Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

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Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

The following list captures just some of the recent recognition, awards, and rankings that have been earned by the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is a game-changer state, read more about some of our most successful projects.

2017: Area Development Magazine’s Silver Shovel Award

Pennsylvania was awarded a prestigious 2017 Silver Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine for excellence in U.S. state economic development. The awards recognize states’ significant industrial groundbreakings or expansions each year.

Pennsylvania was one of four states to receive a Silver Shovel award in the 12+ million population tier. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) submitted 10 projects spanning 10 counties that are projected to create at least 3,400 new jobs and generate $6.5 billion in private investment.

Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. Rankings are based on weighted factors, including combined number of new jobs created, amount of company investments, total number of new projects and diversity of investments.

To read more about the 2017 Area Development Magazine’s Silver Shovel Award, visit areadevelopment.com.


2017 CiCi Awards: Community Impact

Amazon.com was recognized as a winner in the 12th Annual CiCi Community Impact category. The company currently operates 10 facilities in PA: Breinigsville (2 sites), Hazleton, Pittston, Philadelphia, Carlisle (3 sites), Lewisberry, and Pittsburgh. Over the next three years, Amazon will create 5,000 jobs and invest $150M in capital investment dollars.

2016 CiCi Award Winners Amazon is committed to delivering – both to homes around the country and to the greater economic good of Pennsylvania.

The Seattle-based online retailer will expand its fulfillment and distribution operations at multiple new sites in the state of Pennsylvania, which will create at least 5,000 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. This is in addition to the more than 8,200 people the company already employs in Pennsylvania.

The company has committed to investing at least $150 million statewide. Additionally, Amazon has agreed to gain and maintain new jobs and retain its current positions statewide for an additional four years.

“As a worldwide leader in the technology-driven logistics industry, Amazon has made a significant commitment in Pennsylvania that will have statewide impacts far beyond the $150 capital investment,” said Dennis Davin, secretary of the department of community and economic development in Pennsylvania. “The creation of 5,000 new jobs and retention of more than 8,000 jobs across the state will have lasting effects not only in the communities in which Amazon ultimately undertakes the expansion projects, but throughout the entire commonwealth.”

This expansion will support Amazon’s new “Prime Now” initiative, which includes free, two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items or one-hour delivery for a fee. This service requires Amazon’s fulfillment centers to be located close to its customers to accommodate “Prime” delivery time frames.

“Pennsylvania’s strategic location, as well as its skilled workforce, continue to be extremely valued assets to companies large and small,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Amazon, a worldwide logistics leader, has chosen Pennsylvania to further support its ‘Prime’ initiative, creating 5,000 new jobs across the state.”

The first new Amazon facility in the state will be a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse in Palmer Township, Northampton County, which will double its distribution capacity in that region.

To read more about the 2017 CiCi Awards, visit tradeandindustrydev.com.


2016 Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: State Rankings

2016 CiCi Award WinnersThe Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report features the best of the best in several categories scrutinized by investors, site selectors, business owners, and other key economic development professionals. Pennsylvania claimed five spots on the top 10 lists, including a No. 5 ranking in Infrastructure Upgrades, demonstrating that the state’s vast infrastructure assets — including ports, airports, rail, fiber networks, and energy transportation networks — are keeping business moving. The state also received the following rankings:

  • No. 6 in STEM Leaders, boasting high employment totals for STEM-oriented jobs
  • No. 6 in Top Manufacturing States, highlighting employment totals for manufacturing jobs
  • No. 7 in Biotechnology, offering support and assistance to biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies and startups
  • No. 10 in Exports, securing one of the highest number of exports in 2015.
To read more about the 2016 Business Facilities State Rankings Report, visit businessfacilities.com.
2016 CiCi Awards: Community Impact
SBA State Trade and Export Promotion Grant 2015
2015 Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year” award for the Northeast Region for Bridges Replacement Project
Global Free Zones of the Year 2015
2015 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development
IEDC Silver Award for Responding to Globalization – 2015
Winner of 2014 President’s E*Star Award for Exporting Services – 2015
Winner of 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries
Winner of President’s "E" Award for Exporting Services – 2011
Site Selection recognizes PA as #1 in new and expansion projects in the Northeast
Energy Program Recognized by Business Facilities 2015 Economic Development Award
Philly Ranks 6th in Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters
PA Ranks 3rd in several key Biotech & Clean Energy categories
PA Earns Bronze- Deal of the Year 2014
PA ranks 6th in U.S. for attracting private investment in clean energy
PA 3rd in U.S. For Private Equity Investment
Silver Shovel Award (2014)
Governor’s Cup (2013): #1 in NorthEast
Silver Shovel Award (2013)
Trade and Industry Development CiCi Award (2013)
PA ranked #1 in 2013 for Issuance of Industrial Development Bonds
National Venture Capital Association Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments (2013)
#5 for Life Sciences Cluster Report (2013)
#7 for Tech Employment (2013)
MarketWatch Top Cities for Business Growth (2013)
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