Economic and Workforce Development

  • Press Release
    March 16, 2010 - 10:00am
  • Press Release
    March 10, 2010 - 2:38pm

    HARRISBURG (March 10, 2010) – The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed Resolutions on Monday and Tuesday of this week recognizing March 8 to 14 as Workforce Solutions Week in Pennsylvania.

    To see Senate Resolution 258, go to: To see House Resolution 664, go to:

  • Press Release
    January 13, 2010 - 10:42am

    For Immediate Release: January 13, 2010
    Contact Michelle Lee 202-232-1616, ext. 210

    Study: PA Should Grow Its Own High-Tech Jobs, Shun Tax-Break “War Among States”

    Pittsburgh—A major new study released today argues that Pennsylvania will best grow its high-tech economy by focusing on its existing employers and shunning the “economic war among the states” involving costly tax-break competitions.

  • Press Release
    December 1, 2009 - 11:31am

    HARRISBURG, PA (December 1, 2009)— In the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, immigrants are contributing to the economy in very close proportion to their share of the population, according to a report released this week by the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York. The report looks at all immigrants – documented and undocumented, across the economic spectrum.

  • Media Coverage
    October 23, 2009 - 12:00am

    By Joel Berg

    Sales are down. Profits are flat. But companies still need employees who keep their skills sharp.

    So, for the most part, local companies appear to be persisting in their efforts to train and educate workers, according to local leaders in work force development. The biggest challenge is finding money, particularly as the state shaves its share of the funding.

    Read More: Work force training programs cope with cuts in state support

  • Issues
    August 27, 2009 - 11:21am
  • Policy Watch
    March 1, 2009 - 3:04pm

    The Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions (PFWS) has grant money available for successful Industry Partnerships in the commonwealth and is currently accepting requests for proposals (RFPs).

    Susan Crandall, Director of Workforce Innovation for Keystone Research Center, announced the funding opportunity on behalf of PFWS.

  • Press Release
    June 20, 2008 - 10:59am

    Harrisburg, June 20—The Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions (PFWS), a partnership between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 10 Pennsylvania philanthropic organizations has been awarded grants totaling $500,000 from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), a new initiative devoted to creating opportunities for lower-skilled workers while simultaneously increasing economic competitiveness.

  • Press Release
    May 29, 2008 - 11:00am

    Rural Pennsylvania has rarely held the attention of national leaders or been the topic of national headlines. But all that changed in the run-up to this year’s presidential primary, when debate centered on small-town PA residents and their response to three decades of manufacturing job loss and unkept promises to bring jobs back.

    Is the economy of small-town and rural Pennsylvania depressed? Is there a realistic hope for prosperity and for the middle class in rural PA?

  • Press Release
    November 15, 2007 - 1:00am

    Surprise! PA Ranks High for Information Available on State Government Web Sites on Procurement, Lobbying, and Business Subsidies, Says Keystone Research

    But Wait - It's Only Because Most States Rate Poorly

    PA Can Earn a Higher Grade by Requiring Full Transparency, Including

    Information on Jobs Actually Created and Wages and Benefits

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