2020 Focus Central Pennsylvania
Industrial Development Forum

Region’s Forward Thinking Economic Growth Event

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
8:00am to 4:00pm
Degenstein Campus Center, Susquehanna University
514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove PA 17870

Industrial Development Forum 2020








Why Attend? You will hear from experts and regional thought-leaders on Industrial Development in Central Pennsylvania. Join us as we collectively discuss game chancing economic investment projects, industry challenges and opportunities for smart economic growth in the river valleys of Central Pennsylvania.

Keynote speaker scheduled is Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals, to provide updates on the $6 billion “cracker plant” in western PA, a petrochemical plant that will produce up to 3.5 billion pounds of polyethylene plastic pellets per year.

This is a FREE event, registration required, made possible by the following sponsors…

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Schedule – At – A – Glance

8:00am to 9:30am            Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking/Sponsor Tables
9:30am to 9:45am            Industrial Development Forum Welcome
9:45am to 10:30am          Shell Appalachia’s Investment Keynote Presentation-Michael Marr, Shell
10:30am to 11:30am        Central PA Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Moderator – Ryan Unger, TeamPA Foundation
Panelist – Tracie Witter, PPL Electric
Panelist – Don Brominski, UGI Utilities
Panelist – Dominic O’Brien, PhilaPort
Panelist – Richard Vilello, PA Deputy Secretary Community Affairs & Development
11:30am to 12:00pm       Central PA Industrial Real Estate Market Update – John Van Buskirk, Lee & Associates
12:00pm to 1:00pm         Networking Lunch/Sponsor Tables
1:00pm to 1:30pm            Central PA Company Investment Panel
Moderator – Brent Vernon, Governor’s Action Team
Panelist – Ronn Cort, Sekisui SPI
Panelist – Jason Robinson, Kreamer Feed
Panelist – Jim Nemeth, Autoneum North American
Panelist – Michael Widerquist, GAF
1:30pm to 2:00pm            Central PA Developers Panel
Moderator – TBD
Panelist – Robert Grayston, Grayston Enterprises
Panelist – Thierry Lindor, Patton Warehousing
2:00pm to 3:00pm            MADE In Central PA Partnership Panel
Moderator – TBD
Panelist – Erica Mulberger, CPWDC
Panelist – Shannon Munro, Penn College
3:00pm to 3:30pm            Focus Central Pennsylvania Event Wrap-up
3:30pm to 4:00pm            Networking/Exhibit Sponsors

Forum Speakers and Panelists 

Keynote Speaker

Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals

Michael Marr has been a senior communications leader in both the private and public sector for more than two decades.  In 2012, Marr joined Shell and has since worked in different roles covering Shell’s US Chemicals Assets and Shell’s petrochemical project in Beaver County, PA.  For the five years preceding Marr’s employment with Shell, he served as the public affairs lead at the former BP Texas City site, which housed the nation’s third largest oil refinery, an integrated chemical plant and a power plant.

Marr worked in senior governmental roles before joining the private sector in 2007.  From 1998-2007, Marr served in a variety of roles for New York Governor George Pataki – including as the Governor’s official press secretary, campaign press secretary and as the State’s lead economic development spokesperson in the 18 months that followed 9/11.  

Prior to serving in the Governor’s office, Marr worked on Capitol Hill – on both the House and the Senate side.

Marr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania with his wife and their son Ryan, who is nine.  


Moderator – Industrial Infrastructure Panel

Ryan C. Unger, Team Pennsylvania President & CEO.

Ryan joined the staff of TeamPA in 2011 to guide Team PA’s policy work. Over the years, he has transitioned from his policy role to Vice President & COO and eventually President & CEO. Ryan is a Pennsylvania native, graduating from Elizabethtown College – where he currently serves as President of the Alumni Council – and has committed his career to advancing local and regional economic development efforts. Through his various roles at Team PA, Ryan has been integral in a variety of statewide workforce and economic development initiatives that have been recognized nationally as best practices.


Event Organized By:

Focus Central Pennsylvania

The Region’s Resource for Promoting New Corporate Investment


2859 N Susquehanna Trail – Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 USA

844.293.8719 – Email: locate@focuscentralpa.org


Focus Central Pennsylvania is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), regional economic development marketing alliance committed to promoting new corporate investment in Central Pennsylvania resulting in the growth and creation of family sustaining jobs. Focus Central Pennsylvania supports a constituency of partners fully committed to regional cooperation. Focus promotes seven (7) contiguous counties in the central part of Pennsylvania, USA including Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); Mifflin (Lewistown); and Centre (State College).

Past Industrial Development Forum: Focus Central Pennsylvania hosted their first Industrial Development Forum on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at Bucknell University, Elaine Langone Center at 700 Moore Ave, Lewisburg PA. Over 140 attendees were immersed in the topic of industrial development from economics to infrastructure to corporate investment. The forum was made possible by sponsors, speakers and panelists that provided valuable content and actionable information. 

Keynote presentation: Economic Conditions: The Nation, Pennsylvania, and the Region – James Robey, PhD, June 6, 2017

Keynote presentation: Real Estate Market Overview & Industry Site Selection – Dennis Burnside, Juniper Solutions, June 6, 2017