Pennsylvania Governor Ridge Advances Landmark `Brain Gain' Initiative

Stay Invent the Future Summit Links Students, Educators,

Business and Community Leaders, and State Officials



Internship Design Team Charts Course for Internship Corps



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Dept. of Community and Economic Development

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Leading
 the crusade to keep Pennsylvania's young people in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom
 Ridge today addressed a gathering of more than 100 Pennsylvania students,
 educators, business and community leaders, and state officials at the Stay
 Invent the Future Summit -- a statewide forum convened by the Ridge
 Administration to advance the Governor's landmark "Brain Gain" initiative.
     To underscore his message, Gov. Ridge modified a poster with the state's
 "Come Invent the Future" campaign.  He crossed out "come" and wrote in "stay."
     "Employers across the Commonwealth, such as the companies here today, tell
 us they want to stay in Pennsylvania -- but they need talent to grow," Gov.
 Ridge said.  "Students, from our great universities, colleges and other
 schools tell us they want to stay in Pennsylvania -- but they're unaware of
 the opportunities we have to offer.
     "To ensure Pennsylvania's standing as a leader among states and a
 competitor among nations, we must link Pennsylvania's young people with the
 Pennsylvania employers who need them.  We must show them that Pennsylvania has
 the exciting job opportunities they seek, with the world-class companies they
 want to work for, and the world-class quality of life they already know.
 Pennsylvania is the ideal place to work, play and raise a family, and it is
 time -- now -- to put `Brain Gain' into action!"
     In addition to the Internship Corps component of Gov. Ridge's "Brain Gain"
 initiative, the Governor's 2001-02 budget proposes $10 million for a "Stay
 Invent the Future" marketing campaign to showcase Pennsylvania to its young
 people and regional funding opportunities to ignite local initiatives to
 address the "Brain Gain" issue.
     Among the Stay Invent the Future Summit participants are 38 Pennsylvania
 students, selected from colleges, vocational schools and high schools across
 the state.  The students make up the Stay Invent the Future Design Team, a
 work group charged with providing recommendations and feedback for the
 formation of the Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps.
     Working with the private sector through Team Pennsylvania -- a
 public/private partnership consisting of Pennsylvania business leaders, senior
 government officials, and community- and economic-development specialists --
 the goal of the Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps is to support 5,000
 internships for Pennsylvania students with Pennsylvania companies.  Created by
 Gov. Ridge in 1997, Team Pennsylvania's mission is to serve as a catalyst to
 create and retain jobs in Pennsylvania.
     During the Summit, the Stay Invent the Future Internship Design Team
 participated in breakout sessions to invent the "ultimate internship."  The
 team also embraced the task of inventing an implementation strategy for the
 Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps.
     "In business, you've got to find out what your customer wants in order to
 design a product that will sell," Gov. Ridge said.  "You also need to
 determine the best way to deliver your product.  That's what we're doing here
 today.
     "Pennsylvania's students are our customers.  And we're asking them:  What
 makes up the ultimate internship?  What do you think an internship work
 experience should provide?  How can we, together with Pennsylvania employers,
 best implement the model internship and get the word out?"
     The breakout sessions were facilitated by Lynne Pastor, Principal Analyst,
 Inflection Point Consulting; Heather Mighton, Director of Recruiting and
 Staffing, VerticalNet LLC; Dan Guaglianone, Vice President of Global
 Recruiting, Unisys Corp.; David Ruppersberger, Vice President of Business
 Development, Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse; Dr. Gregory Farrington, President,
 Lehigh University; and Mayor Donald Cunningham Jr., City of Bethlehem.
 
     CONTACT:  Jason Kirsch of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and
 Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Dept. of Community and Economic Development
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Leading
 the crusade to keep Pennsylvania's young people in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom
 Ridge today addressed a gathering of more than 100 Pennsylvania students,
 educators, business and community leaders, and state officials at the Stay
 Invent the Future Summit -- a statewide forum convened by the Ridge
 Administration to advance the Governor's landmark "Brain Gain" initiative.
     To underscore his message, Gov. Ridge modified a poster with the state's
 "Come Invent the Future" campaign.  He crossed out "come" and wrote in "stay."
     "Employers across the Commonwealth, such as the companies here today, tell
 us they want to stay in Pennsylvania -- but they need talent to grow," Gov.
 Ridge said.  "Students, from our great universities, colleges and other
 schools tell us they want to stay in Pennsylvania -- but they're unaware of
 the opportunities we have to offer.
     "To ensure Pennsylvania's standing as a leader among states and a
 competitor among nations, we must link Pennsylvania's young people with the
 Pennsylvania employers who need them.  We must show them that Pennsylvania has
 the exciting job opportunities they seek, with the world-class companies they
 want to work for, and the world-class quality of life they already know.
 Pennsylvania is the ideal place to work, play and raise a family, and it is
 time -- now -- to put `Brain Gain' into action!"
     In addition to the Internship Corps component of Gov. Ridge's "Brain Gain"
 initiative, the Governor's 2001-02 budget proposes $10 million for a "Stay
 Invent the Future" marketing campaign to showcase Pennsylvania to its young
 people and regional funding opportunities to ignite local initiatives to
 address the "Brain Gain" issue.
     Among the Stay Invent the Future Summit participants are 38 Pennsylvania
 students, selected from colleges, vocational schools and high schools across
 the state.  The students make up the Stay Invent the Future Design Team, a
 work group charged with providing recommendations and feedback for the
 formation of the Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps.
     Working with the private sector through Team Pennsylvania -- a
 public/private partnership consisting of Pennsylvania business leaders, senior
 government officials, and community- and economic-development specialists --
 the goal of the Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps is to support 5,000
 internships for Pennsylvania students with Pennsylvania companies.  Created by
 Gov. Ridge in 1997, Team Pennsylvania's mission is to serve as a catalyst to
 create and retain jobs in Pennsylvania.
     During the Summit, the Stay Invent the Future Internship Design Team
 participated in breakout sessions to invent the "ultimate internship."  The
 team also embraced the task of inventing an implementation strategy for the
 Stay Invent the Future Internship Corps.
     "In business, you've got to find out what your customer wants in order to
 design a product that will sell," Gov. Ridge said.  "You also need to
 determine the best way to deliver your product.  That's what we're doing here
 today.
     "Pennsylvania's students are our customers.  And we're asking them:  What
 makes up the ultimate internship?  What do you think an internship work
 experience should provide?  How can we, together with Pennsylvania employers,
 best implement the model internship and get the word out?"
     The breakout sessions were facilitated by Lynne Pastor, Principal Analyst,
 Inflection Point Consulting; Heather Mighton, Director of Recruiting and
 Staffing, VerticalNet LLC; Dan Guaglianone, Vice President of Global
 Recruiting, Unisys Corp.; David Ruppersberger, Vice President of Business
 Development, Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse; Dr. Gregory Farrington, President,
 Lehigh University; and Mayor Donald Cunningham Jr., City of Bethlehem.
 
     CONTACT:  Jason Kirsch of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and
 Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
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