March 2, 2017
📷Plymouth Meeting, PA - Today, Governor Wolf visited Accolade, a consumer healthcare engagement company, to announce the company's plans to expand its headquarters in Plymouth Meeting and create 250 new, full-time jobs. While on site, the governor toured the facility and hosted an employee roundtable to discuss his budget investments in job creation, economic development, and growing the middle-class.
“Accolade's decision to choose Pennsylvania as the best place for its fifth expansion over any other location speaks volumes to our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “I applaud Accolade for recognizing and investing in the great talents of our first-class workforce. My budget proposal continues to support companies like Accolade who are dedicated to expanding in the commonwealth and creating good, middle-class jobs for Pennsylvanians.”
Accolade will expand operations at its existing facility at 660 West Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting. This is the company's fifth expansion since 2012. The company will invest $2 million in the project, and it has committed to creating 250 new jobs over three years and to retaining 541 existing positions. New employee hiring is expected to begin in April 2017.
“Accolade is honored to receive an offer of support from the commonwealth,” said Elizabeth Napolitano, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Accolade. “We look forward to putting it to good use in expanding our employee base across all of our business units and in providing our Health Assistants access to additional technology to help them better serve our clients in getting the best healthcare outcomes.”
Accolade received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $500,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $500,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs.
The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Governor Wolf's budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.
Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:
- Partnering with the commonwealth's research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.
- Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.
- Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.
Accolade, Inc. is an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plan, and health systems. Accolade's team of compassionate, trusted professionals is supported by breakthrough science and technologies to guide people through the healthcare system in a deeply personalized manner. Accolade customers experience industry-leading engagement levels, satisfaction scores unseen in health care, better health outcomes, and cost savings of more than 10 percent. Accolade has been recognized as one of the nation's 25 most promising companies by Forbes magazine, the fastest-growing private healthcare company by Inc. 500, and a Top Workplace for five consecutive years.
MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116