Greater Newark Network

A New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Initiative

Our Mission...

Our mission is to establish the the Greater Newark Delaware area as a center of creativity, innovation, and technology. We are not an organization with rules and membership requirements. We are an open network of self-motivated individuals who have ideas and the energy to turn those ideas into action for the benefit of our community.

Join the Network...

To join, just fill out a membership profile and begin contributing your ideas to our blog, or forum. Even better, form a group to begin advocating for your ideas and generating enough support to turn your ideas into reality.

Start a group and build support for your ideas!

If you have an idea for a project or initiative that you think will advance our mission of building a more creative, innovative, and technology inspired community, start a group on this page and begin advocating for your idea and inviting others to join your group. Once you have 100 members in your group who are committed to supporting your idea, the Network will sponsor a public planning session to discuss your idea.

Blog Posts

Network to Co-Host Blueprint for Growth Listening Session

Posted by Bob Chadwick on February 11, 2016 at 9:30am 0 Comments

On March 29th, the Greater Newark Network will co-host this event. We hope you will register to attend and make your voices heard:

Blueprint for Growth 2016

Setting the Business Agenda

Blueprint for Growth is a campaign to heighten the awareness of business related issues during the 2016 campaign season particularly in the election of the next Governor. The campaign will help frame the 2016 business agenda by focusing on issues and opportunities related to companies, jobs and paychecks and positioning Delaware's economy for future economic growth.

Our plan is to engage our members and local leaders in a discussion of key business and economic issues confronting the State of Delaware. This will be done with a series of listening sessions and issue forums and will culminate with a "Blueprint for Growth" Gubernatorial debate hosted and moderated by the Chamber and select media partners.

To kick things off, we have scheduled three listening sessions which will be designed to elicit feedback on key business issues. Our third session will take place in Newark and we hope you can join us. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.

Blueprint for Growth 2016: Listening Session

Tuesday, March 29

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites Newark

654 South College Avenue * Newark, DE 19713

(Light Refreshments Provided)


Thank you to our Event Sponsor

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Greater Newark Relocation Guide On Its Way

Posted by Bob Chadwick on February 20, 2015 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Our Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership is in the process of putting together the content and selling advertising for our soon to be produced Greater Newark Relocation Guide. This is something our Greater Newark major employers have been saying is very much needed as they seek to recruit and welcome new employees. The Guide will also be used to attract new residents to the area.

If your organization is interested in advertising in this new relocation guide, please call Chris Marchak at 302-294-2061 or email him at

Also, please post your ideas for content. We all know the obvious attractions of the area, but what are the hidden gems in and around Newark that we should highlight? We need your input!

LED Street Lights for Newark

Posted by John Wessells on November 12, 2014 at 10:59am 0 Comments

The City of Newark is considering retrofitting some of the current street lights for LED bulbs.  Currently the street lights use more electricity than any other part of the city.  This change would pay for itself, increase more light, be safer for those out at night and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.  Above is a photo of a city that has started changing to LEDs.  The completed lights (LED's) are on the left side of the photo while the old HPS lights.  Come out and support this effert.

8th Annual Main Street Mile

Posted by Bob Chadwick on September 26, 2014 at 9:33am 1 Comment

    In a world of 5K fundraisers, Downtown Newark continues to keep it unique and fun with a one-mile sprint race through the center of town. On Saturday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. the 8th Annual Main Street Mile will host hundreds of runners and walkers as they take the rare opportunity to travel down Main Street without cars and traffic while supporting the Newark Police K-9 Unit and the Downtown Newark Partnership.

     This annual fundraiser has become an important source of funding for the Newark Police K-9 Unit as the cost of purchasing a K-9 officer along with the cost of training, food, and incidentals runs in the thousands of dollars. The initial cost of a K-9 is approximately $10,000 with an additional one-time cost of about $1,000 for kennel set-up at the handler's home. Other incidentals total approximately $1,500 a year per dog; the City of Newark currently maintains two K-9 teams, who have been instrumental in assisting the overall Police Department in crime fighting. Veterinary care for the K-9 officers is donated by a local veterinarian.

     The fundraiser helped purchase Newark's second K-9 Officer, Sjors, as well as K-9 Officer Cody after Newark's first K-9 Officer, Paco, was retired early in 2011.

     The race begins at the McDonald's traffic circle on Main Street at 9:00 a.m. and finishes minutes later at the Deer Park Tavern. Immediately following, runners and walkers are treated to a brunch hosted by the Deer Park Tavern at 108 West Main Street.

     The Main Street Mile is sponsored by R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Homes,  Downtown Newark Partnership, Newark Police Department, Fusion Fitness Center, Capriottis, and WSFS.

     To register for the Main Street Mile, visit …


New Video Highlights City of Newark

Posted by Bob Chadwick on September 25, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

The City of Newark has released a new highlight/introduction video that they had produced in association with the International City Managers Association’s 100th Anniversary.  Check it out!



Ignite Newark IV

Posted by Michael F. Smith on May 5, 2014 at 3:28pm 0 Comments

Join GNEDP this Wednesday, May 7th from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm at the Biotechnology Institute at 15 Innovation Way in Newark for Ignite Newark IV! It's a great event for a variety of brief (and I mean brief) presentations. It's sure to be a fun and informative evening! Hope you can join us!

Live Music Venue Needed in Newark

Posted by Michael F. Smith on April 8, 2014 at 10:59am 2 Comments

As I'm sure many of you read in the article below:

Mojo Main has closed its doors in Newark. Mojo Main opened in 2010 (before that East End Cafe). It was a great spot to listen to live music from mainstream acts, up-and-coming local high school bands and college talent. 

Mojo Main closing its doors makes us think about the quality of life/amenity businesses that Newark needs to make people want to work, live and play in Newark, DE. As the owners of Mojo Main begin to think about what's next, I challenge them to think big. Keep live music in Newark and make it bigger. We need a large scale music venue in the heart of Newark that will bring acts for all demographic bases. You see the World Cafe Live doing well in Wilmington, XFinity Live doing well in Philadelphia and other venues in our regional community that are draws locally and regionally. Newark has assets for a large music venue that can be successful. The Stone Balloon was a successful model with historical significance. Can that be replicated on a bigger scale?

Would you like to see a larger live music venue in Newark, DE? If so, how and where do you envision it?

GNEDP Hosts Outside-In Ribbon Ceremony

Posted by Michael F. Smith on January 14, 2014 at 1:12pm 0 Comments

Yesterday, Monday, January 13th, GNEDP hosted a ribbon tying ceremony for the new Outside-In Partnership. The partnership brings three companies together under the Outside-In brand for job growth in the Greater Newark, DE area: CBI Group, Placers, Barton Career Advisors. 

Congratulations on their partnership and thank you to Mayor Polly Sierer, Councilman Doug Tuttle, Councilman Jerry Clifton and Councilwoman Marge Hadden for attending! Check out the picture below and click the link below to learn more about the Outside-In companies:


The Greater Newark Network is an initiative of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and is Chaired by Michael Smith, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the University of Delaware's College of Health Sciences.

We urge you to explore the many advantages of Chamber membership by visiting New Castle County Chamber of Commerce!

To see a full list of upcoming events sponsored by the County Chamber, click New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Calendar!

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