Shamokin Dam, Pa. – Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County officially joined Focus Central Pennsylvania at the March Board of Directors meeting. Centre County is now part of the committed team in the Central Pennsylvania region driving economic development and business attraction for communities in seven contiguous counties including Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder and Mifflin.

“The Focus Central Pennsylvania Board of Directors are extremely excited to have Centre County join the progressive efforts to market the region for corporate investment, and looking forward to the value and experience Vern Squier will bring to the strategic discussions to advance the Focus mission.” said Don Alexander, Chair of Focus.

Focus is a nonprofit dedicating 100 percent of its time and resources to attracting corporate investment in the region to create jobs. The mission is to effectively promote new corporate investment that results in growth of family sustaining jobs in the region by being a premier economic development marketing alliance for committed partners. Focus proactively connect prospects and companies looking to relocate or expand to the region that will provide more and diverse career opportunities for those that live or move to the region. This work helps communities become an even greater place to live and work. As a partner Centre County will receive quality leads from companies interested in the region, marketing support, research data, online property database, regional collaboration and overall support on business attraction projects.

Competition to attract quality, sustainable corporate investment is fierce. Regional organizations are valued by companies and site location consultants for the collaboration and quality, timely responses to support their project and search efforts. Promoting on a regional level provides more resources dedicated to professional, effective marketing efforts to generate more quality leads.

Vern Squier is President and CEO of both the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation (CCIDC). Squier’s prior experience consists of more than 25 years of experience working with Chambers, Economic Development Organizations, and State policy and Legislative issues in the state of Kansas.

“Promoting and positioning the region for job creation and growth is an important component of the Chamber’s multi-faceted economic development mission,” Squier said. “Our unique central location in the state positions us to engage in multiple regional efforts, from working with our I-99 Corridor partners in Blair and Bedford counties to working with counties that comprise Focus Central Pennsylvania. We welcome efforts to raise the visibility of Centre County and all of central Pennsylvania before site selectors and corporate decision makers.”

Economic development is the lifeblood of every community. It creates jobs, builds neighborhoods, supports businesses and provides a higher quality of life. This work is not accomplished by one, but by many.

For more information, contact:

Lauren Bryson, 844.293.8719, lbryson@focuscentralpa.org

PO Box 10 – 2859 N Susquehanna Trail – Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 USA

844.293.8719 – Email: locate@focuscentralpa.org