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
The Central region is located within a 360-mile radius of all major population centers in the Northeastern United States,
a radius that encompasses about 50 percent of the nation’s population. The area also has an abundance of land potentially
available for development, seven institutions of higher education, a large amount of recoverable anthracite coal, and significant
deposits of other mineral resources. Additionally, portions of the SEDA-COG region are home to the Marcellus and Utica Shale,
and forest resources are extensive and increasing, providing timber for an expanding wood industry as well as a natural
setting that favors the increasingly important tourism and recreation sectors of the economy.