CHAMBER & GORDNER SECURE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN A STATE GRANT AND LOAN FOR BUSINESS PARK SHAMOKIN DAM

(November 16, 2005) – The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of
Commerce’s economic development affiliate, Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation
(SIDCO), with direct assistance from Sen. John Gordner, has secured a $2.4 million grant and
low-interest loan package to develop Pawling Station Business Park in Penn Township, Snyder
County. The grant and loan package, which was approved at the November 16th meeting of the
Commonwealth Financing Authority, will be used to develop the park into eight shovel-ready
sites to accommodate future business growth in the region.
Senator John R. Gordner worked to establish support in Harrisburg for the project. “I was able
to advocate for this project because SIDCO put together an outstanding presentation,
documenting the significant job gains for Snyder County that will result from the development of
Pawling Station,” said Sen. Gordner. “This is a great day for Snyder County.”
Pawling Station Business Park is an undeveloped business park occupying 48 acres along U.S.
522 in Penn Township, Snyder County, five miles west of Selinsgrove. Using the $2.4 million in
funding provided by the Commonwealth, SIDCO intends to develop the park into eight ready-tobuild sites, each fully served with public infrastructure and common stormwater facilities. “The
development of a small business park to assist growing companies in our valley is a top
economic development priority in the2005-06 strategic plan of the Greater Susquehanna Valley
Chamber of Commerce,” said Kurt Kissinger, president/CEO of the Chamber and the executive
director of SIDCO.
A volunteer task force of 18 community and business leaders has been meeting since
December of last year to evaluate the potential development of Pawling Station Business Park.
Having secured funding for the project, this task force will oversee the construction of the park.
Over the past seven years, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and its
economic development affiliates, Susquehanna Industrial Development Corp. and Sunbury New
Enterprises Expansion Drive have facilitated several business expansion and retention projects,
providing access to more than $5 million in incentives to retain and/or add more than 800 jobs at
such firms as United Stone Veneer, Runnerless Knits, Inc., Dinosaw, Inc., Furmano Foods, and
Tulpehocken Spring Water among others.
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