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Workforce Development and County Government: Partners Who Work for Progress

By Susan Snelick, PWDA Chair 
Roseann Cordelli, PWDA Director of GR & PR

A decade after the Great Recession, Pennsylvania is today in a state of ‘full employment,’ suggesting that those who are willing and able to work are employed, regardless of whether or not they are underemployed or have stopped looking for work. Still, there is a ubiquitous call among employers for right-skilled workers that has resonated across virtually every industry sector. From hard skills that include technology training to soft skills that include workplace etiquette, employers across the commonwealth and nation indicate they could sustain and expand their operations, but for adequate numbers of skilled employees, including incumbent workers. Read the rest of this article that appeared in the November issue of County News, the monthly magazine of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.


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Pittsburgh company wins Governor’s Employer Award

TruFoodMfg is a contract manufacturer of food products, including granola, snack bars, chocolate, and nutrition bars. The company currently operates two high-speed manufacturing plants in RIDC Park East in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region. TruFoodMfg’s products are sold worldwide under a variety of brand names.



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Philadelphia woman wins ‘Outstanding Senior Community Service Employment Program Participant’ award

Philadelphia woman wins ‘Outstanding Senior Community Service Employment Program Participant’ award

Cynthia Steadman was living at a local shelter and struggled to make ends meet. In May 2015, that began to change when she enrolled in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Aging (MCOA) Senior Community Service Employment Program. Cynthia was assigned to two MCOA host agencies to receive computer and customer service training. The MCOA recognized her other quality-of-life needs, and referred her to the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and the local PA CareerLink® center for housing and additional employment assistance, respectively.

Cynthia Steadman


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