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 3 Major Ports and Access to Markets
Pennsylvania contributes its far-reaching infrastructure in its robust port system, composed of the Ports of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie, each contributing unique advantages both to in-state and global companies. The state ranks 12th in the country for volume of goods moved through its ports with over 67 million tons of goods. These three ports provide an economic benefit of nearly $50 billion to Pennsylvania.
Port of Philadelphia: Strategic Location
54,805 PA jobs generated
$30.5 billion worth of cargo shipped
Fastest growing container port in North America – 7% increase over previous year
6.5 million tons of cargo handled in total, including containers, breakbulk, ro-ro, and liquid bulk
Port of Pittsburgh: Gateway to the Gulf
Moves more than 35 million tons of cargo annually along its three major waterways
Second-busiest inland port in the U.S.
17th busiest port of any kind in the nation
Port of Erie: Global Access
Within a 300-mile (482 km) radius of one-third of the population of the U.S.
Makes it easy to reach major markets such as Detroit, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and parts of Canada
Serviced by Norfolk Southern, the Allegheny Eastern Railroad and CSX
The Port of Erie has the largest crane – a 300-ton capacity – as well as one of only two 1,000-foot dry docks on the Great Lakes.