Representative Kaufer Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Economic Development System

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In a memorandum to all members of the Pennsylvania House on Thursday, state representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) called on members to co-sponsor legislation he said would strengthen the state’s economic development system. .

Kaufer’s legislation would create a “janitor-style business development service,” he said, for companies considering relocating, expanding or maintaining their businesses in the state.

“Under this legislation, the Commonwealth Economic Development Action Team would be established as an office, which would be overseen by an Executive Director. The Commonwealth Economic Development Action Team would receive separate appropriation and the Department of Community and Economic Development would provide administrative support, ”Kaufer wrote.

Through this system, companies could seek the assistance of the Commonwealth Economic Development Action Team for site selection, interagency coordination, referrals for economic development incentives and assistance for program and permit applications.

Kaufer said that while there are offices in the executive that aim to provide similar services, they are not established by law and have a more limited source of authority to help businesses and be subject to change. administration.

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