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NEW REPORT TO AID ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA

 NEW REPORT TO AID ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA
 PHILADELPHIA, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, state


legislators, government administrators and economic development organizations were among those receiving a new resource designed to assist in efforts to attract new businesses to the state and to encourage expansion of existing businesses.
 Bell of Pennsylvania (BPA) and Pennsylvania State University's (PSU) Institute for Policy and Evaluation, Graduate School of Public Policy and Administration, released a new report that should assist commonwealth officials in formulating policies and programs in areas of concern -- including education, economic development and physical infrastructure -- to firms located in Pennsylvania.
 "The analysis provides a unique view, from the perspective of businesses throughout the state, of the state's strengths and needs," said Dr. Irwin Feller, school and principal investigator for the project.
 The report, "Business Perspectives on the Pennsylvania Economy," concludes the commonwealth's environment for business and industry is generally good, but state and local business organizations and state officials need to re-examine priorities and activities in order to continue and maintain growth and viability.
 Findings and recommendations of the study include the following:
 -- State economic development programs must be redesigned to accommodate the new directions and activities being undertaken by businesses in the state;
 -- Firms expressed a need for various forms of technical assistance;
 -- Widespread concern about the low level of basic educational skills suggests an underlying demand for statewide improvement of basic education;
 -- Firms' high regard for their workers' productivity should be highlighted in the commonwealth's industrial recruitment efforts; and
 -- The current system of local service and taxes is a cause of dissatisfaction among firms in Pennsylvania.
 Findings and recommendations are based on the institute's analysis of Bell of Pennsylvania's Business Outreach Surveys completed by 1,259 firms in 20 communities in 13 counties across the state. The institute's analysis was funded by a grant from Bell of Pennsylvania. The Business Outreach program was initiated by Bell of Pennsylvania in 1986 as an economic development tool to help revitalize local business communities by identifying strengths and needs.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Shaffer of BPA, 215-466-4540, or Irwin Feller of PSU, 814-865-9561/ CO: Bell of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State University ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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