Dear Economic Development Professional:
The PEDA Board is excited to announce that, due to your advocacy, Senate Bill 109, introduced by Senator Joe Pittman (R-Indiana), was the first bill to reach the Governor’s desk in the new 2021/22 Legislative Session and is now Act 1 of 2021. Act 1 mirrors the Governor’s plan and is an economic relief package which includes $145 million for the COVID Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
CHIRP is an excellent step for economic recovery and with the long-term viability of the Commonwealth’s small business community hanging in the balance, a continued focus on economic development recovery is critical. In fact, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (“PEDA”) contends that economic development, as a component of the recovery, should come second only to healthcare practices to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is plenty of hard work ahead to help bring back the economy and jobs for the residents of the Commonwealth and the PEDA network is poised to lead the charge. Thus please utilize this page to contact your local legislators in support of PEDA's advocacy priorities especially as they relate to the upcoming Fiscal Year State Budget negotiations.
Government Affairs Consultant for PEDA
Vice President, Wanner Associates