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8 P E N N S Y L V A N I A E C O N O M I C Q U A R T E R L Y I N T E R V I E W W I T H D E N N I S D A V I N urning around a state's business climate is about as easy as turning around an aircraft carrier going full-speed. It must be done with great care, a lot of patience and precision. Dennis Davin, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), says that Gov. Tom Wolf and the entire team at DCED are up to the challenge. With a bold agenda and an aggressive spirit, the leadership of the Commonwealth is embarking on nothing less than an attempt to make Pennsylvania one of the top states in the nation for doing business. In an in-depth interview with the Pennsylvania Economic Quarterly, Secretary Davin addressed this and other topics. What is the one thing about Pennsylvania that you wish most business executives around the country and world knew? SECRETARY DAVIN: Pennsylvania is truly built to advance businesses because we have the unique combination of resources and assets businesses need to fourish. The commonwealth has abundant natural resources. Pennsylvania is home to the world's largest unconventional natural gas feld. We have 2.5 trillion gallons of surface water and 80 trillion gallons of groundwater. And, we have 7.7 million acres of farmland. Pennsylvania's strategic location is also a huge advantage. Pennsylvania is located within a day's drive of six of the top 10 markets in the US and 60 percent of the population of the US and Canada. And we have the infrastructure to T by RON S TA R NER Climate Dennis Davin, Secretary of Community and Economic Development Change i m Photo by Denmarsh Photography

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