State and city officials help Citi "throw the switch"

By Tom Lehman 10:17pm, November 29, 2012 - Updated 9:39am, November 30, 2012
Governor Markell and Wilmington Mayor Baker speak about the importance of Citi's expansion to the city's economy.
Citigroup has been using the Brandywine Building in downtown Wilmington as an office since February, but the corporation joined the ranks of companies and businesses whose signs dot the city's skyline Thursday.

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Governor Markell and Wilmington Mayor Baker were on hand as the light above the Citi Cards office on West Street was lit during a ceremony recognizing the corporation's decision to expand into Wilmington in February.

Markell says locating the office in Wilmington helped bring about 220 jobs to Delaware.

"We know that our growth as a state, our growth as city and a county and everything else, is very largely dependent upon all of you people and those just like you," Markell says.

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He says attracting large companies and corporations like Citigroup to expand in Delaware can be difficult at times, but thinks the state has a talented workforce that benefit businesses who hire them.

"What is most important is whether or not you can find great workers and find a great group of people who will help build the brand and help do all the work and that's what they've found here," he says.

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Baker says the downtown office, which was once utilized by DuPont, helps boost Wilmington's economy.

"We were so used to see DuPont for so many years and it's nice to have this diversity of corporations that make our city grow," he says.

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Baker thinks having Citi in Wilmington will help local businesses expand and create jobs for Delawareans.

"Small businesses depend on the big businesses and the big businesses need the small businesses and we all need jobs," Baker says.

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