Community Development

Community Development

Providing community development services at NTRPDC has a lasting impact on our region. By strategically planning, securing crucial grants, assisting with registration, and facilitating KOZ site selection, we empower our communities to grow and prosper. These services lay the foundation for economic vitality, job creation, and improved infrastructure, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life for our residents. Our commitment to developing strong communities fosters resilience, innovation, and a brighter future for everyone we serve.

Together, we build a brighter future for our region, ensuring it remains a great place to live, work, and invest in.

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Grant Assistance Services

By offering grant assistance services, we play a crucial role in driving economic development, improving infrastructure, and enhancing the overall quality of life in their communities. They contribute to building a more resilient and prosperous region by securing the resources needed to address pressing local challenges and opportunities.

Please contact Katie Smith, Economic Development Program Manager and Kim Jennings, Community Development Program Manager for more information.

Northern Tier CEDS Plan

The Northern Tier Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan is a five-year economic plan to guide growth of jobs, development, commerce, and promote collaboration among various stakeholders in the Northern Tier region. Registration Assistance, short for System for Award Management, is an online platform used for the registration and management of government contracts and grants. To participate in the government procurement and grant processes, businesses and organizations are typically required to register on

Northern Tier’s APEX Accelerator program can help your organization navigate through the process to register in – free of charge. This registration involves providing essential company information, such as legal entity details, financial data, and contact information. Once registered, entities can update their information regularly and also access opportunities to bid on government contracts, making a critical tool for businesses looking to engage with the federal, state or local government.

Please contact Ethan Sexton, APEX Accelerator Program Manager for more information.

Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) Program

The Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) Program, administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, is an economic development program utilized by communities to develop abandoned, unused, underutilized land and buildings into business districts and residential areas that promote economic development and job creation. KOZ site selection assistance involves evaluating various factors, such as proximity to transportation hubs, workforce availability, infrastructure, and tax incentives within these zones. A KOZ designation provides tax exemption or a period of time to remove the tax burden on the owner and encourage development of the site.

Please contact Katie Smith, Economic Development Program Manager for local assistance.

Pennsylvania Site Selection Services

In Pennsylvania, “site selection” services refer to assistance provided to businesses, developers, and investors in identifying and choosing optimal locations for their projects. Site selection involves a comprehensive analysis of factors such as infrastructure, workforce availability, transportation access, utility services, and regulatory considerations. The goal is to help businesses make informed decisions about where to establish or expand their operations, ensuring that the chosen site aligns with their specific needs and contributes to long-term success. Pennsylvania’s site selection services play a crucial role in attracting and retaining businesses, promoting economic growth, and fostering a competitive business environment within the state.

Please contact Katie Smith, Economic Development Program Manager for local assistance.

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