Shady Maple Complex – Regional Destination And Economic Powerhouse

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Rural East Earl Township in Lancaster County is home to Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Shady Maple Farm Market, Good’s Store, Country Home Furniture and Martin’s Trailside Express.  This cluster of businesses provides a huge economic boost to East Earl Township while preserving the character of it surroundings, which adds to the appeal/experience.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord seats 1200, Shady Maple Farm Market is 124,000 square feet and Good’s Store just added a 20,000-square-foot addition.  This complex features some very large stores/restaurants, however, it “fits into the rural surrounding” and has become a regional destination.  You could literally spend the day eating and shopping there.

Read this very interesting article from the Central Penn Business Journal: http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/article/20110826/CPBJ01/110829896/Hometown-draw

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Harrisburg’s Market Street Corridor Redevelopment Under Way?

…For a section of Market Street between Harrisburg‘s central business district and Cameron Street, idle could soon turn to active for an area littered with vacant properties.

This month brought the first stirring in the rebirth of the corridor lined with several old commercial and industrial buildings, including the former news and business offices of The Patriot-News Co. and the U.S. Postal Service’s soon-to-be vacated Keystone branch, both in the 800 block. An affiliate of Blue Bell-based developer Equilibrium Equities Inc. announced plans to redevelop the post office‘s 11-acre site…

To read the entire article from the Central Penn Business Journal, click here:  http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/article/20110826/FRONTPAGE/110829904/On-the-mend?

City of York Gets $5 Million Infrastructure Grant From PA

The City of York has received a $5 million grant that will allow the city to transform the existing City Hall, 50 West King St., into a modern police station.  The rest of the city administration, staff and mayor’s office will be moving into a new location at 101 S. George St., which the city purchased in March.

50 West King Street will get an $867,531 renovation to make the new police station modern and efficient.  Governor Corbett’s office is reviewing Ed Rendell’s 2010 grants to make sure they are good use of taxpayer money.  This has caused delays in the distribution of previously approved funds.

York City is working hard to reduce crime and create a more positive perception of the city.  A modern facility and better tools should help city police make more headway in the fight to curb crime.

Brownsville Marine Products, LLC Gets U.S. Maritime Administrations Small Shipyards Grant

Opekiska Lock and Dam on the Monongahela River...

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Brownsville Marine Products, LLC, on the Monongahela River in Fayette County, is one of 13 small shipyards in the United States to receive a grant from the U.S. Maritime Administrations Small Shipyards Grants Program.

Brownsville Marine Products began operations in 2006 and is located in the former Hillman Barge facility in the Borough of Brownsville.  Brownsville Marine Products provides skilled jobs and tax revenue for the struggling community.   An $877,940.25 grant was received for an Automated Blast and Coat System.  Barge building has always played an important role in Brownsville’s economy.

Hat tip to the Brownsville Telegraph for the link to the article.  To read the article, click here: http://gcaptain.com/marad-awards-million-grants-small?29398

To learn more about Brownsville Marine Products, LLC, click here:  http://brownsvillemarine.com/index.php