Strengthening Our Rural Communities
WHAT:   House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Joshua D. Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Mercer) and other lawmakers will host a hearing titled “Strengthening Our Rural Communities” to discuss innovative ways to draw a stronger workforce to rural areas of Pennsylvania. Recruiting a stronger workforce will have positive economic impacts in the areas of the state that are facing population decline.

WHO:   Kail; Wentling; members of the committee; and the following testifiers: Rod Wilt, executive director, Penn-Northwest; Jake Rickert, director of workforce development, Penn-Northwest; Tracy Mantzell, realtor, Re/MAX; Brent Fisher, director of operations, Joy Baking Group; and Mike Walton, CEO, Jamestown Coating Technologies Inc.

WHEN:   Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. 

WHERE:  Penn Northwest Development Corp. e-Center @ LindenPointe; Workforce Development Training Center, 3580 Innovation Way , Hermitage, PA 16148

LIVESTREAM:    Barring any technical difficulties, hearing will be streamed online at

Media contact:    Nancy Nilson, 717-260-6238,