PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association


  • 02/15/2018 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    DCED is working with the Governor’s Office and PHFA to determine which census tracts – based on the legislative criteria in the recently passed federal tax bill – qualify for the Opportunity Zone program. Decisions will be made ahead of the 90 day deadline (3/21) and anyone with specific projects is asked to send an email to Steve D’Ettorre, DCED Policy Director, by Tuesday, 2/20, providing as much detail as possible, including specific parcels / priority tracts.
  • 02/12/2018 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with deep sympathy that PEDA informs you of the untimely passing of longtime member and friend, Barry Surma.

    Barry spent more than 30 years in economic development, most recently serving as the Director of Saint Francis University's Small Business Development Center and as an adjunct professor at the University. Prior to that, he spent 22 years with Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, where he had most recently served as their Vice President of Finance and CFO.

    Barry was the consummate economic development professional. He could always be counted on for sage advice and guidance and he will be deeply missed. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am Wednesday at St. Demetrius Catholic Church in Gallitzin. Additional information can be found here.

  • 01/18/2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Katrina joined the Erie County Redevelopment Authority in August, 2015.  She serves as the Vice President of Real Estate and Chief Operating Officer.  In her current role she is responsible for all functions of real estate, project and grant development as well as administrative operations including marketing, public relations and human resources.

    Prior to joining the Redevelopment Authority, she spent 10 years at DevelopErie ultimately leading the organization as President & CEO where she led economic development efforts for seven organizations.  Katrina also spent three years at the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership where she managed the Erie County Business Retention & Expansion Program which was recognized by the Commonwealth as well as the International Economic Development Council as a best practice model.  She also spent three years working in systems improvement project management at the State and County government levels throughout Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, DuBois and Erie. 

    Katrina earned an MPA from Gannon University as well as a BA in Politics with a minor in business administration from Messiah College.  She is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Erie program.  She is Co-Founder of Grady’s Decision, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting premature babies and their families.  She serves as Vice-Chair of the Erie Technology Incubator, and is a member of UPMC Hamot’s Board of Corporators.

    Katrina is a proud parent of 9-year old Gianna and 7-year old Gunnar and currently resides in Fairview. 

  • 01/09/2018 9:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Click here to access the Young Professional Scholarship Request Form for PEDA's spring conference. These scholarship opportunities are made available through the generosity of FirstEnergy Corp and Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

  • 12/19/2017 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to read the press release.

  • 12/18/2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a two-year modification of the State Plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategy. Pennsylvania plans to submit a modified Combined State Plan to include the six core programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Basic Education and Vocational Rehabilitation) as well the following optional programs:

    • Career and technical education programs authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
    • Employment and training programs under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    • Work programs under Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
    • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
    •  Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
    • Senior Community Service Employment Program
    • Community Services Block Grant
    • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program

    The Plan is required to be posted for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan was posted for public comment on December 15, 2017. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM on Monday, January 15, 2017. The plan is posted on Labor & Industry’s Workforce Development Plans and Reports webpage and a direct link to the plan can be found here.

    Public comment should be submitted, in writing, to It is requested that commenters include page numbers when commenting on specific aspects of the plan to facilitate responses to the comments.

    Any questions regarding Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan or the public comment process should be directed to

  • 10/24/2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Allentown, PA (October 24, 2017) – During its annual fall conference, held this year at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) honored a number of organizations for their demonstration of outstanding accomplishments in economic development.

    Read the full press release here.

  • 10/03/2017 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oppose Warehouse Tax in PA

    PEDA has been contacted by a number of EDOs regarding the warehouse tax that has been proposed as part of the effort to balance the state budget. As a result, we have created a VoterVoice campaign through which you can contact your legislators and the Governor with a few quick clicks. 

    Please visit our Action Center now and click the "Take Action" button to fill in the blanks, using information from your own region, and to send your letter electronically. If any of the text is inapplicable to your community, you may simply delete it.

  • 09/25/2017 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For years, the Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania has served the needs of full-time economic development practitioners and those involved in economic development in a secondary way. The course draws participants whose background range from the seasoned professional to the beginning practitioner. Participants learn theoretical and practical approaches to economic development. This year's IEDC-accredited course takes place in Lancaster from December 4-7 and, through the Ritter Foundation, PEDA is proud to support a scholarship.

  • 09/25/2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Born and raised in The Netherlands, Wilfred moved to Pennsylvania from France (where he lived and worked in economic development for 10 years) in 1999, after accepting a position with the Governor’s Action Team, focused on international business attraction.

    In 2007, Wilfred was appointed Deputy Secretary for International Business Development, a position he held until 2015. Since December 2015, Wilfred has served as President and CEO of Stevens & Lee/Griffin International, LLC - a new company created under the Stevens & Lee/Griffin platform of companies, focused exclusively on international business development. He recently launched two new international programs. The "Foreign Investment Support Package" (FISP) focuses on providing customized services to foreign-owned companies looking to set up in the U.S. (preferably in PA, of course). The "International Trade Assistance Partnership Program" (iTAPP), in partnership with the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, provides fee-based trade assistance services to PA companies in markets where the Commonwealth doesn't have trade representatives, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Japan, West Africa and several other countries to come.

    Wilfred is also Founder and Chairman of Muskens Global USA, LLC, focused primarily on international education initiatives in Asia - a company now managed by his wife Emilie, a former colleague at DCED. They live in Lancaster, PA with their three daughters, Ellie, Anneke and Grace, and son Luke.

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