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Week of August 15, 2016
Reminder: Highspire Borough Town Hall Meeting
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23: Highspire Borough, Dauphin County
Borough Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA 17034
Hope to see you there! And, thanks to everyone who attended my previous Town
Hall Meetings! I enjoyed our discussions and the opportunity to meet with
Column: Midstate Jobs
Jobs and the economy are often the top issues of concern among citizens and
many elected officials run for office promising to create jobs.
That’s why I found a recent Central Penn Business Journal list of
the largest midstate employers interesting. Who do you think are our area’s
largest employers? Here’s some hints: government, health care, education, and
service industries are the top 15 employers. They are:
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (20,770 Capitol Complex, 72,437 total)
- Us Government (14,263 local employees; 5.73 Million total)
- Wellspan Health (14,801 local employees)
- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine
(10,536 local employees)
- Lancaster General Health (7,569 local employees)
- Pinnacle Health System (6,314 local employees)
- JFC Staffing (5,877 local employees)
- Highmark Health (formerly Highmark Blue Shield; 3,800 local employees)
- Summit Health (3,258 local employees)
- Holy Spirit (2,588 local employees)
- York County (2,570 local employees)
- Harrisburg Area Community College (2,526 local employees)
- Select Medical Corp. (2,201 local employees)
- Lancaster County (1,969 local employees)
- Comcast Corporation (1,801 local employees)
Central Pennsylvania is obviously lucky to have such large, well respected,
and successful local entities supplying jobs to people. However, it does beg the
question: what about manufacturing and other industries?
The United States was founded in Philadelphia, saved at Gettysburg, and
ushered into the industrial age by countless manufacturers across our
Commonwealth. Many of those industries no longer exist or have moved to other
states and nations.
Pennsylvania with its Keystone location is within a day’s drive of about
one-third of the nation’s population. Yet, manufacturers aren’t coming here –
despite the promises of candidates for public office to promote jobs and job
That’s why anyone running for office should be asked what they’re going to do
to make our state and nation more competitive. I believe it begins with
government living within its means, less spending and borrowing, lower taxes,
and less government red tape.
As government has grown, job creators like Baldwin Locomotive Works,
Bethlehem Steel, Carnegie Steel, GC Murphy, Jones & Laughlin Steel, Newberry
stores, Quaker State headquarters, Pennsylvania Railroad, Philco, Reading
Company, Rolling Rock Beer, Schmidt’s Beer, Scott Paper, Strawbridge’s,
Susquehanna Radio Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, Wanamaker’s, Woolworth’s,
and Wyeth have either disappeared, been sold, or merged with other companies.
Please remember these former Pennsylvania employers when someone says
“business can afford it”!
Veterans’ Expo and Job Fair, August 25 in Camp Hill
Veterans of all ages, active military, and their families are invited to the
Veterans’ Expo and Job Fair, a free
event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 at the Radisson Hotel
Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. Exhibitors will include community
service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors,
education/training providers, and business startup assistance, as well as
businesses from home improvement, legal services, and finance, to retirement
living and insurance. A photographer will also be taking free, professional
headshots for use in social media profiles. For more information on the
Veterans Expo and Job Fair, call
(717) 285-1350, or visit
Highspire Borough and Lower Swatara Township Town Hall Meetings
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 23: Highspire Borough,
Dauphin County – Borough Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA
6:30 p.m., Monday, August 29: Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County – Lower
Swatara Fire Hall, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA 17057
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