Keys to a Healthy Workforce

Photo Credit: Albert Belchers, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under Creative Commons

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

Join ACEDC for a Harvest Moon Celebration


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

Finding Inspiration in Steve Jobs and The Beatles at ACEDC

By Robin Fitzpatrick

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.”

ACEDC is also part of a band, so to speak—an extensive team of nonprofit service providers—and I want to shed some light on these incredible relationships. Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Steve Jobs and The Beatles at ACEDC

Collaborative Cold Storage Facility Expands to Support Adams County Fruitgrowing Industry

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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.

“ACEDC applauds the partnership between Bream and Bear, to creatively find a solution to the lack of fresh fruit storage in Adams County,” says Kaycee Kemper, Vice President of ACEDC. “Today, the expansion of their joint facility further enhances their ability to maximize the yields of their fresh fruit crops.” Continue reading Collaborative Cold Storage Facility Expands to Support Adams County Fruitgrowing Industry

Meet Atapco Properties, Developers Behind the Lincoln Commons Project


By Corrie Wade, Atapco Properties

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.

Lincoln Commons, purchased by Atapco Properties in 2014, is one such example of this commitment to creating projects that provide lasting value. Continue reading Meet Atapco Properties, Developers Behind the Lincoln Commons Project

General Authority: A New Economic Development “Vehicle” for Adams County

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Aerial photo, Adams Commerce Park

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!

The creation of the Adams County General Authority (GA) is the new avenue or vehicle that we’re talking about. Let’s take a look at how and why this entity came about. Continue reading General Authority: A New Economic Development “Vehicle” for Adams County

Commerce Center Welcomes Steve Rice

May 2016 Steve Rice and Robin FitzpatrickWelcome 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.

Only three lots remain for sale at the Commerce Center: Lots 10, 12, and 13. Continue reading Commerce Center Welcomes Steve Rice

Learning About LERTA and ED Tools

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

Introducing “Authentic Adams County”

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.

So it was very exciting to be treated to a video preview (today!) by our partner Destination Gettysburg–because their first video in their “Authentic Adams County” series features both agriculture and agribusiness from two dynamic Adams County businesses, Rettland Farms and Fidler & Co Craft Kitchen. Enjoy! Continue reading Introducing “Authentic Adams County”

Weikert’s Livestock Business Expands Thanks to Loan Facilitated by ACEDC

Weikert Farm

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.

“I was raised in the (agriculture) business,” says the 31-year old Weikert, whose family business currently includes his father, uncle, and cousin. “My great-grandfather started the family business more than 50 years ago, and I hope I can pass it along to my children one day, so it’s awesome to carry on that tradition.” Continue reading Weikert’s Livestock Business Expands Thanks to Loan Facilitated by ACEDC