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Industry Partnerships Advocacy

Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships (IPs) bring together companies in the same industry sector (such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy) to identify and invest in core and cutting-edge skills needed to make industries more competitive nationally and globally. The partnerships themselves include industry, education, workforce and other representatives who meet formally and work together to align training to industry needs.  For Pennsylvania’s $600 billion economy, industry partnerships are a bipartisan, business-labor, and public-private approach that works effectively.

IPs leverage funding from multiple sources, including state funding, private industry contributions, private and public grants and other sources.  Besides worker training, IPs provide forums for companies to address a variety of issues common to their particular industry. Wage gains, career advancement, entry-level employment and increased productivity are just a few ways that IPs provide a return on investment.

Industry Partnership Advocacy Resources

More than 430 business, education, workforce, labor and community leaders have signed on in support of full funding of $10 million for Industry Partnerships in the 2016-17 state budget.

List of IP 2016 Endorsers

Latest News on Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships

The PA Workforce Development Board has awarded $4,638,772 to 28 Industry Partnerships in seven industry sectors, including: advanced manufacturing, agriculture & food processing, building & construction, business services, energy, healthcare, and logistics and transportation sectors. For a complete list of awarded partnerships, see table below.  Last year, 15 IPs received funding.

Fiscal Year 2016-17 Industry Partnership Grants

Berks County Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Berks County
Central Pennsylvania Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, CPWDC
Central Pennsylvania Healthcare Industry Partnership, CPWDC
AgConnect Partnership, Chester County
Innovative Technology Action Group, Chester County
Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Chester County
Health Care Connect, Chester County
Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Alliance (SEPHA), Delaware
Lancaster County Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Lancaster
Lehigh Valley Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics Industry Partnership, Lehigh Valley
Keystone Utilities Partnership, Luzerne-Schuylkill
NEPA Logistics and Transportation Industry Partnership, Luzerne-Schuylkill
North Central Manufacturing Industry Partnership, North Central
North Central Healthcare Industry Partnership, North Central
Northeast Regional Healthcare Industry Partnership, Northern Tier
Northwest Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Northwest
Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership, Philadelphia Works
Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership, Philadelphia Works
SC PA Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership, South Central
South Central Healthcare Industry Partnership, South Central
Southwest Corner Building and Construction Industry Partnership, Southwest Corner
Pittsburgh Construction Industry Partnership, Three Rivers
Tri-County Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Tri-County
Tri-County Technology Industry Partnership, Tri-County
Tri-County Health Care Industry Partnership, Tri-County
Pennsylvania Steel Alliance, Westmoreland-Fayette
Westmoreland-Fayette Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Westmoreland-Fayette


Learn more about the Industry Partnership Program


PA Workforce Development Association