Tom Wolf talks job creation

MATTHEW HALL / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dem guv hopeful Tom Wolf outlines his environmental agenda earlier this month at the Environmental Partnership Dinner in Philly.
MATTHEW HALL / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dem guv hopeful Tom Wolf outlines his environmental agenda earlier this month at the Environmental Partnership Dinner in Philly.
Posted: June 27, 2014

TOM WOLF, the Democratic candidate for governor, pulled up a chair yesterday and asked three small-business owners about their "trials and tribulations."

Tentatively, each began to rattle off suggestions during his visit to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, on JFK Boulevard near 16th Street.

"I enjoyed the experience," said Latasha Sampson, owner of the Chocolate City Salon & Spa in South Philadelphia. "It's interesting to have a person of that level sit down and listen to our concerns. I just hope he actually will listen."

Sampson asked Wolf to do more to promote the options available to aid small businesses if he's elected. She said that although her business flourished due to options offered by the Welcoming Center and other places, those options are largely unknown to most people.

"Make them more accessible," she said.

The salon owner said that in her 15 years of business she has trained five beauticians who went on to open salons of their own. The scent of job creation seemed to catch Wolf's attention.

"You're doing it because you want to succeed for yourself, and that's great, but to do it right you are also doing great things for the commonwealth and we shouldn't lose sight of that," he said. "There is a social value to what you are doing."

Wolf said he intends to focus on job creation and economic development if elected.

"I want a great future for Pennsylvania," he said. "I am a native Pennsylvanian, and the state that was at the bottom of the rankings of job creation is not my Pennsylvania. A state that lags to other states, neighboring states, in economic growth is not my Pennsylvania."

As Wolf exited the room, someone shouted: "He's got my vote." The office erupted in laughter.

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