PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association


  • 11/13/2013 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please be advised that the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee will be holding a meeting/hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 8E-A East Wing (Main Capitol Complex, Harrisburg, PA).


    The meeting portion will be to consider SR183 [Yaw] (A Resolution recognizing the economic and trade relationship between Taiwan and Pennsylvania), to be followed by a hearing. The hearing portion is for the purpose of looking at the subject of tourism in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to evaluate where Pennsylvania is currently positioned (including in comparison to other states) and headed with regard to tourism and the marketing of tourism (both at the state and local level) given that this industry is an important and integral part of Pennsylvania’s economy (i.e. tax revenues, jobs, overall economic impact, etc.).  It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the Pennsylvania Tourism Partnership (PTP) initiative, other tourism initiatives (proposed or otherwise) and issues of import in relation to the upcoming Budget Process (Fiscal Year 2014 - 2015).


    Please see the enclosed agenda.


    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jason R. Brehouse, Esq.,  Executive Counsel & Director to Senator Kim Ward, at either or 717-787-6063.

  • 11/05/2013 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recent conferences hosted by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) have addressed such topics as regional transformation, energy, brownfield revitalization, job creation and retention and legislative issues.  The content of these events has been carefully planned to ensure its timeliness, impact and value to our members and partners.  Our success, however, also hinges upon the support we receive from our sponsors, whose generosity allows us to continue to offer high quality conferences while maintaining a steady cost structure. 


    We appreciate your involvement in economic development efforts within the commonwealth and respect your need to develop budgets several months in advance.  To assist you in your decision-making process, PEDA is currently offering a 10% discount to organizations committing to serve as sponsors at BOTH of the next two consecutive conferences.  This offer provides you with a platform to reach the economic development community and its partners at a lower, more cost-effective rate.   


    Among benefits available to sponsors are banner placement, guest passes to attend evening networking receptions, ad space in the conference program book, customized signage and special recognition before, during and after the conference, in addition to others.  Please consider the following, which are detailed in the enclosed sponsorship brochure:


    • Platinum Level Sponsorship (Exclusive)
    • Monday Reception Sponsorship (Exclusive)
    • Tuesday Reception Sponsorship (Exclusive)
    • Gold Level Sponsorship
    • Silver Level Sponsorship
    • Bronze Level Sponsorship
    • Additional Sponsor, Exhibitor and Advertiser Opportunities (as outlined in the enclosed document)

    Conference attendees will come from PEDA’s membership and from partners in government, business and industry to learn from each other and from experts in the field.  The 2014 Spring Conference, annually held in Harrisburg, will focus on legislative issues while the 2014 Fall Conference will be held in Hershey and will address current issues affecting economic development and industry.


    Pennsylvania is faced with many opportunities now and, as we strive to do our part to grow out state and regional economies, PEDA appreciates your sponsorship consideration.  If you would like to submit a completed sponsorship application, feel free to contact my office at 717-441-6047.  Thank you for your support and dedication to the economic well-being of our commonwealth.


    Joshua L. Skopp | Executive Director

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute

    908 North Second Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102

    Phone: 717.441.6047 | Fax: 717.236.2046 | ~Upcoming Events ~

  • 10/25/2013 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PEDA just wrapped up its annual Fall Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown!

    On Monday, preceding the Welcome Reception, a PEDI preconference session (Economic Development Financing: Deal Structuring), a tour of the Historic Carrie Blast Furnace, and a series of committee meetings were held, ending with the Fall meeting of the PEDA Board of Directors.

    The event officially kicked off on Tuesday morning with a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations - for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, focusing on the story of the transformation of the economy of Pittsburgh over 30 years. Throughout subsequent sessions, conference attendees were treated to informative presentations focusing on such timely issues as Pennsylvania's competitive edge in additive manufacturing, utilization of water assets for economic development, a variety of shale gas related issues, the impacts of the film industry and tourism on the commonwealth and the latest with regard to all issues DCED. A full slate of speakers is available here.

    During Tuesday's lunch, PEDA Membership Awards were presented to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in economic development and significantly contributed to the well being of their communities. This year's award recipients included:

    • 2012 Economic Development Agency of the Year - Franklin County Area Development Corporation
    • 2012 Economic Development Project of the Year - Volvo Construction Equipment, Inc.; Headquarters for the Americas
    • 2012 Economic Development Partner of the Year - Catalyst Connection
    • 2012 Economic Development Program of the Year - Berks County Industrial Development Authority

    This event could not have been so successful without the help of many individuals and organizations dedicated to economic development, beginning with our sponsors, whose generous support allowed for the development of a truly top-notch event. A special thank you is also extended to our exhibitors, advertisers and Conference Committee members (recognized later in this email) for their involvement. Finally, many thanks to our presenters for sharing their time and expertise and to all of our attendees who were a part of this year's event.


    Photos from the conference will soon be available on PEDA's Facebook page, where we welcome you to "Like" us. Conference attendees will also be receiving a link to a brief survey in the coming days and they are encouraged to take a few minutes to provide valued feedback. Thank you in advance!


    Please join us at the Hilton Harrisburg from April 28 - 30, 2014 for our annual Spring Legislative Conference (hotel block information is available now) and at the Hershey Lodge from October 6 - 8, 2014 for our annual Fall Conference.

    Thank you to our 2013 Fall Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters!





    attendee gift SPONSOR

    Exhibitors & Supporters*

    Team Pennsylvania Foundation

    Centre County Industrial Development Corporation

    Business & Community Financing Solutions

    Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County

    SSM Group, Inc.

    Moody & Associates

    Buchart Horn, Inc.

    Langan Engineering

    Regional Development Funding Corporation


    Cohen & Grigsby

    First National Bank

    Houston Harbaugh

    Members of PEDA's 2013 Fall Conference Committee include (in alphabetical order) Donna Bates, Emily Buka, Cecelia Cagni, Mike Coonley, Gary Dovey, Deb Eckelberger, Juan Garrett, Dana Kendrick, Howard Lieberman, Betsy Lockwood, Barry Surma, Mary Stollar, Art Tintori (Chair) and Dick Wallace.

    *Exhibitors and advertisers not mentioned in metal level sponsorships

    Joshua L. Skopp | Executive Director

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute

    908 North Second Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102

    Phone: 717.441.6047 | Fax: 717.236.2046 | ~Upcoming Events~

  • 09/09/2013 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PennDOT and the State Transportation Commission (STC) have shared the new STC website.  Included on the website is the Twelve Year Program (TYP) Update Comment Period, which closes on October 7, 2013.   All are invited to provide comment for the update of the 2015 TYP.

  • 08/12/2013 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for PEDA's 2013 Fall Conference being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown from October 21 - 23, 2013.  The Pittsburgh region is recognized as much for its rich industrial history as for its resilience and successful transformation to meet the business, educational and recreational needs of its residents and visitors.  Through partnerships, innovations and collaboration, the Greater Pittsburgh region is a shining example of excellence in economic development.  Learn more about the region hereDownload the Conference Registration Brochure here.




    During our preconference session entitled "Economic Development Financing: Deal Structuring", participants will be treated to the insights of 3 expert panelists from the worlds of economic development, law and banking.  Learn more about our PEDI-recognized preconference session here.  




    As you review the conference agenda, we invite you to also learn more about available sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities associated with the 2013 Fall Conference.  As the statewide association for economic developers, we believe these venues are ideal for receiving continuing education, making new connections and sharing best practices.  Please consider raising your own profile or that of a partner by participating as a sponsor for the 2013 Fall Conference.  PEDA thanks the following sponsors who have already committed.






















    attendee gift SPONSOR

    Exhibitors & Supporters:

    Team Pennsylvania Foundation


    Centre County Industrial Development Corporation


    Business & Community Financing Solutions


    Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County


    SSM Group, Inc.


    Moody & Associates


    Regional Development Funding Corporation


    Cohen & Grigsby


    First National Bank


    Houston Harbaugh




    Room rates for this conference have been reserved for $159/night for single, double, triple and quad. To make a reservation, please call (800) 222-TREE (8733) (or 412-281-5800) and refer to the 2013 PEDA Fall Conference room block. Reservations may be made until September 19, 2013 or until the expanded room block has been filled, whichever comes first.


    Pending availability, this discounted overnight rate will be extended 3 days before and 3 days after the conference when referencing the highlighted code above.


    Additional Room Block

    With PEDA's room block at the DoubleTree filling rapidly, PEDA has secured an additional block of rooms at the neighboring Pittsburgh Marriott City Center at a rate of $159 per night for the evenings of October 20th, 21st and 22nd. If you are unable to secure a room at the DoubleTree,
    please click here to reserve your room at the Marriott. If calling the number provided at the linked page, please reference the PEDA Fall Conference Room Block.

  • 07/17/2013 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please mark your calendar for these upcoming PEDA and PEDI opportunities (highlighted text indicates registration is open) and visit our website, where important information on new offerings is regularly being added. 




    September 11, 2013 2.00 organizational PDUs (Finance)



    September 25, 2013 6.00 organizational PDUs (Finance)


    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCING - STRUCTURING THE DEAL* (DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh - Preconference)

    October 21, 2013 3.00 organizational PDUs (Finance)


    2013 PEDA FALL CONFERENCE (DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh) Discounted overnight code is available!

    October 21 - 23, 2013 PDU information is forthcoming.



    December 11, 2013 1.50 organizational PDUs (Finance)



    January 29, 2014 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development)


    April 28 - 30, 2014
    PDU information is forthcoming.



    May 7, 2014 1.50 organizational PDUs (Organizational Management)




    1.50 organizational PDUs (Finance)


    ON DEMAND WEBINAR  1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR)



    ON DEMAND WEBINAR 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR)



    ON DEMAND WEBINAR 1.50 organizational PDUs (Real Estate Development / Redevelopment)


    ON DEMAND WEBINAR  1.50 organizational PDUs (Finance)


    1.50 organizational PDUs (Real Estate Development / Redevelopment)


    Note: Organizations designated by DCED as certified providers cannot earn all non-finance electives in the same Discipline in consecutive fiscal years.

    Please contact PEDA Headquarters to provide your input on training needs, speaker suggestions or other professional development-related input.





    Joshua L. Skopp

    Executive Director

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Association
    Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute

    908 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

    717-441-6047 / 717-236-2046 (fax)

  • 06/25/2013 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for 2 September Institute trainings.  Please follow the links below to learn more, to view registration brochures or to register!



    The availability of dollars once accessible through popular economic development programs has steadily declined with each new budget cycle. As various funds have been exhausted or altogether dispensed of during this era of waning funding, economic developers have found themselves needing to be increasingly innovative in order to successfully carry out their entities’ missions. While innovation drives the economy of the commonwealth and nation as a whole, it is critical that industry professionals maintain a practical awareness and understanding of fundamental programs available to them outside of and unaffected by the budget cycle.

    The primary goal of this program is to provide participants with an overview of key statutory programs, considered essential – but often overlooked – instruments in the economic developer’s toolbox. A complementary goal of this program is to introduce participants to new economic development tools which may only be available for a limited period of time, but which are designed to provide eligible projects with the funds needed to bring them to fruition. By gaining a fuller understanding, participants will be able to maximize the effectiveness of their leadership in their communities and regions.

    No matter your level of experience in designing economic development packages for your clients, the aim of this program is to introduce you to and familiarize you with a variety of fundamental tools developed to help you get projects done in your community. Through participation in this program, you will increase your knowledge and be well positioned to evaluate your own practices with those of your peers, thereby improving your overall effectiveness as an economic developer. All economic development professionals whose responsibilities include working with clients or financing programs will benefit from this program.

    Click on the session title above to learn more.



    During this program, the concepts outlined in the agenda below will be covered in-depth, providing participants with a thorough understanding of what financial information is key from potential clients, how to use this information to consistently make sound credit decisions, and what alternatives may exist in assisting potential clients in need of strengthening their financials in advance of a successful financing pursuit. They will also gain skills aimed at helping them to identify a potential client’s underlying reasons for borrowing. Case studies will further enhance participants’ knowledge using real world scenarios.

    Credit analysts, business finance officers and business development professionals would benefit from attending this program, as well as other individuals seeking to gain a fundamental knowledge of credit analysis and underwriting. Novices can expect to leave with a strong foundation in the credit analysis process, while more seasoned professionals will benefit from a fresh look at this key area of professional competency.

    Click on the session title above to learn more.

    These sessions are recognized by PEDA, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).  



    Joshua L. Skopp | Executive Director

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

    Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute

    908 North Second Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102

    Phone: 717.441.6047 | Fax: 717.236.2046 | ~Upcoming Events~
  • 06/24/2013 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    C. Alan Walker, Secretary, PA Department of Community and Economic Development


    Governor Corbett has worked hard to ensure Pennsylvania job growth and as a result of his policies, more than 125,000 private sector jobs have been created since January 2011.


    As head of the Department of Community and Economic Development, my agency supports the economic growth of Pennsylvania by encouraging business to choose Pennsylvania as the best place in the country to grow and create jobs. 


    Business growth is vital to any state’s economic health, and a modern, high-capacity transportation system is critical to businesses looking to grow.

    It’s no accident that trucking and logistics companies decided decades ago to make Pennsylvania’s highway corridors their major transportation hub. But the same highway system and transportation infrastructure that lured those companies here is aging and traffic congestion is getting worse.


    Every year, nearly half-a-trillion dollars of goods and services move through our state transportation system. Maintaining and expanding Pennsylvania’s transportation system is vital to keeping our businesses connected to the global economy.


    One of the first things that manufacturing companies evaluate when deciding where to locate is the availability of fast, efficient transportation.  They want to be able to move raw materials in quickly, for just-in-time delivery and then move finished products to market with the same ease.  


    For logistics companies, good transportation is at the heart of what they do.  Be it over-the-road trucks or shipping by rail, if the transportation infrastructure is not high capacity and safe and dependable, these job-producing companies will look at other states to locate their business.

    Governor Corbett’s plan would tackle an issue that has been neglected for nearly three decades, making available nearly $2 billion in additional yearly funding for our transportation system. The plan would raise revenue while reducing consumer taxes, calling for a 17 percent reduction in the retail gas tax paid by customers at the pump.


    Transportation is also proven to create jobs.  In total, the governor’s transportation plan could add 50,000 good-paying jobs through sustained investment in maintenance and improvement projects on an annual basis. And having a sustainable, long-term solution will ensure Pennsylvania is an attractive location for businesses to expand or begin their operations – this will also lead to future job growth.


    Governor Corbett’s transportation plan is a long-term solution to our infrastructure needs that does not leave the bill to our children and grandchildren.


    As the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development and a member of the Transportation Funding Advisory Council, I am in strong support of the governor’s plan and truly believe it will lead to a stable, world-class infrastructure system for all Pennsylvanians now and into the future.

  • 06/21/2013 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Subject:  DCED Interest Rates


    Governor Corbett remains committed to putting Pennsylvania back on the path to prosperity through the implementation of strategic policies and initiatives that improve the state’s business climate and encourage new growth.  Toward this end, the administration has identified various fundamental factors that must be addressed to ensure continual economic growth, including the ability of our businesses to access much-needed capital.


    In December 2012, the Corbett Administration reduced the interest rates of four DCED business loan programs to improve access to capital and encourage business expansion and attraction, and to spur new job creation. Interest rates for the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF), the Small Business First (SBF) Program, the Pollution Prevention Assistance Program and the Export Financing Program were reduced from 2.75 percent to 1.50 percent. DCED also waived its standard fees charged to borrowers.

    DCED’s lower interest rates were initially available for program applications received through March 31. However, the immediate and positive impacts realized from Governor Corbett’s initiative, led to the extension of the interest rate reduction for an additional three months through June 30. 


    Since the initial announcement of the interest rate reduction, 42 SBF loan applications and 32 MELF applications have been submitted to DCED for consideration. These 76 independent project proposals forecast the potential creation of more than 1,500 jobs and the retention of more than 8,600 more jobs. In 2011, prior to the interest rate reduction, DCED received a total of 34 SBF applications and only six MELF applications the entire year. The additional loan programs included in the lowered interest rate also had an uptick in applications.


    As June 30 approaches, I wanted to make you aware that DCED will not be further extending the interest rate reductions. The reduced rate will apply to applications received through June 30, there will be no exceptions.


    With only a short window of opportunity remaining, I encourage Pennsylvania businesses to take advantage of the reduced interest rates, and submit any outstanding applications prior to the cutoff date. For any questions, please call the Department of Community and Economic Development Customer Service line at 1.866.466.3972 



    C. Alan Walker


    Department of Community and Economic Development

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