Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News, Jobs That Pay, Press Release State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State President Eric Barron and state and local leaders at Happy Valley LaunchBox in State College to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and outline initiatives in his 2017-2018 budget proposal that encourage job creation and improve university partnerships and workforce training.“Over the last two years I have worked to increase the number of residents with college degrees and high-value industry-recognized credentials while expanding economic opportunities for residents and businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “This budget is a new way forward for Pennsylvania and today, I am happy to highlight how government is working smarter to support our research institutions and entrepreneurs.”The governor’s budget includes an initiative that partners the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.“Governor Wolf and I share a strong commitment to promoting economic development and student career success, and I’m very pleased he could be with us to see first-hand some of the exciting developments at Penn State,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “Invent Penn State is driving innovation and entrepreneurship across the commonwealth, and I look forward to partnering with the governor and our legislators to further its impact.”The 2017-18 budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Along with connecting the commonwealth’s research institutions to the business community, Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Cutting through red tape by establishing a one-stop shop at the Department of Community and Economic Development for the business community to interact with for centralized licensing processes and information on services the commonwealth provides to help them grow.Expanding proactive business outreach efforts through the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) program by investing $2.5 million to support businesses that already have roots in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf Outlines a Better Way Forward, Details Importance of Entrepreneurship and 2017-2018 Budget Job Creation Initiatives While Visiting State College February 13, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Tottenham’s Barclays Premier League title credentials have been backed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Press Association Spurs begin 2016 in fourth, just four points off leaders and north London rivals Arsenal, after suffering just one league defeat since an opening-day loss at Manchester United. They appear to have put that surprise home reverse to Newcastle behind them too, winning three successive games since and Toffees boss Martinez sees no reason why they cannot be contending for a maiden Premier League title success come May. “But, at the same time, we’re looking forward to that game because we feel that we’ve been a bit unfortunate with our results and a good performance against a team as good as Spurs, at Goodison, could get us in a fantastic position approaching the start of the new year.” The hosts will be missing James McCarthy as the Republic of Ireland midfielder suffered a recurrence of his hip problem on Monday while Tom Cleverley, who came off the bench to replace him, is doubtful with an Achilles issue. Everton captain Phil Jagielka will return from his two-month injury absence at some point over the next three games, although next week’s fixtures against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup or Dagenham in the FA Cup are more likely comeback dates. Asked whether he believed their opponents this weekend were capable of mounting a serious title challenge, Martinez replied: “Why not? If anything this season is about consistency and whichever team is able to be consistent in the second half of the season will have a great opportunity to achieve a really, really good ending of the campaign. “Spurs have a strong squad, a large squad, they’re competing in Europe. They’ve got a strong mentality as a group and I don’t see them losing any sort of energy or focus over the next few months. “If anything, being such a young team, I expect them to grow even stronger. I see them as strong contenders for a really successful finish.” Much has been made of the attacking talent at Martinez’s disposal, with Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League’s joint top-scorer, earning plaudits for their early-season form. However, their boss concedes he is a fan of Mauricio Pochettino’s own forwards and the likes of Harry Kane, whose goal separated the two sides in the previous encounter at Goodison Park on the final day of the previous campaign. “I’ve been a big admirer of this Spurs side,” Martinez added ahead of Sunday’s match against Tottenham at Goodison Park. “What Mauricio Pochettino has achieved is a really strong team, very young, very athletic, with a lot of energy and with a talented front four that they can score goals from any situation. “It’s not surprising to me how consistent they’ve been and how difficult they are to play against. I expect Tottenham to have a stronger second half of the campaign, that’s why we’ll have to be at our best.