Governor Wolf Releases Report and Plans for Enhancing Petrochemicals, Plastics Manufacturing in Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 21, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation today released the report from a comprehensive study conducted by IHS Markit. The study, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, forecasts $2.7 to 3.7 billion in investments in natural gas liquid (NGL) assets as well as the opportunity to attract additional cracker plants, and petrochemical and plastics manufacturing.“Pennsylvania has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that will cultivate a manufacturing renaissance and transform our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “The foundation for building a diverse and robust petrochemical and plastics industry was initiated with the decision by Shell Chemicals to invest in Pennsylvania – and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.”According to the study, natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale reserves accounted for a quarter of all natural gas produced in the U.S. in 2015, and is expected to account for more than 40 percent by 2030. Additionally, 40 percent of the natural gas produced is rich in natural gas liquids, or NGLs, more than 70 percent of which is ethane and propane. Ethane and propane are two important and high-value NGLs used in basic petrochemical production and plastics manufacturing.Pennsylvania has a significant base of existing plastics manufacturers as potential customers which IHS noted will benefit from significant reductions in feedstock costs because of their close proximity to these resources.“The prospect that the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays can support up to four additional ethane crackers beyond Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is an exciting opportunity for the commonwealth, as is the IHS forecast that a coordinated strategy has the potential to leverage up to $3.7 billion in investment into NGL assets alone for gas processing facilities, NGL pipelines and storage facilities,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The study is a roadmap that will help us jump start our strategy to attract that investment.”Davin noted the following key priorities: proactively engaging stakeholders to bring the right decision-makers and resources to the table; attracting additional infrastructure investments and petrochemical and plastics manufacturers, as well as retaining and growing Pennsylvania’s existing industry; developing pad-ready sites throughout the state to encourage investment opportunities; streamlining the development timeline and addressing potential critical infrastructure bottlenecks; and training a workforce with the right skill sets to fill future jobs created by the industry.“The Team Pennsylvania Foundation and our board sponsored the IHS Markit study in partnership with DCED to help Pennsylvania maximize the in-state economic benefits of our natural gas resources by generating new, high-paying manufacturing jobs; attracting investment; growing the supply chain and output in the plastics sector; and generating state and local revenue,” said Ryan C. Unger, CEO of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation. “We look forward to participating in the strategic planning process as part of a cross-agency and multi-stakeholder effort to ensure that our natural resources are utilized to create jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”In addition to Pennsylvania’s abundant supply of low-cost natural gas and NGL resources, the study also cited that Pennsylvania’s other competitive advantages – including location and close proximity to customers, existing plastics manufacturing base, robust transportation infrastructure and experience with Shell – position Pennsylvania to successfully advance this economic opportunity.IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.For a copy of the IHS report and executive summary visit the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and for more information on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and the Shell project visit DCED’s website at Governor Wolf Releases Report and Plans for Enhancing Petrochemicals, Plastics Manufacturing in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Order

first_img Press Release,  Public Safety,  Round-Up Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf took an unprecedented step Friday to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania by signing an executive order addressing all types of gun violence in communities of every size. The executive order approaches gun violence from both public health and public safety angles through a multifaceted approach that includes boosting prevention programs, increasing data sharing and developing new training.The executive order was praised by local leaders, legislators and advocates, including the following:Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair“I am grateful that Governor Wolf has broken the mold in this unprecedented move by jumping to action with this executive order to establish a comprehensive plan to save more lives and keep our communities safe. Governor Wolf laid the foundation with this executive order and it’s now on us as lawmakers to pass this legislation.”Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald“Governor Wolf’s actions today are common-sense steps that will allow us to address the growing amount of gun violence in our community. I support his efforts to ask the General Assembly to move forward on safe storage legislation, the red flag law, and institution of a state-level universal background check on all gun purchases. Legislative action, alone, isn’t enough and the Governor’s order recognizes that.“We look forward to supporting these efforts to share data, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and halt domestic violence-related and self-inflicted shootings. We stand ready to assist in any way we can and thank the Governor for this robust approach to an issue that continues to plague all of our communities.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto“Gun violence continues to take innocent lives across the United States. Enough is enough. No one in America wants a country where guns make our schools, places of worship and public spaces unsafe. I applaud Governor Wolf for taking executive action to protect Pennsylvanians in the face of opposition to sensible reforms in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC. I stand with the Governor and will continue to work every day to keep our residents safe.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney“I commend Governor Wolf for his recent executive order and his unwavering leadership to advance a much-needed gun reform agenda for the Commonwealth. The gun violence we saw last week in Philadelphia was horrific, and yet another testament to the need for gun control measures that can truly save lives. The City of Philadelphia is devoting tens of millions of dollars toward the implementation of a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan that focuses on the structural and societal issues that lead to violence. But cities cannot solve this epidemic alone. I urge the General Assembly to follow the Governor’s lead and do their part.”Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse“I fully support Governor Wolf’s executive order on reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The executive order takes a strong multi-faceted approach on this issue that is affecting our communities.”Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA“Governor Wolf is taking much-needed action that will dedicate the power and resources of the Executive Branch to fighting gun violence and making PA safer. We appreciate his actions today and echo his call for the legislature to do its part and pass critical laws like Extreme Risk Protection Orders, background check expansion and granting cities the power to regulate firearms on city property.”Marybeth Christiansen, Volunteer Pennsylvania State Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America“Gun safety advocates across our state have been calling for action to prevent gun violence, and we are so grateful that Governor Wolf listened. There is so much that we must do to keep our communities safe from gun violence, and this executive order is a huge step in the right direction. Now, it’s time for our state and federal lawmakers to listen to their constituents and commit to passing common-sense gun laws.” Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Order August 20, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Available for Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employers

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 23, 2019 Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that $5 million in grants is available to enable teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness. The investment achieves the governor’s budget goal of nearly doubling funding for the Teacher in the Workplace (TIW) program this year.“The Teacher in the Workplace program lets teachers spend time at local employers to learn about the evolving skills students will need to compete for good local jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Teachers bring that experience back to their classrooms to develop better lesson plans and prepare students for jobs in their community.“This program prepares students for a successful career, creates a stronger workforce for local employers, and builds connections for local economies.”Education agencies and local workforce development boards are eligible to apply for the Teacher in the Workplace grants. Two types of grants are available.Teacher in the Workplace Targeted Grants, administered by the Department of Education, provide up to $25,000 to local education agencies to expand career readiness and work-based learning experiences. The application deadline is November 20, 2019.Teacher in the Workplace Advancing Grants, administered by the Department of Labor & Industry, encourage educators to develop partnerships with businesses with up to $50,000 for local workforce development boards, as well as up to $125,000 for schools and school districts that focus on underserved communities. The application deadline is December 23, 2019.“We know that Pennsylvania’s position in the global economy depends on a workforce with the right skills and relevant training,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Teacher in the Workplace offers K-12 educators real world, employer-based experiences that they can use to inform classroom instruction and prepare students for college, career and community success.”“These programs provide educators with invaluable opportunities to interact with local businesses and provide students with work-relevant skills that put them on a solid career path for future success,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “TIW programs provide teachers with a better understanding of in-demand careers, the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, and how the subjects they teach connect to the world beyond the classroom.”Earlier this year, Governor Wolf announced nearly $2.6 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants supporting 59 programs in Pennsylvania.The Teacher in the Workplace grants from L&I are funded at 100 percent through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and from PDE through Title II, Part A, Every Student Succeeds Act to help all students to have the information and tools needed to gain awareness of college and career pathways to make informed decisions regarding their postsecondary future.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.center_img Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Available for Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employerslast_img read more

Marburg home on the market with impressive indoor swimming pool

first_imgThe spacious kitchen at 168 Edmond St, Marburg.With a large lawn area, dog proof fencing, and landscaped gardens, Mr Wales said the home, which is selling for $849,000, would suit people wanting to work from home.He said with large sheds on-site it would be perfect to run a business, or people wanting sheds for storage or warehousing.“It could also suit people wanting to cut some lots off the front for family or their super fund, as it is zoned township residential.” Mr Wales said. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019168 Edmond St, Marburg. Inside 168 Edmond St, Marburg.Set on 1.75ha, there are large outdoor patios and entertainment areas which take in great views. There’s also two massive sheds with large concrete apron areas for a practical workspace. Mr Wales said the owners had run a car restoration/mechanical business from the property and were retiring to Sarina, where they have family. 168 Edmond St, Marburg. 168 Edmond St, Marburg.This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 168 Edmond St, Marburg features a private indoor swimming pool like no other.Ray White Ipswich agent Aidan Wales said the pool was built indoors as the owner wanted to avoid leaves dropping or being blown into the pool.“He also wanted a pool where it was private and they could also watch the kids easily,” Mr Wales said.last_img read more

Labrador sub-penthouse sells for $2.75 million

first_img1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador. 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador sold for $2.75 millionA GOLD Coast buyer has bought a stunning Labrador sub-penthouse for $2.75 million.The property, in the Aqua building on Marine Parade, features marble, mirrors and a soaring atrium.It offers 360-degree ocean and hinterland views with plenty of space to entertain.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe four-bedroom residence also includes a billiard room, home theatre, fireplace, Zen retreat with plunge pool and basement parking for four cars. Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo marketed the property.The property went to auction in January but ended up selling after auction last month. 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador.center_img 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador.last_img read more

Gold Coast: solid property market but momentum has slowed

first_imgProperty analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the Coast market had been gradually fading in terms of suburbs with growing sales activity.THE Gold Coast property market has slowed but is expected to surge again closer to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to a leading property analyst. A new report revealed six suburbs on the Gold Coast where transaction numbers were steadily rising but 35 which were classified as plateau markets. Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said Southport had a “plateau market”.Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the Coast market had been gradually fading in terms of suburbs with growing sales activity. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It remains a solid market but there’s no doubt that, after two strong years, its momentum has slowed,” Mr Ryder said.“The elements that caused the Gold Coast revival — rising tourism, major infrastructure spending and a strong construction industry — remain in place and the market may surge again as the 2018 Commonwealth Games approaches.” The Coast market remains solid but has slowed according to property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.Despite having a largely “plateau market” there were no danger suburbs on the Gold Coast.Suburbs which recorded a consistent rate of sale quarter after quarter included Benowa, Clear Island Waters, Labrador, Tallai and Varsity Lakes. The report found both the Sunshine Coast and Townsville markets overtook the Gold Coast in “growth suburbs”.center_img Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the market may surge again as the 2018 Commonwealth Games approaches.”Mr Ryder said “plateau markets” were those where sales levels remained strong but had tapered off below the peak levels.His latest Price Predictor Index found Broadbeach Waters, Burleigh Waters, Carrara, Currumbin, Helensvale, Hope Island, Mermaid Beach, Nerang, Oxenford, Palm Beach Parkwood, Runaway Bay, Southport and Upper Coomera were among the 35 suburbs to receive a plateau ranking. In terms of suburbs performing well, Mr Ryder said Arundel, Bundall, Burleigh Heads, Main Beach, Miami and Mudgeeraba were rising steadily. last_img read more

Art deco home in need of a revamp is less than 5km from city

first_imgOne of the bedrooms at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The art deco home features a huge second level deck with sweeping views, curved walls and hardwood flooring. The property is being sold via tender with offers closing on September 22. 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.A landmark property in this blue-chip suburb of Brisbane has hit the market and needs a facelift.The pre-war four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 97 Constitution Rd, Windsor has a solid foundation and original fittings. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here Wow, what a view at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.He said the style of architecture was not common from the area.“This really is a standout property for Windsor, a real landmark property at the top of the hill,” he said. The exterior of 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.Ray White — Wilston selling agent Trent Vinson said the character home was on a good size block and could be someone’s dream project.Mr Vinson said the home had been on the market for one day and had already received inquiries from owner occupiers who wanted to do bigger renovations.“The home is certainly liveable how it is,” Mr Vinson said.center_img Crack open a beer and enjoy the breeze at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor. Love a bit of colour? Check out 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The property, on a 673sq m block, is currently set up for dual living with separate entrances, car ports, bathrooms and kitchens.“I imagine whoever ends up buying this property will reinstate the internal stairs and undertake a full scale renovation, transforming it into a modern day masterpiece,” he said.“The block gets 360 degree views.” Kick back and relax right here at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.last_img read more

Townsville’s property market tipped to make a comeback like the Cowboys

first_imgCowboy’s Kane Linnett scores a try during the Sydney Roosters v Cowboys NRL Preliminary Final at Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Picture: Brett CostelloSETBACKS will always bring out the Negative Nevilles who are quick to count you out of the game, and the Cowboys have had a fair bit of experience with this problem this season.They’ve had a tough season, which has been hampered by serious injury and setback after setback.The so-called experts wrote them off, saying they were doomed without co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott and they said the team would have no chance at making the finals.But here we are, playing in the grand final. So it just goes to show how the experts can be wrong and how, if you put your head down and play the long game, you can end up confounding the experts.The Townsville property market has faced a challenging period recently. Vacancies are up, jobs are down, and combined with the impact from the mining downturn and the drought, property prices are falling. The experts have counted us out.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020However, in recent months we are seeing the green shoots of recovery. Interest from interstate investors is still evident, and Townsville has been listed on a few investor “hot spot” lists, which is driving further interest.If you adopt a medium-to-long-term outlook you will see that jobs will return as the infrastructure projects and the public and private investment projects get under way.Townsville is one of Australia’s largest regional cities and its prospects are good. The coal price is steadily rising and while it is unlikely to ever return to boom levels of pre-2011, it’s getting to levels that make it viable for production to ramp up. The coal sector is streamlined and more disciplined around costs and the jobs that are being created are more reliable.Jobs bring workers and this will create demand for housing, both rentals and sales. The medium term outlook for this town is good and our economy will prosper and grow. So just like the Cowboys, our town is resilient and knows how to survive the toughest of challenges.We wish Paul Green and his men all the very best for tomorrow and we congratulate them and the whole organisation for showing the rest of the country what it means to be a North Queenslander!last_img read more

Queensland history on the auctioneer’s block south of the city

first_imgThe ceilings are soaring.The property has working improvements including a machinery shed and workshop, fenced paddocks and bore, plus room for eight cars undercover.“It’s located smack bang between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and it’s seven minutes off the highway. It’s the perfect hobby farm — a generational property,” Mr Pennisi said. A lot of living has been done on the deck.The site’s school history extended back to 1892 when the Wolffdene Provisional School was established.In 1909 the school was renamed Wolffdene State School and operated on and off until it was closed permanently in 1942.Mr Pennisi said the value of the property will be evident come auction day.“The property just doesn’t compare to anything else on the market — it really will be a test of the marketplace,” he said.“Inquiry has been unprecedented — interest has been high.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair If the trees could talk … The property was home to the district original State School. Photo: supplied.HISTORY buffs prepare your finance pre-approval as 810 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Wolffdene hits the auction market.center_img 810 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Wolffdene is a far cry from the original buildings.The property is 5.06 hectares of rural residential living in the heart of the Albert Valley.The old Wolffdene State School is long gone, replaced by a 2011, four-bedroom home of brick-and-tin construction.Tony Pennisi, principal of The Property Hub Beenleigh, said the house is a one off.“I’ve been in real estate for 30 years around this area and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Mr Pennisi said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoApart from the enormous internal ceilings with exposed beams, polished timber floors and monster veranda, there’s a second house of three-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation that would be a handy spot to park visiting in-laws.last_img read more

Renewed sales push for Gold Coast’s first “floating house”

first_imgThe design makes the most of a 405sq m block.“I didn’t want to just build a house, I wanted to create something that had an impact on the hill,” she said.Working with an architect and local builder, the home came to life about a year later. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence manages to fit a pool and cinema room and each level has a prominent feature, from a sunken outdoor lounge with fire pit, to Ms Naumoski’s favourite feature — an outdoor concrete bathtub on the top level master retreat. The luxe master ensuite, complete with an outdoor concrete tub. Matt black and copper contrast with timber.The interior is a flow of matt black, copper and timber finishes, with timber framing the stunning coast and city views.Since listing the property through an expressions of interest campaign last November, Ms Naumoski has put a price on the property. 45 Hill Ave, Burleigh HeadsIT’S enough to make you look twice.Cleverly shaded with a black base and planted on artful stilts, the stunning residence appears to float out of a hill. Fireplace? Check. Deck? Check. View? Check! And a cinema room.“I can’t actually believe how it blew up, I wanted to build a floating box on a hill, a nice home that was great for my family,” said Ms Naumoski, who has two young daughters and runs a paraplanning agency. “I was going to stay in it for a while but as I built it, it drew that attention and the market’s been good, I want to test selling it … and it needs to set a benchmark for the hill.” Ms Naumoski has knocked back two offers to swap the property — one in the Whitsundays and one locally — so she can build or renovate her next home. “I want to keep aiming for designs that are going to make that impact and turn people’s heads,” she said.The property is being marketed through Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties.center_img The Gold Coast’s famed “floating house” now has a price tag.“I think people can’t really think outside the box when it comes to building on a slope, but I thrived on the challenge,” said vendor Rozetta Naumoski. Ms Naumoski bought the 405sq m block and then-shambling shack in 2016 and set out on a new build. Considerable effort has gone into the home.“There’s nothing really to compare it to, so that was the biggest challenge, ” Ms Naumoski said. “At the moment I’ve put a price on it, I believe that’s what it’s worth in terms of the land value, the cost of the build and the considerable effort that’s gone into the home and that’s based off the feedback that came through the expressions of interest campaign,” she said. Ms Naumoski also wanted to screen “spectators who aren’t serious buyers” after the property garnered mass attention. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoTimber is a predominant feature. The unique home manages to fit a pool.last_img read more