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

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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.”

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Gov. Corbett’s Christmas Giveaway: $133 Million For Developers, Industry, Private Institutions

Just in time for Christmas, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has posted the names of 58 developers, industrial plants, corporate and nonprofit hospitals, museums, private colleges and other institutions that will share $133 million in state matching grants for favored projects across the Commonwealth. It’s the latest installment of the Redevelopment Authority Capital Program grants, a program that’s been popular with lawmakers and developers since the 1980s.

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Pennsylvania Plans To Court Boeing For New Factory

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

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

Pennsylvania plans to join a high-stakes competition for the chance to assemble the Boeing Co.’s new 777X jet, a competition that likely will require the players to pony up tax breaks and other economic incentives in hopes of winning.

The commonwealth intends to submit a proposal to Boeing by the deadline today in a bid to land the jetliner’s production and lure thousands of well-paying jobs from Everett, Wash.

“Any time there’s an opportunity to attract jobs and investment to the commonwealth, we’re certainly going to do that,” said Steven Kratz, spokesman for the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

But Pennsylvania hardly is alone. The competition for the assembly plant — and the 8,500 jobs it could create at its peak — is likely to be fierce. As many as 12 to 15 states received invitations from the Chicago-based jet manufacturer to bid for the plant, with the goal to start production of the 777X in 2017.

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Pennsylvania Climbs To 18th On Business Climate List

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Map of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pennsylvania’s business climate has improved to 18th best in the nation, according to Site Selection magazine.

The magazine’s annual top-25 ranking was published in its November issue.

Pennsylvania was unranked last year.

In the new ranking, Georgia was first, bumping last year’s leader, North Carolina, into second place.

A state’s ranking depends on its score on a multifaceted appraisal.

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More Than 89 Acres Sold At Berks Park 78

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

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

A Reno, Nev.-based real estate development company has purchased 89.22 acres in Berks Park 78 for $7.5 million, the Berks County Industrial Development Authority announced Tuesday.

Gene Preston, partner for the eastern region with Dermody Properties, said the company does not have a prospective tenant for Berks Park 78.

“That’s not atypical for us,” he said. “We are investors in real estate. We like to buy good land sites. This is an outstanding site, we are going to aggressively market the site and we feel fairly confident.”

Pennsylvania and the Berks Park location, in particular, provides strategic infrastructure to be able to move goods to the population base in the northeastern part of the country, Preston explained.

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Callahan Announces Tech Hub Plans For Former Bethlehem Steel Annex

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

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan announced Thursday the city and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem are in discussions to turn a five-story former Bethlehem Steel building into a technology hub.

The $30 million project, known as Tau, would provide office space for as many as 450 employees working for several companies in an annex building of the Steel General Offices on E. Third Street.

The 125,000-square-foot annex, built in 1952 and the home for Steel’s main frame computers, has been vacant for years and was last used in the 1990s as a temporary classroom for elementary students.

“Tau will recast the former Bethlehem Steel General Office Building East Annex as a fully integrated technology center which attracts companies in every stage,” Callahan said.

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Smart Growth Conference In Pittsburgh Focuses On Transportation, Green Infrastructure And Urban Redevelopment Financing

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A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week’s 12th annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Smart Growth Conference will focus on three issues its organizers call “make or break” for the region: transportation funding, green infrastructure and urban redevelopment financing.

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch will be a featured speaker at the event, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

The General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett are expected to take up transportation funding in the coming session.  Funding cutbacks and shortfalls have caused a decline in road quality across the state and threaten to arrest progress in repairing structurally deficient bridges.

Public transit systems, including the Port Authority of Allegheny County, have struggled financially and been forced to raise fares and reduce service.

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