Designated as the Local Development District (LDD) by the Appalachian
Regional Commission (ARC), SPC plays a lead role in identifying priority needs
of local communities by working to foster economic development, to target and meet the most pressing needs, and to build community unity and leadership.
SPC undertakes projects through the Area Development
Program that address the five goals identified by ARC in its strategic
1. Developing a knowledgeable and skilled population
2. Strengthening the Region's physical infrastructure
3. Building local and regional capacity
4. Creating a dynamic economic base
5. Fostering healthy people
SPC seeks to build such projects as education and
workforce training programs, highway construction, water and sewer
system construction, leadership development programs, small business
start-ups and expansions, and development of healthcare resources
to meet the Area Development goals.
Technical assistance that provides basic
services to enhance business development
Industrial site development
Local access road
Acquisition and development of incubator facilities
Commercial area revitalization
Telecommunications projects that encourage education and workforce training
SPC’s role as the LDD is key to project development
and review, providing technical assistance to local project
sponsors and sending priority recommendations to the state.
All area development projects must be completed in close
consultation with SPC. The grants are very competitive, and
require both a pre-application and extensive full application
preparation and review. Pre-applications are due each year
in June, and full applications by the following January.
As the region’s LDD, SPC members work together through the Area Development Program to advance a wide range of projects, including education and workforce training programs; Appalachian Highway System Program projects and industrial access improvements; water and sewer system construction; leadership development programs; and, development of healthcare resources to meet the Area Development goals.
SPC works with its members and organizations throughout the region to identify projects for ARC and EDA funding programs.
2012 concluded the first full year for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (PREP), which is a Commonwealth initiative designed to encourage regional coordination in economic development efforts, yielding superior customer service to the business community and a comprehensive, efficient statewide economic delivery strategy. In its first full year, the Partnership served over 2,800 clients, including over 30,000 hours of counseling. This resulted in over $1 billion dollars in increased or retained sales and over 10,000 jobs created or retained. SPC continues to be an integral part of the Partnership as it continues to evolve and provide services to the Southwestern Pennsylvania business community.
In 2012, SPC’s Economic Development Strategy Committee reviewed, scored, prioritized and recommended projects to the Commission for submission to the ARC for FY 2013 funding consideration.
The following are the projects forwarded to the Commonwealth for ARC consideration:
201 Local Access Road projects include:
New Business Park Access Road, Fayette County
This project will develop an access road into a new proposed business park in Dunbar Township.
Etna Freight Access Road, Allegheny County
This project will create a freight access road within the Etna Sharpsburg Industrial Park.
Beaver Avenue Access Road, City of Pittsburgh
This project will reconstruct Beaver Ave on the City’s North Side into a two-way street providing access to a development site.
The 214 Construction and 302 Non-Construction projects include:
SW PA Sustainable Economies Initiative, Fayette County
This project entails the establishment of a sustainable economy initiative within Southwestern Pennsylvania promoting vibrant, livable communities with healthy people and ecosystems.
Victory Road Storm Water Outflow Engineering, Butler County
This project covers engineering costs for replacement of a deteriorating steel storm water pipe that handles outflow from Victory Road Business Park.
New Business Park Engineering, Fayette County
This project entails planning and engineering activities for a proposed new business park in Dunbar Township.
Gardens at Market Square, City of Pittsburgh
This project includes engineering costs for multi-use development at Market Square.
East End Regional Growth Initiative, Fayette County
This project will provide computers and related equipment to an after-school tutoring program.
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