• Focus Regional Partnership Expands … AGAIN!
• Focus Region Commercial Properties on Google Maps w/ Data
• SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority Receives National Recognition
• Union County Producing 3 Quality of LIfe Videos
• State of the Art Transfer Facility to Open in Coal Township
• Paper Supply Companies Growing in Mifflin County
• 3 Vacant Sunbury PA Commercial Properties to get Marketing Boost
Focus Regional Partnership Expands … AGAIN!
Northumberland County has partnered with Snyder, Mifflin, Montour and Union Counties as partners in Focus Central Pennsylvania to more effectively market the region in order to further economic development and create family sustaining jobs. The addition of Northumberland to the regional economic development cause is one key to showing Site Selectors the cohesiveness and cooperation of our centralized region. This union provides even greater pooling of resources to better serve the needs of those looking for locations in which to expand, locate or relocate their businesses.
Focus Region Commercial Properties on Google Maps w/ Data
Focus Central PA properties now display geographically and provide a plethora of data at user defined radii of miles or minutes. This system, called ZoomProspector is part of a national level property and demographic data mapping system. All visitors to www.focuscentralpa.org can view and select available commercial properties on a map of the area. Data such as Labor Force, Businesses, Consumer Spending and Demographics are available.
SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s Public/Private Partnership Receives National and International Recognition
In September of this year Jeff Stover, the SEDA-COG JRA’s Executive Director, was invited to the White House to participate in a forum along with 34 other elected and appointed officials to discuss America's transportation infrastructure. Additionally, the rail authority has been recognized as a model example by World Bank in a case study. The study illustrates the advancement of rural economic development in direct support of the authority’s public investment in short lines."The rail authority has completed over 40 projects in partnership with the rail customers, development organizations, counties and municipalities. These development projects are complemented by great freight service provided by the North Shore Railroad group, which is the private railroad operator for the JRA's five short lines. The results of a 2011 customer survey showed 100% satisfaction with their rail service," said Stover. This unique structure of the Short-line rail supplier to the Focus Central PA region offers its customers the speed, flexibility and competitiveness of private involvement and the dependability and continuity of public ownership. Further, this worldwide recognition elevates the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority to the top of the list of short line systems.
Union County Producing 3 Quality of LIfe Videos
The three videos will promote amenities in each of the County's principal boroughs of Lewisburg, New Berlin and Mifflinburg. The videos are to be distributed via YouTube, the UCEDC website, and UCEDC's social media pages. A working copy of the Lewisburg video can be viewed here.
State of the Art Transfer Facility to Open in Coal Township
PA Waste Transfer, LLC. is opening its massive 30 foot doors for business sometime in late 2012. PA Waste Transfer, LLC. is privately owned and operated by Kenneth Deitrick, who has more than 35 years in the waste industry. PA Waste is a sister company of Disposal Management Services (DMS).
PA Waste is located in Coal Township, Pennsylvania and sits on over 5 acres of land and a 9,900 square foot enclosed tipping floor. The facility also contains a new state of the art weigh scale, ticketing booth and radiation detection system. PA Waste was recently PA DEP permitted and approved to accept up to 500 tons daily of municipal and residual waste.
PA Waste was created to offer competitive pricing for Northumberland and surrounding counties, reduce illegal dumping and is open to public use with available recycling bins on site. For more information, questions, hours of operation, rates and private tour(s) call PA Waste Transfer, LLC. at 570 – 648 - 2020 or visit us at www.dmstrash.com then click on “transfer”.
Paper Supply Companies Growing in Mifflin County
In October, two MCIDC Plaza companies have expanded operations.
Nittany Paper Mills has expanded by 34,000 sf and is now the Plaza's largest occupant with over 75,000 sf. It manufactures napkins, tissue, and soap. Fidelity Paper Supply has relocated to a larger facility recently vacated by Kardex USA. Fidelity supplies packaging materials and corrugated containers to the Central Pa region.
3 Vacant Sunbury PA Commercial Properties to get Marketing Boost
Economic development is often time-consuming, requiring infinite patience but in the end well-worth the effort. Last January Commonwealth Economics, LLC, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce delivered an economic development plan to the City of Sunbury. In the plan there were recommendations related to writing a marketing plan. The plan is being written now by the Chamber and the community. It focuses on three properties in downtown Sunbury. Potential partners for leasing or selling opportunities will shortly preview the properties as dictated by the plan, which was financed, in part, by a PPL Blue Ribbon Marketing grant with a match of economic development funds from the City. The Mayor, Dave Persing, and the City Council were not content to let the comprehensive plan gather dust on the shelf as so many other communities’ plans have. They are taking action for the development of the City and the well-being of its citizens.