October 18, 2017 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – On the eve of the deadline to submit proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America, Amazon HQ2, Governor Tom Wolf today highlighted his work to build bipartisan support for a robust effort to attract the company to the commonwealth.Governor Wolf has spearheaded efforts to promote the commonwealth as the prime location for the Amazon HQ2 project, launching the Amazon in PA website, which includes joint letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, legislative leaders, education advocates, and cabinet officials. Additionally, the commonwealth will submit a state-level proposal to accompany the proposals submitted by Pennsylvania’s communities.“Pennsylvania continues to lead the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation and imagination. We’ve been here since before our country’s founding, and we’re equipped to support and sustain business for centuries to come,” said Governor Wolf. “Our location at the geographical center of the East Coast, rich cultural heritage, abundant natural resources, and job-ready workforce has made us a hub for commerce and a leader in technological innovation and education.”The governor’s efforts in responding to this historic opportunity have also resulted in collective letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional leaders expressing collective support for the placement of Amazon’s second company headquarters, cabinet officials outlining the administration’s efforts and historic investments in education, workforce development, business development, and transportation, higher education advocates representing more than 360 postsecondary institutions highlighting why Pennsylvania is the best choice for Amazon, and bipartisan state leadership expressing their full support for Amazon to select a location in the Keystone State.Amazon is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operations is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.“We believe we have the strongest proposal and are extremely well-positioned to win this project,” continued Governor Wolf. “We are proud to have coalesced all of our state leaders and partners in this effort and would be proud to be the home of Amazon HQ2.” State Leaders Come Together in Effort to Attract Amazon HQ2 to Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore is confident he can achieve great things as Reggae Boyz coach after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) announced yesterday that he will remain in charge of the national senior team for their next two international friendly games set for February 3 and 16 against the USA and Honduras, respectively. Whitmore says he believes he is getting closer to landing the job on a more permanent basis and expects to be in charge of the team until at least the Gold Cup tournament in July. “It’s always a pleasure (to coach the national team) it’s something I want to do and I know that I can achieve great things. We just need time to put things in place to make it successful,” Whitmore told The Gleaner yesterday “I wouldn’t say (the appointment is just for) two games, because I am thinking it (appointment) will be up to the Gold Cup, so I definitely believe I will lead the team into the Gold Cup and I think I am getting closer to landing the job on a more permanent basis,” Whitmore commented. Appointing a national coach has been a hot topic among local football observers since the programme parted ways with German coach Winfried Schäfer, last year. Whitmore was appointed for two Caribbean Cup games against Guyana and Suriname, which the team won and even though the game against Honduras was announced over a week ago, the coaching situation was not defined until now. “We are determined to offer all possible opportunities to the technical staff to prepare our team to not only successfully defend our Caribbean Cup title in June and to maintain our good performance at the CONCACAF Gold Cup but to strengthen the Reggae Boyz brand on the international stage,” said JFF president Captain Burrell through a press release yesterday. It also confirmed that Jerome Waite will continue to serve as Whitmore’s assistant. Meanwhile, Whitmore said he wants to encourage young local talents to believe they can be a part of the national team and that he will be assembling a squad as soon as possible to begin preparation. “It’s a work in progress we want to get the players committed to playing for the country again, we want to strike a balance between local and overseas players because we keep hearing about this debate and we don’t want to miss out on the fact that we want to develop local players and get them wanting to play for their country again,” Whitmore said. “We have a lot of youngster who want to represent the country and we have to assure them that opportunity. We are trying to put a squad together, so by (this) weekend we should have a squad together, because we have to start the ball rolling as soon as possible,” he added. The game against the USA will be played in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Finley Stadium beginning at 7 p.m., while the game against Honduras will be played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.