Democratic candidate for governor Josh Shapiro announced his strategy to give Pennsylvania’s economy a jolt and making it easier to do business in the Keystone State during a campaign stop in Dunmore on Monday.
“Under my administration, Pennsylvania will lead the nation in biotech and autonomous vehicles – we’ll connect businesses with leading research institutions, get companies access to capital, and create a talent pipeline from high school and college to the workforce,” said Shapiro in a press release. “As Governor, I’ll lead the way to reignite our economy, ensuring businesses come to Pennsylvania and stay here, and making our Commonwealth a national leader for innovation, manufacturing, and job creation.”
Shapiro’s strategy focuses on four prongs:
Attracting New Businesses and Spurring Innovation and Manufacturing in Pennsylvania. He wants to make Pennsylvania a national leader in innovation by supporting growth industries like biotech, robotics, and autonomous vehicles.
Creating an Economic Climate That Facilitates Growth. The current Attorney General proposes a new Office of Economic Growth and Workforce Development that will report directly to the Governor. This would help businesses cut through red tape, secure permits and licenses, and create jobs here in Pennsylvania.
Embracing the Commonwealth’s Role as an Energy Power. Shapiro intends to expand clean energy by signing legislation to generate 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s energy from renewable sources by 2030 and set a goal for the Commonwealth to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Cutting Red Tape to Help Workers and Attract Talent. Shapiro said he recognizes that businesses need help to recruit and retain a talented workforce. He said he plans to drastically increase investment in vo-tech and job skills training and build a pipeline from high schools to the workforce. Other goals include eliminating four-year degree requirements for thousands of state government jobs, tripling the amount of funding available for apprenticeship programs, and putting career and technical training into high school curriculums to build the workforce.