Economic Development

Business

Pennsylvania stands alone on clarifying BEAD plan

States will have to adhere to existing law to meet the $42.5 billion broadband program requirements

Policy

As another neighboring state moves forward on recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania remains stuck in neutral

With Ohio joining the ranks of sales-friendly states, advocates for doing the same in Pennsylvania are ramping up efforts.

Business

PA officials react to feds easing capital requirement for broadband funding

The rule, which required internet companies to put down millions of dollars upfront, would have excluded all but the biggest providers

Philadelphia Mayor's Race 2023

Cherelle Parker and David Oh face off in one-and-only Philly mayoral debate

Thursday morning’s debate offered candidates a rare chance to take jabs and spar over policy proposals

Economic Development

Opinion: Invent Penn State should get the funding it needs to reinvigorate innovation in the state

Harrisburg needs to recognize the importance of the university’s LaunchBox and Innovation Network – and invest in it.

Campaigns & Elections

5 takeaways from Monday’s Philadelphia mayoral town hall

Cherelle Parker and David Oh answered voters’ questions in a rare forum before the Nov. 7 election

Education

Report: Student loan repayments will likely crimp tax revenue

States and cities will likely get less in sales tax revenue. Because borrowers will have less discretionary income, states and cities will likely see less tax revenue, a recent Pew report says.

Economic Development

Do opportunity zones work? Erie is beginning to find out

The jury is still out, but recent research has provided new insights into the tax incentive meant to lure investment to distressed areas

Capitol Beat

8 things to know about the new tax code bill passed by the PA House

The legislation would speed up the state’s corporate tax reduction and expand existing programs, among other things.

Interviews & Profiles

Q&A with PPA Executive Director Rich Lazer

The executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority talks about workforce issues and fixing the agency’s reputation

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Policy

Shapiro announces development of new statewide economic development plan

The governor also announced the creation of a $10 million pilot program to spur business growth.

Interviews & Profiles

A Q&A with state Sen. Devlin Robinson

The chair of the state Senate Labor & Industry Committee discusses workforce development efforts.

Capitol Beat

Q&A with PA Chief Transformation and Opportunity Officer Ben Kirshner

The head of the state’s newest office speaks on efforts to bring businesses to the commonwealth

Jobs

A Q&A with L&I Secretary Nancy Walker

City & State speaks with Walker on workforce challenges across the state

Special Reports

A Q&A with state Rep. Jason Dawkins

The chair of the House Labor & Industry Committee discusses workforce priorities

Special Reports

The race to ensure PA remains an innovation hub

With other states fast encroaching on its turf, a new commitment to being business- and workforce development-friendly is the order of the day across the commonwealth.