Tracing its roots to Thomas Edison himself, PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) has been “empowering economic vitality and quality of life for the communities it serves for nearly a century,” according to Joanne Raphael, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PPL and Team Pennsylvania board member. Joanne Raphael joined Team Pennsylvania’s board of directors in 2011. Raphael has referred to her time on the board as “an enriching experience” where she has had the opportunity to “partner constructively with different administrations, but always with a shared focus on policies and programs that advance the future of our Commonwealth, and its communities, businesses and work force.”

When asked what Pennsylvania’s business climate offers PPL, Raphael explained, “Pennsylvania offers a creative and highly skilled workforce.” Additionally, she listed Pennsylvania’s well-developed infrastructure, outstanding academic institutions and universities, quality healthcare systems, affordable housing, close proximity to the Northeast’s major population centers, and a stable residential, commercial and industrial customer base as assets to PPL’s business.

“Importantly, Pennsylvania also offers a constructive regulatory jurisdiction in which PPL is able to provide award-winning electricity service and invest in the future,” noted Raphael. “In 2016, alone, we invested more than $1 billion to build a safer, smarter and more reliable power grid.” Today, PPL is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector and is focused on advancing a smarter, cleaner and more reliable energy future for generations to come.

PPL Corporation was born in 1920 when eight utilities with 62 power plants serving central and eastern Pennsylvania merged into a single company called Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. The company’s iconic tower building, built in 1928 in Allentown, serves as the company’s headquarters to this day. Over the years, PPL has grown from a company with customers and facilities in one region of Pennsylvania to a diverse energy company with more than 10 million customers and nearly 13,000 employees in the United States and the United Kingdom.

More than 125,000 businesses across PPL’s service territory depend on the energy they provide to power their day-to-day operations. PPL consults with business leaders in order to optimize efficiency and power reliability to help customers meet their energy demands affordably and to power further business investment. “In this global economy, helping Pennsylvania businesses stay competitive is something we take seriously,” said Raphael. “Our goal is simple: provide affordable, reliable electricity to help our customers succeed.”

PPL strives to empower economic growth and quality of life by promoting sustainable communities which empower citizens to fulfill her or his full potential. Through the PPL Foundation, the company gives more than $2 million annually in Pennsylvania and partners with hundreds of nonprofit organizations working in the areas of education, workforce and community revitalization. “PPL firmly believes the success of our company is directly linked to the success of the cities and towns where we do business,” said Raphael. “Team Pennsylvania gives us the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded businesses and organizations with the common goal of inspiring economic vitality in the Commonwealth.