Team Pennsylvania is dedicated to expanding Pennsylvania’s economy. Our work is defined by three key program areas that we believe are the building blocks of a healthy and vibrant economy – business growth, education and workforce development and government efficiency.

Team Pennsylvania accomplishes our work by convening industry leaders and policy experts to work together to make Pennsylvania a national leader in economic development. We have worked on a variety of programs over the past 20 years in an assortment of roles and capacities. Below is a snapshot of some of our most recent impacts:


Team PA’s Director of Education Abby Smith worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to implement ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) by the federal deadline of August 2016. ESSA will transform how Pennsylvania measures student performance.

Workforce Development

Pennsylvania is a Phase One New Skills for Youth (NYSF) grantee. The goal of the grant is to inspire states to better prepare high school students for well-paying careers by way of college or technical training. PDE has assembled a state-leadership team, including Abby Smith, that is directing the activities funded by this grant.

Hannover Messe Trade Show

A Pennsylvania delegation, coordinated by Team Pennsylvania, hosted a booth at the 2016 Hannover Messe Trade Show in Germany to showcase our Commonwealth and how great of a state it is to live and work in.


The Governor’s Tourism Partnership began in 2013 as an effort to create a strategic marketing and branding plan with input and guidance from the private sector to promote and grow the state’s tourism industry. Team PA leveraged its network to help to build a steering committee of industry leaders to guide the work of the Tourism Partnership. The end result was a new, data-driven brand for the Commonwealth, “Pursue your Happiness“.