Governor Rendell Marks Significant New Economic Progress in Philadelphia; Announces Record High Job Count West Parkside, Center City Projects Poised for Success

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a boost from
 state investments, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that a
 uniform supplier will create at least 150 new jobs and an advertising and
 marketing agency will create at least 139 others in Philadelphia. These
 investments come on the same day new job statistics show jobs in
 Pennsylvania reached a record high in January.
     "A multi-state company is creating a significant number of new jobs in
 an urban neighborhood and Philadelphia's largest advertising agency is
 expanding its presence and creating new high-paying professional
 positions," said Governor Rendell. "These things don't happen by accident.
 They happen because the proactive investments we've made in our communities
 over the past five years are helping to create jobs and make a significant
     "In fact, the latest statewide job statistics show that Pennsylvania
 had a net gain of 3,100 jobs in January to reach a new record high job
 count of 5,811,400 -- that means there are more jobs in Pennsylvania today
 than at any time in history.
     "Pennsylvania is well positioned to weather any economic downturn. But
 there are indications that the declining national economy could affect our
 prosperity. That's why we need quick action on the economic stimulus
 initiatives in the budget I proposed earlier this month. We must be ready
 to protect our progress and do even more for communities throughout the
     State assistance for the two Governor's Action Team
 ( projects totaled $692,000, which
 will leverage more than $18.1 million in additional private investments by
 the companies.
     Cintas Corporation, the largest corporate uniform supplier in North
 America, is building a 58,000-square-foot laundry processing facility on a
 more than 12-acre site it is purchasing at 4700 Jefferson St. The new
 facility is expected to be operational in August. The Governor's Action
 Team is assisting with a $75,000 opportunity grant for the $14.8 million
 project. Cintas is also retaining 1,564 existing positions. The Fortune 500
 company currently operates three other facilities in the greater
 Philadelphia area. For more information on the company, visit
     Digitas Health, the largest advertising agency in Philadelphia, has
 outgrown its Rittenhouse Square facility. The company has entered into a
 10-year lease for approximately 61,000 square feet of new space in Center
 City to house its headquarters and all Philadelphia employees. Digitas
 Health's clients include pharmaceutical, bioscience and medical device
 companies. The company pledged to create 139 highly-compensated positions
 within three years and retain 240 existing jobs. It already has filled 35
 positions toward that goal. The Governor's Action Team offered Digitas
 Health a $200,000 opportunity grant and $417,000 in job creation tax
 credits for its $4 million expansion project. To learn more about the
 company, visit
     For information on the Governor's Action Team and DCED programs, visit or call 1-866-466-3972.
     More information on Governor Rendell's 2008-09 budget proposal and his
 Protecting Our Progress initiatives is available at:
     The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit
     Teresa Candori
     Penny Kline (DCED)

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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