December News Briefs
Team PA releases 2014 annual report; Opening Doors to a brighter future; Call for nominations: 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Awards
Team PA releases 2014 annual report
‘Tis the season – for Team PA to review its accomplishments for the past year via its annual report.
The report highlights a few of our many achievements, in cooperation with our public sector partners, in education, international business, marketing and the Foundation’s long-standing collaboration with the Governor’s Action Team, to attract new business and retain companies already established in the commonwealth.
We are proud of our dynamic partnership with our public sector partners and we thank our investors whose support helps build a better Pennsylvania.
Opening Doors to a brighter future
Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett recognized Walmart at the December board meeting of Team Pennsylvania Foundation for another contribution to the Opening Doors initiative, a program that is supported by the Foundation.
The Opening Doors program was created by Mrs. Corbett to raise awareness and funding to increase Pennsylvania’s graduation rate.
While thanking Walmart, Mrs. Corbett also recognized AT&T, another company that has provided financial support for the project.
Both Walmart and AT&T are among Team PA’s family of investors.
Call for nominations: 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Awards
Nominations are now being accepted through Jan. 15 for the third annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards, developed to recognize companies and entrepreneurs throughout Pennsylvania that are creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state’s economy.
The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognize companies from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact.
- Community ImPAct Award – This award recognition is awarded to a company that exemplifies the tenet of “doing well by doing good.” The winners in this category show a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the community(ies) in which it does business.
- Entrepreneur ImPAct Award – This award recognition is awarded to an entrepreneur who has led his or her company to a position of strength in the marketplace by way of growth in one or all of the following areas: creativity, innovation, managerial ability, leadership skills and turnaround.
- Export ImPAct Award – This award recognition is awarded to a company that has significantly increased its export sales and the number of new foreign markets it sells to since 2011.
- Jobs First ImPAct Award – This award recognition is awarded to a company that has demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years. The company must have had a positive net gain in new jobs during this time period.
- Small Business ImPAct Award – This award recognition is awarded to a small business that is an innovator within its industry, demonstrated revenue/profit growth, increased its workforce and committed to the growth and development of its employees and community. The company must have 100 or fewer employees.
Nominations will be collected by the state’s regional economic development partners for evaluation. Each of the 10 PREP regions will then submit up to five nominations per category for the awards ceremony in May.
The third annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards ceremony will be held in Hershey on May 21, 2015.
The awards are being sponsored at no cost to the taxpayers by the state’s private sector partner, Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA), and are being coordinated by DCED, Team PA and Journal Multimedia.
Independent judges selected by Team PA and Journal Multimedia will evaluate the nominations and select the award recipients.