BRYAN SHUPE (MHS ’02) is a graduate of the University of Delaware with deep experience in government and political affairs, and a passion for the city of Milford. He has run local political campaigns and been involved in issue advocacy. His deep understanding of government affairs – local, state, federal and international – adds a layer of expertise to his coverage of local issues.
Shupe’s love of the city of Milford and his deep roots here are the driving force behind Milford Live.
“Growing up in this town I have built so many relationships in this community, personal and professional. Those relationships make this town such a great place to live,” said Shupe. “When I was growing up in Milford I felt that this town was truly a community with individuals who enjoyed getting involved. I feel that we are losing that closeness and believe that Milford Live is a way to engage, excite, and inform our community once again.”
An avid baseball fan, Bryan can usually be found on the beach with his dog, Dixie, when he is not out and about in Milford.
DAVE BURRIS (MHS ’92) is one of Delaware’s leaders in the world of online and new media. The publisher of CoastalSussex.com, Coastal Sussex Weekly magazine and the Coastal Sussex Morning News, Dave has deep experience in communicating and reporting news online.
A sought-after instructor in the field of social media, Dave has advised many local small business owners, nonprofits, political candidates and chambers of commerce on the use of online services such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and on the spirit and mindset of the new economy.
Dave has served his local community as a member of the board of directors of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, a member of the United Way of Delaware’s Young Impact Professionals Society and a volunteer soccer coach for the Henlopen Soccer Club, as well as serving as the youngest-ever Chairman of the Sussex County Republican Committee.
As a public activist, Dave has been at the forefront of change on issues like transparency in government spending, budget reform and ethics reform. He was also a founding board member of the policy think tank, the Caesar Rodney Institute, and the creator of the popular political blogs Delaware Politics and Delaware Tomorrow.
“At the end of the day, Bryan and I are just a couple of guys who love Milford, appreciate what the town meant to us growing up, and want to give back in a way that allows people to communicate, bond and become closer as a community,” said Burris. “Milford Live will be what the community makes it. Participation, contribution, and sharing from everyday Milfordians will allow the site to be a virtual town square. We look forward to serving the town in that way.”