“From his campaign to his inauguration, Governor Shapiro has demonstrated a commitment to creating real opportunity and spurring economic growth here in Pennsylvania.”
“By launching the Office of Transformation and Opportunity, Governor Shapiro underscored his commitment to accelerating Pennsylvania’s competitiveness as a destination for businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Governor Josh Shapiro With yesterday’s signing of Executive Order 2023-05, he has already fulfilled his campaign promise to boost economic growth, create jobs and foster innovation in Pennsylvania. Office of Change and Opportunity within the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office and Economic Development Strategies GroupThe new executive order follows other transformative actions the governor took in his first week in office, opening the door of opportunity to more workers and promoting the highest levels of ethics and ethics in the administration. Honesty ensured.
This newly created office will serve as a one-stop shop for businesses looking to grow and thrive in the Pennsylvania economy, making it easier to do business in Pennsylvania. As part of this announcement, Governor Shapiro named his leaders and entrepreneurs for Pennsylvania businesses. Ben Kirshner in the role of Chief Transformation and Opportunity Officer.
The creation of this new office and the decision to bring together proven business leaders to run it underscores that building an economy that works for all is a key priority for the Shapiro administration. Both the Office of Transformation and Opportunity and the Economic Development Strategy Group work to create a unified strategy for economic growth and development.
Read what people are saying about Governor Shapiro’s Office of Transformation and Opportunity.
Quotes from business, academic and labor leaders:
“From his campaign to his inauguration, Governor Shapiro has demonstrated a commitment to creating real opportunity and spurring economic growth here in Pennsylvania.” Luke Bernstein, President and CEO of the PA Chamber of Commerce, said: “Governor Shapiro sends a clear message that Pennsylvania is open for business, and we intend to be leaders in economic growth, job creation and innovation.”
“Our team is constantly innovating and moving forward to find the best way to get the job done. Investing in sustainable work for people and families is the best investment for the future of our company.” I believe that we will do said Grace McGregor, Director of Strategy and Operations, McGregor Industries. “Governor Shapiro shares that vision and has a plan we are implementing today to help businesses like mine continue to grow and thrive. Pennsylvania thrives when manufacturers thrive and thrive.”
“Economic development combined with quality job creation is energizing. To me, that means union work.” Angela Ferritto, President, AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania. “Just a week into his administration, Gov. Shapiro has declared that his priorities are the people’s priorities. I commend you for that.”
“At a pivotal moment for our society, we face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to carve out Pennsylvania’s unique leadership. of At the forefront of innovation and job creation Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University. “By launching the Office of Transformation and Opportunity, Governor Shapiro underscored his commitment to accelerating Pennsylvania’s competitiveness as a destination for businesses and entrepreneurs. We have all the core assets of the ecosystem, and through the visionary leadership of the Shapiro Davis administration, we can leverage these resources to expand our innovation geography and bring opportunities to both urban and rural areas. The state.The higher education community is committed to supporting the governor’s bold vision to shape the future of Pennsylvania.”
“Governor Shapiro is a proven national leader for working men and women in Pennsylvania. Tony Seiwell, Business Manager, Eastern Pennsylvania Workers’ District Council. “With a recent executive order, Governor Shapiro is making Pennsylvania one of the best states in the country when it comes to navigating the complex economic incentives and streamlining the permitting process that impacts new economic development into Pennsylvania. Easier investment and easier job creation means more construction projects to support working families in Pennsylvania.”
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WGAL: Gov. Josh Shapiro signs executive order creating office to lead corporate hiring and retention efforts
Gov. Josh Shapiro on Tuesday signed an executive order that will help make it easier for Pennsylvania businesses to continue doing business in the Commonwealth.
Shapiro said businesses are already facing many challenges just by opening their doors, and bureaucracy won’t help. His order aims to make the permitting process even easier.
“Pennsylvania needs a government that can work faster and find ways to get to Jesus,” Shapiro said.
Pennsylvania Capital Star: Office of Transformation and Opportunity aims to be a “one-stop-shop” for Pennsylvania businesses.
Hoping to spur economic growth in Pennsylvania, Gov. Josh Shapiro has set up a new office to serve as a one-stop shop for businesses to cut paperwork and streamline operations.
Shapiro on Tuesday signed an executive order creating an Office of Change and Opportunity to operate within the Governor’s Office and Economic Development Strategy Group.
A strategy group, composed of ministers and heads of state agencies and chaired by Shapiro, advises the governor on economic development projects and how to attract and retain employers. The recently inaugurated governor named Ben Kirshner as Chief Transformation Opportunity Officer to oversee the office and strategy group.
“If you want to expand or invest in Pennsylvania, you don’t have to go to five different agencies anymore,” Shapiro said at the signing ceremony. “For all permits, approvals or funding, the Office of Change and Opportunity and Ben Kirshner, who leads it, will be the point persons in that effort.”
Shapiro said the office is designed to lead and responsibly speed businesses through the development process, whether large or small. He hinted at future announcements on permit and license reforms.
PoliticsPA: Shapiro Signs Order to Create Office of Transformation and Opportunity
There is a new cabinet position in the Commonwealth.
Gov. Josh Shapiro on Tuesday signed an executive order creating the Office of Transformation and Opportunity, appointing Ben Kirshner as Chief Transformation and Opportunity Officer.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, “The newly created office will be a one-stop-shop for growth-seeking businesses, fostering innovation, supporting transformative economic development, and creating real opportunity. , will work to positively revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy, businesses and workers alike in our Commonwealth, especially in communities that have often been left behind.”
“I’ve heard from business and labor leaders across the Commonwealth that governments need to work faster and find ways to get to Jesus,” Shapiro said. “Today, we are making clear that Pennsylvania is open to business and that we will be leaders in economic growth, job creation and innovation.”
Kirshner and his staff will help formulate and lead overall growth strategies and implement economic development projects. This includes coordinating with federal agencies, expediting permit reviews, ensuring speed in business reviews, and approval of major incentives his programs.
PennLive: Shapiro Creates New Economic Development Strike Force in Governor’s Office
Gov. Josh Shapiro signed an executive order on Tuesday that he hopes will continue to deliver on campaign promises he can control and bring more success in landing “big fish” economic projects in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania can be a leader,” Shapiro said. “All we need is strategy and administration ready to lead.”
These are the kind of job-creating fish Shapiro has vowed to make better job landings, calling the creation of a new Office of Transformation and Opportunity led by digital marketing pioneer Ben Kirshner. .
The new office is not intended to relax existing regulations or licensing requirements.
Rather, Shapiro’s office is designed to act as a “one-stop-shop” for streamlining these reviews.
“We’re raising our flag here in Pennsylvania today and saying, ‘We’re open for business and we’re ready to compete,'” Shapiro said.
Shapiro was surrounded on Tuesday by business, industry and academic leaders who described the governor’s move as an important signal to business, but the president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Some people, such as Luke Bernstein, who is the author, said otherwise.
Bernstein said state leaders must stick to or even accelerate planned cuts to the state’s corporate net income tax. Currently, from 9.99% in 2022, he plans to drop to 4.99% by 2031.Further Reforms to Expedite State Permit and License Determinations
Daily Item: Shapiro: New Administration Reduces Burden of Economic Development Projects
Gov. Josh Shapiro created a new executive branch on Tuesday to facilitate large-scale economic development projects and act as an intermediary to help entrepreneurs and public sector agencies make such developments more efficient. approved.
At the press conference announcing the move, Shapiro said the Pennsylvania government needs to act and respond more quickly as economic developments are considered and implemented.
Shapiro cited environmental permits as one area where more immediate action is needed.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said it chose to build a $3 billion plant in Arkansas instead of Pennsylvania, according to Bloomberg.
That state’s former governor, Asa Hutchinson, joked that it would take less time to build a steel plant in Arkansas than it would take to build a steel plant in Pennsylvania.
“We recognize that time is money and governments need to act quickly to respond,” Shapiro said. “I will personally be involved and engaged in this work. You will have the governor’s ears.”
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