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Issue Position: Economic Development and Job Creation

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I represent a hard working district, and I'll do all I can to create jobs, strengthen our industries and propose smart legislation with targeted public investments. Our ports represent one of the most promising areas of growth for the 21st century. I'm fighting for continued state funding of the Philadelphia River Port Authority (PRPA) so we can expand and improve our port facilities. For example, development of dormant parcels of land for the Hyundai/Kia auto processing facility at Pier 98. This enterprise provides more than 600 family sustaining, union jobs and annual tax revenues in excess of $12 million. I'm also proud of ongoing work with Rep. Bill Keller to create the Southport Marine Terminal from 180 acres of unused land on the eastern edge of the Navy Yard. This facility will allow Philadelphia to remain competitive in our global economy and create thousands of new port jobs. I've also:

* Been supporting the city's multi-billion dollar expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport, a project which will create thousands of jobs and support businesses vital to Philadelphia economy

* Secured capital funds to spur the development of the Delaware and Schuylkill River waterfronts, including state funding for the new Race Street Pier

* Support plans to build light rail on the Delaware River waterfront and extend the Broad Street line to the Navy Yard

* Proposed a targeted extension of the 15-year tax abatement program to spur development and generate needed construction jobs

* Expanded state programs to increase the development of clean energy projects

* Supported the state's $30 million investment in Penn State's new energy innovation cluster at the Navy Yard -- one of only three in the country -- and a Solar Energy Grant for Tastykake Inc.

* Successfully led the fight to stop proposed taxes on the arts and professional services in 2009 and 2010

* Worked to restore arts funding cut by House Republicans in 2011, which saved the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants to dozens of organizations in the district

* Secured capital funding for museums, community service and hotel developments, building improvements at Moore College of Art, a new rehearsal facility for the Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as select tourism and hospitality developments to support the convention and tourism industry that generates jobs and growth

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