Business & Economy in Westmoreland County, PA

Business & Economy
in Westmoreland County, PA Overview : WCIDC : EGC : SBDC : WCC : WIB
Smart Growth : E-Magnify : Chambers of Commerce

Overview

If you are planning to do business in Westmoreland County, you will find not only a skilled and hard-working pool of available talent, but a variety of resources to assist in establishing your success. You will find organizations willing to help with business outreach and development, loan financing, work force development and training, site and building assistance, e-commerce, transportation initiatives, and general entrepreneurial assistance.

1983, the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners established a non-profit corporation known as the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) to promote economic development in the county.

Formed in 2000, the Economic Growth Connection works in cooperation with governmental agencies, chambers of commerce and financial institutions to support emerging and expanding companies in Westmoreland County.

The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center was established in 1984. The mission of the SBDC is to provide professional business development services to start-up and existing businesses in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.

The mission of the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board is to lead workforce development activities in the areas communities in order to help individuals attain the skills necessary for viable employment and to help employers become competitive in the global economy. The WIB also works to affect changes in government regulations to allow federal funding to be channeled to the areas of greatest need.

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WCIDC – Westmoreland County
Industrial Development Corporation

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation has and continues to develop a number of world-class industrial parks around the county, maintaining Westmoreland’s economic development.  The latest is a two hundred acre site near Westmoreland County’s Sony plant, along with others in the New Stanton area.

The county is also developing a business and office park that will offer high-end office space.  In addition, there are revitalization projects planned for Jeannette, New Kensington, Arnold, and the Monessen riverfront.  Westmoreland County’s economic development efforts include:

  • Westmoreland County Industrial Park I.  Donohoe Road, Hempfield Township.  Developed acreage: 86.
  • Westmoreland Technology Park.  Route 19, Hempfield.  Developed acreage: 75; undeveloped: 127.
    Westmoreland County Industrial Park III.  Mellon Road, Export.  Acreage: 137.
  • Westmoreland County Industrial Park IV.  Colonial Manor Road, North Huntingdon.  Developed acreage: 44; undeveloped: 30.
  • Westmoreland Business and Research Park.  Hunt Valley Drive, Upper Burrell.  Acreage: 447.
  • Interstate 70 Industrial Park.  Fitz Henry Road/Glacier Drive, South Huntingdon.  Acreage: 600.
  • Westmoreland Distribution Park.  Central Road, East Huntingdon.  Acreage: 154.
  • Westmoreland County Airpark.  Route 981, Unity Township.  Developed acreage: 157; undeveloped acreage: 53.
  • Monessen riverfront Industrial Park.  Route 906, Monessen.  Acreage: 26.

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EGC – Economic Growth Connection

Formed in 2000, the Economic Growth Connection works in cooperation with governmental agencies, chambers of commerce and financial institutions to support emerging and expanding companies in Westmoreland County.

The basic mission of this non-profit development corporation is to retain and create jobs with emphasis on increasing wealth in the region with new and quality jobs. Quality jobs are those measured by level of pay and sustainability of job.

The Economic Growth Connection plans to obtain these goals through Business Outreach, Loan Packaging, Workforce Development and Training, Support Development and Infrastructure Improvements, Support E-Commerce Initiatives, Organizational Development, and other new initiatives.

Visit the EGC web site for demographic information, manufacturer information, building information, and more.

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SBDC – Small Business Development Center

The Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.

From helping new business owners turn ideas into businesses, to helping small firms grow, to providing the information every business owner needs to make smart business decisions, the SBDC is a resource entrepreneurs in all industries.

The SBDC was established in 1984. The mission of the SBDC is to provide professional business development services to start-up and existing businesses in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.

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Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce

The Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce represents roughly 1,000 businesses across Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  Members include both large and small firms from retailers and manufacturers to government agencies to professional service providers.  Tracing its roots back to the early 1940s, the Westmoreland Chamber has been instrumental in building strong partnerships among regional business leaders, community leaders, elected officials and key stakeholders on a variety of important issues facing our community.  The Chamber enjoys a strong reputation as the largest, most active, and influential chamber of commerce in Westmoreland County and as one of the most vibrant chambers in all of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The organization maintains a robust business-friendly advocacy platform and provides members with a variety of networking events, group purchasing opportunities, and professional development seminars throughout the year.

Visit www.westmorelandchamber.com for more information.

WIB – Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board

The mission of the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board is to lead workforce development activities in the areas communities in order to help individuals attain the skills necessary for viable employment and to help employers become competitive in the global economy. The WIB also works to affect changes in government regulations to allow federal funding to be channeled to the areas of greatest need.

WIB works to attract new businesses to our region as well as encouraging existing business to stay in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties by assuring that there will be a large and skilled workforce.

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Smart Growth

Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County is about smart growth!  It’s a community-based non-profit organization housed at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Smart Growth believes that the land we use today is being borrowed from our children and our children’s children. Smart Growth is guided by the principle that communities need to make good long-term decisions about where, when and how they should grow. This organization seeks to encourage growth that improves the quality of life for our current residents and businesses, but will also insure vibrant, high quality growth for future generations in Westmoreland County.

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E-Magnify

Formerly known as National Center of Education for Women in Business, E-magnify assists and educates women entrepreneurs through many programs, newsletters, webinars and more.  The Athena PowerLink program supports business growth by creating advisory panels to help women-owned businesses in Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties grow and thrive.

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Chambers of Commerce
in Westmoreland County

 

 

 

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