Jul. 30, 2020

HARRISBURG – Recognizing that Pennsylvania has a deep and rich history steeped in business and industry, and acknowledging the significant hardships that local businesses have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reps. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) and Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) announced they plan to introduce a resolution designating September 2020 as “Pennsylvania Business Month.”

“With businesses across Pennsylvania working diligently to meet unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, it is important to recognize their contributions as they fight to recover and thrive,” said Mihalek. “As they adapt to the new marketplace and integrate new technology and innovative measures to continue to serve their communities, Pennsylvania businesses will show their resiliency and propel the Commonwealth to a brighter future.”

The House resolution is a celebration of Pennsylvania and highlights how from its very inception, the Commonwealth has been a leader in business and home to some of the nation’s earliest industrialists.

“Designating September as Business Month in Pennsylvania is important not only to recognize our local businesses that are fighting to survive following the governor’s closure, but also to save our economy and bring the production of goods back to the Commonwealth and the United States,” Kail said. “Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a manufacturing and industrial renaissance, and reshoring our manufacturing and essential industrial functions must be a priority.”

The resolution also states that quick and decisive action in removing barriers to job creation must be taken in order to create a pathway for Pennsylvania to be on the forefront of economic recovery in the short term and enable the Commonwealth to continue to grow in the long term.

“We must take steps to ensure we are sending the message that Pennsylvania is open for business,” added O’Neal. “We must remove barriers to job creation and embrace new technologies and opportunities. For too long, state government has put up barriers. Now is the time to streamline permitting processes and expand job opportunities.”

The resolution, which will soon be introduced, has received 30 bipartisan cosponsors.

Representative Natalie Mihalek
40th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Brooke Haskell