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6 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 W elcome to the inaugural edition of Pennsylvania Economic Quarterly, a publication devoted to features on why the commonwealth is the best state for business success and the prime location for businesses to grow and thrive. My experience in the private sector has led to the development of my priorities as governor, and businesses should feel confdent that we are improving on the resources that Pennsylvania is known for — making them stronger and more efective than ever. Pennsylvania's key location is a clear advantage for businesses. Its convenient location in the heart of the northeast U.S. provides unrivaled access to major consumer markets, and under my administration, businesses can be confdent that the transportation and distribution infrastructure will support the business supply chain like never before. Our businesses are only as good as our workforce and in Pennsylvania we are building a skilled and diverse workforce to support our various industries. More than 300 postsecondary institutions — including four of the top 50 in the country — continuously contribute individuals with fresh talent and new ideas that are developing the next wave of game-changing technology, research, and business solutions. This edition is devoted to the energy and plastics industry sectors, and under my leadership, Pennsylvania will be a leader within both. Pennsylvania is home to a highly diverse energy portfolio and is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the US. With Pennsylvania's venture in the Marcellus and Utica shale, our already prominent plastic and rubber products industry is poised to grow even more. While companies take advantage of low-cost natural gas to operate their facilities, byproducts of natural gas like ethane present untold potential for natural gas spinof industries to locate in Pennsylvania. I invite you to take a closer look at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and give us a call. There is a team — including the largest international network of any state in the nation — ready to help fuel your company's growth. Your success is our success, and we are committed to helping you achieve it here. Sincerely, Tom Wolf Governor " Pennsylvania's convenient location in the heart of the northeast US provides unrivaled access to major consumer markets. " L E T T E R F R O M T H E G O V E R N O R Pennsylvania is Open for Business

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