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.

Enhancing Connectivity

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

Governor Wolf announced investments that will create more than 600 new jobs in fields ranging from gene therapy to aluminum manufacturing.

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.

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