Wolf Administration Funding Major Economic Projects, Spurring Job Growth

By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary

September 12, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf has always made “jobs that pay” a top priority — since taking office, his administration has secured over $2 billion in private sector investments here in the commonwealth and commitments for the creation and retention of over 200,000 full-time jobs. Last week alone, Pennsylvanians saw firsthand how hard the governor and his team are working to fund important economic development projects in neighborhoods statewide.

In Harrisburg, Governor Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in the Midtown section of the city. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade, and an expansion of Harrisburg’s first co-working space. Project developers estimate the redevelopment will provide 40 permanent jobs, 50 construction jobs and annual combined business spending of $4 million.

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In Johnstown, Governor Wolf, Senator John Wozniak, Representative Bryan Barbin and University President Jem Spectar announced $2 million in funding for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) to help complete the campus’ new chemical engineering program aimed at ensuring career-ready candidates for emerging industries in the region. The expanded engineering program is expected to produce an additional 125 graduates a year, including 40 chemical engineers who will be qualified to work in the petrochemical industry in the region.

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The newly created chemical engineering degree program at Pitt-Johnstown is critical to supporting the increased demand for professional engineers in the expanding natural gas industry in Western Pennsylvania related to the development of the Marcellus Shale reserves. This is especially important as the new ethane cracker plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia and the new businesses that will be generated to support the plant.

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