October Jobs That Pay Update: Strengthening PA’s Workforce and Enhancing Connectivity
October 17, 2018
As the fall season kicks into gear, Governor Tom Wolf continued to increase workforce development for dislocated workers, invest in small businesses, and expand broadband access to more than 9,000 currently unserved rural Pennsylvanians.
Strengthening the Workforce
Governor Wolf built on his PAsmart initiative by announcing more than $17.5 million in grants to help dislocated workers in Pennsylvania learn new skills and get in-demand jobs. In addition, the governor announced new apprenticeship opportunities in manufacturing and electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers.
This month, Governor Wolf announced more than $78.4 million in funding for infrastructure and community revitalization projects, including the reopening of the First Bank of the United States and more than 42 multimodal projects across Pennsylvania.
Enhancing connectivity across the commonwealth, the governor announced plans to expand broadband to more than 9,000 currently unserved rural Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf also announced the launch of a new feasibility study on adding passenger rail service between Altoona and Pittsburgh, acknowledging the continued interest in this service.
Putting Pennsylvanians to Work
The governor also announced funding for small business projects that are expected to create and retain more than 250 full-time jobs across the Keystone State, further supporting Pennsylvania’s middle class.
Highlights from September – October 2018
- Wolf Administration: New Grant Program is an Investment in Pennsylvania Dairy Industry, Farmers
- Governor Wolf Announces More Than 350 New Projects to Improve Water Infrastructure, Promote Community Development, and Protect the Environment
- Governor Wolf Announces Broadband Expansion to Over 9,200 Rural Homes and Businesses
- Governor Wolf Announces New Review of Feasibility of Added Passenger Rail Service in Western Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Investments Supporting Seven Economic Development Projects in York County
- Governor Wolf: $17.5 Million in Grants Will Help Workers Learn New Skills, Get In-Demand Jobs
- Governor Wolf Introduces “Ready to Start” Task Force to Focus on Needs of Youngest Pennsylvanians
- Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Hydro, Creation of 60 New Jobs in Schuylkill County
- Pennsylvania Announces First Grants Funded by Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Air Pollution
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Open First Bank Museum
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding for 42 Multimodal Projects Aimed at Strengthening Jobs, Accessibility, and Commerce Statewide
- Governor Wolf Announces Airgas to Expand Presence in Pennsylvania, Creating 30 New Bucks County Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces Six New Small Business Projects in Five Counties, Enabling Expansion and Jobs Creation
- Wolf Administration Announces New State Investments to the Port of Erie
- Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Opportunities for the Skilled Trades in Allegheny County
- Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Renovate Historic Scranton Building, Expand Training for Physicians
- Governor Wolf Announces Spark Therapeutics to Expand in West Philadelphia with New Facility, 500 New Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces Projects to Receive $2.8 Million for Community Revitalization
- Wolf Administration Announces New Advanced Manufacturing Training Opportunities for Workers in Southwestern Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf: New Apprenticeships for Electrician, Carpentry, Plumbing, and HVAC Technician Careers in the Harrisburg Area
Highlights from Instagram
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Last week, I was in Philadelphia to announce my administration’s support for the reopening of the First Bank of the United States. The bank, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall are part of Philadelphia’s @independencenps. These sites are integral to our nation’s history. The bank once served as the foundation to modern United States fiscal policy, but today it is closed to the public and in need of repair. Proud that my administration will enable this historic landmark to reopen.
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Yesterday I was in Altoona touring state-funded projects revitalizing the area. Renovations are underway at the Mishler Theatre (first photo) that will preserve its history for years to come. I also visited @theclaycup (pictured in second photo with owner Sarah Vogel) and JJ Hadley and Co. Brewers, which are bringing new life to downtown. Our cities large and small have a lot to offer, and businesses like these contribute to a community’s quality of life. #PAproud to support this transformation.