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Gov. Corbett's man in Philly

Norm Hetrick re-opens the Governor's Action Team on Broad Street

Gov. Corbett's man in Philly

Gov. Corbett, in announcing a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the NCAA, said the sports governing body overstepped its authority by imposing hefty sanctions on Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. RALPH WILSON / Associated Press
Gov. Corbett, in announcing a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the NCAA, said the sports governing body overstepped its authority by imposing hefty sanctions on Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. RALPH WILSON / Associated Press

Norman P. Hetrick Jr. has re-lit the dark office at the Bellevue on South Broad Street that houses the Governor's Action Team's Philadelphia office.

Hetrick is now Corbett's point man in helping lure manufacturers, offices and retail employers to the city and surrounding counties. It's a familiar job for the Penn grad, who spent four years working for past Mayor Ed Rendell's former Business Action Team before moving to Harrisburg (where his late father was a Dauphin County Commissioner) to work in commercial real estate investment during the 2000s.

Hetrick tells me the Port of Philadelphia's vacant former Naval Base property in South Philly is among the city's most hopeful properties: it's well served by pier, competitive rail and nearby airport and highway links, and potentially attractive to importers, distributors and manufacturers  attracted by Pennsylvania's cheap natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

His assistant is development specialist Thomas Rossomando, a past budget director for the state Department of Community and Economic Development, which passes out state susbsidies and incentives to businesses that promise to hire in Pennsylvania.

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