Wednesday, February 03, 2010

TechBelt Tidbit

Sometimes a pithy post can remove the writer's block. Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (her district includes Erie) has expressed interest in the TechBelt Initiative:

As your representative in Congress, I will always advocate for our region’s businesses and industries. We must identify the strengths of our businesses that are already here, helping them grow and create new jobs. Companies like General Electric Transportation represent the foundation of our local economy, and we must continue to do everything we can to ensure their success.

Working with my colleagues, we were able to secure funding for Amtrak expansion, giving GE the chance to bid on 54 new energy efficient locomotives—a significant business opportunity for GE and for the workers in our region.

But our local economy cannot be reliant on one company; we must diversify to grow businesses and job opportunities in various fields. Our community’s farms, manufacturers, technology leaders, retail and commercial services, health care providers, educators, and tourism are all vital to our future. A diversified economy will have the strength and the resilience to help us sustain the natural ebbs and flows of the broader world economy.

That’s why I’ve led the effort to involve the 3rd District in the [TechBelt Initiative], a collaboration between Pennsylvania and Ohio to spur innovation and growth in our regional economy. Through this initiative, we can help make Western Pennsylvania a center of new technology, expanding businesses here and bringing new enterprises to our communities.

TechBelt: 2
Power of 32: 0

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