HARRISBURG – For the first time in recent history, the four Policy Committees of the Pennsylvania General Assembly will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, to discuss statewide initiatives to help advance economic growth in Pennsylvania.
The hearing will focus on Grow PA, which is a statewide initiative that convenes people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to advance a modern growth agenda. The coalition, which began in the fall of 2017, includes chambers of commerce, trade associations, and business and civics leads from across the state. It uses a digital forum to share stories of innovation among its partner communities and organizations.
“State government plays a critical role in promoting economic growth,” said Senate Democratic Policy Chairman Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton). “Whether it is ensuring timely reviews of permits, adding or reducing regulations or actually investing in projects, state government can be a positive force. It is important to hear from stakeholders about what we are doing that is working and what needs to be improved.”
“Growing our economy is not a partisan issue, and I’m glad we were able to bring our Policy Committees together to learn more about what our communities are doing,” said House Republican Policy Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest). “We look forward to hearing more about how success stories are being shared and replicated across the state.”
“This historic hearing will showcase urban, rural, and suburban perspectives of Grow PA,” said House Democratic Policy Chairman Representative Michael P. Sturla (D-Lancaster). “The General Assembly’s collective desire to enhance our state’s economy is evident with both chambers and parties coming together to examine this issue.”
“We want Pennsylvania to be a national model for economic innovation and growth,” said Senate Majority Policy Chairman Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “With a gross domestic product of $815 billion, we have the sixth largest economy in the U.S. However, if our slowing population growth continues due to our ongoing “Brain Drain” crisis, then our fiscal health will be put in jeopardy. It’s my hope for this hearing that we can help address these concerns.”
The hearing will being at 9 a.m. in the House Majority Caucus Room (Room 140) at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
More information about the initiative is available online at https://chamberphl.com/grow-pa/.
Joshua J. Paul (Senator Argall)
Seth T. Rolko (Senator Boscola)
Jennifer Keaton (Representative Oberlander)
James M. Dawes (Representative Sturla)