Wolf Administration Hosts Roundtable in Mid-Mon Valley to Discuss New Shell Plant Opportunities and Community Preparation

Donora, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin hosted a roundtable discussion with state and community leaders and business representatives to discuss how communities can leverage potential investments and development opportunities related to the new Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania.

“The plant that Shell is constructing in Western Pennsylvania is a massive undertaking that will have a positive impact on the economy of region and the entire state for many years to come,” said Governor Wolf. “Through roundtable discussions, we are proactively engaging with stakeholders of that impact now, so that together we can develop a long-term strategy that will foster a strong partnership between the private and public sectors to maximize the potential benefits.”

“Through the conversations held at today’s roundtable event, we’ve gained insight on revitalization efforts that can be implemented in order to support Donora’s future growth related to the new Shell plant,” said Secretary Davin. “Planning is key to ensuring that our communities take advantage of the significant economic opportunities on the horizon.”

The discussion, which was held at the Donora Borough Building, focused on local economic revitalization priorities to support future growth in the city and the region, specifically in regards to the Shell project’s demand for at least 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 full-time permanent jobs, as well as the estimated $6 billion economic impact on the region.

“The Mid Mon Valley anticipates a positive effect from Shell’s expansion in Pennsylvania,” said Donora Mayor Don Pavalko. “We see today as an opportunity for Donora and the surrounding areas to identify the economic challenges they face and brainstorm on how we can maximize downstream growth from Shell’s development to our benefit. On behalf of Donora and its residents, I am thrilled that the Secretary is able to come and discuss these important topics.”

Shell’s Cracker Plant will be one of the largest of its kind in North America, and the largest single ‘from-the-ground-up’ industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation. The company is expected to break ground in late 2017, with commercial production expected to begin early next decade.

For more information about #ShellinPA, community preparation and revitalization, and business development opportunitites, visit dced.pa.gov.

Heidi Havens, DCED, 717.783.1132

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