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Is southwestern Pennsylvania ready to compete for new industrial investment?

Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh-area officials say they are hustling more than ever to land business that will facilitate low-carbon and digitized industry. But amid fierce competition with the rest of the country, the region has lost out on some high-profile opportunities, and local leaders say a more aggressive playbook is needed.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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Pa. bars and restaurants can apply for new state grants starting this month

Hospitality businesses that haven’t applied for pandemic assistance before will get first crack at a share of $145 million that state lawmakers approved earlier this year.

By Sam Dunklau

Wolf administration to begin enforcing new restaurant dine-in rules on Monday

Only restaurant owners that complete an online health certification process will be able to increase their seating capacity.

By Sam Dunklau

Lehigh Valley company offers promise of rapid COVID-19 test, Wolf administration provides money for development

The Wolf administration sees rapid testing as crucial to containing the virus. So far, it remains elusive as the pandemic continues.

By Sam Dunklau

Business owners express confusion, frustration about waiver process

Pa. business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state
By Benjamin Pontz/PA Post

Pa. officials revoked business waivers the night before publishing list of recipients

The Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the process, said it was part of ongoing 'quality control.'
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2020-05-12 21:00:08

Why did a hair and beauty products company receive a ‘life-sustaining’ waiver?

How this business qualified for a waiver is unclear from just the information DCED posted on its website.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Why some small businesses didn’t stand a chance at getting relief from Pa.’s $61 million loan program

The assistance didn’t prioritize businesses in the hardest hit parts of the state and relied on a patchwork of local economic development organizations.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA