This article was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, October 13, 2016
By Robin Fitzpatrick
Careers can be thought of as a series of doors, opening—or closing—at various times through our lives. But to hear “opportunity knocking,” we all need to be holding the right keys in order to unlock the doors to our futures.
It is with great excitement that Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), in partnership with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), is laying the groundwork for area students to attain platinum, gold, silver, and bronze keys which will open doors leading to future success. This has the potential to be one of the most ground-breaking programs we have ever provided to Adams County’s employers! Continue reading Keys to a Healthy Workforce
This article was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, September 8, 2016
By Kaycee Kemper
Adams County’s economy is rooted in its agricultural heritage. Today, agriculture, along with tourism and manufacturing, comprise the top three sectors of industry in Adams County. Additionally, agribusiness is one of several growth industries we’ve identified. Continue reading Join ACEDC for a Harvest Moon Celebration
ACEDC’s projects have a lot in common with The Beatles. Yes, you read that right. And it’s all summarized in a quote from the late great Apple CEO Steve Jobs:
“My model for business is The Beatles. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of their parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”
Two family-owned and operated Adams County fruit growing companies, Bear Mountain Orchards and Bream Orchards, have expanded their cooperative cold storage facility via financing secured through the nonprofit Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC).
Bream and Bear Operating Company was founded in 2008; both parent companies have been in the fruit farming business since 1935. They joined forced to build a cold storage facility, beginning construction in 2009.
Atapco Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Trading and Production Corporation, is a full-service real estate development company active in Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Our corporate mission is to develop state-of-the-art industrial, retail, residential and mixed-use projects with an emphasis on sustainability and green building standards.
Atapco is committed to developing quality smart-growth projects that bring vitality and lasting value to the areas we serve; greatly improving the quality of life for residents, tourists and the broader community. Through thoughtful site selection, planning and context-sensitive design principles, we are able to tailor each project to the specific needs of the community in ways that protect each area’s unique character and landscape while creating diverse developments that support unmet market demands, directly contribute to the local economy and improve the quality of life in the region.
This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, June 9, 2016.
By Robin Fitzpatrick
There are now three avenues through which economic development—and bank qualified lending—can take place in Adams County. I like the word “avenue” because it describes a two-way flow, of traffic and conversation, that occurs during economic development projects. Similarly, Sam Wiser of Salzmann Hughes says, “There’s now an additional economic development vehicle in Adams County.” Whether you use the word vehicle or avenue, both words imply that Adams County is on the map and on the road to a brighter future!
Welcome and congratulations to Steve Rice, proud new owner of Lot 17 at the Adams Commerce Center. The Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) sold this land to Attorney Rice on May 2. Today, under a beautiful blue sky, we finally had the chance to snap a publicity photo of Attorney Rice with ACEDC Executive Director Robin Fitzpatrick.
This column was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, May 12, 2016
By Kaycee Kemper
Our summer calendars are starting to fill up with exciting plans—many of which involve us “hitting the road” and doing some traveling. Here at ACEDC, we are “hitting the road” and traveling to some of our 34 municipalities!
We have been invited by several Adams County municipalities, to meet with local borough and municipal officials who want to spur economic development efforts in their jurisdictions. It’s a way of being proactive and open, learning about the various tools in our economic development toolbox.
One of those tools is LERTA, an acronym for the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act. LERTA promotes economic development by providing property tax abatements for up to 10 years for improvements to industrial, commercial and business property. Continue reading Learning About LERTA and ED Tools
Agriculture is one of the three pillars of Adams County economy (the other pillars are Manufacturing/Industrial and Tourism). And recently we identified a number of growth industries within Adams County: Agribusiness, Biotech, Plastics and Technology.
GETTYSBURG, PA (March 14, 2016) – A 4th-generation Adams County farmer and livestock producer recently added more than 100 acres of farmland to his family’s agricultural holdings thanks to a low-interest business loan facilitated through the nonprofit Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) and funded through a mix of state resources and local bank financing.
Jeff Weikert of Weikert’s Livestock, Fairfield, says the acquisition of a 112-acre Highland Township farm will allow him to grow crops and eventually raise cattle on the property, located along Knoxlyn-Orrtanna Road. All of the cattle currently owned by Weikert’s Livestock graze on Virginia farmland; the purchase will help his family raise their signature beef cattle closer to home.