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.

A $400,000, 15-year low-interest (two percent) loan processed through ACEDC and PIDA assisted Boyer in the purchase of “Brown’s Ranch,” Gettysburg. The farm has the distinction of bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park along Confederate Avenue; the property’s home was used during the Battle of Gettysburg as the headquarters for Confederate General A.P. Hill.

Financing was organized by ACEDC Vice President Kaycee Kemper through PIDA, and local banker Wayne Steinour, Adams County National Bank.

Boyer’s plans for the property include hay production, and a cow/calf operation. He says financially, Steinour’s recommendation to apply for a PIDA loan to cover part of the financing, was “beneficial,” since that portion of the loan will remain fixed at two percent for 15 years.

“Agriculture remains one of Adams County’s top three industries, thanks to innovative growers and producers such as John Boyer,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, ACEDC President.

“Additionally, we are grateful for community partnerships with local lenders such as Wayne Steinour at ACNB Bank who realize the value of enhancing financing by leveraging ACEDC’s relationships and contacts at the state level,” Fitzpatrick says.

ACEDC is certified annually by the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in order to process and administer loan and grant programs for Adams County’s businesses.

This project marks the 143rd low-interest business loan facilitated by ACEDC—and the 46th within Adams County’s agricultural community—since 1996. Previous agricultural loan projects, located throughout the entire county, supported projects that included cattle, orchards, chickens, crop production, eggs, turkeys, and wineries.  Agriculture is considered one of Adams County’s three main pillars of industry, sharing that distinction with tourism and manufacturing/industrial.

Overall, since 1996, ACEDC has secured $29.7 million+ in total public investment via low-interest loans and grants from DCED and $80 million+ in total private investment via local commercial financing.

Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Gettysburg, PA, is a private, 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1989 as a result of a task force initiated by Adams County business leaders. The corporation is governed by a board of director comprised of many local and regional community leaders from all sectors of industry. ACEDC’s mission is to improve the economy of Adams County while preserving and enhancing the quality of life by formulating, implementing, and promoting economic development strategies for sustained investment and employment opportunities in Adams County. For more information, see acedc.org, follow us on Twitter (@AdamsCoEDC), Facebook (Facebook.com/acedc.org), and LinkedIn.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  KAREN HENDRICKS, HENDRICKS COMMUNICATIONS, 717-253-3553

The 232-acre Gettysburg cattle farm known as “Brown’s Ranch” has been purchased by John Boyer via financing arranged by Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) in partnership with Adams County National Bank and Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

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. Many of our past columns have focused on these very topics.

Recently, ACEDC staff attended the PEDA (PA Economic Development Association) conference. As is often the case with conferences, we left inspired, renewed, and armed with lots of information and resources. Our biggest takeaway: The need to survey the Adams County population in order to gather opinions. Almost immediately, we began creating a survey to gauge the major challenges, along with the major benefits, of living and working in Adams County.

The survey is our first-ever e-survey. We promise, the survey is easy, painless, and brief. There are less than a dozen questions, a mixture of multiple choice, open-ended, and ranking questions. The response thus far has been very exciting! But of course, the larger the response rate, the better our findings will be. That’s why we are encouraging as many people as possible to take ten minutes (or less!) and complete the survey. Surely, everyone can find ten minutes to let their thoughts be known. For this, we are truly thankful.

How can you take the survey? Again, it’s easy. There is a link located on the home page of our website, acedc.org.

What kinds of questions can you expect?

  • We are asking for your thoughts on Adams County’s economy, jobs, and business climate.
  • We want to know about issues business owners may be facing.
  • Do you know about all of the FREE services we provide at ACEDC?
  • Would you like to meet with ACEDC staff to learn more about our services or to find out if you quality for a low-interest loan program?
  • What challenges do you see within the municipality in which you live or work?
  • And what do you see as Adams County’s strengths? Why do you love living or working here?

All of your answers will help us to better shape our future services and programs. We want to be armed with all the tools Adams County needs to be a successful, thriving place to work smart and live happy.

Help us to help you. Please take the survey today.  acedc.org

Thank you so very much and we look forward to sharing the results soon!

Robin Fitzpatrick serves as President of ACEDC. For additional information, see acedc.org, call 717-334-0042, and follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Collaborative Cold Storage Facility Expands to Support Adams County Fruitgrowing Industry

2014 Bream and Bear

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

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

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

Welcoming Summertime Growth

Above: Growth at Adams County Winery

This article was published in the Gettysburg Times, July 9, 2015

By Kaycee Kemper

Did you know that summer is the season when the majority of children record their biggest growth spurts? This healthy, sunny, green time of year is also a wonderful time of growth—on many levels—for thriving Adams County businesses.

If your business is itching to grow in real estate terms—by purchasing, renovating or expanding real estate—or by purchasing machinery or equipment, then we may be able to help via a lending program. Our organization is certified by the state, annually, in order to facilitate lending programs to Adams County businesses. Continue reading Welcoming Summertime Growth