The Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) was founded after the 2007 Sussex County Today and Tomorrow Conference.  That conference focused on economic development and this committee is responding to that need. We are Sussex county citizens interested in taking action to strengthen economic development efforts and bring jobs and prosperity to our community.

This plan is our attempt at a strategy for moving forward. The plan is based in large part on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) developed in 2006. The CEDS was an open process that used community forums to identify needs and develop a strategy. This plan builds on the original CEDS and offers concrete direction, including timelines and budgets. Your comments, suggestions and participation are welcomed as we move forward.

  • Scott Thomas – Chair
    Executive Director​
    Southern Delaware Tourism

  • Linda Price – Secretary and Treasure
    Branch Manager
    Fulton Bank (Georgetown)

  • Ernie Felici, Jr. – Immediate Past President
    Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
    Cushman & Wakefield of Delaware, Inc.

Board Members
  • Walt Bryan
  • Joe Conaway
    Conaway Associates
  • Michael South
    Vice President
    Outreach and Programming
  • Peter Keenan
    Manufacturing/Labor – Retired
  • Ed Lewandowski
    Coastal Communities Development Specialist
    Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
    University of Delaware 
  • Rob Nicholson
    Business Development Manager
    Delmarva VOIP
  • William Pfaff
    University of Delaware Small Business Development Center
  • Bob Ruggio
    R. Robert Ruggio
  • Dr. Illeana Smith 
    Vice President and Campus Director
    Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus
  • Christopher Weeks
    Business Development Manager
    Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
Ex Officio Board Members
  • Trisha Newcommer
    Economic Development Manager
    City of Seaford, Delaware
  • David Root
    Sussex County Business Development Leader
    Delaware Economic Development Office
  • Bill West
    Mayor of Georgetown, SCAT
  • Bob Wheatly
    Sussex County Planning and Zoning
Committee Chairs
  • Nicole Minni
    Associate Policy Scientist (GIS/graphics specialist)
    University of Delaware, Water Resources Center