(DCED) Budget (FY 2014-2015) Initiatives

Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Hearing Room #1, North Office Building



The focus of this hearing is the various Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Budget (FY 2014-2015) initiatives; an overview of the DCED programs available for PA businesses, including consolidation and accountability efforts; and a summary of the economic impact of the PA travel and tourism industry, including an update regarding the PA Tourism Partnership (PTP) and its public-private marketing/funding goals and efforts to date.  The underlying focal point of this hearing and the testimony to be presented by representatives of DCED regarding the subject matters referenced herein is the ever important need to promote economic development and job creation throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

{*} [Note: Each of the three primary sessions will be followed by a round of questions related to the corresponding session’s subject matter.]

{DCED Testifiers}

  • Carolyn Boser Newhouse, Deputy Secretary, Office of Innovation and Investment (DCED)
  • R. Michael [Mike] Cortez, Special Advisor to the Secretary (DCED)
  • Scott D. Dunkelberger, Director, Center for Business Financing (DCED)

[9:00 A.M.] – Introductory Remarks – Senator Ward and Senator Fontana

[9:05 A.M.] – Introduction, PA Economy and DCED Mission – Carolyn Newhouse

 {*}[9:10 A.M.] – PA Economic Development and Business Assistance Programs – Carolyn Newhouse and Scott Dunkelberger

{*}[9:50 A.M.] – DCED Budget (FY 2014-2015) Initiatives

  • Overview of Initiatives – Carolyn Newhouse
  • Reshoring (bringing manufacturing back to U.S.) – Mike Cortez
  • Military Community Preservation Commission – Mike Cortez

{*}[10:30 A.M.] – PA Tourism Economics, PTP, Statewide Marketing & Funding – Carolyn Newhouse 


  • Bios for Carolyn Newhouse (DCED), Mike Cortez (DCED) and Scott Dunkelberger (DCED)
  • PowerPoint (DCED) – CERD Hearing – DCED (4/8/14)
  • Corbett Administration to Launch Jobs1st On the Road, DCED News (3/25/14)
    • DCED & L&I traveling to PA’s Central PREP Region (4/9-11/14)
  • JOBS1st PA Regional Partnerships – A Workforce/Economic Development Collaborative, Labor & Industry (4/8/14)
  • Business Assistance [Program Chart], DCED (9/10/13)
  • Economic Development Incentives:
    • Credits and Incentives: Important Tools for Economic Growth, PA CPA Journal (Winter 2014)
      • Various PA incentive programs are referenced.
    • Prove It! – States offer many incentives to promote economic development, yet seldom evaluate their effectiveness, State Legislatures Magazine (January 2014)
  • Reshoring:
    • Reshoring Manufacturing: Coming Home, The Economist (1/19/13)
    • Manufacturing is the key driver in the American economy – and it’s back, Area Development (Q1/2014)
    • Going beyond reshoring to right-shoring, PWC (September 2013)
    • Tourism:
      • Pennsylvania Travel & Tourism Industry: An Economic Driver, DCED (2/5/13)
      • Pennsylvania Tourism Partnership [Background Info.], DCED (12/4/13)
      • Pennsylvania 2014 Vacation Guide, PA Tourism Office, DCED
      • Pennsylvania Outdoor Adventure Guide, PA Tourism Office, DCED


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