Cabinet in Your Community: Secretaries set up shop in Berks

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Berks County is seeing a capital shift of sorts when it comes to state government.

Five members of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's cabinet left their offices in Harrisburg on Thursday and set up shop in Kutztown.

The event -- dubbed "Cabinet in Your Community" -- is a new initiative being undertaken by the Wolf administration, aimed at providing a platform for engagement between cabinet secretaries and local communities.

"It is of utmost importance to ensure that constituents across the commonwealth have access to their government officials,: Wolf said. "By hosting these events, my administration can better serve Pennsylvanians by having valuable dialogue and giving community members an opportunity to feel connected to Harrisburg regardless of where they live."

The outreach effort is similar to then-Gov. Bob Casey Sr.'s "Capital for a Day" program, which took state government and its official business to 18 communities across the state, including Reading on February, 15-16, 1990.

Thursday's event on the campus of Kutztown University featured Teresa Osborne, the secretary of aging; Dennis Davin, the secretary of community and economic development; Dr. Rachel Levine, the secretary of health; Leslie Richards, the secretary of transportation; and Robin L. Wiessmann, the secretary of banking and securities.

Their visit came a day after two other cabinet members visited Berks County. Teresa Miller, the state's human services secretary, visited the campus of Reading Area Community College. She also joined Jennifer Smith, the secretary of the state's Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, on a tour of the Berks Counseling Center on Penn Street.

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