Press Release: Public Invited to ACEDC’s Annual Membership Meeting

President Robin Fitzpatrick to Provide Update on County’s Economic Development Initiatives at February 1 Meeting

Sidney Willoughby Run, Gettysburg, will be the site of the AEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on February 1, 2018. The public is invited; call 717-334-0042 for details.

GETTYSBURG, PA (December 14, 2017) – The public is invited to the Annual Membership Meeting of the Adams Country Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) on February 1, 2018 at Sidney Willoughby Run, to learn more about the county’s economic development initiatives, the nonprofit organization’s 2017 accomplishments as well as objectives for 2018.

“Overall, Adams County’s economy has made progress over the past year,” said Robin Fitzpatrick, ACEDC President. “Unemployment is at an all-time low since 2007. At the same time, we have seen increased development and expansion of several key industries such as the plastics industry within the manufacturing sector and agribusiness within the agricultural sector. Ongoing land development plans assure continued growth and industry diversification. All are signs of a healthy economy.”

“It is especially appropriate that we gather at Sidney Willoughby Run, one of Adams County’s many thriving restaurants. We are especially proud of their success, since we played a role in welcoming their flagship restaurant located in East Berlin,” Fitzpatrick said.

Additionally, officials with both the AEA and the Adams County Office of Planning and Development (ACOPD) set a goal to meet with officials from every municipality and school board in Adams County during 2017 in order to educate, listen and gather feedback on each entity’s mix of land use and development with the ultimate goal of expanding the county’s tax base and economy.

Between 1996 and 2017, AEA has generated the following economic activity within Adams County:

  • $29.7 million+ in public investment via low-interest loans and grants from DCED
  • $80 million+ in private investment via local commercial financing

ACEDC oversight is provided by a Board of Directors comprised of community and business leaders, along with numerous committees and committee members. Funding is provided by several key sources including members, termed “Investors.”

“People are members because they support economic development. They aren’t members because of a benefit to themselves; they are doing it to help the community and Adams County. Giving to the ACEDC is different than other groups where there may be a benefit or reward to you personally,” said Marty Qually, AEA Membership Chair.

To learn more about investing in ACEDC for 2018, call Robin Fitzpatrick at 717-334-0042, Marty Qually at 717-339-6514, or see adamsalliance.org and click on “Become an Investor.”

“We are appreciative of the many individuals, municipalities, nonprofits and businesses who have already committed to being 2018 Investors. We appreciate your support of Adams County’s economic development, supporting current and future businesses of all sizes, their recruitment, relocation, expansion and ongoing support services,” Fitzpatrick said.

Chef Neil Annis

The February 1 Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 5 pm at Sidney Willoughby Run, 730 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg. Tickets are $45 and include cocktails (cash bar available), networking, an update on ACEDC’s activities, plus an array of hors d’oeuvres prepared by critically-acclaimed Chef/Owner Neil Annis. Annis returned home to open Sidney, after opening Compass, New York City, named “Best New Restaurant in New York City” by the Zagat Guide in 2003. In 2011, Restaurant Sidney East Berlin was awarded Best overall, Best Ambiance, Best Service, Fit for Foodies, Most Booked and Best Special Occasion Restaurant in the Harrisburg/Hershey area by OpenTable.

To RSVP for the February 1 event, please call 717-334-0042 or email your response to office@adamsalliance.org. The RSVP deadline is January 16.

The Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), is comprised of three organizations: The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) and the Adams County General Authority (ACGA). For more information, see adamsalliance.org, or follow AEA on Twitter (@AdamsAlliance), Facebook (Facebook.com/AdamsAlliance) and LinkedIn (Adams Economic Alliance).

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Budget Season:  How Does Economic Development Fit into the Mix?

This column was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, November 9, 2017.

By Robin Fitzpatrick

Working with the Commonwealth, it feels as though we’ve been in “budget season” for nine months. That’s because we have. Governor Wolf presented his 2017/2018 budget address in February, and about two weeks ago he signed the revenue plan that identifies where the money will come from to pay the bills.

Municipal leaders are engaged in the same process now, and it’s not pretty. Their job is to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of their residents. Municipalities are important because many of the services they make available are not usually provided by the private sector. Historically, municipalities have been responsible for the upkeep of roads, making sure there is public safety by police and firefighting protection, and by providing planning and zoning oversight.

Local government may also provide sewer, water, and trash collection services. Municipalities operate through local ordinances, which are local laws adopted and enforced to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents. Examples of ordinances include the removal of public nuisances; rules (called codes) for an improved quality of life (weed control, removal of non-registered vehicles, animal control, and noise abatement are examples); and aesthetic improvements such as land development and zoning ordinances.

Pennsylvania residents have a voice at the local level and can help set a vision for their communities. You can define your community as your borough, township, school district, and/or county. Think about and assess whether your community is meeting your needs. These are YOUR tax dollars at work!  Also know that they are OTHERS’ tax dollars as well.  Not everyone will agree upon how “our” money should be spent.

Residents, through elected officials, are able to have a major effect on services provided to communities. They can also address the appearance and desirability of a community and can urge their elected officials to support cultural activities, parks and recreation, senior centers, museums, and other important services.

Certainly, there are as many different opinions as there are people. It’s often difficult for elected officials to make decisions that reflect the majority of his/her constituents, including all services needed within a community, and within a balanced budget. It’s a tall order at any level of government.

That is the scenario, and the very heart of budget debates and issues. So, how does economic development fit into this process and how can economic development help? I’m glad you asked. We can be a vital link in this process!

Municipal leaders CAN create more value in land use, where it is wanted, by partnering with the Adams Economic Alliance. We are here, poised to assist officials. We are also here, poised to assist businesses in their efforts to expand, relocate, or be attracted to Adams County. In many ways, we are the matchmaker, partnering with both sides—municipalities as well as businesses—to help find the right fit for each specific request and need.

When the pieces fall into place, economic development is a win-win for everyone involved: Municipalities see healthy growth, expand their workforce, expand their tax base, and provide a healthier abundance of services. Residents enjoy those services and a better quality of life, have access to additional businesses and/or employment opportunities, and often see their own property values increase.

What is the common denominator in this entire process, from lawmakers’ budgeting, to determining land use, to offering services to residents, to ensuring a healthy workforce? It’s the human factor; PEOPLE who live, work, and play in our communities. Economic growth and development can embrace communities and connect people. The key is ensuring that it happens with, by, and for everyone involved.

Robin Fitzpatrick, President of AEA, has been meeting and continues to meet with every Adams County municipality and school board, in 2017. For additional information on AEA, see AdamsAlliance.org, follow the organization on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or call 717-334-0042.

 

 

Press Release: Economic Development Officials Talk Tax Base, Land Use

“Ambitious” Goal of Meeting with Every Municipality and School Board in Adams County

GETTYSBURG, PA (November 2, 2017) – Officials with the Adams Economic Alliance (AEA) and the Adams County Office of Planning and Development (ACOPD) are in the midst of an “ambitious” goal—meeting with officials from every municipality and school board in Adams County during 2017 in order to educate, listen and gather feedback on each entity’s mix of land use and development with the ultimate goal of expanding the county’s tax base and economy.

“We are calling 2017 ‘the year of the municipality’ because my colleagues and I are focused on the ambitious goal of meeting face-to-face with officials from every single one of Adams County’s 34 municipalities and six school districts,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, AEA President. Continue reading Press Release: Economic Development Officials Talk Tax Base, Land Use

Press Release: Public Invited to “Manufacturing in Adams County” Event

October 31 Event to Highlight Manufacturing Industry’s Value, Challenges, Future

GETTYSBURG, PA (October 18, 2017) – Business and community leaders are invited to a free roundtable discussion including lunch, focused on Adams County’s top industry—manufacturing—on Tuesday, October 31 at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)—Gettysburg campus. The event is planned by “Advantage Adams” partners—Adams Economic Alliance (AEA), the Adams County Office of Planning and Development, Destination Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce.

“Manufacturing employs more Adams Countians than any other industry, and is one of five growth industries in Adams County,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, AEA President. “Our goals for the October 31 event are to educate business and community leaders on the value manufacturing brings to our economy, to share challenges and questions regarding manufacturing, and to generate discussion that leads to a stronger, healthier Adams County economy.”

Nearly 20% of Adams County’s workforce is employed in manufacturing, according to the latest data from Jobs EQ. Continue reading Press Release: Public Invited to “Manufacturing in Adams County” Event

Advocating for a More Robust Business Environment

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, October 12, 2017:

By Duane Kanagy, Manager of Communications/Community Services, Adams Electric Cooperative

We have been asked why Adams Electric Cooperative supports the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (now part of the Adams Economic Alliance). Here is why.

Part of what the Alliance is doing right now is talking to local municipal officials, and anyone else who will listen, about the economic profile of Adams County. They, and other business organizations, are advocating for a strategic plan that identifies the strengths of this area and outlines ways that will increase economic opportunities for all ages and skill sets. Continue reading Advocating for a More Robust Business Environment

New Ag Business Slated for Historic Gettysburg Farm, Thanks to Low-Interest Financing

Brown’s Ranch, recently purchased by John Boyer

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, September 14, 2017:

By Kaycee Kemper

Since our last column, our organization has announced a new name and identity, so first I want to address this exciting news! Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) was the lead organization of three partner organizations under the same roof, with the other two being the Adams County Industrial Development Authority and the Adams County General Authority.

Now all three organizations are collectively known as Adams Economic Alliance! We are excited and hope you share our excitement over the simplicity (and lack of confusion!) of our new name. Have no fear, Robin Fitzpatrick and myself are still both here, working as President and Vice President to deliver economic development services to businesses and organizations in Adams County.

One of our newest projects involved the purchase of the 232-acre farm known as “Brown’s Ranch” bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park’s Confederate Avenue. It was our pleasure assisting and welcoming John Boyer of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, as he purchased the ranch to locate a new agricultural business in Adams County. Boyer, who grew up in the agricultural industry and studied animal science at Texas Tech, was searching for three years, for the perfect Pennsylvania property to launch a cow calf operation, when he discovered Brown’s Ranch.

Financing was a collaboration Continue reading New Ag Business Slated for Historic Gettysburg Farm, Thanks to Low-Interest Financing

Press Release: Adams Economic Alliance: New Name, Branding Unveiled for Three Partner Organizations

GETTYSBURG, PA (September 7, 2017) – Adams Economic Alliance (AEA) is the new umbrella name for three Adams County organizations—the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) and the Adams County General Authority (ACGA). A new branding campaign incorporates the new name and logo, and was first unveiled to members and community leaders at an Investor Appreciation Reception the evening of September 7.

“The primary goal for comprehensively branding the three organizations together is to simplify our identity to the public,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, AEA President. “All three organizations deliver economic development services to the businesses and communities of Adams County. Now, we can be known collectively as one organization—Adams Economic Alliance.” Continue reading Press Release: Adams Economic Alliance: New Name, Branding Unveiled for Three Partner Organizations

Press Release: Historic Gettysburg Farm Acquired Via Adams County Economic Development Funding

“Brown’s Ranch” Developing into Beef Cattle Operation

 GETTYSBURG, PA (August 16, 2017) – A low-interest loan facilitated through Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) and Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) helped secure the purchase of a historical 232-acre farm in Adams County that’s being developed into a cow calf operation.

“I’ve been searching for a property in Pennsylvania, looking for a way to get back into agriculture, for three years. There aren’t many cattle farms in PA, but this property has the most character out of any that I saw… it was a natural fit,” says John Boyer, 38, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County.  Currently a defense contractor, Boyer grew up in the agricultural industry and studied animal science at Texas Tech. Continue reading Press Release: Historic Gettysburg Farm Acquired Via Adams County Economic Development Funding

September 7: You’re Invited to Celebrate Four C’s

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, August 10, 2017:

By Kaycee Kemper

A lot happens between August and September—harvests are gathered, a new school year begins, and we enjoy our final summer vacations, daytrips, and picnics. After Labor Day, we return to a more regular work schedule, and we know fall is on its way.

This year, we invite everyone to mark their calendars for the Thursday after Labor Day—September 7. That evening, during a wine & cheese reception from 5-7 pm, we look forward to welcoming all community leaders invested and interested in the efforts of our organization, Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC). The celebration will revolve around four words that all begin with the letter C: Continue reading September 7: You’re Invited to Celebrate Four C’s

Help Us to Help You

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, July 13, 2017:

By Robin Fitzpatrick

We (Adams County Economic Development Corporation staff) are passionate about advocating for Adams County’s businesses, economy, jobs, workforce, and quality of life. “Work Smart. Live Happy.” is the new slogan for the state’s economic development partners of which ACEDC is one. We realize that living, working, and playing in the greater Adams County community requires a balance and blend of business/industry, housing, preservation, services, recreation, etc. Continue reading Help Us to Help You