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Equinor selects Deepsea Atlantic rig for Johan Sverdrup phase 2

first_imgThe Deepsea Atlantic rig will be used to 12 wells with an option for an additional five extra wells The Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig. (Credit: Marit Hommedal / Equinor ASA.) Norwegian energy company Equinor has awarded a letter of intent to Odfjell Drilling to deploy the Deepsea Atlantic rig for the second phase for the Johan Sverdrup field development.The drilling programme is planned to commence in 2022, and will include 12 wells with an option for an additional five extra wells.The contract value for drilling the wells is approximately $150m and the cost for the optional wells are not included in the estimated value.Equinor drilling and well operations senior vice president Erik Kirkemo said: “Deepsea Atlantic drilled the Johan Sverdrup phase 1 wells with excellent results, so we are pleased to secure the rig for phase 2 as well.“The rig is already on a continuing contract with Equinor, and our ambition is to keep it busy until Johan Sverdrup phase 2 comes on stream at the end of 2022.”Equinor is the operator of the Johan Sverdrup field developmentThe second phase of the development involves construction of a subsea production system, reconstruction of the existing riser platform as well as a new processing platform, which will house a converter unit receiving power from shore.The platform will distribute power to other fields on the Utsira High: Edvard Grieg, Ivar Aasen, Gina Krog and Sleipner.Equinor said that the four existing platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field are already receiving power from shore.The firm said that the second phase development will increase the production capacity of the field from 470,000 to 690,000 barrels per day on plateau.The licence partners include Equinor as the operator, Lundin, Petoro, Aker BP and Total.In October last year, Equinor and its partners started production from phase 1 of the NOK124bn ($13.63bn) Johan Sverdrup project in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.At peak production, the field is expected to account for almost a third of all oil extraction on the Norwegian continental shelflast_img read more


first_img ×The Kennedy Dancers presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom” on Saturday, April 22, at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave. (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City at 7:30 p.m. The train was heading from Bayonne through Jersey City and the accident happened between stations.A passenger who was on the train said that after the impact, the driver of the train stopped the train and was crying. Other transit workers came to help her off the train.Transit officials told the press that the person was trespassing on the tracks between stations.Service was suspended between Bayonne and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Workers at the Liberty State Park stop said that shuttle buses were sent to help passengers get to other stations.Furnished Quarters and Bideawee Team up for pet adoption event at Grove St. PATHBideawee, one of New York City’s leading animal welfare organizations, will partner with Furnished Quarters, the leading provider of temporary furnished apartments in the Northeastern United States, to hold a pet adoption event. Bideawee’s Mobile Adoption Van will be at the entrance to the Grove St PATH Station in Jersey City on April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Dogs and cats of all ages and sizes will be available for adoption and looking for their forever homes. There will also be giveaways for both pets and people at this special community event.Movie starring JC native Nathan Lane debuts on demandA new comedy movie starring Jersey City native Nathan Lane, and adapted from a novel by a Hoboken-based author, is now available for watching via Amazon, iTunes, and via some cable providers on demand.“Carrie Pilby,” a humorous film about a 19-year-old genius who awkwardly tries to date and meet new people in New York City, premiered two weeks ago on internet and demand. It stars Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, William Moseley, Colin O’Donoghue, and Desmin Borges.The film is directed by Susan Johnson. It also features music by Michael Penn.It is based on the novel of the same name by Jersey City Reporter editor Caren Lissner.Anyone who can get to on their computer can watch the independent film, distributed by the Orchard. For more information on how to watch, go to Security lays out five steps to financial securityNancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of Social Security, suggests everyone celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at During the month, Social Security has been providing educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.Each message will provide the public with practical tips for developing a sound financial plan that includes Social Security as a foundation.“With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of people throughout life’s journey,” Acting Commissioner Berryhill said. “By hosting National Social Security Month, we hope to help the public understand their Social Security protections and promote financial education.”The National Social Security Month campaign will emphasize the agency’s five key steps toward financial security:1. Get to know your Social Security2. Verify your lifetime earnings with a my Social account3. Estimate your future Social Security benefits at my Social Security.com4. Apply online for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits5. Manage your Social Security benefitsOn average, Social Security replaces approximately 40 percent of pre-retirement earnings. To enjoy a comfortable retirement, most people will also need income from other sources — like pensions, savings, and investments. Yet nearly a third of America’s workers have no money set aside specifically for retirement.An evening of belli dance and female wisdomThe Kennedy Dancers Inc., a non-profit professional dance company, dance school, and educational cable television productions, presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom,” at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City.This presentation of mystical dances of cultural, folk, tribal fusion and Arabic styles (dubbed by Americans as belly dancing) was meant to transport the audience to a time when belly dancing was designed for women and had meaningful purposes such as rituals, rights of passages, and varying important life events. The evening of dance was performed by Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company with choreography by Diane Dragone.Indiegrove to host showcase state funding for emerging tech companiesFounded in 2013, co-working space Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave. in Jersey City, offers its members a variety of resources, including educational workshops, networking opportunities and ample amenities such as meeting rooms, high-speed wireless access, and kitchen facilities. The co-working space has grown rapidly and currently boasts 250 members, of which approximately 35 percent are from the technology industry.New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen will visit Indiegrove on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. as part of EDA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the programs it offers to support emerging technology companies. She will be joined by EDA Director of Technology & Life Sciences Kathleen Coviello. The Kennedy Dancers presented “Goddess Night, An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom” on Saturday, April 22, at the Kennedy Dancers Repertory Center, 79 Central Ave. (on the corner of Beacon and Central) Jersey City at 7:30 p.m.center_img Man killed by light rail train on Friday morningA Bayonne Flyer light rail train struck and killed a man on the tracks between Richard Street and Danforth Avenue after 9 a.m. on Friday.last_img read more

Widespread Panic And Tedeschi Trucks Band Join Forces For Incredible Alabama Show

first_imgCheck out both setlists, via Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans and PanicStream, respectively, below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set: Made Up Mind, Laugh About It, Keep On Growing, Bird On A Wire, Idle Wind, Sticks and Stones, Bound For Glory, I Pity The Fool, Let Me Get By, Don’t Know What It Means, The LetterSetlist: Widespread Panic at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set Ain’t Life Grand*, Weight of the World, Honky Red, Better Off, Proving Ground > Bust It Big, Sell Sell, Airplane > JAM > Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home > Blackout Blues > Protein Drink > Sewing Machine (103 mins)Encore Gimme^ > Surprize Valley^, Me and The Devil^^, You Can’t Always Get What You Want^^^ (49 mins)* JB on Tiny Gitar (mandolin) / ^ Derek Trucks on Guitar / ^^ Derek Trucks on Guitar, Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar / ^^^ Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar, Derek Trucks on Guitar, Alecia Chakour & Mark Rivers on Vocals Last night marked the highly anticipated double billing at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL, with both Tedeschi Trucks Band and Widespread Panic performing over the course of one magical night. Tedeschi Trucks opened the show, bringing a soulful blend of music new and old. TTB is touring behind their recently-released Let Me Get By album, playing a handful of music from the new release throughout their opening set.Widespread Panic came out next, firing on all cylinders for a rockin’ one-set performance. The show opened with John Bell on a “tiny gitar” aka a mandolin, for the performance of “Ain’t Life Grand.” They kept things rolling with “Weight of the World,” “Honky Red,” and more fan-favorites throughout the set. They also kept things really loose with a “Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home” segment, putting the jam in their Southern jam set.With so much star power under one roof, a collaboration was inevitable. That came during the encore, when Derek Trucks emerged with Panic for versions of “Gimme” and “Surprize Valley.” The extended encore continued with Susan Tedeschi joining on “Me And The Devil,” before the band called on vocalists Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers for a grand finale version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Rolling Stones cover was a perfect finale to a great evening of music.last_img read more

Last-minute chores

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has “sprung.” But if you hurry, you can still work inthose last-minute winter gardening chores.”This is the last call for many winter garden jobs,” said WillieChance, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent inHouston County. “Try to do these chores as soon as possible,before your plants really start growing.”These “winter” gardening chores include controlling pests,fertilizing plants and even transplanting. Check for scale insects”Now is the time to control scale insects on branches of shrubsand trees,” Chance said.Check for overwintering infestations of scale insects onevergreen plants like camellias, cleyeras and hollies. If youfind them, he recommends using a dormant oil spray. However, ifyour plants have begun to bud or leaf out, he said, use otherinsecticides for control.Mulching isn’t just a winter-preparation chore. Chance recommendsadding a 3- to 4-inch layer now to control weeds and keep thesoil moist. Add mulch to fruit, vegetable, shrub and floweringplants.”There are many sources of free or inexpensive mulch,” he said.”So you have no reason not to mulch.” Prune and transplantPrune crape myrtles, chaste trees (Vitex), hollies, roses andother summer-blooming shrubs as soon as possible. Many othershrubs can be pruned now, too.Wait until spring-flowering plants, such as azaleas, camellias,forsythias, quince and spireas, have finished blooming beforepruning them. And even then, you shouldn’t shear these plants, hesaid. Selectively remove branches to maintain the beauty andshape of the plants.”Prune trees as little as possible,” Chance said. “Don’t givethem an overall shearing. This can ruin their shape. Instead,remove individual branches completely back to where they’reattached to the main branch.”If you have nandinas in your landscape, you know they grow likebamboo, with long canes and leaves at the tops of the branches.Chance suggests pruning nandinas by cutting one-third of thecanes at one-third of the plant’s height. Prune another third attwo-thirds of its height, and leave one-third alone.”This should make the plant bushy,” he said. “Mahonia and Aucubacan also be pruned this way.”You can still transplant trees and shrubs, Chance said. But do itas soon as possible. “Fall is best time to transplant, but now isOK, too,” he said. “The later you wait, the lower their chance ofsurvival.”For more information on these and other lawn, landscape andgarden topics, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extensionoffice at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.center_img Fertilize and trimFertilize pecan trees now with a fertilizer containing zinc.”Pecans require zinc to make their leaves stronger and to help inkernel development,” he said.If you use 10-10-10 fertilizer, apply 1 pound to new trees and 4pounds per inch of trunk diameter (at chest height) to oldertrees. Spread it evenly around the tree, well beyond the dripline, or the point to which the branches reach.Fertilize bulbs, too, as soon as they come up. After they bloom,let the foliage die back naturally.”This allows the bulb to store energy for next year’s blooms,”Chance said. “If you want to move bulbs, mark where they’regrowing and then transplant them after the foliage dies back.”If your landscape includes liriope, remove the old foliage. “Youcan use a mower set on the highest setting or a weed eater,”Chance said. “Cutting liriope back removes the old, ugly andblighted leaves.”Removed the old foliage before new growth starts. To check fornew growth, look in the center of the plant for new leaves.If your landscape includes mondo grass, also known as dwarf lilyturf or monkey grass, don’t mow it. “Sheared mondo grass foliagedoesn’t grow back as well as liriope foliage,” Chance said.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall as volatility continues

first_imgThere were 942 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 572 from the week before, as the data continued to show great volatility. Altogether 12,903 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 1,167 from a week ago and 2,149 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,203 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 80 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 869 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 25 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img read more

Vermont’s Rising Stars celebrated

first_imgVermont Business Magazine, 41 winners and nearly 200 guests celebrated the Rising Stars recognition award Thursday night at the Comfort Suites in South Burlington. The list is comprised of young professionals under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. SEE MORE PHOTOS BELOW or LINK TO FACEBOOK‘This is the second year we’ve honored a group of young Vermonters. Among their professional accomplishments, the judges looked very hard at how they’ve given back to their communities,” said VBM Publisher John Boutin. “All of these winners are outstanding members of their communities and have given a lot of themselves to help others.’ Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott gave the keynote address and noted how, in the wake of two major floods in the state in just the last six months, that truly, “We are Vermont strong.”Bob Guydos of Choice Strategies said that this group of younger Vermonters will lead the state into the future and will demand a new way of using technology to accomplish the goals of a modern society. For instance, he said, consider employee benefits. He said that it would be cheaper today for an employer to pay the average worker’s mortgage than to cover his health care. This, he said, must and will change.Choice Strategies, of Waterbury Center, was among a select group of sponsors for the Rising Stars event, which included PMG Public Relations of Burlington, NBT Bank of Burlington, Simon Pearce of Quechee, Lake Champlain Chocolates of Burlington and the Vermont Country Store of Manchester Center.‘We received many outstanding nominations and the judges had a difficult time getting it down to only 41,” Boutin said. “The latest census report shows that Vermont is the second oldest state in the US, but these young professionals show that Vermont is not losing its young talent. For these young professionals it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities.’ Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on Thursday, November 3rd. The dinner will be held at 5:30 at the Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in a special program in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine. FAST FACTS: Of the 41 honorees, there were 23 men and 18 women. There are 19 from Chittenden County, 7 from Washington County, 6 from Rutland County, 4 from Bennington county, 2 from Windsor County, 2 from Orleans County and 1 from Caledonia County. The average age of the winners is 30 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 10 years old. 2011 HONOREES Alec Newcomb – MyWebGrocer – Chief Strategy OfficeAlison Davis – Westaff/Mount Family Group LTD – Branch ManagerAmanda Ibey – Homebuilders & Remodelers Assoc. – Government Affairs DirectorAmy Cunningham – Everybody Wins! VT – Executive DirectorAndrew Savage – AllEarth Renewables, Inc. – Director of Communications and Public AffairsAnise Richey – Draker Laboratories, Inc. – Production ManagerBenjamin Adler – Skinny Pancake – OwnerBradley Holt – Found Line – Co-Founder & Technical DirectorBrian McKenna – D.B. McKenna & Co. – CFPCatherine Wisloski – Lake Champlain Chocolates – Director of Marketing & Brand ManagementChristopher Bernier – Special Olympics of Vermont – Marketing & Development DirectorDavid Metraux – State of Vermont – Information Technology Manager IIDavid Parker – – Senior Director, Corporate DevelopmentDemeny Pollitt – Girlington Garage – OwnerEdward Sanders – The Hampton Inn and Event Center – Director of SalesEli Moulton – Merrit & Merritt & Moulton – PartnerElliot Orton – Vermont Country Store – Chair of the BoardEric Mallette – The Paramount Theater – Programming DirectorGeoffrey Hand – Dunkiel Saunders – PartnerJessica Bridge – Real Estate Vermont – OwnerJohn Lyon – Wilkins Harley Davidson – General ManagerJustin Bourgeois – Community National Bank – Commercial Lending Office: VP/Commercial Lending; Business LenderKate Keough – iTech US, Inc. – Director of OperationsKate Neubauer – Community Sailing Center – Executive DirectorKathryn Vanderminden – Village Roots Catering – Chef/OwnerKent Melville – Kent’s Soda – Co-FounderLeslie Schreiber – Schreiber Training – OwnerLukas Snelling – Energize Vermont – Director of Communications Matthew Cota – Vermont Fuel Dealer Association (VFDA) Executive Director Michael Lannen – Eternity Web Development – President + FounderMichael Coppinger – Downtown Rutland Partnership – Executive DirectorMichelle Fairbrother – Berkshire Bank – Vice President, Vermont Regional ManagerMolly Turner – Ben & Jerry’s – Executive AssistantNicole L’Huillier Fenton – Flavor Communications, LLC – OwnerOliver Levis – Earth Sky Time Community Farm – Farmer/BakerRebecca Gutwin  – the RehabGYM Inc. – CFO Ross Evans – Simon Pearce – Director of Marketing Sky Barsch Gleiner – Vermont Sports Magazine – Owner/PublisherSeth Webb – Town of Killington – Executive Director, Economic Development and TourismTesha Buss – Good Commons – CreatorYael Friedman – Fletcher Allen Foundation – Annual Fund/Major Gift OfficerSource: Vermont Business Magazine. 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The eVisitor system is the third best tourism innovation in the world

first_imgThe Croatian national tourism information system eVisitor won third place and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) award for innovation in research and technology. The winner of this subcategory was declared SEGITTUR from Spain for the project “Smart Tourism System (SIT)”, while the second place went to the organization EarthCheck from Australia for the project “Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS)”.The award was received by the director of the CNTB’s Main Office, Kristjan Staničić, who emphasized that the eVisitor system is the only Croatian project nominated among all finalists. “In Croatia, we were very happy to receive the news of the eVisitor system’s candidacy for the UNWTO award, and this award and third place make us especially proud. The eVisitor system is a very important project for the entire Croatian tourism and we are therefore extremely glad that its quality is recognized in the world. In addition to significantly reducing the administrative work in the process of registering and deregistering tourists, the system serves as an excellent tool for further development of tourist offers and marketing and promotional activities of all users, from renters in family accommodation to travel companies and institutions. This recognition gives us additional motivation for further upgrading of the system, but also the creation of new innovative projects to make the Croatian tourist system even more successful, ” said Director Staničić, adding that the finalists were selected from 128 submitted innovative projects from 55 countries, which further indicates this great success of the Croatian Tourist Board project, which was fully developed in Croatia by Croatian experts.. “This is another recognition for Croatian tourism and proof that today Croatia is recognized as one of the leaders in the world tourism industry.”Said Stanicic.By the way, the eVisitor system is recognized outside Croatia as an excellent innovative product, and as we unofficially find out, there is great interest from several countries that would buy the entire eVisitor system or “know how” and implement it in their countries.The eVisitor system in Croatia has been in full application since 2016 and has met all expectations as a unique and central place for registration and deregistration of tourists, ie for the calculation and control of the collection of sojourn tax. The eVisitor system is an innovative platform that is free for users, maximally simplified and accessible from any location that has Internet access, which greatly facilitates all the processes offered by the system. It is certainly worth emphasizing the segment of monitoring tourist traffic, so today, thanks to the system, it is possible to monitor tourist flows in almost real time by various parameters, which provides a very detailed insight into the various structures of tourist traffic.last_img read more

Microsoft bans face-recognition sales to police as Big Tech reacts to protests

first_imgTopics : “We do not sell our facial recognition technology to US police departments today, and until there is a strong national law grounded in human rights, we will not sell this technology to police,” the company said. The Washington Post first reported the news.The death of George Floyd, a black man pinned down by a white officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, prompted worldwide protests against racial inequity. Concerns also arose over whether facial recognition could be used against protesters unfairly.Research found that face analysis was less accurate for people with darker skin tones, adding to activists’ warnings that false matches could lead to unjust arrests.Matt Cagle, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, said, “When even the makers of face recognition refuse to sell this surveillance technology because it is so dangerous, lawmakers can no longer deny the threats to our rights and liberties.” Congress has weighed possible regulation for months.Ripple effect?Facial-recognition vendors working with police have included Idemia and DataWorks Plus.One of Amazon’s early law enforcement customers, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, decided to halt its program after the tech company’s policy change.”This program was an innovation in law enforcement technology worth exploring, but until stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of it are in place, our program has been suspended indefinitely,” the office said on Thursday in an internal memo seen by Reuters.It was unclear if others would follow suit.Microsoft and Amazon did not answer a request for comment on whether their bans applied to law enforcement broadly, such as an unnamed prison to which Microsoft had previously said it would provide software.Militaries and intelligence agencies also use facial recognition, an old tool that has become common in recent years because of newer computer models that detect patterns in faces and objects.But concerns persist over weaknesses with people of color and targeted use against minorities.Microsoft said it was updating how it reviews customers looking to deploy the technology widely.Mike Jude, a director at research firm IDC, said the big companies’ decisions – at a time of regulatory scrutiny in the United States and Europe – would earn goodwill without sacrificing much business.”Is facial recognition a big deal for any of the companies right now? No,” he said. “It will be smaller players that provide specific solutions to law enforcement that will be put in a bind.”center_img Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would await federal regulation before selling facial recognition technology to police, making it the latest big firm to back away from the business following protests against law enforcement brutality and bias.The announcement came shortly after rival Inc declared it was pausing police use of its “Rekognition” service for a year and International Business Machines Corp said it no longer offers the software generally.In a statement, Microsoft said it has worked on enacting principles and legislation for the software’s use.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – In the spirit of bipartisan compromise, Governor Tom Wolf today announced he will sign Senate Bill 527, sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument, into law later this week. The bill codifies the Office of State Inspector General in statute and sets forth the office’s powers and duties.In addition to granting subpoena power to the office for its internal investigations, the bill allows the IG to investigate and file criminal charges for certain welfare fraud crimes.“The Office of the Inspector General plays an important role within state government and this bipartisan compromise will bolster this vital executive office,” Governor Wolf said. “I want to thank Senator Aument, Democratic and Republican members of the State Government committees, and their staffs for their willingness to work together on amending this bill to ensure the OIG can serve the executive branch and the taxpayers with efficiency and accountability.”Under the new law, the State Inspector General will be appointed by the governor to serve concurrent with the governor’s term in office unless removed. A State Inspector General may not seek election to a political office while serving.Key responsibilities of the Office of Inspector General include:Investigate and report on the administration of programs and operation of executive agencies;Provide evidence of a crime to law enforcement;Make referrals to the Auditor General for the audit;Review complains from any source;Produce public reports and;Make recommendations to agencies for improvement.The Office of Inspector General was initially created by Executive Order in 1987 and is charged with conducting investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse within the administration of state government and the administration of welfare benefits. July 11, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region

first_imgGovernor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Erie, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today met with the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 506 to discuss efforts to help workers impacted by General Electric (GE) Transportation’s planned layoffs by the end of 2018.“GE’s decision is incredibly tough for these hardworking families and a disappointment to the entire region,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend UE 506 for engaging in collective bargaining with GE to ensure their members are treated as fairly as possible.”“I am committed to ensuring that Erie’s economy remains competitive and the employees impacted by this decision will find good, family sustaining jobs.”Following GE’s announcement, Governor Wolf called the company’s Chief Executive Officer and strongly urged the company to reconsider. With the company’s refusal to change course, Governor Wolf and his administration have worked with Local 506 to put a plan in place to mitigate the potential impact on workers and the region.At Governor Wolf’s direction, the Department of Labor and Industry will work with UE Local 506 to help displaced employees return to the workforce. The department’s Rapid Response team and the local CareerLink will offer information about retraining and education, health insurance and unemployment benefits, and job seeking assistance, including access to computers and phones for the transition to re-employment.“I will do everything in my power to help the Erie economy recover from this loss as the community and the commonwealth build on our successes in bringing jobs to this region,” said Governor Wolf. “There’s no question this is a tough situation, but I am fully confident in the workforce, the citizens, and the spirit of Erie.”The region remains an important destination for businesses to invest and build. Through the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Governor’s Action Team, almost 600 jobs have been created or retained in Erie. Businesses including Sterling Technologies, VNET, UPMC and Logistics Plus, which the governor visited earlier today, have committed to the region with their recent investmentsTo further spur job creation and development, the commonwealth has invested $5 million in the Harbor Place project to remake Erie’s Bayfront, provided over $1.5 million in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in distressed areas, and a Keystone Enterprise Zone was created in the city to encourage innovation, attract businesses, and create jobs.center_img August 09, 2017last_img read more