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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced new initiatives aimed at boosting job creation.

Hogan made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

He says it's an effort to build on legislation approved this year. The law provides incentives for manufacturing companies to create jobs in areas with higher unemployment by providing a tax credit for each new job created. Hogan says in less than six months, nearly 70 manufacturers have filed letters of intent to participate, and 17 have filed official applications that would create about 450 new jobs.

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Governor John Carney is making a bid to capture the site for Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters.

He is touting Delaware’s central location as well as relatively low tax burden.

Carney said he believes that Delaware has offered a competitive proposal to lure Amazon to the First State.

His plan offers two sites for the 8 million square-foot office space.

This is a $5 billion real estate investment that would bring up to 50-thosuand jobs.

The facility would be a corporate headquarters with jobs offering an average salary of $100-thousand.

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Delaware could be getting a major employment boost.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harvey Hanna & Associates plan to buy the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

Redevelopment of the 142-acre site is expected to generate thousands of job.

The paper reports that the site is seen as a convenient transportation hub with a rail line and easy access to major highways such as I-95 and I-495.

In addition, it is also within easy reach to the Port of Wilmington as well as airports in Philadelphia and New Castle.

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Perdue AgriBusiness is taking its soybean operation to Pennsylvania where it will process 17.5 million bushels a year at its new $60 million plant.

It’s the first in the Keystone state.

And it will be located in Conoy Township, Lancaster County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state of Pennsylvania is kicking in $8.7 million to develop the site and put in a grain elevator.

There will be an estimated 35 positions created as well as 150 construction jobs.

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Another 240 jobs may be coming to Dover.

The cleaning company Jan-Pro has decided to open up operations by next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s an Atlanta-based company that offers franchises to individual owners.

The paper reports that the company will have a regional franchise which will then be responsible for others to own and operate smaller ones

There could be as many as 80 smaller franchises with a minimum of 3 employees.

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Governor John Carney signed measure that amends Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act that would allow development of 14 former and current heavy industrial sites.

Carney called the law a win-win opportunity for the First State that would make for a cleaner environment as well as provide additional jobs to Delaware’s economy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has been praised by business groups but has been condemned by environmentalists.

All but one of the industrial sites are located in New Castle County.

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SoFi will be adding around 400 employees to its Claymont office by the end of next year.

The online personal loan provider said it would increase the number of workers at the former Zenbanx office with around 100 workers in August.

That will be followed by 200 employees by the end of this year and a total of 400 by the end of 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that most of the new hires will be in their call center but there will also be IT positions as well as jobs in management and development.

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Technology is swiftly changing our lives - both at work and at home. And sometimes, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, they have unintended  consequences.

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A defense industry firm is bringing 42 jobs to Salisbury.

Manufacturing Support Industries is expanding its operations in the city over the next three years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company has made high-precision weaponry parts for the military.

The paper reports this will be the third major manufacturing project for the city over the last six months.

The other companies involved were RDI Wire & Cable and Toriod P&H.

Governor Larry Hogan praised the job growth that has begun to take place in the Crossroads of Delmarva.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study has found Virginia's solar job market grew 65 percent in 2016.

The Solar Foundation's report said Virginia is tied for ninth in country for fastest solar job growth last year and there were more than 3,200 solar jobs in the state last year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised the report's finding, saying it was a testament to his administration's focus on solar energy.

Much of the growth in solar energy in Virginia has been driven by large tech companies that are trying to be carbon neutral in their energy usage.

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