Wolf Administration Official Delivers Keynote Address at Clarion County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver provided the keynote address at the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting
“Governor Wolf has placed an great emphasis on making Pennsylvania as a whole a better place to live, work, and play – but in particular, he has put the needs of rural counties like Clarion at the top of his agenda,” Weaver said. “Clarion has undergone significant struggles in the changing economic landscape of rural Pennsylvania over the decades, but there is so much good that is going on here. I am excited for Clarion County’s future.”
The Wolf Administration has been actively involved in projects that benefit Clarion County. Earlier this year, DCED approved more than $5 million in grants and loans from the Business in Our Sites (BOS) program for the former Clarion Owens-Illinois Glass plant site. Employing more than 1,500 jobs at its peak, the plant shuttered in 2010, causing significant struggles for the local economy. The BOS funding will support costs associated with excavation and demolition, paving, installation of lighting, engineering costs, and more in order to make the site pad-ready for future business occupants looking to move into Clarion County.
Last year, Governor Wolf recapitalized the BOS program, which infused $75 million from underutilized programs into the fund to assist with business development efforts in Pennsylvania.
As Pennsylvania further develops its vast natural gas resources, Clarion County also will benefit from the governor’s Pipeline Investment Program, which is designed to construct the last few miles of distribution lines to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, further developing a new economic base for job creation in the commonwealth.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132