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From left to right: Eric Winslow, Don Alexander, Lauren Bryson, Jerry Walls, John Showers and Jeff Stover.

From left to right: Eric Winslow, Don Alexander, Lauren Bryson, Jerry Walls, John Showers and Jeff Stover.

Shamokin Dam, PA – SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority (JRA), provider of five short line railroads in Central Pennsylvania is investing $3,000 for 2015 to support efforts of Focus Central Pennsylvania to promote the region to attract new corporate investment. A check was presented by SEDA-Cog JRA representatives Jerry Walls, Chairman of the Board and Jeff Stover, Executive Director to Focus representatives Eric Winslow, member of the Board, Don Alexander, Chairman of the Board, Lauren Bryson, Executive Director and Commissioner John Showers, member of the Board.

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 six (6) contiguous counties in the central part of Pennsylvania, USA with a total population of 311,000; a total labor force of 137,000; and nearly 12,000 business establishments. The counties and major cities include Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); and Mifflin (Lewistown).

“Focus’s investors provide the financial resources that allow Focus to implement strategic pro-active marketing programs to attract quality, family-sustaining job creators to its six-county region. With the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority investment, Focus will be better able to become more competitive in the fiercely competitive race to attract new jobs and capital investments to Central Pennsylvania.” said Don Alexander, Chairman of Focus.

“The JRA is proud, once again, to support the good work of Focus Central PA to help us locate more rail-served industries on our system” said Jeff Stover, Executive Director of SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority.

The Lewisburg, PA based JRA is an eight county municipal authority offering the best of public ownership of the trackage and fixed facilities and private rail service operation to its customers. The SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s mission is to preserve and foster rail service in Central Pennsylvania and to further economic development through retention, improvement and expansion of the infrastructure and the rail service it supports. The Rail Authority has reinvested $43 million into upgrades and replacement of rail facilities and development of additional tracks to serve new industrial sites.

The mission of Focus Central Pennsylvania 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 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 Central Pennsylvania communities become an even greater place to live and work.

For more information, contact: Lauren Bryson, 844.293.8719, lbryson@focuscentralpa.org