The Future of Wilmington, Delaware!

As easy as it is to criticize city leaders, especially city council members, it’s also easy to recognize what makes Wilmington a great place to live, work and play. 

101.7 FM and 1150 AM WDEL reporters do just that in addition to their hard-hitting, award-winning journalism. 

I thought it would be meaningful to bring some of Wilmington, Delaware’s top leaders and ask them to share their thoughts about Wilmington’s future and what they think makes Wilmington great.

These podcasts of the Rick Jensen Show broadcast live from The Mill in the Nemours Building on North Orange Street feature such leaders and a couple of small business owners talking about their visions.

First, U.S. Senator Chris Coons talked about bipartisan strategies he is working on to help small businesses succeed.  Chris demonstrated his sense of humor when I introduced him as “on loan from Joe Scarborough.”  Dan and Kyle from the new Stitch House Brewery also stopped by:


After the 12:30 PM News, Wilmington’s Director of the Office of Economic Development and during his conversation, Delaware Governor John Carney came in.  After the 1 PM News, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki joined the conversation.  What I really wanted to happen was a conversation about Wilmington’s future between the Governor and the Mayor, which did happen.

Veronica Jester of Tonic Bar & Grill also stopped by, which was great because Tonic has uniquely delicious food.

Listen here:


After the 2PM News, WDEL listeners learned some of the history and backstory of how Chris and Rob Buccini came to be such successful developers in the city.  It didn’t start at the Riverfront, as many might believe.  Chris and Rob partnered with Dave Pollin and scrambled for funding of a very different project.  They made a lot of meaningful business relationships and continue to development more residential and mixed-use projects.  Their vision for Wilmington’s future is seen in their work and heard in the words you’ll hear in this segment:


Finally, a conversation with another entrepreneur, Rob Herrera, founder and owner of The Mill, a shared workspace in the heart of Wilmington’s business district, The Nemours Building at 1007 N. Orange Street:

See you in the city!


Rick Jensen

Talk Show Host

WDEL 101.7 FM, 1150 AM

Syndicated Columnist

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