Links

Agriculture in Pennsylvania

Resource Guide for Ag Lending Prepared by the Chester County Economics Development Council

General Ag Resources:

Ag Lending Resources:

Dairy Resources:

Recent article with mini-case story showing some important aspects of dairy management in American Agriculturalist

 Airways

Bedford County Companies

Bedford County Sites and Buildings

Business Energy & Funding Saving Programs

  • DCED.PA.Gov – Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) – Renewable Energy Program; High Performance Building; Pollution Prevention Assistance Program; Solar Energy Program; and Alternative and Clean Energy.
  • www.depweb.state.pa.us – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – Small Business Advantage Grant Program (keyword: SBAdvantage)
  • www.energysavePA.com – FirstEnergy Programs – Commercial & Industrial Incentive Programs; Motors and Drives Incentives for Business Program; HVAC Incentives for Business Program; Custom Incentives for Business Program; and Non-Standard Lighting Incentives for Business.
  • http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Energy.html –  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – USDA Rural Development provides funding opportunities in the form of payments, grants, loans, and loan guarantees, for the development and commercialization of renewable energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, ocean waves, hydroelectric, biomass, and biofuel (ethanol, biodiesel, etc.) to change the way people power their homes, businesses, and industries.

Business Resources

Business Support Services/Economic Development Partners

  • Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD) – A catalyst for business expansion in Blair County, PA and through regional partnerships along the I-99 Innovation Corridor.
  • Catalyst Connection – Providing consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity.
  • Fulton Industrial Development Association (FIDA) – Has been working hard for more than 30 years to help businesses in Fulton County, PA grow and succeed.
  • Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Inc. – An organization for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, recreational, educational, agricultural and civic interests of the County of Huntingdon.
  • I-99 Innovation Corridor – Partners in Economic Development – home to numerous precision manufacturers, life science firms,
    technology-based companies and materials-related industries.
  • Innovative Modernization Center, Inc. – Is dedicated to driving economic success and profitable growth for the 12 counties we serve and the entire state.  Objective, expert advice and actionable solutions are available for small and medium sized manufacturers.
  • Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) – Provides value-added services and connections to the right people in government, commercial lending, equity investing, real estate and other regional, state and federal economic development growth.
  • MANTEC – A manufacturing consultant created to provide South Central PA manufacturers with customized solutions that deliver measurable results in productivity, profitability, and competitiveness.
  • Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (Penn TAP) – Located at Penn State is a statewide technical assistance organization charged with supporting PA businesses and anchor institutions – including manufacturers, municipalities, educational institutions, entrepreneurs and economic development agencies.
  • Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – A team of professionals enabling small businesses to start, grown and prosper by providing quality services through education, research and consultation that promotes regional economic progress.
  • Somerset County Economic Development Council – Promotes industrial, commercial and retail growth by recruiting and assisting new firms to locate in the county, while helping existing companies to retain or expand employment.
  • Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission (SAPDC) – A non-profit regional economic and community development organization serving Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties.

Career Resources

  • Aerotek – Has grown to become one of the top global recruiting and staffing agencies.
  • Career Services for Allegany College of Maryland – College Central Network is the primary job posting service for Allegany College of Maryland.
  • PA CareerLink – A job gateway service
  • Bedford PA CareerLink – A statewide network of conveniently located centers and online services which connect employers with skilled workers.
  • Skills of Central PA – Creating opportunities and providing support for people with disabilities
  • Spherion – Is a staffing leader with local roots and a passion for placing the right person in the right job.

Education

Financial

  • Ben Franklin Technology Partnership – Providing both funding and operational assistance for innovative PA small businesses, with outstanding prospects for job creation and growth
  • KIZ – Keystone Innovation Zone – An incentive program that provides tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old operating within specific targeted industries within the boundaries of a Keystone Innovation Zone.
  • PA Job Creation Tax Credit Program (JCTC) – If you’re planning any changes, expansions, etc that will generate new jobs, you may be eligible for tax credits under the PA JCTC.

Government

  • Bedford County, Pennsylvania – Crossroads of Heritage & Hospitality – The Bedford County Government.
  • Data.Gov – A federal government website to provide information about its activities that businesses and individuals might be interested in.
  • Grants.Gov – Provides information about government grant programs that are available to a variety of entities, including businesses, non-governmental organizations and state and local governments.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development – Easy accessible resources for loan and grant applications, eligibility information and program descriptions.

Informational Resources

Workforce Development

  • Catalyst Connection – Providing consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity.
  • www.collegecentral.com/Allegany– Are you looking for employees and/or wish to post job openings?  You can post them on this site at no charge!  You may also search the current Allegany College of MD student resumes.  It will take a few minutes to register and then your on your way.
  • Innovative Modernization Center, Inc. – Is dedicated to driving economic success and profitable growth for the 12 counties we serve and the entire state.  Objective, expert advice and actionable solutions are available for small and medium sized manufacturers.
  • Bedford PA CareerLink – A statewide network of conveniently located centers and online services which connect employers with skilled workers.
  • Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – A team of professionals enabling small businesses to start, grown and prosper by providing quality services through education, research and consultation that promotes regional economic progress.
  • Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) – PA’s nationally recognized layoff aversion program.  SEWN saves manufacturing jobs throughout PA by offering layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turnaround, or attract buyers for at-risk small-to medium-sized manufacturing firms.