Central Pennsylvania is a choice location that is experiencing billions of dollars in energy and infrastructure investments to support a strong regional economy.
Snyder County, Pa. — More businesses in Snyder County will have access to cheap natural gas thanks to a $471,902 Pipeline Investment Program grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation will partner with UGI to install 3,350 feet of gas line in Middlecreek Township, according to the PA Environment Digest. The total project will cost $995,030, with UGI contributing $523,128 in matching funds.
SEDA-COG helped the Borough of Milton secure nearly $2.7 million in state and federal grant funding to construct Marsh Road to improve access to five developable lots in the Milton Industrial Park. Read more:
$4 Million Dollar Expansion to Trap Shooting Grounds to build The Northeast Shooting Complex in Elsyburg, PA.
$34 Million dollar project, to build a new local access interchange to SR 26 and improve traffic patterns as drivers use I-99 and I-80 to come into the region. PennDOT anticipates finishing it in December 2021.
$82 Million project, the PennDOT Potters Mills Gap (PMG) Transportation Project is to improve safety, reduce congestion, and alleviate access concerns along the section of Route 322 from the Centre County/Mifflin County line to west of the Route 322/Route 144 intersection at Potters Mills.
The Public Library for Union County will use a $750,000 state grant to construct a 1,146-square-foot addition to the children’s wing.
Northumberland County to upgrade a sewer system in Upper Augusta Township to install a sanitary sewer system and extension line in the village of Mount Pleasant.The project will eliminate 46 septic tanks and eliminate the use of a non-compliant wastewater plant. The township received a $250,000 loan and a grant of almost three million dollars. The governor says the money will come through PENNVEST and invest $98 million for 16 sites to improve drinking water and storm water projects.
Due to obstacles the PennDot new 4-lane limited access highway, approximately 13 miles long in Central Pennsylvania to reduce congestion and separate trucks and through traffic from local traffic, reduce congestion and accommodate growth and improve safety is now re-estimated to cost $865 million and be completed in 2027. In the northern section it will connect PA 147 south of Montandon to US 15 south of Winfield including a 4500-ft-long bridge over West Branch Susquehanna River and the southern section will connect US 15 south of Winfield to US 11/15 north of Selinsgrove.
Geisinger has requested the Geisinger Authority to proceed with new bond financing of up to $1 billion in Summer 2019. The new bonds may include debt refinancing and new debt currently estimated at $200 million. Geisinger expects to use the financing to fund new health care facilities and equipment, and to replace existing debt if interest rates are favorable. Proceeds from the proposed bond issue will be used to benefit patients served by Geisinger through the acquisition, renovation and construction of buildings and equipment in eight different Pennsylvania counties: Centre, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, and Northumberland, and also in Atlantic County in New Jersey.
SEKISUI partners with Bloomsburg University to bring a Professional Experience Lab downtown. The new SEKISUI Professional Experience Lab at the Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg was unveiled, featuring a list of Professional U benefits to include:
- five individual, soundproof rooms (in varying sizes and styles) to accommodate individual and group training needs
- an opportunity to practice, record and receive feedback on virtual, face-to-face communication in preparation for an internship, job interview, sales presentation, competitions and conflict resolution seminars just to name a few
- a private space to interview with employer partners in person or virtually
- an innovative hub for career and professional development, as well as the university Alumni Association
- access to the Alumni and Professional Engagement team to discuss individual student hiring and internship needs
The Dr. Welch Workshop will represent a combination of design, engineering, fabrication, and education, enabling users to complete multidisciplinary projects with support and inspiration from others within the college community. The design for the Penn College makerspace was created by students and refined and finalized by a committee of faculty and staff. Gifts to The Dr. Welch Workshop allow this informal, project-driven, and self-directed learning space for the campus community to share their ideas, explore their concepts, and support invention in a highly collaborative and well-equipped space.
Central Pennsylvania is served by two regional airports that have daily flights to key cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington DC, and Chicago. Those regional airports are University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania and Williamsport Regional Airport in Williamsport, PA.
University Park Airport is continuing to grow and received a $2.2 million state grant for expansion Wednesday. The funding will go toward constructing a better access road to the airport and to increase parking options at the facility.
Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT) builds new $17 million terminal
The 30,000 square foot facility cost nearly $17 million to replace the old, smaller terminal. The design is very modern and energy efficient providing modern conveniences such as a passenger loading bridge for efficient circulation, especially in inclement weather, updated passenger processing and security systems. Some other new features include a passenger baggage carousel, seating for 180 passengers in the Transportation Safety Administration’s “Secure Waiting Area” for outbound passengers and comfort facilities.
Central Pennsylvania hosts exceptional high-quality health care institutions including the Evangelical Community Hospital, Sunbury Community Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center, and Mount Nittany Medical Center.
$72 million project for a four-story, 112,000 square foot expansion that will change the appearance of the hospital and the way patient care is delivered at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (Union County)
Six months after launching a recruitment campaign to hire 1,500 employees, Geisinger has announced further efforts to hire an additional 2,000 new employees in 2017. For nearly a century Geisinger has provided superior health care services to the communities we serve in northeast and central Pennsylvania. As a successful not-for-profit health organization, our financial strength allows us to reinvest in our people, programs, services, facilities and technology. In addition to our approximate $1.9 billion in annual salaries/benefits, etc., we have also invested more than $1 billion in capital expenditures over the past decade. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies.
UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury is a 70-bed facility offering a wide range of services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, medical, and surgical care. UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury is a Joint Commission Accredited Facility that has served the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1895, with life-saving and life-enhancing services ranging from 24/7 emergency care to health programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.
PPL Electric serving Central Pennsylvania is on track to invest $5 billion in distribution & transmission upgrades to increase reliability/service. https://www.pplelectric.com/reliability/reliability-projects.aspx
PPL Electric service territory map
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) expects to invest about $367 million in 2017 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance reliability for approximately 590,000 customers in the Pennsylvania Electric Company’s (Penelec) service territory.
Major projects scheduled in 2017 throughout Penelec’s 31-county area include building new substations and transmission lines, installing equipment in existing substations, adding remote control equipment on circuits, and the inspection and replacement of utility poles.
Projects scheduled in the Penelec footprint in 2017 include adding four 230-kilovolt (kV) circuit breakers at a substation in Granville Township, Mifflin County, at a cost of about $5.4 million to help enhance reliability and operational flexibility.
A new 1,124 megawatt power plant is under construction in Central Pennsylvania, a $835 million investment project. One of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States that is expected to produce 1,124 megawatts to power 1 million homes, including in New York and Philadelphia, and is to be operating by the close of 2017.
UGI Energy Services, LLC has begun construction on a 34 mile natural gas pipline, estimated to cost $160 million. The 20 inch diameter pipeline will originate in Lycoming County, interconnecting the Hummel Station natural gas power plant to the Marc I, Regency and Transcontinental regional gas pipelines. The pipeline will deliver a maximum of more than 200 billion BTUs of natural gas daily — an estimated 90 percent of it to the $710 million power plant.
SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc. Providing Pennsylvania Natural Gas to Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania has an abundant supply of natural gas, but accessing it can be a challenge because of an underdeveloped distribution system. That’s where we come in.
An estimated $670 million highway project is underway in Central Pennsylvania to put in a new 4-lane limited access highway, approximately 13 miles long that will include a 4500 ft long bridge, to be completed by 2024.
Pennsylvania American Water provides water service in Central Pennsylvania. American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
Pennsylvania American Water can work with developers, business owners or other entities that would like to extend water infrastructure to a new project either within or near an existing service area. They are committed to providing an easy, efficient process to help bring water resources where and when needed.
Aqua America Pennsylvania provides water service to parts of Central Pennsylvania. Aqua provides water and wastewater services to approximately 3 million people in 8 states and continues to grow its operations through acquisitions. Aqua Pennsylvania serves more than 1.4 million residents in 32 counties across the Keystone State.
Milton Regional Sewer Authority is municipal-owned and serves many residential customers in Northumberland, PA. It treats wastewater from ConAgra Foods, the food giant that produces Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Andy Capp, LaChoy and Gulden’s Mustard products. The original Milton wastewater treatment plant was upgraded in 1975, and the MRSA recently invested in another plant upgrade dubbed the “Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E)” project in 2014. The state-of-the-art technology works together to generate electricity, incorporate biosolids drying utilizing waste heat, and produce a high level of wastewater treatment. Referred to as the Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E) Project, construction of the Ww2E upgrade expands the MRSA’s wastewater treatment capacity from 3.42 MGD to 4.25 MGD and doubled its organic capacity to nearly 49,900 pounds per day. The approximate $55 million construction cost for the Ww2E upgrade was primarily funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and supplemented by additional grants through H2O PA, the Growing Greener initiative and PA Conservation Works. The increased hydraulic and organic capacity design allows for continued regionalization to serve the local community. The facility now serves a total of six municipalities in Northumberland County, PA with others considering the potential for connection in the future. Additionally, this project serves as a model for promoting economic growth, a positive impact on the environment, and operational efficiencies.
Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country, making up a vital component economic and transportation activities. Over the next five years Central Pennsylvania rail infrastructure investments will total over $5 million dollars. Hundreds of miles of rail in the region serve over 80 industries.
Central Pennsylvania Broadband Access and Providers
BroadbandNow – Key Statistics and Details on Broadband Service and Providers
PABroadbandMappingViewer – a listing of advanced and broadband services, by general location, available from all advanced and broadband service providers operating in the state irrespective of the technology used. All providers of are required to cooperate.
Central Pennsylvania Energy
Energy – Pennsylvania Profile and Energy Estimates
Water – Abundance of water resources to support business