HARRISBURG, Oct. 3, 2013 – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will bring together venture capitalists, public policy experts, Scranton officials and economic development analysts at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the University of Scranton for an in-depth discussion about turning around Pennsylvania’s economy.

[frame align=”right”]Job_Creation[/frame]The two-hour long event, at the request of Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna), will feature three panels of experts who will share their ideas about the commonwealth’s immediate economic development needs, and to talk about Blake’s recently enacted “Innovate in PA” program.

“Innovate in PA” is designed to improve Pennsylvania’s capacity to support the job creators of the future with new investments of nearly $100 million in the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology and energy business sectors.

The policy committee will also explore pending legislation designed to improve PA’s business infrastructure, increase the flow of venture capital, up the volume of affordable housing, help veterans become business owners, and improve state contracting opportunities for minorities and women.

Media coverage is welcomed and encouraged.

WHO:             State Sens. Lisa Boscola and John Blake, as well as members of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Teri Ooms, executive director, Institute for Public Policy &  Economic Development

Richard Stein, CEO, Klios Inc.

Amy Luyster, assistant vice president, The Scranton Plan

Chad Paul, CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast PA

Dr. Mel Billingsley, CEO, Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA

Mike Gausling, managing director, Originate Ventures

William J. Schoen, administrator, Skills in Scranton

Ronald Vogel, regional representative, PA Department of Labor & Industry

David Jadick, acting public affairs officer, Tobyhanna Army Depot


WHAT:          Roundtable discussion on “Innovate in PA” and proposed legislation to improve the state’s economy

WHEN:          11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8

WHERE:        The University of Scranton

Loyola Science Center

204 Monroe Ave.