Department of Labor and Industry
Secretary to Speak on Job Creation Plan

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is having its first Speaker Series with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary, Julia K. Hearthway.

She will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at 9 am on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Secretary Hearthway will be discussing Pennsylvania’s job creation plan at this event which is free and open to the public. Pastries and coffee are included. Reservations are required by emailing or calling the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office at 814-368-7115.

On June 22, 2011, Julia K. Hearthway was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve as Pennsylvania's 33rd Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry. As Secretary, Hearthway leads the fifth-largest agency in Pennsylvania state government, with nearly 5,000 employees in 145 locations across the state.

Established in 1913, the Department of Labor and Industry administers unemployment compensation benefits, workers' compensation benefits to individuals with job-related injuries and provides vocational rehabilitation services to Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The department prepares job seekers for the global workforce through employment and job-training services for adults, youth, older workers and dislocated workers. It also enforces various workplace laws and safety standards, and administers state programs for community service by young Pennsylvanians.

Prior to her nomination, Hearthway worked in the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General since 1993. She served as a chief deputy attorney general since 2001, managing the office's Insurance Fraud Section, investigating and prosecuting all criminal insurance fraud matters. Previously, Hearthway was an assistant district attorney for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and worked in private legal practice.

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host Secretary Hearthway and offer the Bradford area community an opportunity to learn more about the state’s plans. The Chamber strives to support economic development and improve the quality of life in the community. It is hoped that the community will come out and participate in this first ever event.

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