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. The average manufacturing wage in Adams County is $47,325, above the median Adams County wage averaged from all industries, $38,962. According to Fitzpatrick, manufacturing, along with agriculture and tourism, comprise Adams County’s top three industries.

Mike Granby

Featured speakers for “Manufacturing in Adams County” include:

  • Mike Granby of Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking. Granby will highlight industry trends and provide an overview of the future of manufacturing.
  • Tom Palisin of The Manufacturers’ Association, York, whose mission is to help meet the workforce needs of manufacturers to enable them to be more productive, competitive and profitable in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging global marketplace. Palisin will discuss opportunities available to help manufacturers grow and compete.
  • Leigh Ann Wilson of MANTEC, a leading manufacturing consultant to South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers. Wilson will present marketing ideas to Adams County manufacturers.
  • Lauren Holubec of Harrisburg Area Community College will discuss educational opportunities and industry partnerships.

The public is welcome to RSVP for the October 31 event online (manufacturerspanel.eventbrite.com ) or by calling the Chamber at 717-334-8151. The event is scheduled from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, with lunch being served at 11:30, and the discussion beginning at 12 noon. Tours of HACC’s Mechatronics Lab are available before and after the event.

The nonprofit 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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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 between local banker Wayne Steinour of ACNB Bank, and our office in partnership with Pennsylvania Industrial Development Association (PIDA). A $400,000, 15-year low-interest (two percent) loan assisted Boyer with the purchase. Boyer 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. 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,” says Robin Fitzpatrick, President of Adams Economic Alliance.

It is indeed our pleasure to partner with local bankers such as Steinour in order to deliver the very best financing products to Adams County businesses. We do not view PIDA loans as “competition” with local banks; instead we view the PIDA portion of the overall loan as Steinour did—a partnership that resulted in the best option for Boyer as a bank customer and potential Adams County business owner. These partnerships create a business-friendly environment and economic prosperity for Adams County.

Could your business benefit from low-interest, fixed-rate financing? The state has made this incredible financing opportunity (two percent, fixed rate) available to businesses, now through December 31! Loan applications submitted through our office to PIDA will receive this low interest rate for the full term of the loan. Real estate loans can be termed out to 15 years; machinery or equipment loans can be termed out to 7 or 10 years. Feel free to call me today to discuss the possibilities! 717-334-0042, x2

Brown’s Ranch, recently purchased by John Boyer

 

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.”

“Our services and commitment to the public remain the same—business retention, expansion, attraction and relocation,” Fitzpatrick says.

The concept and branding of the new Adams Economic Alliance was approved by all three boards of directors over the past month.

ACEDC 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 directors 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.

ACIDA was created in 1998 by act of the Commissioners of Adams County, and capitalized by the Adams County Economic Development Corporation. The Authority is the leading agency authorized under Pennsylvania law to provide taxable and tax-exempt bond financing to manufacturing firms, 501(c)(3) organizations and federally defined exempt facilities that qualify for the tax-exempt financing program. All projects must qualify under federal tax laws and pass bond counsel approval.

ACIDA is intent upon assisting businesses with the creation of employment opportunities and expansion of the Adams County tax base, through financing, as well as spurring redevelopment. In 2013, through a partnership with the County of Adams, the ACIDA began a redevelopment project located in downtown Gettysburg, adjacent to the Lincoln Train Station. This property, formerly known as the REDDI Site, is currently recognized as the Gettysburg Station Project. The property is situated directly behind the Gettysburg Transit Center located on Carlisle Street and borders North Stratton Street. Demolition and remediation of the site is complete. The ultimate goal of the project, working in tandem with the Adams County Office of Planning & Development and Borough of Gettysburg, is to make the site attractive for future development to occur.

ACGA was created in 2016 by the Commissioners of Adams County to establish another avenue or vehicle for tax-exempt lending, creating another pool of $10 million in bank-qualified financing available to Adams County businesses.

For more information on the Adams Economic Alliance, see adamsalliance.org, follow us on Twitter (@AdamsAlliance), Facebook (Facebook.com/AdamsAlliance) and LinkedIn (Adams Economic Alliance).

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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. Continue reading Help Us to Help You

Economic Development: Focus of June 20 Commissioners’ Forum

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, June 8, 2017:

The new Adams County Human Services facility, 525 Boyds School Road, Gettysburg

By Robin Fitzpatrick

I have an invitation for all Adams County residents! Whether you use a traditional paper calendar or have evolved to an electronic calendar, be sure to mark, type, text, or otherwise save the date of June 20.

The new Adams County Human Services Building is ready to be unveiled! This is a fantastic example of economic development, adaptive reuse, within our own county government. The former Herff-Jones facility has been revamped to house a multitude of county services under one roof. Continue reading Economic Development: Focus of June 20 Commissioners’ Forum

Citing Jobs and Expanded Tax Base, ACEDC Endorses Mason Dixon Downs Project

President Robin Fitzpatrick Says Proposal Aligns with Adams County’s Top Two Industries

Gettysburg, Pa. (May 1, 2017) – Citing jobs and “unprecedented” economic development opportunities, Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) today announced it has endorsed Mason Dixon Downs, a proposed harness racetrack, casino and hotel project in Freedom Township, Adams County. The project is being proposed by Gettysburg native, businessman and philanthropist David LeVan.

“ACEDC’s Board of Directors is pleased to support the Mason Dixon Downs proposal,” said President Robin Fitzpatrick. “It augments Adams County’s two top industries— tourism/hospitality and agriculture.” Continue reading Citing Jobs and Expanded Tax Base, ACEDC Endorses Mason Dixon Downs Project

Economic Impact of Adams County’s Fruit Belt

 

By Robin Fitzpatrick

We often refer to Adams County’s three main industries as our pillars of industry—agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing. Within the county’s ag industry, we have long known that fruit is number one in production and is also the reason why value added processing and manufacturing businesses are located here.  But we have not known the full extent and depth of our fruit belt’s economic impact—until now.

A comprehensive, two-year study just concluded, led by the Adams County Office of Planning and Development, in partnership with the Adams County Fruit Growers’ Association, the Penn State Extension Service, and conducted by The Chesapeake Group with TischlerBise.

“The Adams County fruit belt’s economic impact on the county’s economy is $580 million annually—and that’s a conservative estimate,” according to Bicky Redman, senior planner in the Adams County Office of Planning and Development. “Beyond that, the Adams County fruit belt’s economic impact on the state of Pennsylvania is two to four times that.” That translates into $1.16—$2.32 billion in economic activity. Continue reading Economic Impact of Adams County’s Fruit Belt

Because We’re a Commonwealth

acedc-projects-in-upper-adams-sdBy Robin Fitzpatrick

I’m going to put you on the spot today and start with three questions. Let’s see how you do!

Q: Why is planning for land use important?

A: Similar to other plans, it outlines where we want to go! The goal of land-use planning is to further the health, safety and welfare of people and their communities by meeting their needs while safeguarding natural resources. It’s the process by which lands are evaluated and assessed to become a basis for decisions involving land use and configuration. Here’s a hint.  Remember the terms evaluated and assessed!

Q: Who has the most influence over land use in your community? Continue reading Because We’re a Commonwealth

ACEDC Announces SAY Plastics is Recipient of Ben Franklin Technology Partners Funding

McSherrystown Company Applauded for “Innovation and Vision”

SAY Plastics, McSherrystown, Adams County
SAY Plastics, McSherrystown, Adams County

GETTYSBURG, PA (January 17, 2017) – Adams County’s SAY Plastics is one of eleven Pennsylvania companies receiving funding and services from Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), a state initiative that supports emerging tech-based companies and existing manufacturers seeking diversification in innovating ways.

SAY Plastics will receive $125,000 to pursue a new market—the transportation industry—and carve out a new niche by re-engineering replacement parts for railcars, trucks, and buses. Traditionally, transportation parts have been composed of metal and fiberglass materials; SAY Plastics is utilizing a new approach—their customized SAYtooling system—to design thermoformed, cost-effective, plastic components.

Ben Franklin’s funding came about as a result of a referral by Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Gettysburg. Previously, ACEDC financed two Small Business First loans to SAY Plastics.

“We salute SAY Plastics for their innovation and vision,” said ACEDC President Robin Fitzpatrick. “SAY Plastics is at the forefront of Adams County’s growing tech and plastics industry, taking advantage of our strategic location along the Mason Dixon Line with easy access to major U.S. markets, as well as our dedicated workforce, and excellent quality of life.” Continue reading ACEDC Announces SAY Plastics is Recipient of Ben Franklin Technology Partners Funding