When downsizing threatened the Letterkenny Army Depot, an essential institution in Franklin County, the community rallied. Determined not to lose a major employer without a fight, local economic development and county government officials sprang into action, making moves that are still paying dividends 20 years later.
Running September 30 - October 6, Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week spotlights the employment opportunities and economic impact of this essential sector. Keystone Edge chatted with DCED Secretary Dennis M. Davin to learn more.
At the long-abandoned 7,000-square-foot Smith Paint Building in downtown Harrisburg, two men are churning out handcrafted vodka, rum, moonshine and more. They are part of a wave of micro-distilleries across Pennsylvania, spurred by an easing of the state's liquor laws.
The organization's goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. This latest funding round will boost startups in a wide range of sectors.
The company's exquisite single-origin bars have won a following around the globe. Flavors like Camel Milk, Rum Raisin and Strawberry Rye Whiskey are handcrafted in an old shoe factory in this Pennsylvania borough. The space also boats a retail arm and coffee shop.
Counter to many narratives about the death of manufacturing in southwestern PA, in 2016 the sector accounted for the most investment dollars ($6.1 billion), the most deals (50 companies expanding or relocating), and the most new and retained jobs (3,667).
The oldest community in Dauphin County is on the move thanks to an ambitious brewery and still works project -- housed in an iconic local building -- a new transit hub and exciting changes at Penn State Harrisburg.