Senate Approves Plan to Increase Public-Private Partnerships, Boost Employment

HARRISBURG – The Senate passed legislation focused on increasing public-private partnerships and boosting employment opportunities, said Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).

Senate Bill 706 establishes the Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund and Max Manufacturing Endeavor Loan Fund. This bill aims to create stronger public-private partnerships between state universities and private entities and maximizes research capabilities with cutting edge technologies.

The Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund to distribute grants to eligible applicants to support the following:

  • Industrial processes, mining, manufacturing, production agriculture, information technology and biotechnology.
  • Acquisition, installation, upgrading, or retrofitting of existing machinery and facilities.
  • Service as a medical, industrial or technology facility.

Senate Bill 706 is projected to make Pennsylvania more friendly to the manufacturing industry and create jobs.

“Focusing on infrastructure and innovation, these partnerships will develop programs to fund shared research facilities and equipment and create incentives to attract high-technology industries for advanced manufacturing within in the Commonwealth,” Sen. Laughlin said. “This will create all types of opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.”

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Contact: Matt Azeles

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