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
(http://www.newpa.com/default.aspx?id=32) projects totaled $692,000, which
will leverage more than $18.1 million in additional private investments by
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 http://www.digitashealth.com.
For information on the Governor's Action Team and DCED programs, visit
http://www.NewPA.com 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: http://www.pa.gov.
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 http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
Penny Kline (DCED)
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor