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
10:30pm to 11:30pm        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
Panelist – Josh Norbury, BrightFarms
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 2:00pm            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
Panelist – Justin H. Ross, P.E., LIVIC Civil
2:00pm to 2:45pm            Central PA Developers Panel
Moderator – TBD
Panelist – Robert Grayston, Grayston Enterprises
Panelist – Thierry Lindor, Patton Warehousing
Panelist – Teen Verbares or Jim Baumgardner, CORE Design Group
2:45pm to 3:30pm            MADE In Central PA Partnership Panel
Moderator – TBD
Panelist – Erica Mulberger, CPWDC
Panelist – Shannon Munro, Penn College
Panelist – Joseph Miller, First Quality 
Panelist – Rob Bargo, Videon
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.  


Panelist – Company Investment Panel
Josh Norbury, BrightFarms, VP, Operations

A food manufacturing operations veteran, Josh leads all operations at the company’s greenhouse farms. Josh began his career in the Army, where he finished as a Major and was a Special Forces Company Commander. He then moved to the private sector as a General Manager of Ocean King Enterprises Inc., a seafood processing and distribution company. Most recently, Josh managed operations and support functions for more than 70 bakeries across 10 manufacturing regions for Bimbo Bakeries, USA, the nation’s largest commercial bakery, before joining BrightFarms in 2014.

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.


Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Don Brominski, UGI Utilities, Business Development Director

Don has spent his entire 29 year professional career with UGI Utilities in varying capacities in both the Gas and Electric Divisions. He is currently the Director of Business Development and is excited to see the opportunities that have presented themselves in Pennsylvania due to the production of Marcellus Shale gas.

Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Richard Vilello, PA DCEDDeputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development

Rick first joined the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in March of 2015 as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.  He was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development in February 2017.
As Deputy Secretary, Rick oversees the work of the entire deputate including:

  • The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services;
  • The Center for Community Enhancement;
  • The Center for Community and Housing Development;
  • The Center for Community Services; and
  • The department’s six regional offices.

Before coming to DCED, Rick served four terms as Mayor of Lock Haven and was previously President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

Panelist – Infrastructure Panel
Justin Ross, LIVIC Civil, LLC, Principal

Beginning his career as a designer and gaining experience at all levels of project delivery has allowed Justin to fully understand how a successful plan comes together. Using this knowledge Justin can comprehend not only what questions his designers and staff may encounter during the design portion of a project, but also how to work with owners and contractors to facilitate a successful team. Justin prides himself on exceptional project satisfaction by understanding a client’s goals, values and challenges to deliver results that surpass expectations. Justin is a registered Professional Engineer in 5 states including Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee. He graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Engineering Mechanics. He then went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Currently, Justin is involved with numerous professional associations, including the Susquehanna Valley Chamber Transportation Committee, the Susquehanna Industrial Development Corp. (SIDCO) Board of Directors and FOCUS Central PA.

Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Joe Miller, First Quality Tissue, Senior Human Resource Professional

Joe is a Senior Human Resource Professional at First Quality Tissue in Lock Haven, PA and is responsible for Community and Educational Outreach, Recruiting, Retention, Leadership Coaching and Cultural Development.  First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.  First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. Joe has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the manufacturing and service industries and in the military.  Joe has worked in Human Resources and Operational Excellence for the last 10 years.  In addition to First Quality, Joe has worked for Chambers, Nestle, Perrier and served in the US Army as an officer.  Joe is a graduate of Lock Haven University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education-Science. Joe is additionally a member of the Clinton, Centre and Williamsport/Lycoming Chambers of Commerce, the Central PA Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and a partner of the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation.  Joe also serves on career and technical education Advisory Boards at several of the local school districts and technical schools.

Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Rob Bargo, Videon, Vice President of Operations


Event Organized By:

Focus Central Pennsylvania
The Region’s Resource for Promoting New Corporate Investment
418 Railroad Street, Danville Pennsylvania USA 17821
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