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HDPC holds hearing on jobs, workforce development


Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from school administrators, business executives and higher education advocates at a public hearing on July 23 focusing on jobs and economic development, said state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny.

Rep. Wheatley requested the hearing, which took place at the Community College of Allegheny County, and served as co-chairman.

“One of my main priorities is connecting people with jobs, but that’s harder than it used to be – under Governor Corbett, Pennsylvania has fallen from seventh to 49th in job creation. Democrats will keep pushing for wiser economic policies -- focusing on opportunities for lower-income and middle-class Pennsylvanians – instead of just handing out more corporate tax breaks. In addition, we’re focused on what’s being done to train and connect people with jobs in Pittsburgh and across the state, and how we can increase those efforts,” Mr. Wheatley said.

Those testifying at the hearing included: Kelleigh Boland, director of workforce programs, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; Melanie Harrington, president and CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh; Jason Koss, director of industry relations, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania; Dr. Quintin Bullock, president, Community College of Allegheny County; Bill Strickland, president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corp .; Randy Williams, marketing/outreach coordinator, Manufacturing Assistance Center, University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering; Linda Wolfgang, career and technical education supervisor, Pittsburgh Public Schools; and Saleem Ghubril, executive director, The Pittsburgh Promise.

For hearing materials and testimony, and more information about the Policy Committee, visit


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