Governor Wolf Continues Rollout of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11 Executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni to discuss the details of Resurface PA, the administration’s new statewide initiative to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania.“This is a problem that plagues Pennsylvanians every year, but after this winter season we are accelerating repairs and much-needed projects to improve travel in the short-term and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Resurface PA is a new program that my administration created to speed up the process of road repairs, while also extending our reach to roads and highways through the state that we would not have been able to reach in a regular maintenance year.”Following a long winter season with dramatic temperature swings, last week the governor announced that PennDOT is mounting an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes. A significant part of the work will be financed using savings from other projects since the governor took office.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs statewide through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Other new investments to help address the effects of this year’s particularly long and difficult winter include:$30 million in transportation infrastructure investment funding for interstate improvements;$60 million in PennDOT investments from interstate-project bid savings being reinvested in resurfacing; and$62 million in additional funding for interstate preservation projects.Together, these commitments will make 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles happen at least two years sooner than scheduled, with projects beginning this year and next year. These accelerated projects, which will preserve the pavement surfaces for at least five to six years, build on the 85 interstate projects covering more than 775 miles that are underway or expected to begin or finish this year.“Our team members are working aggressively to combat potholes to ensure our roadways are safe for motorists traveling throughout the region,” said Moon-Sirianni, who oversees PennDOT operations in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties. “Resurface PA will allow us to start paving the Parkway East from the Fort Pitt Bridge to Edgewood faster than we originally planned.”Through the end of April, PennDOT crews had used nearly 23,000 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide, equal to the weight of roughly 1,500 PennDOT dump trucks. In comparison, by the same time in 2017, PennDOT had used 15,418 tons of asphalt and 14,673 tons in 2016. PennDOT has spent more than $17 million on pothole repairs statewide through the end of April this year.With Pennsylvania’s aggressive freeze-thaw cycle, roadways will always experience potholes. PennDOT crews are working vigorously to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway, addressing higher traffic roadways first and working on others as soon as possible. Earlier repairs were temporary because long-lasting asphalt is not available until the weather warms and asphalt plants open operations.Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at and Instagram at, or visit us on Twitter at @PennDOTNews. June 08, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Continues Rollout of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholeslast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters

first_img Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored six outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized with medals for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Edith Bell (Pittsburgh), Mary Lou McLaughlin (Pittsburgh), Siobhan A. Reardon (Philadelphia), Dr. Carol Shields (Bryn Mawr), Judith M. von Seldeneck (Philadelphia), and Judy Wicks (Philadelphia).“Tom and I are proud to honor these incredible women for their profound contributions to the people and communities of Pennsylvania,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Our commonwealth is a better place because of their selfless dedication and hard work, and we cannot thank them enough.”Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 to honor women who have shown distinguished service through a professional career and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be natives of Pennsylvania, but must have lived in the commonwealth at some point.The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include:Edith BellEdith Bell has been working for peace and social justice for 60 years. She is a long-time member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and works with the Thomas Merton Center. She co-founded the Pittsburgh Raging Grannies. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she survived concentration camps, lived in Israel after the war and in Panama, where she met her future husband Sidney Bell. Bell has a daughter in Pittsburgh and a son in Rochester, NY with families who are all supportive of her work. She continues her work, because “Evil can only happen, when enough good people stand idly by and do nothing”.Mary Lou McLaughlinA lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Mary Lou McLaughlin believes that volunteering is a privilege and a gift, a gift that keeps on giving. A dedicated volunteer since her high school days, her service has included the UPMC Patient Safety Committee, the McGowan Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and WQED Multimedia. In the 1980s, recognizing the need for low-cost housing for families who came to Pittsburgh for lifesaving medical treatment, she served as founding executive director of Family House, Inc., which to date has provided low-cost housing and comfort to more than 200,000 families and patients. The program serves as a national model. She is an emerita member of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s board and currently serves on the board of its Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, Riverlife, Little Sisters of the Poor and the Church Alive Foundation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Seton Hill awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2006 and Carlow University named her a Woman of Spirit in 2016.Siobhan A. ReardonSiobhan Reardon is president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through her leadership, the reimagining of the Free Library of the future is highlighted via the Library’s “Building Inspiration” campaign marking the physical and programmatic changes necessary to present a viable 21st Century library organization. Notable programmatic enhancements include the establishment of the Culinary Literacy Center, the Center for Public Engagement and the Business Resource and Innovation Center which supports the development and advancement of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Reardon holds a B.A. from SUNY Purchase (NY), an M.A. from Fordham University, and an M.L.S. from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University. She serves on a number of boards in Philadelphia and nationally and was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2015.Dr. Carol ShieldsDr. Carol Shields was trained in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and completed fellowship training in ocular oncology and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and hundreds of other tumors. Dr. Shields has co-authored 9 textbooks and over 1600 published scientific reports. She takes special interest in the management of retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma, conjunctival malignancies and many other intraocular, conjunctival, and orbital tumors.Judith M. von SeldeneckA pioneer in the executive search industry, Judith M. von Seldeneck is the founder and chair of Diversified Search. After working as an executive assistant to then-Senator Walter F. Mondale in Washington, D.C., in 1974 she founded what would become Diversified Search, and over time built the firm into a powerhouse placing C-Suite talent. In 2018, Diversified, which has nine offices throughout the U.S., was ranked fifth by Forbes magazine in its list of the Top 250 search firms in the nation. The recipient of numerous professional awards — including the William Penn Award, Philadelphia’s highest civic honor — von Seldeneck has been active on many public, private, and not-for-profit boards, and co-founded the Forum of Executive Women, the largest association of women business leaders in Philadelphia.Judy WicksAuthor, activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies – BALLE (2001). Wicks’ memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Wicks was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters October 03, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: New Apprenticeships for Electrician, Machinist and Maintenance Technician Careers in Southwestern Pennsylvania

first_img October 24, 2018 Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced three new apprenticeships for electricians, machinists and maintenance technicians have been approved in Southwestern Pennsylvania, underscoring the governor’s commitment to expanding apprenticeships, increasing the skilled workforce and attracting more businesses to Pennsylvania.“These new apprenticeship programs will help connect people with the training for in-demand jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Apprenticeships give students and workers the opportunity to get hands-on training while they earn a paycheck.”Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, a new and innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.First, the Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) recently approved a group non-joint apprenticeship program for Electricians in the Pittsburgh area through the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Western Reserve Chapter. Upon completion of the four-year program, IEC students receive nationally recognized credentials as a Journeyman Electrician.“IEC’s Electrical Apprenticeship offers an exciting and unique training experience that builds lifelong trade skills and gives a competitive advantage in the job market,” said Mary Masco, executive director of the IEC Western Reserve. “We are excited to show Pennsylvania the many benefits of IEC Western Reserve and we look forward to training a new generation of electricians.”Second, Oberg Industries recently added two trade additions to their existing apprenticeship programs. The company will train for Competency-Based Wire EDM Operators and Sinker EDM Operators in Armstrong County. In addition, the company also recently registered a pre-apprenticeship program, to offer high school students a head start in learning the technical skills required to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry.“Oberg’s newly registered pre-apprentice program is foundational to our vision of increasing the awareness of high school students and their parents about careers in advanced manufacturing in the communities in which they live,” said Joe O’Brien, Oberg Director of Human Resources. “As we have developed this program over the last few years, it has become a solid strategy for attracting skilled workers that continue to advance our business.”Third, DMI Companies in Washington County recently registered an individual joint apprenticeship program for maintenance technicians. Their hybrid four-year program will partner with Westmoreland County Community College for its related technical instruction.“DMI Companies’ Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship program will provide opportunities for current and future employees to learn exciting new skills in the areas of industrial maintenance and advanced manufacturing,” said Katie Hager, Workforce Development Manager for DMI Companies. “It is now crucial to have employees who can work with the ever-evolving technology that is required to remain competitive and grow in today’s manufacturing economy. Apprenticeship programs are ideal vehicles to accomplish this because they blend cutting edge, formal instruction with practical, hands-on application in the workplace that engages learners and enables them to advance in their careers.”“Pennsylvania’s businesses are growing and need skilled workers, and workers want the education and training necessary for jobs in today’s economy,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative is investing $7 million in apprenticeships to expand programs in traditional and non-traditional occupations, with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in the state by 2025.”The Wolf Administration established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since the ATO was created in early 2016, the office has registered 129 new sponsors and 180 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,674 statewide.Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office. 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Governor Wolf Thanks Legislators for Unveiling His PA GI Bill

first_img Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today thanked legislators for unveiling his PA GI bill to support Pennsylvania National Guard members’ families in their post-secondary education pursuits.“Thank you to Reps. Steven Barrar and Chris Sainato, and Sens. Mike Regan and Lindsey Williams, chairs of the respective House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees, and member of those committees for their commitment to supporting legislation to help Pennsylvania National Guard members’ families pursue higher education without the burden of debt,” Gov. Wolf said.“This is one more way to honor those who serve our commonwealth and our country. In this case, by honoring our military families, the unsung heroes who hold down the fort, take on many extra roles and offer endless support for their service member whether at home or deployed.”The PA GI Bill is another name for the PA National Guard Military Family Education Program, a program to provide a benefit that National Guard service members can earn to transfer to their spouse or children if the service member reenlists for service.The PA GI Bill benefit will provide assistance for up to 10 semesters or five years’ equivalent of the in-state rate of PA State System of Higher Education schools.This bill will enable the National Guard service members to transfer education benefits or defer the benefit by designating eligible beneficiaries up to the time that they complete their Guard service. And spouses will be eligible to use the educational benefit immediately or up to six years after the service member separates from the Guard.The current education assistance program supports 2,212 National Guard members in over 161 educational institutions in the commonwealth, with over 42 percent attending PASSHE schools.“I commend the committees for moving forward with this important piece of legislation to help our military families,” Gov. Wolf said. “The military often states that ‘we recruit soldiers and airmen but retain families.’ The PA GI bill demonstrates that the commonwealth is committed to both.” Governor Wolf Thanks Legislators for Unveiling His PA GI Bill SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 30, 2019last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Recognizes Nurses at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center National Nurses Week Event

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Hershey, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit, meeting with nurses in those care areas and finishing the tour with remarks in support of all nurses.“Since its inception, nursing has been critical to the health and well-being of patients,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nurses tend wounds, administer medication, check vitals, perform exams, counsel patients, provide a shoulder to cry on, and so, so much more.“It’s an exhausting job, not just because some of you walk a marathon in a typical day, but because of the raw emotions you experience when you pour yourself into caring for another human being.”“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with our SEIU nurses to give Gov. Wolf a firsthand look at the world-class patient care we provide in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is the highest-level NICU in central Pennsylvania, and our Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit,” said Deborah Berini, president of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.The governor also discussed his support for the collaborative labor management environment that exists at Hershey Medical Center.“The positive atmosphere here is a sign of a great collaboration between nurses, other staff members and management,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nurses play an essential role in caring for patients and my administration supports them in all that they do.”“Nurses Week is one week out of the year to celebrate our profession, but because of the strong collaboration we have with management through our union, nurses here at Hershey are empowered to have an active role in advancing quality patient care, and that level of respect makes us feel very valued all year,” said Maureen Casey, BSN RN, Peri-Anesthesia and SEIU HCPA Chapter President.National Nurses Week is an annual recognition of the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Gov. Wolf Recognizes Nurses at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center National Nurses Week Event May 08, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Administración Wolf: la empresa nacional Nestlé Purina PetCare expande sus operaciones en Mechanicsburg generando 94 empleos

first_imgAdministración Wolf: la empresa nacional Nestlé Purina PetCare expande sus operaciones en Mechanicsburg generando 94 empleos Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que la empresa nacional Nestlé Purina PetCare ampliará sus operaciones en el condado de Cumberland, contratando a 94 empleados y agregando nuevas líneas de procesamiento y envasado a su planta en el municipio de Hampden.“Purina ha tenido una presencia significativa en Pennsylvania durante más de 20 años, presentando a los alimentos para mascotas en todo el mundo, creando empleos y retribuyendo a la economía local”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estamos orgullosos de ver crecer a esta compañía aquí y continuar su inversión en el estado. Esperamos nuestra alianza constante en las próximas décadas”.Purina, que actualmente emplea a 320 personas en Mechanicsburg, también produce alimentos para mascotas en Allentown y emplea a casi 800 personas en Pennsylvania.“Los dueños de mascotas han confiado en Purina durante más de 90 años, y la demanda de nuestros alimentos para mascotas es fuerte y continúa creciendo”, dijo John Bear, Vicepresidente de Producción de Purina. “Purina se enorgullece de fabricar alimentos de alta calidad para perros y gatos en nuestra fábrica de Mechanicsburg con un compromiso constante con la seguridad y la sostenibilidad ambiental. Esta expansión refleja una inversión en nuestra producción local, y esperamos continuar entregando alimentos innovadores y altamente nutritivos para mascotas”.Purina se ha comprometido a invertir más de $167 millones en el proyecto y crear 94 nuevos empleos en los próximos tres años. La empresa recibió una propuesta del Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico (DCED, por sus siglas en inglés) por $282,000 en Créditos Fiscales para la Creación de Empleo (JCTC, por sus siglas en inglés), que se distribuirán luego de crear los nuevos empleos, y $188,000 en fondos para la capacitación para el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral. El proyecto fue coordinado por el Equipo de Acción del Gobernador, un grupo experimentado de profesionales de desarrollo económico que responden directamente al gobernador y trabajan con empresas que están considerando ubicarse o expandirse en Pennsylvania.Purina es el mayor productor de alimentos secos para perros y gatos en los Estados Unidos. La fábrica de Mechanicsburg produce muchas de las marcas líderes de la compañía, incluidas Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, Dog Chow y Cat Chow.“Durante casi 25 años, Purina ha proporcionado trabajos de primera calidad a los residentes de Mechanicsburg y las comunidades vecinas”, dijo Mike O’Brien, gerente de la fábrica de Purina en Mechanicsburg. “Nos enorgullece hacer alimentos excelentes que las mascotas adoran al tiempo que expandimos la producción y proporcionamos aún más empleos para la región”.“Purina ha tenido una larga historia en el condado de Cumberland como un empleador valioso, y la Corporación de Desarrollo Económico del Área de Cumberland se enorgullece de asociarse con la empresa en este proyecto a medida que continúa proporcionando empleos vitales a nuestra comunidad local mediante esta expansión”, dijo Laura Potthoff , Directora de Desarrollo Empresarial y Laboral de CAEDC.Nestlé Purina PetCare, que forma parte de Nestlé S.A., con sede en Suiza, promueve el cuidado responsable de las mascotas, la participación comunitaria y el vínculo positivo entre las personas y sus mascotas. Para más información sobre puestos de trabajo en la planta de Purina en Mechanicsburg, visite obtener más información sobre el Equipo de acción del Gobernador o el DCED, visite, y asegúrese de estar al día con todas las noticias de nuestra agencia en Facebook, Twitter y LinkedIn.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 28, 2020last_img read more