“The first step was to locate a community that possessed certain attributes,” Goldberg said. “These included: a large facility, a quality workforce, an open-minded community and a community that would benefit from our presence.” Bedford met every one of those criteria as well as having an active and cooperative economic development community.
Goldberg worked with numerous economic development groups in his search for a Pennsylvania site. He was impressed with the response he received from BCDA.
“We were seeking to learn if Bedford County was ready for medical cannabis,” Goldberg noted. “Bette Slayton was on the other end of the line when I called BCDA,” he continued. “She was energetic and excited about the potential of this new industry. Slayton immediately sent me a qualifying facility in Saxton and encouraged me to visit the area.”
During his visit to Saxton, Goldberg enjoyed several chance encounters with Saxton residents who were cordial and helpful.
“This is a unique community,” said Goldberg. “A place of caring people that look out for each other. The interactions I had told me a lot about the community and really helped solidify that we were in the right place.”