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Welcome To Planning & Development!

About P&D

SPC members promote regionally integrated, cooperative planning and development activities for communities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. SPC combines management of community assistance, financial assistance, export and government procurement assistance, and special enterprise development activities with delivery of other state and federal programs to enhance our region's competitiveness in national and global markets.

SPC is designated by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as the Local Development District and by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the Economic Development District for Southwestern Pennsylvania. SPC members play a lead role in identifying priority needs of local communities by working with their citizens to foster economic development, to target and meet the most pressing needs, and to build community cohesion and leadership.

In addition to writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for southwestern Pennsylvania, our Planning and Development department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to help small and medium-sized businesses and local governments.

As the region’s Local Development District, 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.

Local Development District (LDD) Impact Report

Click to download the LDD Impact Report in PDF.

Links For Local Government

Local Technical Assistance Program: Shares transportation knowledge, improves road maintenance and safety skills, and puts research and new technology into practice at the local level. [ more ]


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Small Business At Work

Our Planning & Development department
provides a variety of help for small businesses.

Links For Businesses

Local Food Value Chain Initiative: The sustainability of businesses involved in processing, selling, and using local food is a continuing focus for SPC.
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Business Finance: If you are a small business or a start-up, SPC can help you find a low-interest Federal or State loan.
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Export Development: SPC offers a trained staff to diagnose and help solve problems relating to export for businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Keystone Opportunity ZonesKeystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs): Are you looking to start a business in an area with a high "up side"?
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Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy

ARC Area Development

Business Finance (Loans)

Export Development

Government Procurement

Keystone Opportunity
Zones (KOZ)

Local Food
Value Chain Intiative

Local Technology
Assistance Program (LTAP)

Partnerships for Regional
Economic Performance

Water Resource Center


Contact Planning & Development

Department Director:
Lew Villotti
(412) 391-5590 x302

Planning & Development

Southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Chatham Center Suite 500
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 391-5590 (P)
(412) 391-9160 (F)

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