RESOURCES FOR MANUFACTURERS

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BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

116 Research Drive, Plaza Level, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

www.nep.benfranklin.org.

Contacts: Robert Thomson, Lehigh Valley, at 610-758-5262 or rthomson@nep.benfranklin.org. Connie Faylor, Berks and Schuylkill counties, at cfaylor@nep.benfranklin.org.

Resources: Matching grants for technology-based manufacturing innovation, company evaluations, consultants, connections with resources at colleges and universities.

BERKS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

633 Court St., 14th Floor Services Center, Reading, PA 19601.

www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/IDA/Pages/default.aspx.

Contact: Thomas McKeon at 610-478-6330 or tmckeon@countyofberks.com.

Resources: Creating and developing business opportunities by the construction, improvement, rehabilitation, revitalization and financing of industrial, commercial, manufacturing, research and development enterprises.

BERKS PLANNING COMMISSION

633 Court St., Reading, PA 19601.

www.co.berks.pa.us/planning.

Contact: Glenn Knoblauch at 610-478-6300 or planning@countyofberks.com.

BERKS WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD

501 Crescent Ave., Reading, PA 19605.

www.bccl.org.

Contact: Ed McCann at 610-988-1363 or emccann@bccl.org.

Resources: Provides low-cost employment and training services and information to businesses and job seekers in Berks County.

BUCKS COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

2 East State St., Doylestown, PA 18901.

www.bcedc.com.

Contact: Bob Cormack at 215-348-9031.

Resources: Services including financing, site selection, research information, education, networking opportunities with economic development agencies, workforce development and international trade.

CARBON CHAMBER AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

137 South St., Lehighton, PA 18235,

http://carboncountypa.org/

Contact: Dawn Ferrante at 610-379-5000.

Resources: Networking and educational programs, partners and collaborates with economic development groups, offers energy cost management program, business directory and other services.

GREATER READING ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

201 Penn St., Suite 502, Reading, PA 19601.

www.greaterreading.com

Contact: Jon Scott at 610-376-4237 or jon@greaterreading.com

Resources: Assistance with economic development needs including: introductions to service providers and business leaders, database of office, commercial and industrial properties in Greater Reading, workforce development resources, access to funding and incentive packages and regional data and demographics.

LEHIGH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, PA 18101.

www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/CommunityEconomicDevelopment/tabid/320/Default.aspx.

Contact: Frank Kane at 610-782-3304 or frankkane@lehighcounty.org.

Resources: Enhancing the quality of life of communities by concentrating on the revitalization of cities and boroughs, spurring economic growth and supporting regional partnerships among municipalities in Lehigh County.

LEHIGH VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

2158 Avenue C, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

www.lehighvalley.org.

Contact: Don Cunningham at 610-266-7565.

Resources: Promotes economic prosperity by relocating companies to Lehigh Valley and helping them set up shop, helping retain and expand businesses. Provides resources for financing programs and loans and site location assistance. Other services include economic research, talent retention and workforce development.

LEHIGH VALLEY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD INC.

555 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA 18109.

www.lvwib.org.

Contact: Nancy Dischinat at 610-841-1122 or ndischinat@lvwib.org

Resources: Analyzes and identifies clusters with sustainable growth industries in the region, develops data driven workforce strategies for employers, builds partnerships to align education, economic development and workforce development.

MANUFACTURERS RESOURCE CENTER

125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Phone: 610-758-5596.

www.mrcpa.org

Contact: Jack Pfunder at 610-758-5596 or jack.pfunder@mrcpa.org.

Resources: Partners with experts to offer assistance and training to manufacturers in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill and Berks counties.

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA MANUFACTURERS AND EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION

250 One Norwegian Plaza, Pottsville, PA 17901.

www.maea.biz.

Contact: Darlene Robbins at 570-622-0992 or drobbins@maea.biz.

Resources: Members in Schuylkill and Luzerne counties receive legislative updates, regional wage and salary surveys, direct hotline/rapid response management consultation, on-site training, consulting services and more.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

669 Washington St., Easton, PA 18042. www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/cwp/view.asp?q=623675.

Contact: Alicia Karner at 610-559-3200 ext. 3.

Resources: Offers manufacturing companies and nonprofit entities in the county access to tax-exempt financing.

POCONO MOUNTAINS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

300 Community Drive, Suite D, Pocono Mountains Corporate Center East, Tobyhanna, PA 18466.

www.pmedc.com

Contact: Charles Leonard at 570-839-1992.

Resources: Assistance to companies with workforce, commercial and industrial real estate, financing, infrastructure and business retention needs in Monroe County.

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