Program aims to attract foreign investment in PA's "T" region

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Dec 4, 2013 1:00 PM

(Lewisburg) -- A three-year, $3-million economic development initiative is getting underway across the 52 counties that compose Pennsylvania's "T" region.

The project, called "PA Made Again," will provide a cohesive marketing approach for rural Pennsylvania.

Noelle Long, director of export development at the SEDA-Council of Governments, says the goal is to attract foreign investment and bring back manufacturing jobs that have previously been sent overseas.

"When foreign investors -- and even people here in our country -- when they think of Pennsylvania they kind of think of the larger cities," she says.

"So you have the Pittsburgh area and you have the Philadelphia area. Often times I think the rest of the more rural part of the state is somewhat forgotten."

SEDA-COG was the lead applicant on a grant that earned $1.8-million in federal funding for the project. Numerous statewide partners are helping to provide additional funds.

Long says Pennsylvania's "T" region has a variety of assets that can attract foreign investment, including its industrial parks, universities, natural resources and skilled workforce.

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