I applaud Mayor Peduto and his administration for initiating this program. We have many vets returning home to Southwestern Pennsylvania seeking career opportunities.
This article highlights the need for continued workforce training and re-training. It also demonstrates the impact of the coal industry on our economy and most specifically jobs.
I read an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times about this proposed legislation. Pennsylvania is at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting large data centers. Twenty states currently have data center-specific tax incentives, including neighboring Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. This legislation would eliminate sales tax on equipment data centers purchase. To qualify, a data center must be new or expanding, pay at least $1 million in wages to its workers and invest at least $25 million in counties with populations of less than 250,000, or $50 million in larger counties.
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8122486-74/pittsburgh-region-workforce#axzz3fmaNFNVi This Pittsburgh Tribune Review article highlights future workforce needs as baby boomers continue to retire. This is a challenge for employers, schools, students, and parents.