PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association


  • 02/22/2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The winter weather has not slowed down the progress in the Lebanon Rails Business Park in North Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) is watching the massive building unfold.

    In the fall of 2016, a recruitment effort led by LVEDC President Susan Eberly was completed when she enticed the Lebanon Valley Cold Storage and Distribution Center to sign on the dotted line. The Company purchased 22+ acres. They didn't hesitate to start the project and a few days after settlement, they broke ground for their new facility.    

    The company is a storage and manufacturing facility for frozen bakery products. They anticipate creating 131 new, full time jobs. The investment into the community and the jobs that will be created will be a great asset for the county. The CareerLink of Lebanon County is assisting with employee recruitment efforts. 

    The project was partially funded utilizing the PIDA program and the LVEDC Revolving Loan program. The anticipated completion date for the project is mid-summer.

  • 02/06/2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This March 8th webinar will discuss how local economic development teammates can help you make smart and timely decisions regarding under-utilized or vacant buildings in your community.
    Webinar Overview: 
    Economic Development professionals in small and mid-sized communities are often faced with a situation where various types of properties are “offered” or “assigned” to them for redevelopment; with economic development and community development as the long-term objectives. 
    In this 60 minute webinar attendees will learn about: 

    1. How to leverage and utilize local real estate and technical professionals in the development of a “game-plan” to evaluate the risks and rewards of the property in question.

    2. How those local professionals can utilize new market research and technical tools to help you efficiently identify both the realistic reuse opportunities for the building and the market appetite for those uses.

    3. Why it is important to develop a well-thought out “exit-strategy” for the project even before you move forward with taking ownership of the building or responsibility for the redevelopment effort.

    For additional information, click here.

  • 01/24/2017 8:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Perry Heath currently serves as Director of Business Development for R. S. Mowery & Sons, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, where he has been for more than 14 years.  He has more than 35 years of business development, planning, fund development and management experience.  

    Mowery provides general construction, construction management and design/build services for major industrial, commercial and institutional projects. Specialties include industrial; warehouse and distribution facilities; private schools and institutions of higher education; senior care communities; medical facilities; auto dealerships; and office complexes. Mowery has provided reliable, high-quality work for local, regional and national clients for over 90 years. For more information about Mowery, visit  “Mowery … For the Experience.”

    A graduate of Carlisle High School with an undergraduate degree from Penn State and a Masters Degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, he is also a graduate of the Executive Management Continuing Education Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.  Perry has also been a facilitator for Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.

    In November 2013, he was elected to his third four year term as a member of the Carlisle Borough Council where he has served for four years as President.  He is a past board chair of the former Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation (now Partnership for Better Health) and the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the advisory board of The Salvation Army in Carlisle, a member of the Carlisle Rotary - Sunrise Club and a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board for BB&T Bank.

    Perry enjoys hunting, Penn State football, and has a private pilot license.

  • 01/19/2017 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PEDA recognizes that ongoing professional development is an essential component of continuous quality improvement. The intent of these scholarships  made available through the generosity of FirstEnergy Corp. and Team Pennsylvania Foundation – is to make conference attendance available to 2 economic development professionals aged 40 or under whose organizational budgets would otherwise prevent them from participating.

  • 12/20/2016 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you passionate about the snowmobile and ATV industries in PA and interested in sharing your professional insights regarding the future of existing and proposed regulations, standards, policies and practices? 

    PEDA has been invited to provide advice to the DCNR Secretary and we’re seeking members interested in playing a role for further consideration. For additional information, contact Josh Skopp at

  • 12/01/2016 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Clearfield County - Continental Carbonic

    Continental Carbonic will construct a 45,000-square-foot liquid carbon dioxide facility as well as purchase equipment to operate a dry ice manufacturing facility in Clearfield, Clearfield County. The company will enter into a long-term land lease from Pennsylvania Grain Processing, LLC which will transfer the carbon dioxide gas through a dedicated pipeline from its ethanol fermentation process to Continental Carbonic. The company has committed to make a multi-million-dollar investment in the project and to create 60 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain 10 existing positions.

    “Pennsylvania Grain Processing is exactly the type of high quality, high integrity strategic partner we look for when we expand our business,” said John Funk, President of Continental Carbonic. “They have an outstanding record of operating their plant safely, reliably, and profitably. We also want to thank the Clearfield community and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Action Team, who have worked very hard to provide the economic framework to make this project successful and have welcomed us so warmly.”

    Continental Carbonic received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $60,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, $200,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $27,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $3 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

    The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Clearly Ahead Development.

    “We definitely thank Continental Carbonic for bringing this opportunity to us,” said Rob Swales, CEO of Clearly Ahead Development. “We’ll continue to work diligently and do what we can to help ensure this opportunity becomes a reality.”

    Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. (CCPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Matheson Tri-Gas, is a leading producer of dry ice and liquid carbon dioxide. CCPI presently has eight dry ice manufacturing facilities and 32 distribution locations east of the Rocky Mountains.

    For more information on Continental Carbonic, visit

    For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit

    Jeff Sheridan, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
    Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717.783.1132

  • 11/08/2016 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    #10: Economic development agencies know their communities - all of the local information that you can't get from data tools. EDOs know who just laid-off, who closed, who expanded, who has training programs and dollars. 

    #9: International support (investment and trade) through the Office of International Business Development (OIBD) - don't speak the language? No problem

    #8: Labor interviews with existing companies - EDOs have the connections and the contacts to make this happen.

    #7: Facilitation and introductions to the approving agencies, boards, and municipalities, supply chain, customers, and elected officials.

    #6: Incentives - everyone wants them, but not everybody knows how or where to access them - workforce training, tax credits, low interest financing. There may also be soft local incentives which include start-up marketing and new hire assistance, paid accommodations for executives and trainers, membership in Chamber, trade organizations, young professional groups....

    #5: Economic developers may be aware of sites that aren't on Loopnet, CoStar, or word of mouth from your peers. 

    #4: Help with permitting at the local and state level - economic developers can advocate for the project - High priority economic development projects for the community. Also, economic developers will typically get the phone call when a project runs into permitting trouble.

    #3LERTA, TIF, KOEZ, KIZ, MTF, BIOS, RACP, CDBG - Oh need some help with the acronyms? EDOs know them all.

    #2: Economic developers roll out the red carpet for prospects.

    #1: Economic developers understand the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the integrity of site selection. They help you get the deal done.

  • 11/03/2016 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't forget. Nov. 4th is the early bird deadline for the Dec. 5th-8th 2016 Economic Development Course in PA.

    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.

    The Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The IEDC is the nation's largest membership organization for economic developers. The course is considered the equivalent of the IEDC's Introduction to Economic Development Course, and serves as a requirement to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam.Show less

  • 09/29/2016 8:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original publication: Coria Bowen/Staff Writer The Herald-Mail

    Next year, students at the new Welding Training Center in Chambersburg, Pa., will be able to receive welding training that will provide them with global certifications.

    “Every graduate can get a job as a welder any place in the world, even in Europe or the United States of America,” Stefan Takac, president and chief executive officer of Phenomenal Industries Inc., said at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the center.

    The center is set to be completed March 1.

    Phenomenal Industries, Inc., a welding services company based in Europe, is the training center’s operating company in partnership with the Franklin County Area Development Corp., the training center’s developer.

    The Welding Training Center at 1669 Opportunity Ave. will be 10,868 square feet with 20 individual welding stations and state-of-the-art classroom and training space. It has a total capital investment of $1.75 million financed by F&M Trust.

    Lehman Construction Services Inc. will be the general contractor for the project.

    “We think it’s going to address a community need,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. Welding is “a very family-sustainable career.”

    During his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony, Takac said the project began two years ago, when he had a meeting with Ross and with David Briel, executive director of the Office of International Business Development, about the possibility of opening the center in Chambersburg.

    “Since then, we learned that Franklin County is a great place to live, work and play,” Takac said. “We are very confidant that this county will soon become a phenomenal county to get trained as a welder for global application.”

    Depending on the specific welding process, training will generally last between four to six weeks, after which graduates are hired by Phenomenal and contracted to the company’s clients within the U.S. and in Europe, Takac said.

    Ross said his expectation is that the center will provide business opportunities for manufacturers in Franklin County and across the region.

    Coria Bowen/Staff Writer The Herald-Mail

  • 09/29/2016 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PECO ranks among Site Selection’s top utilities for economic development

    The September issue of Site Selection magazine focuses on “The Infrastructure of Things” and includes PECO among the Top Ten Utilities for Economic Development.  The magazine credits PECO’s economic development department and its collaboration with the state, regional and county partners for delivering a total projected capital investment of nearly $7 billion and about 8,000 new jobs in southeastern Pennsylvania last year.

    “This is a tribute to you, your communities and elected officials who work tirelessly to attract and retain jobs and expand the local tax base,” said Phil Eastman in a note to key partners.  “PECO’s role in economic development is to support regional marketing efforts and to address the energy needs of companies looking to locate or expand in our service territory.  We sincerely appreciate your support and teamwork, which has enabled PECO to shine among its peers in this highly respected national magazine.  Thanks to you, our region’s economy is thriving, its quality of life is skyrocketing, and its reputation has never been better.” 

    Phil Eastman is a member of the PEDA Board of Directors.   

    “This designation is a testament to the work we do every day to serve as an effective partner for communities throughout our service territory,” said Liz Murphy, PECO senior vice president of Regulatory and External Affairs. “Our customer focus combined with PECO’s ongoing system investments support new business attraction and help existing businesses thrive.

    To read the full article, go to

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