Shown left to right:  Todd Hunter, Lauren Bryson, and Joe Kantz

North Shore Railroad Company, rail freight service provider to the Central Pennsylvania region and proponent of community development, is investing in regional growth with a sponsorship of $3,000 to Focus Central Pennsylvania (Focus). On February 5th, 2016 North Shore Railroad Company representatives Joe Kantz, Marketing Representative and Todd Hunter, Director of Marketing provided a check presentation of their annual commitment to Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus.

Gary Shields, President & CEO of the North Shore Railroad Company, believes Focus to be a worthwhile investment. “Part of North Shore’s mission statement is to be responsible civic partners with the communities we serve,” Shields says, “and that’s what we’re going to do as we move forward. Investing in Focus is investing in our community.”

For the past 31 years, NSHR, a privately owned company, has provided rail freight service to the six short line railroads they operate. These short line properties span across almost 250 miles of track. They are: the Juniata Valley Railroad, the Lycoming Valley Railroad, the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, the North Shore Railroad, the Shamokin Valley Railroad, and the Union County Industrial Railroad. The company’s mission is to be the most customer focused and safest transportation system possible, provide quality regional rail freight service to customers in Central Pennsylvania, conduct our business with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism, and be responsible civic partners with the communities we serve.

Focus Central Pennsylvania is a non-profit dedicating 100% of its time and resources to attracting corporate investment in the region to create jobs.  Focus currently serves seven (7) contiguous counties in the central part of Pennsylvania, USA with a total population of 468,250; a total labor force of 221,795; and nearly 18,000 business establishments. The counties and major cities include Centre (State College, Bellefonte); Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); and Mifflin (Lewistown).

“The quality rail service and infrastructure we have in the region is a significant competitive advantage for manufacturing and distribution prospects. So, it is of extreme value to have partners like North Shore Railroad engaged and supporting our efforts.”  said Executive Director of Focus, Lauren Bryson.

Focus Central Pennsylvania is part of a committed team in the region that is driving economic development 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.