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Senator John R. Gordner of Pennsylvania's 27th District to Give Remarks at PA Nanotech Conference

May 29, 2012

Senator John R. Gordner  (PA 27th Senatorial District) will welcome attendees at the  PA Nanotechnology 2012 Conference which is set for June 5th at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

The PA Nanotechnology conference explores viable nano-based strategies, programs, and resources to assist economic development via education and job creation and retention. It will promote collaborative nanotechnology research, education, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and commercialization within the Commonwealth. By connecting education and industry, the conference will help provide a platform to enhance innovation, technology transfer, course curricula, job skills, and business growth. This event is an opportunity to publicize and promote PA leadership in nanotechnology R&D, education, and sustaining technology businesses. Promising new technologies and PA businesses will be highlighted.

Nanotechnology involves science and engineering at the molecular and atomic scale, with applications in areas such as life sciences, electronics and energy. In 2010, the NSF and the National Nanotechnology Institute projected that the nanotechnology products market would be $400-1,000 billion by 2015, and $1-3 trillion by 2020. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and gain understanding of nanotechnology trends, evolving applications, workforce development, and partnering opportunities

Prior to his election to the Senate in 2003, Senator Gordner served for 11 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where he was active in advancing many economic development projects that have helped area businesses create thousands of jobs for district residents.

He has been named Legislative Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Development Centers, and also has been honored with the National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business Award. In 2004, Senator Gordner received the Joseph Seigman Legislator of the Year Award, given by the 40,000 members of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. He is a past recipient of the Adam Smith Leadership Award by Economics Pennsylvania, a statewide organization that promotes financial literacy programs in public and private schools.

As a member of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Senator Gordner has promoted the technology industry and economic development. He was instrumental in the Authority’s approval of the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone, which is bringing high-tech jobs to the 27th Senatorial District. Senator Gordner has also assisted companies throughout the area in job creation projects.

Senator Gordner is currently serving as a member of the Senate Republican leadership as Majority Caucus Administrator, as Chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee, and as Vice Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. In addition, he also serves on the Appropriations Committee; Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee; Judiciary Committee; and the Transportation Committee.

Senator Gordner has been very involved in his community, serving as a member of the Columbia/Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the statewide Board of Economics Pennsylvania. He is an associate member of Columbia County's Farm Bureau, a former president of the Berwick Jaycees, a former fund drive chairman of the Berwick Area United Way, a former Vice President of the Greater Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross, and was a charter board member of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Senator Gordner was a longtime member of the Berwick Rotary Club and a Sunday School Superintendent of his church.

PA Department of Community and Economic Development, A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Lehigh University Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Penn State Materials Research Institute, Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center and University of Pittsburgh Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering will host the conference.

Register or become a Sponsor by calling (610) 570-6898 or (717)-901-5168, or online at Registration fee is $50. Late registration (or at the door) is $70.

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania's need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email

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