Institute of State and Regional Affairs

Impacts of the coronavirus on child care facilities

The operational and financial impacts of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania child care providers and staff have been significant. This post by Philip Sirinides, associate professor of education at Penn State Harrisburg, provides an overview of a study designed to understand the impact of COVID-19 on child care providers in Pennsylvania and offers recommendations going forward.

New data examines Pennsylvanians’ trust in public officials amid pandemic

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg has released new data examining Pennsylvanians’ trust in key public figures to provide information related to the coronavirus, finding that while generally, Pennsylvanians trusted state leaders to provide information more than national leaders, political affiliation played a large part in levels of public trust.

Institute looks at impact of COVID-19 pandemic on employment in PA

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg released a report comparing the economic impact of the pandemic on business sectors in Pennsylvania, finding that unemployment claims grew at an alarming rate from the week of March 21 through the week of April 11, and may continue to grow past 2 million.

Emily Brown named new director of Harrisburg economic development course

Emily Brown has been named the new director of Penn State Harrisburg’s nationally accredited economic development course. The course enrolls full-time economic development practitioners and other business development professionals, teaching participants theoretical and practical approaches to economic development.