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 economic development partners in the Northwest PREP region, which include eight county economic development corporations,
an incubator association, two industrial resource centers, three small business development centers, a local development district,
a PennTAP office, one Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) office and two Workforce Investment Boards, have a long history
of collaboration and allow easy access to services for the small businesses that dominate and drive the region’s economy.
Eighty four percent of businesses in the area have fewer than 10 employees, and 94 percent have fewer than 100 employees. The
partners are working more closely than ever through an effective information- and referral-sharing process, as well as other
collaborative initiatives for relocating businesses.