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Allston Partnership fund extended

first_imgHarvard University announced the extension of the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF), bringing an additional $500,000 in grants to local nonprofits that serve and support the Allston-Brighton community.The announcement follows the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board’s approval of the relocation of some University support services to 28 Travis St. The five-year extension of the HAPF, which was created in 2008 by Harvard and the city of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston-Brighton community, is a direct result of the program’s success and popularity. Nonprofits, local leaders, and neighbors have called the HAPF an essential support for important educational and social services in the Allston-Brighton community.“Over the past five years, the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund program has worked to improve quality of life for thousands of Allston-Brighton residents,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “I’m pleased that Harvard has recommitted to the partnership for another five years, and will continue to serve our residents through this important work.”In its first five years, the HAPF gave $500,000 in grants to 20 local organizations, helping them to serve more than 3,500 Allston-Brighton residents. The program will continue the annual distribution of $100,000 in grants to local organizations in 2014. By 2018, the HAPF will have infused a total of $1 million into local Allston-Brighton organizations in just over a decade.“The HAPF is a unique partnership between Harvard, the city of Boston, and our Allston neighbors, and an example of how we can work together to achieve our shared goal for a thriving Allston community,” said Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president for public affairs and communications. “We are pleased to support the excellent work of many Allston-Brighton nonprofits that work tirelessly to better the lives of our Allston neighbors and enrich our community.”“Half a million dollars in HAPF grants have already helped local organizations to survive and thrive so they could serve thousands of local residents, and the extension of this fund will continue to assist our neighbors who would otherwise go without educational and social support programs. I think I speak for all the members of the HAPF advisory board when I say that I’m proud to be part of an effort that has had such a widespread impact on people in our community who needed it most,” said John Bruno, a member of the HAPF advisory board and the Harvard Allston Task Force. “With Harvard’s support and under diligence and guidance of Inez Foster, the program’s administrator, we’ve enabled hundreds, if not thousands, of dreams to come true.”The HAPF supports neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming in Allston-Brighton. HAPF funds have enabled local nonprofits to extend their reach, serving more residents and enhancing youth enrichment, as well as providing educational programs and activities for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Several organizations, including the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Honan Allston Library, and the Vocational Advancement Center, have received several grants over the years.The volunteer board of community members carefully reviews applications for funding annually before distributing funds that will best benefit the community.last_img read more

Tuberculosis and HIV targeted by student researchers

first_imgWhen people who have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) re-develop the disease, are they relapsing or fighting a new strain? How often should HIV/AIDS patients be tested to see if antiretroviral treatment is working?These questions are being explored by doctoral candidates Ellen “Ellie” Caniglia and Richa Gawande, who are conducting infectious disease studies at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). For both Caniglia and Gawande, the scientific explorations reflect their desire to find answers to urgent public health questions that they hope will lead to new ways to treat and prevent infectious diseases, especially those impacting impoverished countries.“Infectious diseases disproportionately affect developing nations. I’ve always been drawn to work on problems that impact poor populations,” said Gawande, who has seen firsthand the problems of global health inequities during travels to India and Haiti. “I want to be part of the collective effort to understand, treat, and prevent disease,” she said. Her interests ultimately led Gawande to HSPH where she is enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in the Biological Sciences in Public Health and works in the laboratory of Sarah Fortune, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Campus Ministry creates new retreat for freshmen

first_imgNotre Dame Campus Ministry will hold the first-ever freshman mini-retreat, called the Tender, Strong and True Retreat, on Oct. 30, according to Alex White, senior campus ministry intern for retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality.“This year, we are holding a freshman mini-retreat that will only be seven or eight hours long,” White said. “The hope of that was to have a more intensified retreat experience, giving the participants the ability to feel like they can give time to the experience, while still allowing time for their studies.”White said the switch to a mini-retreat came after the spirituality study conducted by Campus Ministry last semester revealed that students wanted to attend retreats, but often struggled with lengths of the events.“[The spirituality study] found that a lot of students expressed difficulty in personal prayer,” White said. “Notre Dame prays well as a community, as seen during Father Hesburgh’s funeral and whenever students rally around sexual violence on campus. However, many people expressed trouble with personal prayer. This retreat is to help freshman foster a sense of individual prayer and an individual relationship with God.”White said there will be a more individualistic feeling to the retreat, which is designed to engage participants in personal reflections.“It is going to be different than other retreats students may have experienced in the past, simply because it is a mini-retreat. There will be a small group, there will be student witnesses, there will be time specifically set aside for personal prayer,” White said. “However, this whole retreat is geared towards incorporating God into your life, so freshman can expect to reflect on their life and what is important to them and how they feel they can incorporate God into any part of their life that they feel He belongs in.”White said the retreat will focus on three aspects of freshman life: academics, faith and social life.“This particular mini-retreat is called the Tender, Strong and True Retreat. Each of those three parts — which are taken from our Alma Mater — correspond with the three movements of the retreat. Therefore, we want them to at least start to think about how they can incorporate their faith into their social sphere, their academic sphere and the place where god is supposed to take precedence, like in the church or during a retreat. We have the academic part which is tender, the retreat part, which is strong, and the social part, which corresponds to true.”White said the retreat will emphasize the “movement” between the three segments by making the freshman physically move around campus to different areas that correspond with the retreat.The retreat will be held in DeBartolo Hall, Jordan Hall of Science and Coleman-Morse Center, with a concluding prayer service in the Basilica. There will also be a social afterwards, designed to create community among students after a more individually focused retreat, White said.“We wanted to put students in the environment that they are actually going to be in during classes,” he said. “So for the academic portion of the retreat, we wanted to have the place reiterate what we were hoping the students to reflect upon, which is God incorporated into their studies — how can they be a good Christian and a good student at the same time.“It’s a big transitional time in their lives and there is a lot being thrown at them at college. We want to help them incorporate faith into their lives.”Tags: Campus Ministry, freshmen, freshmen retreat, retreat, Strong and True Retreat, Tenderlast_img read more

Race Ahead: 2014 Climbing Events

first_imgBlue Ridge Mountain Sports Boulder BashRichmond, Va., May 16-18The sport of bouldering has become one of the top attractions at Richmond’s annual Dominion Riverrock Festival. The bouldering competition attracts climbers of the topmost caliber such as Sasha DiGuilian and Daniel Woods. The feature is a man-made 20-foot high and 30-foot deep bouldering cage made from metal, wood, and fiberglass. The steep angles and limited smearing make this contraption one of the most challenging competition bouldering walls in the country. dominionriverrock.comBeg, Borrow, and SteelOneonta, Ala., JuneInspired by climber Tyler Willcutt’s “idealist intention to ‘fix the south,’” Beg, Borrow, and Steel gives climbers a chance to compete for a cause. Alabama-bred, Willcutt created The ACTION (Alabama Climbers Taking Initiatives On Needs) Fund to help replace faulty hardware and bolts on climbing routes across the country. This event focuses primarily on the needs of his home state’s crags, but he’s known to pay out of pocket to replace aging infrastructure in some of the country’s most prominent climbing destinations. With belly flop competitions, inflatable jousting, arm wrestling, a lot of BBQ, and of course a lot of climbing, this event not only promotes Willcutt’s vision but also defines what it means to have a good ol’ time. begborrowsteele.blogspot.comRocktoberfestSlade, Ky., OctoberHeld annually to help raise funds for the Red River Gorge Climbing Coalition, this fall event is quickly gaining reputation as more than just a bouldering and roped climbing competition. With daily yoga sessions, movie screenings, climbing clinics, local music, and delicious food, Rocktoberfest is three days of rockin’ good times all-around. All proceeds help the RRGCC to maintain trails, improve access to crags, and maintain parking lot conditions throughout the year. rrgcc.orgRaleigh RampageRaleigh, N.C., OctoberHosted annually by the Triangle Rock Club, the Raleigh Rampage is part of the American Bouldering Series and brings an energetic turnout of both climbers and spectators. Held at the new North Raleigh location, the 16-foot bouldering wall is littered with top-notch routes and problems that test even the strongest climbers. trianglerock.comTriple Crown Horse Pens 40 CompetitionSteele, Ala., November 1Three states. Three bouldering areas. One winner. That’s the way of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series, a competition that stages three different events in the top bouldering spots in the Southeast: Hounds Ear in Boone, N.C., Stone Fort in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Horse Pens 40 in Steele Ala. Often shortened to the HP40, this northern Alabama park is home to some of the oldest naturally exposed rock in the world. triplecrownbouldering.orgWhat Happened to the ‘Vous?Water Stone Outdoors co-owner Maura Kistler knows the history of the New River Gorge Rendezvous probably better than anybody else, with the exception of fellow Water Stone co-owner and Rendezvous organizer Kenny Parker. Together, Kistler and Parker have helped run this local climbing festival for a total of 10 years (with a one year hiatus in 2012). The event brought climbers from far and near to celebrate not just the New River Gorge but the climbing community in general. According to Kistler, though, the festival proved to be a source of tension between the local climbers and the National Park Service. She says the future of the ‘Vous is now uncertain at best.“Our relationship with the Park Service is really important to the New River Alliance of Climbers, and we need to make sure everything we do is in compliance with that relationship,” Kistler says. “We’ve been talking about bringing the Rendezvous back every three years because we don’t want to stick a fork in it, but the yearly New River Rendezvous is definitely done.”Although this comes as disappointing news for the local climbers and businesses in Fayetteville, W.Va., Kistler says there is talk of collaborating to host another climbing event in the not-so-distant future.“We’d like to keep the dream going,” she says, “but we’re really looking at the next local, younger generation to step up and take it over.”Best of the RestFloat the BoatAtlanta, Ga., January 18 • seclimbers.orgRock and RaveAtlanta, Ga., March 8 • rockandrave.comSand Rock Hoe-Down Clean-upSand Rock, Ala., March 15 • seclimbers.orgDixie Rock 25Chapel Hill, N.C., March 28-29 • townofchapelhill.org/dixierockCarolina CrushRaleigh, N.C., April 26 • trianglerockclub.comRiverRocksChattanooga, Tenn., October 3 • riverrockschattanooga.comTriple Crown Hound Ears CompetitionBoone, N.C., October 4 • seclimbers.orgTriple Crown Stone Fort CompetitionChattanooga, Tenn., October 11 • seclimbers.orgBoulderweenSteele, Ala., October 25 • seclimbers.orgFall Flash FestAsheville, N.C., November • climbmaxnc.comCrimpin’ Crazies Climbing CompetitionDurham, N.C., November • recreation.duke.edu_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img read more

Brazil and United States Resume Dialogue on Defense and Security Issues

first_imgBy Dialogo June 08, 2011 Meeting in Brasilia, diplomats and military personnel from Brazil and the United States initiated a new exchange of ideas and impressions on both countries’ direction in the area of defense policy and strategy. The talks, known as Pol-MilTalks, are part of the U.S.-Brazil political-military dialogue, a bilateral discussion channel that appears to be gaining momentum. According to an official statement, the meeting brought together around thirty officials and experts from both nations, who discussed, among other topics, questions of regional security, Brazilian participation in peace missions, and possible trade agreements with technology-transfer commitments. The dialogue represented an opportunity for the Brazilian Defense Ministry to reintroduce itself in the context of a new institutional reality, substantially different from that of the previous meeting in Washington in 2006. Today, Brazil has a National Defense Strategy, published in 2008, that determines the government’s actions on issues of national sovereignty. In addition, in 2010, Complementary Law No. 136 was approved, creating the Armed Forces Joint General Staff, and the decrees on the New Military Structure and the structural reorganization of the Defense Ministry were promulgated. This meeting will be followed by technical meetings of the Defense Bilateral Working Group. The signing of new agreements is not foreseen, but an expansion of existing cooperation is expected.last_img read more

Age limits no answer to mass shootings

first_imgAge and guns aren’t the problem, and more horror shows like Parkland will occur if this country doesn’t get a grip on mental health issues.For one, HIPAA privacy laws and others must be changed.Can anyone possibly think that a mentally-ill person won’t get a hold of a gun, whether it’s legal or not?After watching above program, I sent a check to the NRA and am happily back to watching fair and balanced news.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I tried the advice of a Gazette reader and changed the channel recently. I watched Fake News CNN (never again).On this program, I watched loudmouth buffoon Broward County Florida Sheriff Scott Israel try to bully and demean NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.One of his many moronic rants was that 18-year-olds can go fight and die for this country.Many 18-year-olds who I’ve met have more common sense than many liberals I’ve heard.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Bluer skies, cleaner hands: What has coronavirus done for us?

first_imgThe message from health professionals has been clear from the start of the outbreak: wash your hands.Everyone from celebrities to politicians has had a go at demonstrating correct technique — including singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to make sure you scrub long enough, and hand sanitizer has flown off the shelves.A lot of celebrities are showing their true colors during this pandemic and it hasn’t been pretty. Thank God Sebastian Stan just posts an aggressive hand washing video while adorably singing Happy Birthday. pic.twitter.com/GlHHrkR85r— Britt (@britth174) March 20, 2020All that extra hygiene appears to be paying off, at least in some countries, including Japan, where the number of flu cases appears to be sharply down.Japan recorded 7.21 million cases by early March — usually around the peak of the flu season that runs until May.  Topics : That was far below figures for previous years, including the 21.04 million infections seen during the 2017/18 season.”We estimate that one of the reasons behind it is that people are now much more aware about the need to wash hands… given the spread of the new coronavirus,” Japanese health ministry official Daisha Inoue told AFP.Carbon curbs Factory shutdowns, travel bans and a squeeze on demand spell economic disaster, but it isn’t all bad news for the environment.In the four weeks to March 1, China’s CO2 emissions fell 200 million tonnes, or 25 percent, compared to the same period last year, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.That’s a decline equivalent to annual CO2 emissions from Argentina, Egypt or Vietnam.The slowdown in China also saw coal consumption at power plants there down 36 percent, and the use of oil at refineries drop by nearly as much.Air travel is also grinding to a virtual halt, achieving at least a short-term drop-off in emissions from a highly polluting industry.A view shows clearer waters in a Venice canal on March 17, 2020 as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country’s lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis.(AFP/Andrea Pattaro)And there have been other environmental benefits, including crystal-clear waters in Venice canals usually choked with tourist-laden boats.Unfortunately, experts say the cleaner air may be short-lived. Once the health crisis is over, experts expect countries will double down to try to make up for lost time, with climate change concerns likely to be sidelined in a race to recover economic growth.Save the pangolins The source of the coronavirus remains in question, but early tracking focused on a market in China’s Wuhan where a variety of live wildlife was on sale for consumption.A number of animals, including bats and the highly endangered pangolin, have been identified as possible culprits for the virus.A Malaysian customs official poses with seized pangolin scales following a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on May 8, 2017. Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilogrammes of pangolin scales worth 2.12 million USD, the country’s largest haul of these scales, considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said May 8. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)As a result, China in February declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals that was welcomed by environmentalists.Beijing implemented similar measures following the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, but the trade and consumption of wild animals, including bats and snakes, made a comeback.This time the ban is permanent, raising hopes that it could end the local trade in wildlife.”I do think the government has seen the toll it takes on national economy and society is much bigger than the benefit that wild-eating business brings,” said Jeff He, China director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.Reports linking the virus to the pangolin have also scared off would-be consumers of the scaly mammals elsewhere, with bushmeat vendors in Gabon reporting a plunge in sales.Apart, together One of the most difficult aspects of the stringent lockdowns imposed to slow the spread of the virus has been loneliness, with families and friends forced to endure weeks or even months apart.But some people have found the measures are creating a sense of community spirit, and prompting them to make more of an effort to check in with family and reconnect with friends.In Colombia, where a nearly three-week period of self-isolation is now in place, 43-year-old Andrea Uribe has organised everything from group exercise classes to family talent shows using video messaging programmes including Zoom.”I have called my parents more often, I have talked to friends that I usually don’t talk to… I have organised Zoom meetings with friends in multiple countries,” Uribe, who works in development, told AFP.”It is wonderful to be forced to be there for one another. It has made me more creative. It just shows that we need to be present in people’s lives.”center_img Deaths, economic meltdown and a planet on lockdown: the coronavirus pandemic has brought us waves of bad news, but squint and you might just see a few bright spots.From better hygiene that has reduced other infectious diseases to people reaching out as they self-isolate, here are some slivers of silver linings during a bleak moment.Wash your hands! last_img read more

Ian Wright wants to see Dani Ceballos in freer role behind Arsenal’s deadly front three

first_imgIan Wright wants to see Dani Ceballos in freer role behind Arsenal’s deadly front three Advertisement Comment Former Gunners striker Wright wants to see Ceballos creating chances (Picture: Getty)But Wright is a huge fan of Ceballos’ playmaking abilities and wants to see him given license to feed Arsenal’s ferocious front three with two more defence-conscious players behind him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on his YouTube channel before the north London derby, Wright explained: ‘We’ve got Dani for what… a year? He may not sign again, so let’s use him as much as we can.‘I’m sure he was disappointed about the role he had to play in the Liverpool game, so let’s play him right behind those three and let’s get going.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Torreira and Guendouzi behind him snapping around people. Get the ball into Ceballos who can then get Pepe free, get Auba free, link it up into Lacazette, Lacazette holds it up, Auba scores and we’re back again!’Ceballos’ performances for Arsenal have been noted by Spain boss Robert Moreno, who called up the Real Madrid loanee for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Romania and the Faroe Islands.OFICIAL | Esta es la convocatoria de España para los encuentros ante Rumanía e Islas Feroe#UnidosPorUnReto pic.twitter.com/o0Xzp2Vre1— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) August 30, 2019 He could face added competition for a starting role in the coming weeks and months, however, with Emery confirming that Mesut Ozil will stay at the Emirates and is in contention to play in the north London derby.The Arsenal boss said on Thursday: ‘We are not speaking about the possibility for Mesut to leave. This week he is physically better and he is training and doing normal work with us. He is going to be closer to us and he will be available on Sunday.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 3:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares The Spaniard starred against Burnley but struggled at Anfield a week later (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has urged Unai Emery to keep faith in Dani Ceballos despite his peripheral performance against Liverpool and wants him to play further forward behind an attacking front three.The Spaniard set up both of Arsenal’s goals in their victory over Burnley two weeks ago and was given a standing ovation by the Emirates crowd when he was subbed off in the second half.But, as part of the Gunners’ midfield diamond at Anfield a week later, Ceballos could not stamp his mark on the match and Emery admitted afterwards that he had ‘struggled’.last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill Signing

first_img Remarks,  Videos Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill SigningHarrisburg, PA Remarks by Governor Wolf at Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill Signing June 17, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img

Executive Order: 2019-02 – Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center

first_img February 19, 2019 The following Commonwealth officials:Secretary of the Department of Education or designee; Secretary of the Department of Human Services or designee; Secretary of the Department of Agriculture or designee; and Secretary of the Department of Corrections or designee. All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction that are members of the Center shall cooperate and provide assistance as needed to the Center in performing its functions. The Center will receive administrative services and assistance from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Executive Director.The Governor shall appoint an Executive Director to oversee the Center’s operations who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.The Executive Director shall report directly to the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development.The Executive Director shall regularly convene meetings with the Executive Committee and members to ensure the Center is meeting its purpose as defined under Center responsibilities.The Executive Director in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development may hire such staff as may be needed to carry out the functions described in this Executive Order. Executive Order: 2019-02 – Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center Additional Members. Other members of the Center include;A representative from each of the following:The Office of the Auditor General, in its capacity as a Commonwealth entity responsible for improving government accountability, transparency, and the effective use of taxpayer dollars; in this case as it relates to the workforce and economic development strategies undertaken by the Center; andThe State Workforce Development Board, in its capacity as the Commonwealth’s private sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with economic development goals. Compensation. Members of the Center shall receive no compensation for their service, except that members may be reimbursed for travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy.Responsibilities of State Agencies. Agencies whose industry sectors are facing significant workforce shortage and/or whose consumer populations are facing barriers to entry and retention, shall cooperate with, provide assistance to, and review recommendations of the Center with respect to its purpose and responsibilities, as set forth in this Executive Order.Reports.The Center shall submit an annual report to the Governor or the Governor’s designee, and other reports as it deems necessary, on the identified areas of responsibility for the Center, and overall issues affecting workforce and economic development including workforce shortages and barriers to work in the Commonwealth.Committees.The Executive Committee shall have the authority to establish, appoint members, and delegate duties to committees as it deems necessary to fulfill its duties and responsibilities. All committees shall be chaired by a member of the Center.Implementation. All Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction are directed to take all steps necessary to implement this Executive Order. Independent agencies are also strongly encouraged to implement this Executive Order.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor.Attached File: 2019-02 The following Commonwealth officials:Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development or designee;Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry or designee; and Secretary of the Department of State or designee. Economy,  Workforce Development Subject: Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command CenterNumber: 2019-02By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: February 19, 2019WHEREAS, Pennsylvania must become a national and international leader in workforce and economic development as we face a changing economy and new demands on our workers and businesses; andWHEREAS, leaders in the Commonwealth, the General Assembly, the business community, and the labor community are committed to deploying all necessary resources to improve its workforce and economic development programs and conditions; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania businesses must have confidence to fill job vacancies with skilled workers in order to be productive economic engines; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s current low unemployment rate has resulted in a tight labor market and a shortage of applicants; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s declining population and anticipated retirement boom presents an urgent need to attract and retain more skilled workers; andWHEREAS, many Pennsylvania workers are employed in low-wage jobs; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania workers and job-seekers need adequate training to develop skills required to be employed and to advance in today’s workforce; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can serve as an incubator of innovative ideas to develop Pennsylvania’s economy and workforce so that it can meet these challenges; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies must connect initiatives, align resources and efforts to address the needs of both job seekers and employers; andWHEREAS, public-private partnerships can serve as a model of excellence to tackle the common goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the best in the nation.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish, in the Office of the Governor, the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center (“Center”) as hereinafter set forth. Purpose. The Center will address Pennsylvania’s workforce challenges by convening a public-private partnership to target collectively public programs and resources to address Pennsylvania’s workforce shortage and talent needs, recommend action to reduce or eliminate impediments to employment, and better align Commonwealth resources and private sector needs to position Pennsylvania as the keystone for a skilled workforce and competitive business climate.Center Responsibilities.Identify impediments to employment, including but not limited to those that are imposed by Commonwealth regulations and practices, such as licensure, certification, and continuing education requirements.Develop proposals and recommendations that minimize barriers to employment, modernize Pennsylvania’s workforce, and improve Pennsylvania’s business climate. Identify successful models from the public and private sectors that address a worker’s need for access to a broad range of supports.Define and implement coordinated strategies across Commonwealth agencies to improve talent attraction and retention in critical Pennsylvania industries including, but not limited to health care, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology and innovation, and other targeted sectors.Monitor implementation of the Governor’s priorities, policies, and initiatives related to workforce development. Engage and partner with other stakeholders, including but not limited to businesses, trade organizations, philanthropic, and community organizations, to carry out the functions described herein.Review and, where appropriate, implement recommendations from the Auditor General’s 2019 audit of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system.Develop workforce and economic development goals and track implementation and progress through the development of a dashboard.Composition of the Center. The Center shall be composed of an Executive Committee and representatives from the executive branch as described herein.Executive Committee. The Center shall be led by an Executive Committee consisting of the following:A representative from each of the following private sector entities:Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); and Team Pennsylvania Foundation. 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