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SAP&DC Awarded Grant to Help Regional Businesses

SAP&DC Awarded Grant to Help Regional Businesses

PA Economic Department of Community and Economic Program to Listen to the Challenges Facing Regional Companies Toward Business Retention and Expansion

For Immediate Release, March 26, 2018

Contact: Debbi Prosser, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, Director of Business Development, by phone at (814) 949-6522 or by email at dprosser@sapdc.org

Altoona, Pa. –– Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) was awarded a grant for Engage!  - a statewide business retention and expansion (BRE) program initiated by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development designed to regularly and proactively interact with targeted companies. The overall goal of Engage! is to retain existing businesses in a community and to help them grow and expand by building solid relationships with business owners or key decision makers and economic development partners and their representatives.  Engage! is intended to regularly interact with companies for purposes of:

  • Identifying needs and matching resources to help existing businesses and industries address their challenges to become more competitive and successful.
  • Demonstrating to local businesses and industries that the community recognizes and depends on their contributions to the local/state economy.
  • Building community capacity to sustain growth and development.
  • Understanding and addressing the common themes articulated by PA businesses in order to drive policy and the menu of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and partner services for long range business retention and expansion (BRE) efforts.

Engage! is built on one-on-one, in-person contact with business leaders to assess their needs and provide appropriate follow-up assistance. Business outreach is to be conducted by experienced individuals – those individuals capable of developing business relationships with corporate-level business leaders.

“SAP&DC was awarded one of ten grants from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development and will partner with the county economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and the PA CareerLinks®, to proactively reach out to 251 businesses in the Healthcare, Construction, Manufacturing and Transportation and Logistics industries,” said Deborah Prosser, Director of Business Development.

“These visits will be used to assess the opportunities and challenges these businesses face for growth into the future. After the Engage!  visit, the businesses will be connected with providers who can assist them to reduce their challenges and build upon their opportunities,” continued Prosser.

 

About Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC)

The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) [www.sapdc.org] is a non-profit regional economic and community development organization serving Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

SAP&DC’s mission is to address human resource development, encourage the creation and retention of jobs, and to improve the quality of life for residents of the Alleghenies.