PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
Pennsylvania has heavily invested in its intermodal infrastructure and offers unimpeded goods movement to any destination, whether via port-to-rail or by truck. The State Transportation Commission, building on the Act 89 transportation plan, has updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program to much needed transportation improvements. The new plan anticipates $61.9 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.
Pennsylvania is located at the center of the largest shale play in the U.S., and is quickly becoming one of the most energy-efficient production regions. The state offers a world-class, integrated network of interstate highways, modern freight railroads and six international airports. Its three major ports provide deep water, inland and Great Lakes access for convenient international importing and exporting. In the commonwealth, “going global” is hassle-free.
The success of Pennsylvania’s ports is no accident. Building on its central placement between the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania has heavily invested in its intermodal infrastructure and offers unimpeded goods movement to any destination, whether via port, rail, or truck. This comprehensive intermodal transportation network makes reaching customers and markets easy and convenient.
Pennsylvania houses international airports in Erie, Harrisburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, as well as nine scheduled-service, domestic passenger airports. Combined, these airports move almost 617,000 tons (560,000 metric tons) of material annually.
The Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) program helps level the playing field and improves U.S. competitiveness by reducing the costs of U.S. operations. It helps encourage activity and value-added at U.S. facilities in competition with foreign alternatives by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings.
Pennsylvania leads the U.S. with 64 operating railroads and ranks near the top in the nation in total track mileage with more than 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers), with nearly 170 million tons (150 metric tons) of freight transported on the state’s rails annually.
Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of state and local highways with nearly 31,000 state and local bridges.