Central Pennsylvania is a choice location that is experiencing billions of dollars in energy and infrastructure investments to support a strong regional economy.

Airport Infrastructure

Central Pennsylvania is served by two regional airports that have daily flights to key cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington DC, and Chicago. Those regional airports are University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania and Williamsport Regional Airport in Williamsport, PA.

University Park Airport receives grant to aid in growing services

University Park Airport is continuing to grow and received a $2.2 million state grant for expansion Wednesday. The funding will go toward constructing a better access road to the airport and to increase parking options at the facility.

 

Health Care Infrastructure

Central Pennsylvania hosts exceptional high-quality health care institutions including the Evangelical Community HospitalSunbury Community Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center, and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Expansion Planned at Evangelical Community Hospital

$72 million project for a four-story, 112,000 square foot expansion that will change the appearance of the hospital and the way patient care is delivered at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (Union County)

Geisinger To Hire 2,000 New Employees

Six months after launching a recruitment campaign to hire 1,500 employees, Geisinger has announced further efforts to hire an additional 2,000 new employees in 2017. For nearly a century Geisinger has provided superior health care services to the communities we serve in northeast and central Pennsylvania. As a successful not-for-profit health organization, our financial strength allows us to reinvest in our people, programs, services, facilities and technology. In addition to our approximate $1.9 billion in annual salaries/benefits, etc., we have also invested more than $1 billion in capital expenditures over the past decade. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies.

Sunbury Community Hospital Announces Sale to UPMC Susquehanna

UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury is a 70-bed facility offering a wide range of services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, medical, and surgical care. UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury is a Joint Commission Accredited Facility that has served the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1895, with life-saving and life-enhancing services ranging from 24/7 emergency care to health programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Electric Infrastructure

PPL Electric serving Central Pennsylvania is on track to invest $5 billion in distribution & transmission upgrades to increase reliability/service. https://www.pplelectric.com/reliability/reliability-projects.aspx

PPL Electric service territory map

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) expects to invest about $367 million in 2017 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance reliability for approximately 590,000 customers in the Pennsylvania Electric Company’s (Penelec) service territory.

Major projects scheduled in 2017 throughout Penelec’s 31-county area include building new substations and transmission lines, installing equipment in existing substations, adding remote control equipment on circuits, and the inspection and replacement of utility poles.

Projects scheduled in the Penelec footprint in 2017 include adding four 230-kilovolt (kV) circuit breakers at a substation in Granville Township, Mifflin County, at a cost of about $5.4 million to help enhance reliability and operational flexibility.

Natural Gas Power Plant

A new 1,124 megawatt power plant is under construction in Central Pennsylvania, a $835 million investment project. One of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States that is expected to produce 1,124 megawatts to power 1 million homes, including in New York and Philadelphia, and is to be operating by the close of 2017.

Natural Gas Pipeline

UGI Energy Services, LLC  has begun construction on a 34 mile natural gas pipline, estimated to cost $160 million. The 20 inch diameter pipeline will originate in Lycoming County, interconnecting the Hummel Station natural gas power plant to the Marc I, Regency and Transcontinental regional gas pipelines. The pipeline will deliver a maximum of more than 200 billion BTUs of natural gas daily — an estimated 90 percent of it to the $710 million power plant.

Natural Gas Co-Op

SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc. Providing Pennsylvania Natural Gas to Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania has an abundant supply of natural gas, but accessing it can be a challenge because of an underdeveloped distribution system. That’s where we come in.

Rendering of new 4500 foot bridge across West Branch of Susquehanna River

Highway Infrastructure

An estimated $670 million highway project is underway in Central Pennsylvania to put in a new 4-lane limited access highway, approximately 13 miles long that will include a 4500 ft long bridge, to be completed by 2024.

Water Infrastructure

Pennsylvania American Water provides water service in Central Pennsylvania. American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

Pennsylvania American Water Rates

Pennsylvania American Water can work with developers, business owners or other entities that would like to extend water infrastructure to a new project either within or near an existing service area. They are committed to providing an easy, efficient process to help bring water resources where and when needed.

Water Infrastructure

Aqua America Pennsylvania provides water service to parts of Central Pennsylvania. Aqua provides water and wastewater services to approximately 3 million people in 8 states and continues to grow its operations through acquisitions. Aqua Pennsylvania serves more than 1.4 million residents in 32 counties across the Keystone State.

 

Sewer Infrastructure

Milton Regional Sewer Authority is municipal-owned and serves many residential customers in Northumberland, PA. It treats wastewater from ConAgra Foods, the food giant that produces Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Andy Capp, LaChoy and Gulden’s Mustard products. The original Milton wastewater treatment plant was upgraded in 1975, and the MRSA recently invested in another plant upgrade dubbed the “Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E)” project in 2014. The state-of-the-art technology works together to generate electricity, incorporate biosolids drying utilizing waste heat, and produce a high level of wastewater treatment.  Referred to as the Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E) Project, construction of the Ww2E upgrade expands the MRSA’s wastewater treatment capacity from 3.42 MGD to 4.25 MGD and doubled its organic capacity to nearly 49,900 pounds per day. The approximate $55 million construction cost for the Ww2E upgrade was primarily funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and supplemented by additional grants through H2O PA, the Growing Greener initiative and PA Conservation Works. The increased hydraulic and organic capacity design allows for continued regionalization to serve the local community. The facility now serves a total of six municipalities in Northumberland County, PA with others considering the potential for connection in the future.  Additionally, this project serves as a model for promoting economic growth, a positive impact on the environment, and operational efficiencies.

Rail Infrastructure

Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country, making up a vital component economic and transportation activities. Over the next five years Central Pennsylvania rail infrastructure investments will total over $5 million dollars. Hundreds of miles of rail in the region serve over 80 industries.

Central Pennsylvania Broadband Access and Providers

BroadbandNow – Key Statistics and Details on Broadband Service and Providers

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PABroadbandMappingViewer – a listing of advanced and broadband services, by general location, available from all advanced and broadband service providers operating in the state irrespective of the technology used.  All providers of are required to cooperate.

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Central Pennsylvania Energy

Energy – Pennsylvania Profile and Energy Estimates

Water – Abundance of water resources to support business