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September Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Development, Jumpstarting Small Businesses, Proudly PA

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

September 25, 2017

This September, whether it’s training for a new career path, jumpstarting a small business, or committing to a major expansion, the commonwealth was there to provide the necessary resources and support to get the job done.

Highlights include Governor Wolf’s recognition of PhilaPort for achieving its highest ever monthly total for cargo volume, breaking the previous record achieved earlier this year, and announcement of new partnerships to build innovative workforce training centers in Allegheny County, and expanding on Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized STEM education ecosystems. In addition, the governor announced new low-interest loan approvals to help kickstart small businesses across the commonwealth.

Governor Wolf also visited northern Pennsylvania to hear directly from business leaders that for many generations have proudly call the Keystone State their home: Rynone Manufacturing Corp, a family-owned manufacturing business in Bradford County; Zippo Manufacturing, an iconic brand celebrating 85 years in Pennsylvania; and BWP Bats, a professional grade bat manufacturer in Jefferson County.

Earlier this month, Governor Wolf met with local community development leaders to tour several community revitalization projects in the city of Coatesville, Chester County, toured the newly renovated Bryn Mawr Hospital, a new $200 million, state-of-the-art facility that will modernize the hospital, and joined Perdue Farms to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.

This administration is committed to fostering an economic climate in the commonwealth that both sparks workforce innovation in STEM fields and provides a secure foundation for businesses to continue to proudly call Pennsylvania home for many future generations.

Highlights from September 2017

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Pennsylvania is home to many unique and innovative businesses. On my visit to BWP Bats in Brookville on Saturday, I was in awe watching the precision with which these hand-crafted hardwood bats were created. The Brookville region is in the heart of the hardwood capital of the world — and whether it’s sourcing the finest hardwood and materials from region, or ensuring that the entire manufacturing process is made in America (machines included), BWP’s commitment to quality and to its employees is inspiring. Kevin (pictured in first photo) is one of seven full-time employees who together manufacture 27,000 bats a year. On my last stop on my #NorthernPA visit, I stopped by the Harmony Grange Fair in Westover. These days, the second and third generation of locals are running the fair, and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the originators (pictured in third photo) who helped start the fair in 1953 and are still attending. It’s great to see local traditions passed down to the next generation — Claire (pictured in fourth photo) was excited to see what the fair was all about.

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Walking through downtown Tunkhannock yesterday (pictured in first photo), I was reminded of the importance of preserving the history of our rural communities. Pennsylvania has the third highest rural population in the country — and #NorthernPA communities have rich and vibrant histories that offer unique opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive. The @lgsry has been a fixture of Jim Thorpe and the surrounding area since 1888, and James (pictured in second photo), who helps make the trains run, told me some of the passenger coaches have been in operation since 1917. This regard for preservation is passed through generations — The Gem Shop in Jim Thorpe is a third-generation, women-owned and operated business that personifies this value.

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