April Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA’s Workforce, Creating Jobs That Pay, Connecting Growing Communities
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
April 16, 2018
This month, Governor Wolf continued to make major investments in infrastructure, community projects, and workforce development initiatives to equip all Pennsylvanians for jobs that pay. Governor Wolf also continued the fight to level the playing field for all workers, proclaiming April 10, 2018 to be Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvania.
Preparing Pennsylvania’s Workforce
Governor Wolf announced more than $7 million in grants to support workforce development outreach and apprenticeship programs across four counties, including partnerships with the German American Chamber of Commerce and CVS Health.
Building on the governor’s efforts to expand opportunities in STEM fields, First Lady Frances Wolf also hosted a roundtable discussion on how to increase participation of girls and young women in STEM education.
Expanding Business in the Keystone State
This month, Governor Wolf announced that several companies chose to relocate to or expand operations in the commonwealth, eventually amounting to more than 1,700 jobs for Pennsylvanians. In addition, the governor announced low-interest loans to support business projects in seven counties that will create and retain nearly 400 jobs.
Connecting Growing Communities
Investing in Pennsylvania’s communities and the infrastructure that support them continues to be one of the governor’s top priorities. As part of these investments, Governor Wolf welcomed the first two 32-story high, post-Panamax cranes to the Port of Philadelphia, approved projects to continue improving the state’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight rail lines, and expanded access to natural gas.
In addition, the governor announced more than 160 community development initiatives, including 39 affordable housing projects that will create about 1,900 rental housing units throughout the Keystone State.
To better connect communities across the commonwealth and the world, Governor Wolf announced more than 723 road and bridge improvement projects for this construction season and launched an initiative to expand access to broadband high-speed internet.
Promoting Solar Energy in PA
Continuing efforts to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania, the governor announced more than 78 projects across 22 counties to expand solar energy implementation to a wide range of facilities, including facilities that plan to draw 100 percent of their electricity from solar generators.
Highlights from March – April 2018
- Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs in Western Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Approvals of 78 Projects to Promote Solar Energy in Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Investments for 78 Community Development and Infrastructure Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces New Initiative to Expand Broadband Access
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding Increase for Municipal Road Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Berks County Through Expansion of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Tri-State Shale Coalition Agreement to Maximize Benefits of Natural Gas Resources
- Governor Wolf Announces Approval of 11 Projects to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 North Central Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces New SUPERVALU Facility in Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobs
- Governor Wolf, Senator Casey: Philadelphia Crane Arrival Highlights Success of Port Growth
- Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million for Teacher in the Workplace Grants Now Available
- Governor Wolf Announces New Investments in Rail Infrastructure, Supporting Business Development and 400 Jobs Statewide
- Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 East Central Region Construction Season, Highlights More Than 115 Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million for 61 Grants to Enhance Apprenticeships
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Hollidaysburg-Region Construction Season, Highlights 88 Projects
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Northcentral Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Eight Business Projects in Seven Counties, Supporting Nearly 400 Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces Centene Management Company to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating Nearly 300 Blair County Jobs
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 Projects
- First Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Girls and Women in STEM Roundtable Discussion at the Governor’s Residence
- Governor Wolf Proclaims Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Cherry to Create 42 New Jobs in Franklin County
- Governor Wolf Announces Grant Approval to Robert Morris University through Manufacturing PA Initiative to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Workforce
- Governor Wolf Announces 2018 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Creation of More than 1,000 Jobs Through Expansion of Bell & Evans
- Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Strategic Innovation Grants to Help Boost Workforce Development in Pennsylvania
- Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights Projects
Highlights from Instagram
In the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer skills, but only half as many girls are taking computer science classes as boys. Earlier today, Frances hosted women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math at the @pagovernorsresidence to discuss how we can increase the participation of girls and young women in #STEM education and careers. My administration is focused on ensuring Pennsylvania students learn the things they need to succeed – we’ve adopted #CSforAll standards, connected classroom learning to career training opportunities, and reduced standardized tests to give students more time to learn. But if we are to bring more girls and young women into STEM fields, we must identify barriers in these programs to help reverse this trend. Thank you to Frances for hosting these dedicated leaders for this important conversation.