Lancaster County Gets Nordstrom’s East Coast Fulfillment Center With $79M Investment, 400 Jobs

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that Nordstrom will establish the operations of its East Coast online fulfillment center in West Donegal Township, creating 369 full-time jobs.

“Today’s announcement continues Pennsylvania’s steady economic progress with another company expanding and more jobs for our citizens,” said Corbett, in a prepared statement.

“It’s a testament to why Pennsylvania is built to advance — our keystone location, our talented and hardworking people — all contributed to Nordstrom bringing hundreds of new jobs to Lancaster County.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/946832_Lancaster-County-gets-Nordstrom-s-East-Coast-fulfillment-center-with–79M-investment–400-jobs.html#ixzz2r3kiO300

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Downtown Connellsville: Working Toward the Rebirth Of A City

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Fayette County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2008, Connellsville officials started to work on a multi-municipal plan that included South Connellsville and Connellsville Township.

The first meeting with consultants was held at the Porter Theater (which had not yet been refurbished).

The team from Mullin and Lonergan led those in attendance in an exercise that identified “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.”

Based on the discussion and elements identified that night, it was thought that a Main Street Program would be the best way to approach revitalization of the community.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/fayette/5323119-74/connellsville-downtown-program#ixzz2pdtCg59i
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Brandywine To Build 47-Story FMC Tower In University City

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FMC Corp. has agreed to move its headquarters from 1745 Market St. in Center City into the new tower that Brandywine Realty Trust has been trying to build, NE corner of 30th and Walnut Sts. in University City, for the past 5 years. The $341 million FMC Tower will rise 47 stories — 650 feet — and include 575,000 sq ft of offices, 10,000 sq ft of retail — plus 260 apartments. Adjoins a 2,000-space parking garage built by Brandywine that also serves IRS workers at Brandywine’s former 30th St post office nearby.

FMC will move its headquarters staff — currently 546 bosses and workers — to the new tower by June 2016, spokesman Jim Fitzwater told me. FMC will lease 253,000 sq ft for 16 years; the University of Pennsylvania will rent another 100,000 sq ft on four floors for 20 years.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/Brandywine-to-build-47-story-West-Philly-tower-FMC-a-tenant.html#w8IKD7yI7Ry0uc0p.99

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Urban Outfitters Adding 2,500 Jobs In Region

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union S...

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union Square, San Francisco. Español: El Urban Outfitters tienda en Union Square de San Francisco. Français : Le magasin Urban Outfitters à Union Square, San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Urban Outfitters, the iconic purveyor of hip clothing and housewares, is expanding its Philadelphia headquarters and adding a mail-order facility in Lancaster County.

The expansion will ultimately mean an additional 2,000 jobs in the city and another 500 in Gap, according to Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitter’s founder and chief executive officer.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131008_Urban_Outfitters_adding_2_500_jobs_in_region.html#p4YE8dbiq4ikygSP.99

Downtown Carlisle Businesses Welcome Urban Redevelopment Initiative

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cumberland County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When new development projects surface, the logical question for surrounding business owners is: How will this affect my business?

Downtown Carlisle business owners are optimistic when asked the same question about the borough’s highly anticipated urban redevelopment plan.

If the right balance of businesses and residences land on the three large abandoned industrial sites targeted for redevelopment in the borough’s northwest quadrant, there should be more than enough room for existing and new businesses not only to coexist, but to mutually benefit each other, Carlisle proprietors said.

“I’m on the fence. I’d love to have that [part of Carlisle] built up, because Carlisle has no more room for building extra tax revenue [downtown],” said John Bogonis, who owns the Carlisle Bakery at 35 S. Hanover St. with his wife Nadeen. “I want to see how they plan on getting people from [the development site] to here.”

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/09/downtown_carlisle_businesses_w.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Company Bringing 95 Jobs To Hazleton Area

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English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania highlighting Hazle Township (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HAZLE TWP. —More than 250 jobs, including 95 newly created ones, will be coming to southern Luzerne County over the next three years as a packaging firm moves into an under-construction facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park next year.

Tech Packaging Inc., a contract packaging firm based in Jacksonville, Fla., announced Wednesday it is constructing a 223,200-square-foot facility with the aim of opening in the spring.

As heavy machinery readied the lot off Oak Ridge Road, elected officials, economic development leaders and others welcomed Bob Janes, the company’s president.

As guests — including state Sen. John Yudichak, state Rep. Tarah Toohil and Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce chief Donna Palermo — listened to speeches and made some of their own, the roar of the bulldozers and rollers echoed in the background.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/717635/Company-bringing-95-jobs-to-Hazleton-area