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A Modern Economic Growth Agenda to Grow PA

Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017

Programs & Events, Advocacy, Frontpage 1, home-inthenews-1

Last month, over 125 leaders joined forces in our state capitol to develop a modern economic growth agenda for Pennsylvania at Grow PA: Driving Economic Growth in the Keystone State. Acknowledging the state’s population decline and lag of employment opportunities, attendees participated in an interactive discussion focusing on three pillars: post-secondary education, infrastructure, and healthcare.

Participants ranked policies within these three pillars, resulting in a prioritized list that will be used to craft an agenda to influence the candidates’ platforms for the 2018 Governor’s and General Assembly’s races and beyond.

Read on to discover the top ranked priorities determined by attendees.


Priority: Issue an Infrastructure Bond to raise funds for improvements to include water, wastewater, roads and bridges, transit, utilities and more.

Investing in transportation, our ports and airports, water treatment systems, pipelines, and telecommunications is vital to growing our economy. Attendees agreed that a focus should be put on improving our existing infrastructure to modernize all facets.


Priority: Incentivize innovations that reduce health care cost, improve patient outcomes, and increase access to care.

Participants felt that the end-goal of our healthcare initiative should be to identify challenges or opportunities in healthcare and attract, support, and accelerate innovations that improve healthcare delivery. Attendees overwhelmingly voted on making healthcare more accessible and affordable all around.

Post-Secondary Education

Priority: Align Career and Technical Education (CTE) training with community colleges and employer training.

To transform post-secondary education, attendees agreed that we must prepare our students and citizenry for 21st century jobs and create new pathways for lifelong learning. Most importantly, they felt that Pennsylvania should focus more on supporting the talent pipeline coming from community colleges and employers.


Interested in learning more on the Grow PA polling responses? Our friends at Technical.ly wrote a detailed summary of the event with some insight to the agenda we’re creating for Gubernatorial candidates. Read it here »

Save the Date

Grow PA: Gubernatorial Primary Election Debate
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA

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