State Government Reform Caucus supports bill to tighten gift law

The Government Reform Caucus expressed support on Monday for legislation to strengthen state law regarding gifts to public officials, clarifying the process by which the caucus will examine colleagues’ reform-bill offerings. Members of the bipartisan group joined the caucus's co-chairmen, state Rep. George Dunbar (R-Dist. 56) and state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dist. 15), for the announcement in Harrisburg. Read More »

Forum aims to attract new food vendors, retailers to Philadelphia airport

In conjunction with the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation, MarketPlace PHL, LLC, will host a leasing-outreach forum 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Airport Marriott, located at 1 Arrivals Road in Philadelphia, where retailers, fast-food operators and other restaurateurs are invited to learn about leasing opportunities at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Read More »

State gets conditional OK to form its own health-insurance marketplace

The State of Pennsylvania's application to put in place a state-based health insurance marketplace has received conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP) said on Tuesday. The new Pennsylvania marketplace would be required to offer a wide variety of quality coverage for consumers and small businesses during 2016 that are also affordable. Read More »

AssuredPartners acquires Lancaster-based StoudtAdvisors

Independent insurance agency AssuredPartners, based in Lake Mary, Florida, recently acquired StoudtAdvisors, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. StoudtAdvisors is an independent insurance broker specializing in employee-benefits programs and human-resources consulting services to businesses of all sizes in Central Pennsylvania and other areas. The firm will retain its Lancaster base of operations, headed by President and CEO David Stoudt. Read More »

Philadelphia Fed survey indicates regional manufacturing up from May

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey, released this week, indicates that regional manufacturing conditions have improved this month, showing growth in all areas of general activity, new orders and shipments since May. Indicators suggesting growth include the measurement of current activity, which picked up this month in both new orders and current shipments to their highest levels since November. Read More »

J.G. Wentworth Co. names new hires to executive positions

Building on its foundation as a leading purchaser of structured-settlement payments, annuity payments, lottery payments and other receivables, the J.G. Wentworth Company (JGW) said on Wednesday that it has added several key leaders to its organization. Cheryl MacNally, Brandon Nott and Erik Hartwell join the company from solid backgrounds in financial services, planning and business intelligence. Read More »

State poll: Most voters want fuel-tax funds used only on transportation projects

A poll recently commissioned by Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) reveals that four out of five Pennsylvania voters oppose using revenue derived from increased fuel taxes for non-transportation purposes, When the state enacted Act 89 in 2013, it raised taxes and user fees to cover transportation improvements, with revenue directed to the Motor License Fund and earmarked strictly for highway use, including State Police patrols. Read More »

Nuts.com hires Philadelphia online ad-optimization firm Sidecar

Connecting products to the right consumers with “programmatic precision," Philadelphia-based retail and e-commerce advertising-platform company Sidecar said on Thursday that it has added Nuts.com to its client roster. "We are seeing a lot of promise in product-listing advertising, and we were looking for a partner to help us truly maximize our investments in PLA channels," Anne Swift, marketing chief at Nuts.com, said. Read More »