The North Central PREP Region can deliver vital business assistance service across its 6 counties situated in the heart of Pennsylvania.
The North Central Region has a strong concentration of its business and industry in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, lumber, wood and paper, and oil and gas exploration. Manufacturing has always been a strong employer in the region and maintains the largest percentage of employment at 26 percent. Healthcare has and will continue to be a strong creator of jobs in the six-county region – 15 percent of the region’s jobs are in the healthcare services sector. And the lumber, wood and paper industry maintains an employment rate that is 3.4 times higher than the statewide average.
Nature tourism is an emerging growth industry in the North Central Region. The region comprises about half of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Visitors spent nearly $1.7 billion in the Pennsylvania Wilds in 2011 – an 11.5% rate of growth that was the fourth highest among the state’s 11 tourism regions, the latest statistics available. Visitor spending in the North Central Region that year was pegged at $642.8 million
The region’s proximity to major highways including Interstates 80, 86 and 99, and Routes 322 and 219, make our location attractive to manufacturers wanting to move products anywhere in the Northeast United States. We are also centrally located between the most active Marcellus and Utica Shale gas sites in the state. This creates a prime opportunity for manufacturers, and support and maintenance service providers to strategically locate in the center of this activity.
Northcentral PA is a great place to live and work. Business assistance and job development is supported a network of established service providers: county-based Economic Development Corporations (EDCs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs) and Local Development Districts (LDDs). The four organizations provide support to both existing and emerging businesses in the region.
The following organizations represent CORE SERVICE PROVIDERS to the Network:
Economic Development Corporations
Small Business Development Center
Industrial Resource Center
Local Development District
Additional Network partners:
City of Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development
Governor’s Action Team