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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2019 04:30 PM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak and Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Sen. James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishing a Pennsylvania Manufacturing Officer and Manufacturing Competitiveness Board
In the near future, we plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 923 from last session, which creates the position of Chief Manufacturing Officer and establishes a Manufacturing Competitiveness Board within the Commonwealth. Our legislation is part of a package of bills designed to aid our manufacturers, workers, and small businesses and rebuild our manufacturing base.

The Chief Manufacturing Officer would advise the Governor on policy issues affecting the manufacturing sector. Specifically, the position is intended to:
  • Foster coordination of manufacturing-related policies and activities across Commonwealth agencies;
  • Analyze, improve and identify technological needs or policies to increase manufacturing in the Commonwealth;
  • Develop strategies and policies that encourage and maintain manufacturing; and
  • Assist local governments with economic plans to lure manufacturing to their communities.
Additionally, our legislation would establish the Manufacturing Competitiveness Board within the Department of Community and Economic Development to work with the Chief Manufacturing Officer to develop a comprehensive manufacturing strategy for Pennsylvania. The board would be comprised of both public and private-sector members, including state agency heads and business leaders, and charged with review of relevant laws, policies, and incentives, as well as with identifying workforce and technology needs of the manufacturing sector.

As you may know, manufacturing accounts for 12% of the state's total gross domestic product output, and it employs more than 9% of our workforce. Our manufacturing industry is vital to this state’s economic health, and it deserves special attention to ensure growth and development.

We hope you will join us in sponsoring this important legislation.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Senator Yudichak’s office at 717-787-7105.

Introduced as SB267