Governor Wolf Announces 53 New Jobs with Relocation of Velocity Network in Erie

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 53 New Jobs with Relocation of Velocity Network in Erie October 21, 2016 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Velocity Network, Inc. (VNET), an IT solutions and support company, will relocate their operations to the City of Erie and create 53 new jobs over the next three years.“Velocity Network’s decision to expand operations in a blighted area represents more than just significant business growth – it will be accompanied by positive change and job opportunities that will greatly benefit Erie’s Renaissance District, and ultimately, the entire region ,” said Governor Wolf. “The company’s longer term plans include further partnership with the City of Erie to transform additional buildings in the surrounding area. VNET’s success, as well as its steadfast commitment to fostering community betterment, is to be commended.”Currently serving business clients with fiber optic internet, VNET plans to expand into the residential market. To accommodate this growth, the company will purchase and renovate a 40,000-square-foot building in the City of Erie’s Renaissance District that has been vacant for more than 25 years. VNET plans to invest $5,300,704 in the project. The company has committed to the creation of 53 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and to the retention of an existing workforce of 55 employees.“We believe in the necessity to drive development in Erie through the bolstering of the region’s urban core,” said VNET President and CEO Joel Deuterman. “Pennsylvania is a strong state with vibrant cities, and thanks to the state’s financial commitment to progress, Velocity is poised to grow – and grow the region – smartly, quickly, and deliberately to create future job growth.”VNET received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $159,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $20,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for $2.25 million in low-interest loans from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the City of Erie and Corry Area Redevelopment Authority.“The VNET project is important to developing and revitalizing our downtown. It creates an opportunity for reuse of a long vacant space and helps to bring jobs and sustainability to our central business district,” said Erie Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott. “It follows exactly with what we are looking for in implementing our downtown master plan.”“It’s an honor to assist an entrepreneur like Joel Deuterman relocate and grow his business in the City of Erie,” said Corry Area Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Richard Novotny. “In VNET’s case, Joel is re-urbanizing his operations from the suburbs to the city’s core, and in doing so, he has re-energized investment in an entire district of the city. VNET’s investment will be the first of many to transform Erie’s urban core.”Velocity Network, Inc. has been serving the Erie, Pennsylvania area since 1990, providing IT support such as technical helpdesk support, IT hardware support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses. The company’s goal is to provide enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small business sector, with small business prices. VNET’s experience has allowed it to build and develop the infrastructure needed to keep its prices affordable and its clients up and running.For more information on VNET, visit more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

States should control education standards

first_imgA new California law requiring students to be up-to-date on vaccinations before enrolling in public schools was put into place July 1, and this school year is the first to witness its implementation. This need for children who attend public school to be vaccinated is an example of the state interceding in local authority for the sake of the greater good of the public. In the delegation of authority within a state with regard to education, local school districts continuously adapt to reflect current issues within the district, while the state acts as a constitutional authority on education through the creation of laws and regulations.  Legislation like the No Child Left Behind Act, and more recently, Common Core, has given the federal government increasing power over education. Thus, what is the relationship between the state and federal government in the authority over educational issues?In the 1973 Supreme Court case San Antonio Independent School District v Rodriguez, the Court held that there was no fundamental right to education in the Constitution; thus, as demonstrated in cases like Brown v Board of Education and others, states cannot have discriminatory schooling practices, but plaintiffs are limited in their ability to appeal to the federal government for how those systems of education within the states are arranged otherwise. The constitutionally delegated authority for states to have power over education resides in each state’s constitution. California, for example, explicitly states that  a common system of school must exist, and has specific constitutional requirements pertaining to the funding of schools, religious instruction and establishment of higher education. Given that the constitutional authority over education resides in each individual state, and the negative consequences over accountability measures utilized by the federal government in order for schools to receive federal funding, education is best left to be handled and decided on by the states. Federal policies often link accountability measures to funding sources to ensure that schools are held responsible and that the funding they are given is used for a particular goal. For example, No Child Left Behind, a piece of federal legislation enacted into law in 2002, links standardized test performance to sanctions for public schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress by each subgroup of students based on special needs, minority status, English language proficiency and socioeconomic status. NCLB helped spurn the movement in education toward high stakes accountability testing as a means to make sure schools, and furthermore states, were teaching students what they needed to learn. The belief was that if the federal government tested students and held educators accountable for improving test scores, students’ scores would increase. However, students have barely shown any increase in scores when comparing test scores pre and post NCLB implementation. Yet, both the Bush and Obama administrations have offered federal grants through Race to the Top, Flexibility Waivers under NCLB, School Improvement Grants and various other programs to push states, districts and schools to line up behind policies that use these same test scores in high-stakes evaluations of teachers and principals. These tests are larger indicators of educational opportunity gaps that exist between races and social classes, which can only effectively be remediated at the state level as well. These accountability measures have been unable to effectively demonstrate how they have successfully raised student academic achievement, which was the goal of their implementation in the first place. Proponents of federal control education point out examples from international countries that have exemplary systems of education thanks to federal control. Countries like Finland, which is consistently ranked as the top nation in the world for education, do boast a heavy federal government presence in schools. However, it is important to note that the success of these other countries are much more heavily related to their distribution of funding, wealth equity, social programs and teacher education programs than the role of the state or federal government in education.Ultimately, states have the right to set their own learning goals and standards for what they want their students to learn in schools. Furthermore, when the state and local school districts have more authority over education, constituents are better able to vote elected officials out of office if they feel like the official is not appropriately solving educational issues within the state or district. By maintaining local control over education, communities have more of a chance to have a larger impact on schooling, and address their individual students’ unique needs better than the federal government would be able to.Julia Lawler is a senior majoring  in history and social science education. Her column, “Get Schooled,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Lakers’ LeBron James builds MVP buzz after impressive weekend wins over Bucks, Clippers

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The chorus that was reverberating in Staples Center late in Sunday’s matinee echoed all the way to the Lakers’ locker room.“MVP,” said Anthony Davis.“MVP,” said Kyle Kuzma.MVP, said the Lakers, as a group, as LeBron James helped drive another win over another of the NBA’s top teams for the second time in 48 hours.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith 28 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks in the 112-103 win over the Clippers, James again pushed himself to the forefront of a conversation many NBA observers believe is already over. With the Milwaukee Bucks slated to finish with the NBA’s best record and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading James in points, rebounds and other key advanced statistics, the lead has been perceived as insurmountable for the Greek Freak to win his second straight MVP award.Ahem, the Lakers said on Sunday, have you watched lately?“They need to watch the last two games,” Davis said. “I mean, what he’s been able to do — taking on matchups defensively, leading the pack offensively, making the right plays — you don’t see that from a guy who is 17 years in the league and his team is number one in the West. He’s continuing to show the world why he’s the best and if people don’t understand that, then the last two games, I think they understand now.”In eight games since the All-Star break, James has raised his game. The Lakers are 7-1, and he’s averaging 30.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 55 percent and getting to the line more often. During the weekend, he played a pivotal role by guarding each team’s best player for stints and methodically controlling halfcourt possessions — Rajon Rondo referred to Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard as “supposed MVP candidates.”Notably the Lakers pulled away in both games in the second half, outscoring the Bucks by 10 after halftime on Friday, and the Clippers by 13 on Sunday. After beating the No. 1 team in the East and the No. 2 team in the West, Frank Vogel felt confident enough to call James’ last two games “his best weekend in a Lakers uniform. “I don’t think people understand how hard it is to put the numbers and get the wins, do the things that he’s doing, put the numbers up he’s putting up and getting the wins he’s getting at 35,” he said. “You’ve had a summer off maybe, what, twice? That’s crazy! That’s a lot of mileage on your legs.”Earlier this week James downplayed the chase for a fifth MVP, which would tie him second all-time with Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. He said he’s motivated by being the best to ever play — MVP awards are just a byproduct of that goal, he suggested.But James acknowledged that he is motivated, and has been all offseason — something that has continued to drive him forward in his 17th season.“I put a lot of work into my rehabbing with my groin, getting back to full strength even when I was shooting a movie,” he said. “If you follow me on social media, I was in the weight room at three, four o’ clock in the morning, making sure that I was preparing myself for this season no matter what was going on. Just keeping ‘the main thing’ the main thing.” “I wasn’t here last year. but in my mind, this season, this was his best two-game stretch,” he said. “Really just dominated — dominated — both games and helped close them out.”Two great games does not an MVP make, but the Lakers would also argue that relative to his age, 35-year-old James has been more impressive than 25-year-old Antetokounmpo. He’s leading the league in assists, which he’s never done before, while remaining a scorer over the 25 ppg threshold.To JaVale McGee, there was no doubt that James has marked himself the best player in the world for staving off his years.Related Articleslast_img read more