Central PA – On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 Focus Central PA will be hosting, the region’s forward-thinking economic growth live online event. Experts and regional thought-leaders on industrial development will cover critical topics about industrial development post-pandemic in Pennsylvania and the challenges and opportunities for investment and smart growth.

The event schedule includes keynote Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals, who will provide updates on the multi-billion-dollar petrochemicals complex investment in western PA; one of the largest investment projects ever in Pennsylvania. Participants will join interactive panels with manufacturing leaders from growing regional companies including Kreamer Feed, Autoneum North American, GAF, BrightFarms, Unipar Inc, FirstQuality, Videon; and an expert line up of regional leaders from critical infrastructure, development and talent partners including PPL Electric, UGI Utilities, PhilaPort, LIVIC Civil, PA DCED, PennDOT District 3-0, Grayston Enterprises, Patton Warehousing, North Shore Railroad Company & Affiliates and CORE Design Group!

Joe Kantz, Focus Central PA Board Member and Event Committee Chair said As a County Commissioner in Snyder County for the past dozen years, I have seen smart growth in our region.  One of the reasons we’ve seen this growth is because of the work of FOCUS Central PA.  This Forum will be a “must attend” event for anyone who is interested in economic and industrial development in the greater Central PA area. When we approach growth in central PA from a regional approach, we succeed.  This event will broaden our ability to work together and bring even more growth to our region to benefit our residents and our local economies.”  

If you have a direct or closely aligned vested interest in industrial and overall development and growth in the Focus Central Pennsylvania region, this is the event to attend. The keynote speakers and panelists are responsible for billions of dollars in “game changing” investment projects providing smart economic growth and careers in Pennsylvania. The Shell Pennsylvania “cracker plant” investment project is a petrochemical complex that will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce up to 3.5 billion pounds of polyethylene plastic pellets per year.  The pellets produced at this plant are used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components that will drive down stream growth, investment and development throughout Pennsylvania.

IDF2021 will ENGAGE, INFORM, and create ACTION. By elevating the stories of recent industrial investment projects in Pennsylvania, defining the activities that attract quality investment, and learning about ecosystems – or communities – of regional promoters, attendees will collaborate in drafting our investment ecosystems playbook. Each regional investment represents the work of a community enabled with the tools to ensure the success of the ecosystem. Our industrial development ecosystem will cultivate economic growth and career opportunities across Central PA.

Lauren Bryson, Focus Central PA Executive Director said “Focus Central PA is excited to be hosting this event and convening an incredible line of speakers and panelists that will provide a high impact networking and learning event that will elevate the topic of industrial development and investment taking place in Central Pennsylvania.”

The forum takes place live online on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Registration is FREE but required.  The event is made possible by our sponsors Grayston Enterprises, DRIVE, LIVIC Civil, SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority and many more. To register for the event visit https://focuscentralpa.org/about-us/central-pennsylvania-industrial-development-forum/.

Any questions on the event or interest in becoming an event sponsor, contact Focus Central Pennsylvania at 844.293.8719 or at locate@focuscentralpa.org.

Focus Central Pennsylvania, a 501c3, is part of a committed team in the region driving economic development growth for communities in Centre, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, and Mifflin communities. The mission of Focus 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 pro-actively connects with site location consultants and companies looking to relocate or expand. This work helps our communities become an even greater place to live and work.