Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development The official page for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, enabling PA businesses and communities to thrive in a global economy.

To contact DCED, please visit dced.pa.gov. If you are looking for more information about DCED, please visit dced.pa.gov Facebook Comment Policy: We encourage the public to comment on this page and welcome all viewpoints. Comments should remain relevant to the topic at hand and participants must treat each other with respect. We review the comments posted to our page on a regular basis and reserve the right to delete comments that contain the following: • Profane and/or vulgar content; • Sexually suggestive or harassing content; • Obscene content; • Nudity in a participant’s profile picture; • Threats of physical or bodily harm; • Defamatory statements; • Disparaging language or hate speech targeting an individual’s race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability; • Commercial content promoting or soliciting service or products; • Content promoting political organizations; • Name-calling and/or personal attacks; • Spam, such as the same comment posted repeatedly; • Personally identifying, sensitive and/or private information; • Language or content suggesting or encouraging illegal activity; • Information that could reasonably compromise public safety; and • Other content that the Tourism Office deems inappropriate. We monitor this page but are not responsible for content generated by users. Comments and content posted on this page may be subject to public disclosure. Communications posted on this page will not be construed as satisfying requirements for legal notice or service, shall not be considered official public comment, and shall not be construed as an official request for records pursuant to the Right-to-Know Law. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time. Continued use of this page following the posting of any modification signifies acceptance of such modification. Privacy Policy: Read the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s full Social Media Policy: http://on.pa.gov/social-media-policy

Mission: The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.

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Busy week? 😫 Take the day today and discover a new Pennsylvania gem. 🚗 Located in Bucks County, New Hope has  both urban...
11/06/2020
Why New Hope, PA Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Busy week? 😫 Take the day today and discover a new Pennsylvania gem. 🚗 Located in Bucks County, New Hope has both urban luxuries and small town charm. The perfect place to recharge. #WorkSmartLiveHappy

Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on the Delaware River New Hope is a perfect weekend getaway and home to a thriving LGBTQ+ community, upscale boutique hotels, high-end restaurants and bars, and more. Here's how to plan the perfect weekend trip to New Hope.

📢If you missed our "Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs" webinar last week, fear not! We've got you cov...
11/05/2020

📢If you missed our "Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs" webinar last week, fear not! We've got you covered with the recorded webinar. 😎 Check it out on the Business One-Stop Shop website: http://ow.ly/imHO50CclRA

Did you hear the news?📰 The Brookings Institution has called out Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Hazard Pay program as a "Promis...
11/04/2020

Did you hear the news?📰 The Brookings Institution has called out Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Hazard Pay program as a "Promising Model" for other states. PA was one of only 3 states that used CARES Act dollars to provide funding assistance to frontline workers. Read more➡️ ow.ly/dl0u50C9wSJ

📢It's Election Day, Pennsylvania! If you are heading to a polling place today, be sure to mask up😷, wash your hands🧼, an...
11/03/2020

📢It's Election Day, Pennsylvania! If you are heading to a polling place today, be sure to mask up😷, wash your hands🧼, and maintain a social distance. 🚶‍♂️--------🚶‍♂️

📍 Find your polling place: http://ow.ly/mCZj50CadAq

📢 ATTN PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANTS: The Alice, the intelligent business advisor & DoorDash 's Local Restaurant Grants progr...
11/02/2020
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Alice, the intelligent business advisor & DoorDash 's Local Restaurant Grants program is OPEN. 🚨 Grants up to $5K will be awarded to Philadelphia small businesses to help assist in their recovery efforts due to #COVID19. Learn more below ⤵️.

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Something new and exciting is hitting the roads in PA. 🆕🚨 Learn how the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Pittsburgh-based tech ...
11/01/2020
Automated trucking makes headway in Pennsylvania

Something new and exciting is hitting the roads in PA. 🆕🚨 Learn how the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Pittsburgh-based tech company Locomation are working together to enhance
transportation safety. 🚛 #TechInPA

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A demonstration conducted by the Smart Belt Coalition and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently tested automated truck driving from Pittsburgh to Michigan. To…

Pennsylvania is flourishing with female innovators, 👩‍🔧 like H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions. During National Women’...
10/31/2020
Pennsylvania Women-Led Tech Businesses: Saving Money and Water - PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Pennsylvania is flourishing with female innovators, 👩‍🔧 like H2O Connected and Chariot Solutions. During National Women’s Small Business Month, learn how both
companies are working to save customers money and water. 🖥️💦 #TechInPA

Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? There are countless female trailblazers who call Pennsylvania home, and they have made

Happy National #WeatherizationDay! Today we are grateful of the tireless efforts our Pennsylvania weatherization agencie...
10/30/2020
National Weatherization Day | #PAProud Blog

Happy National #WeatherizationDay! Today we are grateful of the tireless efforts our Pennsylvania weatherization agencies do to change the lives of families & their communities. #WxDayOct30 #WeatherizationWorks

Thank you ❤️

Oct. 30 marks National Weatherization Day, a day focusing local, state, and national attention of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the work being performed by dedicated members of the weatherization assistance network.

Welcome to Pennsylvania, Wren Kitchens USA! 👋  UK's largest kitchen retailer has just announced that they have chosen PA...
10/29/2020
Gov. Wolf: UK’s largest kitchen retailer bringing 360 jobs to Luzerne County | Times Leader

Welcome to Pennsylvania, Wren Kitchens USA! 👋 UK's largest kitchen retailer has just announced that they have chosen PA as the location for their North American HQ and manufacturing facility. 📍 You have chosen wisely. 😎

HANOVER TWP. — Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced 360 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Luzerne County — a move the governor said will make a great difference in the community, as the economy economy…

Through investing in companies + technology, we create a more promising future. 🧑‍🔬💻 Learn more about the $1 million gra...
10/28/2020
Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Tech Investments in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Through investing in companies + technology, we create a more promising future. 🧑‍🔬💻 Learn more about the $1 million grant awarded to the Global Opportunity Philadelphia Fund and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA ⬇️ #DCEDfunding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) announced that $1 million has …

📢 Today is the day! Don't miss out on our "Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs" webinar today at 1PM. R...
10/27/2020
PA Business One-Stop Shop - Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Aspiring Entrepreneurs

📢 Today is the day! Don't miss out on our "Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs" webinar today at 1PM. Register to save your seat ⤵️. Pennsylvania Commission for Women

Join us on Tuesday, October 27th from 1 PM – 2:30 PM for a virtual webinar covering the “Resources for Women-Owned Businesses & Aspiring Entrepreneurs” hosted by DCED’s Business One-Stop Shop Office and Pennsylvania’s Commission for Women. Speakers will include Chatham University’s Cente...

Did you know Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in the U.S. for pumpkin production with over 79.4 million grown annually?! 😲 That's ...
10/26/2020

Did you know Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in the U.S. for pumpkin production with over 79.4 million grown annually?! 😲 That's a lot of future Jack-O'-Lanterns! 🎃 Happy #NationalPumpkinDay!

On the job hunt? 💼 Amazon.com announced they plan to hire 1,000 new employees to join their warehouse in Hamburg. Their ...
10/25/2020
Amazon to hire 1,000 workers at new Pennsylvania warehouse

On the job hunt? 💼 Amazon.com announced they plan to hire 1,000 new employees to join their warehouse in Hamburg. Their continued investments have contributed an additional $11.7B to PA's economy. Read more⤵️.

The workers will join more than 16,000 full- and part-time employees already working across the state.

The competition was close, but we’re #PAProud of these companies who have been recognized on this year’s Best Places to ...
10/24/2020
The ‘Best Places to Work’ in Pa.: Is your company on the list?

The competition was close, but we’re #PAProud of these companies who have been recognized on this year’s Best Places to Work in PA list. 🏢 See who made the cut. 🎉 #WorkSmartLiveHappy

This year’s list includes 43 small, 30 medium and 27 large sized companies.

Did you know the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance grant program has awarded more than $192M in grants to over 10K busi...
10/22/2020

Did you know the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance grant program has awarded more than $192M in grants to over 10K businesses statewide? 52% of those grants went to disadvantaged businesses. See 👀 what companies have received funds or have signed a grant agreement as of Oct. 17. http://ow.ly/Gpus50BZDPH

#PAProud 📰: Pennsylvania's black tech leaders are making waves and forging a new path in the entrepreneurial scene. Thei...
10/21/2020
Pennsylvania’s Black Tech Entrepreneurs Forge A Path | Pennsylvania. Work Smart. Live Happy.

#PAProud 📰: Pennsylvania's black tech leaders are making waves and forging a new path in the entrepreneurial scene. Their innovation & imagination are transforming medicine, education, data literacy, & are raising the bar for our tech entrepreneurs. #WorkSmartLiveHappy

Black leaders and entrepreneurs in technology aren’t new to the scene. Think of inventors like Dr. Mark Dean, who contributed numerous key patents for the development of the personal PC...

Congratulations Villa Maria Farm on receiving a $100,000 COVID-19 grant. 👏 Click the link to learn more about how the gr...
10/20/2020
Villa Maria Farm awarded COVID-19 grant

Congratulations Villa Maria Farm on receiving a $100,000 COVID-19 grant. 👏 Click the link to learn more about how the grant will preserve the farm’s long-term agricultural use. 🌾

A $100,000 COVID-19 grant was awarded to Villa Maria Farm through its partnership with Community Partnership, Inc.

Innovation, imagination, & can-do spirit are the traits that truly characterize our colleges & universities. We are #PAP...
10/19/2020
Penn State's research expenditures top $1 billion mark | Penn State University

Innovation, imagination, & can-do spirit are the traits that truly characterize our colleges & universities. We are #PAProud to share the news that Penn State's research expenditures have now exceeded over $1 billion!🙌 They are changing lives around the world with their advancements in health, addressing food securities, sustainable energy solutions & their overall contributions to economic development. Read more ⤵️.

Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded the $1 billion mark in fiscal year 2019-20. The total figure, $1.01 billion, places Penn State among a select group of research universities nationally, and reflects the interdisciplinary strength built over three decades. It represents a $40 million inc...

Hello waterfront revitalization.👋 Take a look at the new master plan for the historic city of Chester. The waterfront pr...
10/18/2020
NBBJ unveils waterfront-revitalizing master plan for Chester, Pennsylvania

Hello waterfront revitalization.👋 Take a look at the new master plan for the historic city of Chester. The waterfront project is poised to spur economic development🏗️, enhance tourism opportunities🛍️, and bring together a community where everyone can #WorkSmartLiveHappy.🏘️🥰

Chester, the state's oldest city, has seen its fortune shift in the last 25 years, but a new 100-acre waterfront overhaul could change that.

Happy National Women's Small Business Month!🎉Our boss ladies are a force to be reckoned with. 👩‍💼💼 This month, we urge y...
10/17/2020
6 Go-To Resources for PA Women-Owned Businesses in 2020 | #PAProud Blog

Happy National Women's Small Business Month!🎉Our boss ladies are a force to be reckoned with. 👩‍💼💼 This month, we urge you to support our women-owned businesses and support those women entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own #PAsmallbiz.

In Pennsylvania, we recognize the contributions of our more than 300,000 women-owned businesses that call our state home. For those looking to start your own business in PA, we have put together a list of go-to resources for our female entrepreneurs.

*Insert Pennsylvania brag post.*😎 No shock here, National Geographic has rated Route 6 as the #1 fall foliage driving ro...
10/16/2020
Best road trips for fall foliage in Pennsylvania

*Insert Pennsylvania brag post.*😎 No shock here, National Geographic has rated Route 6 as the #1 fall foliage driving route in PA and "One of America's most scenic drives!"

What are you waiting for, hit the road! 🚗+🍁=😍

Driving through the splendor of autumn is an annual tradition for many leaf peepers.

There's strength in numbers.👪🧔👩‍🦳👳‍♂️👶 Help make sure Pennsylvania gets its fair representation in Congress & government...
10/15/2020

There's strength in numbers.👪🧔👩‍🦳👳‍♂️👶 Help make sure Pennsylvania gets its fair representation in Congress & government funding by responding to the #2020Census.

Today is the LAST day to be counted! https://my2020census.gov/

Exciting times are ahead for the City of Clairton! Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Clairton Inn proje...
10/15/2020

Exciting times are ahead for the City of Clairton! Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Clairton Inn project groundbreaking happen.👏 This $16.7 million project is set to transform the downtown business district with new retail & affordable apartments. 🏘️

💻 WEBINAR: If you own a business, have you thought about diversifying to an eCommerce platform? COVID-19 has brought wit...
10/14/2020

💻 WEBINAR: If you own a business, have you thought about diversifying to an eCommerce platform? COVID-19 has brought with it the need for small businesses to reimagine how they are interacting with their customers. Join the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) + Amazon.com today at 2PM to learn about interacting with shoppers in real time. Register to save your seat: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7277043350590157581

Did you know it's estimated that 4.1% of Pennsylvania residents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? In r...
10/13/2020
The Keystone State's next generation of queer leaders | Pennsylvania. Work Smart. Live Happy.

Did you know it's estimated that 4.1% of Pennsylvania residents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? In recognition of LGBT History Month, we are shining the spotlight on 6 next-gen LGBTQ+ residents and what they are doing to lead the way in making their communities & our state a better place to #WorkSmartLiveHappy.🏳️‍🌈🌈

It’s estimated that 4.1% of Pennsylvania residents — that’s about 416,484 people — identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (Williams Institute, 2019). The majority of them are under 40....

To build the strongest #WorkforceInPA, you have to invest in it.💪Thanks to a new grant program by the PA Department of L...
10/11/2020

To build the strongest #WorkforceInPA, you have to invest in it.💪

Thanks to a new grant program by the PA Department of Labor & Industry, $300K in funding will be made available to local workforce development boards to connect businesses + schools & expand career opportunities throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more: http://ow.ly/druy50BLnHq

New Kensington is stepping up their competitiveness in the digital age. Thanks to a $5.5 million investment from the Ric...
10/10/2020
New Kensington campus, Westmoreland County to create digital innovation lab

New Kensington is stepping up their competitiveness in the digital age. Thanks to a $5.5 million investment from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Penn State New Kensington will now be home to a new state-of-the-art digital innovation lab! 👏 The lab will prepare the region and its current + future workforce for Industry 4.0. Read more ⤵️.

The new lab will continue the New Kensington campus' impact on local revitalization efforts, as well as strengthen current and future workforce development to prepare the region for the Digital Age.

Hello, Friday! 🙌 Start planning for your weekend today and take some time to unplug from your busy week. #GetOutdoorsPA ...
10/09/2020
13 Rocky Destinations to Explore in PA

Hello, Friday! 🙌 Start planning for your weekend today and take some time to unplug from your busy week. #GetOutdoorsPA is calling your name, so let us help you with your next hiking adventure by checking out a few of our favorite rocky destinations to help inspire you.⛰️ #WorkSmartLiveHappy

Pennsylvania rocks – genuinely! Our many unique and rocky destinations will make any outdoor adventurer or challenge seeker’s heart pump. This fall grab your hiking shoes and check out these 13 rocky spots. Know before you go: We recommend contacting your destination before your visit for their ...

🍳 Old cast-iron skillet meet the new modern-day cast-iron skillet. Conestoga-based manufacturer, Lancaster Cast Iron, is...
10/08/2020
Meet the two men behind the modern made-in-Lancaster County cast-iron skillet

🍳 Old cast-iron skillet meet the new modern-day cast-iron skillet. Conestoga-based manufacturer, Lancaster Cast Iron, is making headlines with their new reimagined skillet. See what's cooking and how they came to create this #PASmallBiz.

Lancaster Cast Iron has made a modern version of vintage skillets: durable and lightweight with a smooth surface.

🔹Increased indoor dining to 50%🔹A listing in the Open & Certified PA Business Directory🔹Free Open & Certified PA signs f...
10/07/2020
Certify My Restaurant | PA.GOV

🔹Increased indoor dining to 50%
🔹A listing in the Open & Certified PA Business Directory
🔹Free Open & Certified PA signs for your restaurant
🔹Timely updates, reminders, & alerts for business guidance
🔹Showing your employees + customers that you care about
their health & safety

Self-certify your restaurant today. Learn more⤵️.

Home > Business Unites > Certify My Restaurant Certify My Restaurant Self-certification is an optional program by which you can reassure your employees and customers that you are adhering to all appropriate guidance.  Self-certification does NOT impose additional obligations or result in additional...

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