, and the median income for a family is $62,144. The county also includes the Port of Wilmington. Newcastle is headed by a County Executive, currently Tom Gordon, the first ever to hold that seat for three terms. His third 4-year term became effective November 13, 2012. A native Wilmingtonian and former Wilmington Chief of Police, Mr. Gordon remains a popular elected official for his astute management of the county finances and for ensuring that taxation of residents do not become an onerous burden. Moreover, he continues to be highly supportive of the economic and educational success of minorities, including the growing Hispanic community. The legislative body is a thirteen-member County Council, consisting of twelve members elected by district and one President elected at large.
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The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. DEP's primary responsibilities are watershed management; water and waste management; environmental policy and compliance; solid waste management; residential recycling and refuse collection; waste reduction and recycling; etc. In addition, DEP promotes the preservation of a sustainable environment, both outdoor and indoor, by encouraging the planting of trees, the proper use of pesticides, the elimination of indoor air pollutants and both water and energy conservation. A national leader in environmental protection and sustainability, DEP created the My Green Montgomery project. It is a service to help Montgomery County residents think and live in a way that safeguards and sustains the health of our people, our county, and the planet. The project also includes a detailed list of incentives for homeowners to receive products or services either free or coupled with rebates.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of $7.3 billion (FY 2015), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. NSF fulfills its mission chiefly by issuing limited-term grants -- currently about 11,000 new awards per year, with an average duration of three years -- to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Most of these awards go to individuals or small groups of investigators. Others provide funding for research centers, instruments and facilities that allow scientists, engineers and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge. NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability. Many of the discoveries and technological advances have been truly revolutionary. In the past few decades, NSF-funded researchers have won some 214 Nobel Prizes as well as other honors too numerous to list.