COVID-19 WORKING CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM (CWCA)

We are happy to report that program guidelines for CWCA, a program supplying working capital to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, were approved by the PIDA (PA Industrial Development Authority) Board on March 23, 2020.

PROGRAM DETAILS (Subject to change)

Where to Apply:

The Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance are the Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDOs) for Schuylkill County and are your portal to this funding stream.

Eligible Businesses:

Any for-profit businesses located in Pennsylvania and with 100 or fewer employees worldwide are eligible to apply for disaster relief loans.  Your application must be processed through the CEDO designated for the county where your business is physically located, which will be SEDCO or NEPA for Schuylkill County.

Eligible Uses of Loan Proceeds:

  • 100% of working capital costs incurred in the last three months for most businesses (including debt service, excluding fixed assets). Businesses in the retail/service sector can include working capital costs that were incurred in the last six months, however only 50 percent of those costs will be eligible which calculates to three months of business expenses
  • “Future” or “projected” costs are not eligible
  • NOTE:  This program will require you to document the last three (3) months [ or six (6) months for retail & service companies ] of working capital expenditures

 

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Downtown Pottsville Redevelopment Update

The Pottsville Business Association (PBA)  and the Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO) have issued an update to the ongoing revitalization efforts in Downtown Pottsville.  Bergman Associates was hired to craft a revitalization plan and recently issued an interim report which can be found at the following link downtownPottsvilleRedevelopmentUpdate.pdf The public is invited to attend a meeting on January 18, 2018 at the Lodge at Sharp Mountain at 7:00 pm to discuss the plan further.

Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises to Merge with SEDCO

After months of meetings and discussion, the boards of directors of Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation have agreed in principle to merge operations in order to create one, county-wide economic development organization. Upon formal ratification by each board, the merger would be effective December 31, 2017. A copy of the merger agreement can be found at TIDE_SEDCO_Merger_Agreement.pdf 

Tyson Foods Announces 114 New Jobs in Highridge Business Park

On July 6, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf joined executives from Tyson Warehousing Services, LLC to announce the expansion of the company’s cold storage warehouse and distribution center at the Highridge Business Park in Cass Township, Schuylkill County. The project will create 114 new jobs.

Tyson Warehousing Services plans to add 164,000 square feet with 100-foot ceiling clearance to accommodate the addition of an automated storage and retrieval system to the existing 182,000 square foot facility. This $59.7 million investment will enable the company to retain 106 jobs and create 114 more for the local community over the next three years. 

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Hollander Sleep Products Announces 80 New Manufacturing Jobs in Highridge Business Park

On May 18, 2017, Governor Wolf Announces 80 New Jobs with Expansion of Hollander Sleep Products, LLC in Schuylkill County.

To meet growing demand, Hollander will combine operations from two facilities in the Frackville Industrial Park, at Exit 124 of Interstate 81, into a single, modern 357,000 square-foot-facility in the Highridge Business Park at Exit 119 of Interstate 81. The project will allow the company to add six new production lines, equating to an increase of 40 percent of current output. Hollander plans to invest $1,730,000 in the project, including renovations and leasehold improvements, and the purchase of machinery and equipment. The move will lead to the creation of 80 new, full time jobs and retention of an additional 225 existing Pennsylvania positions. 

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Hudson's Bay Company Announces 620,000 Square-foot Facility in Highridge Business Park

On April 28, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), parent of Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Saks OFF 5TH, will establish a new facility in Highridge Business Park, Schuylkill County. The move will result in 207 new, full-time jobs.

“This is the nineteenth jobs announcement that my administration has made with the Governor’s Action Team this year, securing commitments for the creation of thousands new jobs all across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Each announcement is another boost to Pennsylvania’s economy and the addition of HBC’s new facility in Schuylkill County means 207, new, full-time jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

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Trillium CNG Opens Schuylkill County's First Nautral Gas Fueling Station in Highridge

Trillium CNG recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Schuylkill County's first natural gas fueling station. The station, situation on Keystone Boulevard in Highridge Business Park, will serve multiple operations in the park. NFI Trucking, a carrier for Lowe's, Penske Logistics and Wegman's have all signed on to begin fueling their recently purchased compressed natural gas-fueled tractor trailers. In addition to the local companies that will utilize the facility, the station will also be open to the general public.

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Meeting Transcript from Public Hearing on Final HID Plan Now Available

The Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA), in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education of the Minersville Area School District, and the Boards of Supervisors for Cass and Foster Townships, held the second Public Hearing on the proposed plan to create the Highridge Improvement District (HID) on Thursday, December 4th at 7 PM at the high school auditorium of the Minersville Area School District.  The purpose of the public hearing was to review the Final Plan for the HID with property owners in the proposed district and with the general public.  A copy of the transcript from the hearing is available for download by clicking on the link below.

pdfFinal HID Plan Public Hearing Transcript76.66 KB

SCIDA Unveils Final HID Plan

The Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA), in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education of the Minersville Area School District, and the Boards of Supervisors for Cass and Foster Townships unveiled the final plan to create the Highridge Improvement District (HID). Two public meetings were held at the Minersville Area High School, the first on November 6th and the second on December 4th. Input received from the public and the property owners within the proposed district was taken into consideration in the development of the final plan.  The final plan is available for download at the link below.

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SCIDA Announces Public Hearing on Preliminary HID Plan

The Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA), in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education of the Minersville Area School District, and the Boards of Supervisors for Cass and Foster Townships, will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed plan to create the Highridge Improvement District (HID) on Thursday, November 6th at 7 PM at the high school auditorium of the Minersville Area School District at 1 Battlin'miners Drive, Minersville, PA The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments from the affected property owners within the proposed Highridge Improvement District and from the public. The proposed plan to create the HID is available for review, inspection and reproduction by clicking the link below.

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