Levin paints a bright economic picture for Delaware

Delaware Economic Development Director Alan Levin speaks to a group of commercial realtors Dec. 20 at the new Abbott’s on Broad Creek in Laurel. Levin was the featured speaker for the annual meeting of the Peninsula Commercial Alliance. SOURCE SUBMITTED
January 12, 2014

Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin painted a bright economic future for the upcoming year Dec. 20 during a gathering of commercial realtors at the new Abbott’s on Broad Creek in Laurel.

“Delaware has weathered the worst of it, with unemployment levels now at the lowest they’ve been since 2008,” said Levin, former owner of the Happy Harry’s drugstore chain. He added, to the delight of his southern Delaware constituents, “Sussex County is still my favorite county in the state.”

Levin was the featured speaker during the 2013 general membership meeting and installation of officers for the Peninsula Commercial Alliance, a group of commercial real estate professionals with ties to the Sussex County Association of Realtors.

To address the special needs and interests of commercial realtors in southern Delaware, SCAOR founded the PCA in 2011. To date, the PCA has been a successful resource for that sector of Sussex County’s real estate market.

“The PCA is definitely getting stronger, both in numbers and in the issues we are able to spearhead and be involved in,” said Rodney Joyner, a commercial realtor with Coldwell Banker and 2013 PCA president. “Our sector took a little longer to come back than did the residential markets, but we are seeing sustained growth now on the commercial side of things, and we look forward to a bright year in 2014.”

During the annual luncheon, PCA officers for 2014 were sworn in for the upcoming calendar year. The list of officers includes President John McClellan, Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate; Vice President Ernie Felici, Cushman & Wakefield of Delaware Inc.; Treasurer Bill Lucks, Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate; Secretary Sandra Ware, Prudential Gallo; Director Rodney Joyner, Coldwell Banker Resort Realty; Director Andrew Ratner, Prudential Gallo; Director Bill Vernon, Coldwell Banker Resort Realty; Director Jack Riddle, Community Bank of Delaware; and Director Audrey Martin, Coldwell Banker Resort Realty.

The Sussex County Association of Realtors was chartered in 1949 and has steadily grown in size, scope and mission during its more than six decades in Sussex County. It is a professional trade association with goals of carrying out a program of education and advocacy for real estate in the county. To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, visit

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