Grow PA

Driving Economic Growth in the Keystone State

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

With population declining and employment opportunities lagging, it’s time to take action to grow our Keystone State.

For the first time in 31 years, Pennsylvania’s population declined in 2016, making it one of only eight states to lose population according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, PA’s employment rate lags the national rate by the widest gap in more than three decades. 

Join fellow Pennsylvania business and civic leaders for an interactive discussion and reception in our state capital as we work together to develop a modern economic growth agenda that will influence the candidates’ platforms for the 2018 Governor’s and General Assembly's races and beyond. The program is centered around three pillars: transforming post-secondary education, modernizing all facets of our infrastructure, and accelerating the development of innovation in healthcare technology and delivery.

Lara Rhame, Senior Economist, FS Investments
Christopher Wink, Publisher and CEO,

Eric J. Barron, President, The Pennsylvania State University
Allison Davenport, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania
Michael Della Rocca, Infrastructure Partner, McKinsey & Company 
Facilitator: Tracey Matisak, Program Host, WHYY

If you have any questions about overnight accommodation near Penn State Harrisburg, please email Sarah Godner at

Building & Parking Information

The Grow PA event will be held in the Capital Union Building Student Center (CUB 210) on campus.  The CUB is building G on the campus map.

The closest parking lot is the parking lot north of O Street and south of Wharton Avenue, just north of the CUB.  Please use other lots identified on map if lot fills.  Parking fees will be waived for the day.

Grow PA is a statewide initiative to convene people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to establish a modern economic growth agenda for the 21st century. Visit to learn more and to sign up for the Grow PA newsletter. 

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Anti-Harassment Policy:
Chamber is committed to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone at our events, and all events hosted in The Chamber’s facilities. We will not tolerate harassment of participants or Chamber staff in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. By attending, guests assume the risk related to possible exposure. Those who are sick, suspect they have or had COVID, should not attend.

Program Link:
For virtual programs, links are sent to pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to program/event via an Outlook calendar invitation.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. Walk-ins are not guaranteed entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice.

Ticket/Seating Policy:
Tickets are held at the door under company name. Reserved seating for tables purchases only.


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