Greg Rothman endorsed by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.
Return The Favor: Helping vets start small businesses
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A state lawmaker wants to give veterans returning home from overseas help starting their own businesses. He’s introduced a bill that will create training programs at state-owned colleges and universities.
“I still think part of the American dream is being able to run your own business and be self-sufficient and to create for yourself,” Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) said.
Rothman has been in office for just one year and is committed to helping veterans. This is a topic he knows a lot about; he spent 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and also worked in real estate. He says a large number of people starting new businesses are veterans because they make good leaders.
“I think veterans generally are the types of people that aren’t risk-averse,” he said. “They’re willing to take risks. They pay attention to details. They understand about accomplishing missions. They have that in their DNA. The backbone of this country’s economy and Pennsylvania’s economy is still small business.”
Just as on the battlefield, Rothman says he wants new entrepreneurs to have the weapons they need to succeed. His bill would help those interested in starting a new business create marketing plans, learn to negotiate, and compete for government contracts; information he says benefits more than just vets. A successful business leads to jobs, and that’s good for everyone.
“These young men and women go out and risk their lives for us and I’d like to, when they get back, give them something more than just the G.I. bill, give them some training so they can go start companies and build this country, starting in Pennsylvania,” he said.
Rothman’s bill has 35 co-sponsors and bipartisan support. He hopes the bill moves forward in the fall. He thinks it has a good chance of getting passed and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Rep. Greg Rothman "hit the ground running" in first six months
April 4, 2016
State Rep. Greg Rothman listens and responds to the concerns of
everyone in the four municipalities and three school districts he represents,
say community leaders.
“He’s very responsive, and he listens,” said East Pennsboro Township
Commissioner George Tyson. “If you have a need or a concern and you
reach out to him, he responds quickly.”
Rothman, chosen in an August 2015 special election to represent the 87th
Legislative District, is seeking reelection, vying for the Republican
nomination in the April 26 primary. The seat encompasses Camp Hill
Borough, and East Pennsboro, Hampden, and Silver Spring townships,
and Camp Hill, Cumberland Valley, and East Pennsboro school districts.
Rothman works behind the scenes to benefit all constituents, said Mike
Berney, an active citizen in Camp Hill Borough.
“He was ready from Day One,” with a grasp of the issues “that was very
rare for someone who’s not been in the process for 20 years,” said Berney.
“He clearly has continued to advance his own learning about issues. I
admire that. I’m strongly supporting him for reelection.”
In East Pennsboro Township, renovation plans for the Erford Road Bridge
were significantly upgraded after Rothman arranged a meeting between
Tyson and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials. That
meeting launched a collaboration, also aided by state Sen. Pat Vance,
between township and PennDOT officials to add a third lane and other
improvements to bridge plans.
The project, slated for possible construction in summer 2017, will ease
congestion at the bridge over the Camp Hill Bypass and could help
convince businesses to locate along the Erford Road corridor, Tyson said.
Such infrastructure improvements relieve tax pressures on citizens and
create “high-paying, sustainable jobs” in the community, Tyson said.
Rothman served as “a conduit to that higher level within the state that we
don’t often have, as a citizen or in a municipal position,” said Tyson. The
bridge project showed Rothman’s commitment to long-term thinking that
benefits constituents, he said.
“Sometimes, having an impact is keeping quiet and listening,” Tyson said.
“If you listen and pay attention, you probably don’t have to dig real deep. It
rises to the top, and you’ll figure it out. That’s what Greg is doing.”
Rothman also takes education seriously, showing his support of schools
during the 2015-16 state budget crisis, said retired educator Barbara
Geistwhite, who is active in Cumberland Valley School District.
“From the very start, he has ingratiated himself to the community,” she
said. “He’s been out at community events. He’s very interested in getting to
know the people and their situations. He hit the ground running to help us
with things that need to be done.”
Rothman regularly attends district and community fundraisers, including
events that raise scholarship funds, said Geistwhite.
“He’s very accessible,” she said. “I can honestly say that I know Greg is
interested and involved in education. If I have a special issue, I can go and
talk to him, and he’ll respond.”
Despite their close association, Geistwhite never knew that Rothman was
a Cumberland Valley High School graduate. “That tells me something,” she
“He’s out there for everybody,” Geistwhite said. “While he may be CV
strong, he’s also there for any other school district in his area.”
Rothman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and president and CEO of RSR,
Realtors, said community involvement inspired his decision to seek office
“The people of the 87th District are diligent, honest, and caring,” he said.
“They deserve representation that reflects their values and protects them
as taxpayers. When I work hard, it’s only because the people of this district
work harder. Their voices and ideas need to be heard in the Capitol, and
I’m proud to take their values to Harrisburg.”
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