Economic and Workforce Development

  • 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

  • Press Release
    December 9, 2003 - 11:43am

    New KRC Web Map Displays Allows Interactive Display of Data on 1333 Subsidy Locations

    Harrisburg, December 9 – For the first time, members of the general public will be able to easily find out how and where state economic development subsidies are being spent, thanks to a new Web site developed by the Keystone Research Center,

    The new site goes live today in conjunction with the release of a pioneering report on business subsidies and sprawl authored by KRC.

  • Research Report
    December 1, 2003 - 2:00pm

    Every year, to create or retain jobs, the state of Pennsylvania gives out roughly $200 million in grants and loans to businesses. To date, the Commonwealth distributes this substantial sum without demanding systematic information and accountability regarding any of its benefits – in terms of jobs actually created (not simply promised), the quality of those jobs, limits on total assistance per job, the proximity of jobs to the people who need them, and whether new businesses fill in vacant lots in older communities or lead to further development of Pennsylvania’s open space.

  • Policy Agenda
    January 1, 2003 - 12:07pm

    Employment and training programs in Pennsylvania and the United States have been criticized for their perceived failure to improve job opportunities for workers or address skill needs of employers. Some observers have called workforce programs a waste of money.

    The report summarized briefly here, commissioned by Governor Schweiker, takes a different view.

  • Press Release
    December 18, 2002 - 3:42pm

    Harrisburg – According to a new report, Pennsylvania is not living up to its potential for economic development. Despite having a strong development capacity, Pennsylvania continues to have mediocre performance on a variety of economic outcomes – earnings, equity, quality of life, and employment.

  • Press Release
    November 20, 2002 - 3:41pm

    Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ – Joint union-management apprenticeships are more effective than non-union training programs in delivering the critical skills construction employers need according to a new study released today by the Capital Area Labor-Management Committee (CALM) and conducted by the Keystone Research Center.

  • Press Release
    September 19, 2002 - 3:39pm

    Harrisburg -- The 1990s boom slowed the widening of economic disparities in Pennsylvania in all respects except one – the gap between Pennsylvania’s cities and affluent suburbs, according to the Keystone Research Center’s annual labor-day report on the condition of Pennsylvania’s middle-class.

    Statewide, 18 of 22 Pennsylvania cities lost population in the 1990s, with Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, Chester, and Johnstown each losing 10-15 percent of their population.

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