09/17/2012 06:34 pm ET

Governor Jack Markell Of Delaware On Keeping Unemployment Below National Average

In Delaware, where the unemployment rate is 1.5 percent below the national average, Governor Jack Markell believes that the key to creating a business-friendly environment lies in empathizing with and listening to small business owners.

Markell, who served as the State Treasurer for 10 years before moving into the Governor's mansion, spoke with the Huffington Post about creating policies that allow businesses to thrive after the HuffPost-sponsored Opportunity: What Is Working jobs panel at the Democratic National Convention.

"We have a responsibility to put ourselves into the shoes of the people who can create jobs in the first place," Markell said. "We better make sure that we're focusing on the things they care the most about, because that's the best way of making sure more of my constituents are working."

Markell went on to say that, "We focus on the things that businesses care about: great, great schools, a great workforce, a great quality of life, reasonable taxes, good cost of doing business, a really responsive government, having the right infrastructure in place."

Though Delaware's policies seem to be working, Markell still proved himself to be open to new ideas if they're more effective. "I love learning from my fellow governors and if one of them has come up with an idea that's working in their state and it's something we should think about borrowing, I'll absolutely do that."



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