Focus Central PA Hosts Site Location Consultant for Familiarization Tour of the Region

September 21, 2015

State College, PA – On September 17th and 18th Focus hosted a site location consultant and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to familiarize them with the central region.

Site location consultants work with hundreds of companies a year to determine the best location to expand their business.  The goal of the tour was to familiarize them with available properties, key attributes of the region that support business growth and to connect them with the knowledgeable team of key project resource partners, including area elected officials and economic developers in Pennsylvania here to support their searches. “It is critical to familiarize site location consultants with Central Pennsylvania, as often the region is not considered for business expansion/relocation projects due to either lack of knowledge of the economic development assets or misperception that the region lacks available properties, transportation and utility infrastructure, and labor attributes such as availability, value, and skills.”  said Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus Central PA.

The tour included visiting available sites and buildings in the Focus partners counties, Mifflin and Centre; a presentation that highlighted information about the region’s highway, rail and air infrastructure; proximity to markets; workforce availability and educational institutions; incentives including Keystone Opportunity Zones; cost of living and quality of life. The tour included stops at incredible resources in the region including GE Measurement & Controls in Lewistown, Penn State Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), Penn State Materials Research Institute Millennium Science Complex, and Penn State Information Sciences and Technology Building.

This tour is just a part of the overall strategy of Focus to communicate the key attributes the Central Region offers to support corporate growth and expansion to ensure the region has a diverse and sustainable future. Focus Central Pennsylvania is the region’s resource for promoting new corporate investment, driven by a mission to attract new business investments and family-sustaining jobs to the Central PA region.  Focus Central PA supports seven county partners in the region including Centre, Mifflin, Montour, Snyder, Union, Columbia, and Northumberland.  This tour was made possible by the support of our partners and investors that support regional cooperation for effective promotion to advance Central Pennsylvania.

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