Deputy Secretary Collins Continues ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour at WorkXpress, Discusses Governor Wolf’s Commitment to Growing Technology in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at WorkXpress, a web solutions provider, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to promoting an entrepreneurial business environment, advancing technological innovation, and creating a technology-ready workforce in Pennsylvania.

“As a successful entrepreneur himself, Governor Wolf understands the importance of supporting technology companies like WorkXpress that not only create high-paying, sustainable Pennsylvania jobs, but also help move our technology sector forward,” Deputy Secretary Collins said. “The Wolf Administration has placed a significant emphasis on supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Harrisburg and across the commonwealth by investing in strategic programs and partners like the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.”

Deputy Secretary Collins highlighted Governor Wolf’s initiatives to help the technology sector grow in Pennsylvania.

Such initiatives include supporting the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA – an initiative of the Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) – which provides seed capital, technical assistance, and business support services to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is the largest early-stage seed investor in the region, and gives companies like WorkXpress the ability to leverage the partners’ unique strategic and financial resources.

“Ben Franklin and other DCED initiatives have all materially contributed to our ability to survive and grow,” said Treff LaPlante, CEO at WorkXpress. “I would go so far as to say that without these programs, we would not likely exist as an organization.”

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is one of four regional Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP). In calendar year 2016, the BFTPs reported the combined creation of 1,383 jobs and the retention of 7,919. A total of $474,890,377 in post-BFTP financing was secured by client companies while sales generated by BFTP client companies were in excess of $903 million.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a model for technology-based economic development, the BFTDA ensures that the variety of technology-based economic development organizations and initiatives throughout the commonwealth are working collaboratively to fully leverage the wealth of research, capital sources and support services available to build a comprehensive infrastructure that supports company growth.

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