10C — May 11 - 24, 2018 — Central Pennsylvania — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


C entral P ennsylvania By Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO

Cumberland County Pennsylvania continues to be the fastest growing County in the State


umberland County has been touting the “fast- est growing County

in PA” sta- tus for some t i me n o w . I n M a r c h the Pennsyl- vania State Data Center stated that Cumberland County was,

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once again, the fastest growing County in the state and saw its population rise by 6.2 percent between 2010 and 2017. Cumberland County had 250,066 people as of July 1, 2017, an increase of 14,658 people since the 2010 Census. This is not the only accolade for Cumberland County. We also have the 3rd lowest unemploy- ment rate in the state, 7th high- est median household income, 5th lowest poverty level, 7th highest college graduation rate and 4th highest health factor rating. These statistics, combined with our diverse industry base, allowCumberland County to be a hot spot for new and growing businesses. The County continues to sustain a variety of successful industries. The most common employment sectors for those living in Cumberland County include Retail Trade, Health- care & Social Assistance and Education Services. Public Administration, Manufactur- ing, Professional/Tech Services, Finance & Insurance, Accom- modations & Food Service, Transportation &Warehousing and Construction round out the top ten. Our proximity to major east coast markets and regional seaports, along with viable connections via Interstate 81, I-83, I-76 and US 11/15 make for industries that thrive and expand here, such as Ames True Temper, Amazon, Foot Locker, Volvo, Office Depot and many others. Cumberland County is also set up for success to manage the growth we continue to see. With partnerships between numer- ous agencies, we are dedicated to responsible growth that bal- ances our need for growing com- munities but not at the expense of our beautiful landscape, history and agricultural lands. A great example of these partnerships is how Cum- berland Area Economic Development Corporation

Waggoner’s Gap, Hawk Watch, Carlisle

(CAEDC) is working with our local employers, school districts and higher education institu- tions to develop programs to fill a needed skills gap. Cur- riculum is being designed so that high school students, and those looking to reskill, can advance further along before they graduate and be prepared to directly enter the workforce or move into a technical school or certificate program. CAEDC, and our partners, have decided to focus on the Healthcare, Advanced Manu- facturing and Heavy Equip- ment industries for workforce development. These occupa- tions have the highest demand for workers by 2024, and are

good-paying jobs. People love living here be- cause of our thriving and di- verse economy, low cost of living and exceptional recre- ational opportunities. If you’re considering launching or relo- cating your business to Cum- berland County, ask CAEDC about our custom financing programs for new businesses in Pennsylvania. With our help, you can access incentives including tax credits, customs duties savings and price evalu- ation preferences, plus lending options that make financing a small business in Pennsylvania that much easier. Learn more about CAEDC at CumberlandBusiness.com.

Amazon Fulfillment Center, Carlisle

CAEDC i s Cumber l and County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Val-

ley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. 

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