PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association


  • 10/07/2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 09/24/2021 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The US Congress is considering a disaster recovery supplemental funding package in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Ida.  As some of you saw firsthand, Pennsylvania was severely impacted by flooding, wind and other damage due to this devastating storm.  The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is asking that the package include $1 billion for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which has a long history of helping communities recover their economic vitality following disasters. Please click here if you would like to support IEDC’s efforts with disaster recovery. 

  • 09/23/2021 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Action Alert

    The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) is asking the Commonwealth to allocate the remaining federal ARPA and/or State Rainy Day Funds for a continued focus on economic development recovery to offset the economic damage created by COVID-19. Specifically, funding is needed for:

    • Recapitalization of economic development programs such as PIDA, Business in Our Sites (BOS) and the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP), among others, as well as the potential establishment of new programs to be administered by Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDOs).
    • Creation of an economic development training initiative to meet the needs of economic development organizations positioned to administer current and future state financing programs throughout the Commonwealth. As a professional association, PEDA has a proven track record of providing high quality training to its members and partners and is well positioned to serve as the lead organization for providing ongoing professional development and technical assistance training to economic development organizations as they maintain and expand their business "one stop" concierge services.
    • Establishment of an independent Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), designed to specifically fill critical gaps not covered by existing programs or funding sources.

    Please lend your voices to these efforts by utilizing the information available through PEDA’s Legislative Action Center. Based on your preferences, you may opt to contact your legislators directly via the Center’s “Compose Your Message” tool or, alternatively, to copy and customize the sample letter provided.

    Thank you for your efforts.

  • 09/15/2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Advocacy Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 09/01/2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Calling Young Professionals

    Over the past several years, and with the help of a number of generous supporters, PEDA has continued its efforts to attract and engage young professionals – typically defined as economic developers aged 40 and under – to the association. PEDA is pleased to share that, at its most recent Board of Directors meeting, a Young Professionals Committee of the association was formally established.

    The purpose of this email is to invite young professionals from PEDA’s membership to consider joining this committee. Interested members will have the opportunity to build their professional networks by joining their peers – from across the Commonwealth – in developing what is sure to be an impactful undertaking. The committee’s first meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 10/6/21, at 1:00 pm, on site at the 2021 PEDA Fall Conference (though we are pursuing a remote option for interested parties unable to attend this initial meeting in person).

    PEDA members interested in participating in this committee are asked to please email Josh Skopp at to be added to the roster.

  • 07/28/2021 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The July 28, 2021 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Advocacy Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 07/21/2021 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Session proposals for the 2022 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference are currently being accepted. Please submit your proposal(s) for consideration, using the following as a guideline.

    1. Explain your proposed session topic, title and overview.
    2. Explain what is innovative about your proposed session and topic(s) of focus.
    3. Explain your presentation approach / style.
    4. Describe what the key takeaways will be for conference attendees.
    5. Provide any information you feel will help us better understand what you want to do as a presenter.
    6. Provide the name, title and organization of each of the presenters (and the moderator, if applicable) you're recommending for consideration.
    7. If applicable, provide any suggestions you may have for enhancing the attendee experience at this and future conferences.

    Please submit your proposal via email to, labeling the subject line "Conference Session Proposal". In your submission, please include your name, title, organization, phone number, email address and mailing address.

  • 07/13/2021 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2021 PEDA Fall Conference kicks off, live in King of Prussia, PA, on October 6th. A great lineup is planned and we're pleased to welcome Keynote Presenter Nancy Walsh, a small business and leadership expert, who will reflect on the experiences of starting a new business in the midst of a pandemic and coaching individuals and teams through the fear, frenzy and opportunities of 2020. Throughout this interactive session, she will discuss the importance of connection, the problem-solving magic of appreciative inquiry and the "twin super-powers of leadership" (self-awareness and empathy).

    Some of the other topics to be addressed during the conference are the role of EDOs in fostering diversity, equity and inclusiveness; the role of improvement districts in economic development; the demystification of RACP; the transformation of urban and suburban Philadelphia in the 21st century and more. We hope you'll join us in King of Prussia this October!

    Learn more and register here.

  • 06/30/2021 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The June 30, 2021 Advocacy report, provided by Alex Rahn of Wanner Associates, is now available on the Members Only Advocacy Reports page of PEDA’s website. Please use your membership credentials to gain access.

  • 06/01/2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is currently seeking a qualified applicant for an opportunity as an Economic Development Finance Specialist. Additional details are available here.

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