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Marketing to Attract Business


The Marketing to Attract Business program is intended to support the promotion of business retention, expansion and attraction. More specifically, the program provides funding for projects that demonstrate the importance of marketing the state as a destination of choice for investment and promoting the attributes and assets of individual regions. Grants are awarded to those projects which, in the judgment of the Economic Development Marketing Office, comply with the provisions of these program guidelines.


A primary goal of the program is to demonstrate the importance of marketing Pennsylvania as a destination of choice for investment and promotion.  Applicants should, as part of the project narrative, explain how their project will meet this goal.


To qualify, an applicant must be a Pennsylvania-based non-profit organization whose core mission is business attraction, retention and expansion. Funds may be used to support in whole or in part, proactive, targeted business attraction, retention and marketing initiatives. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with proposed and ongoing DCED-supported activities and to outline specifically the nature and scope of that coordination with DCED activities.


Marketing to Attract Business


An applicant may not make or authorize any substantial change to an approved project without first obtaining DCED’s consent in writing.  If the full amount of the grant is not required for the project, the unused portion shall be returned to DCED.  Failure to comply with these Guidelines may result in penalties, including repayment of funds with interest.  When a project is funded, the recipient must place the grant funds in an interest bearing account.  Any interest earned on invested grant funds must be returned to the Commonwealth.

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