DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell to Speak at NFIB Small Business Day

Date: March 05, 2018

Small-business owners will hear Secretary’s plan to improve permitting delays

HARRISBURG (March 2, 2018) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Pennsylvania announced that state Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Patrick McDonnell will speak at NFIB’s Small Business Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday, April 11 in Harrisburg, PA.

With 15 years of experience holding numerous positions at DEP, Patrick McDonnell brings a broad perspective to the agency’s regulatory and policy development processes.

Before being named Secretary, McDonnell served as DEP’s director of policy. Also, he ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. McDonnell also served several years as an executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas, and water issues, as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.

On NFIB’s Small Business Day, business owners will learn more about Secretary McDonnell’s Permit Reform Initiative which is meant to reduce permit backlogs, modernize the permitting processes, and use technology to improve oversight and efficiency.

The day-and-a-half Small Business Day at the State Capitol event kicks off April 10, with a reception and dinner featuring nationally syndicated radio host and political analyst Salena Zito. On Wednesday, April 11, business owners meet with state officials, legislative leaders, and then head to the state Capitol to connect with their own elected officials to discuss policies and mandates that affect small-business growth and hiring.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets for the dinner, please visit

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