Our Work In Pennsylvania

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, ARC is supporting 94 projects in Pennsylvania totaling $40.5 million in fiscal year 2023. These investments have been matched by $60.2 million and are attracting an additional $82.9 million in leveraged private investments in Pennsylvania. They are also creating or retaining 9,720 jobs, training and educating 7,570 students and workers, and benefiting the 5.6 million residents in Pennsylvania’s 52 Appalachian Counties.

State Partners

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Governor’s ARC Representative:
Neil Fowler, Director

PA Department of Community & Economic Development
400 North Street -4th Floor
Commonwealth Keystone Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

ARC State Program Manager:
Jennifer Lench, ARC Program Manager
phone: 717.720.7345

PA Department of Community & Economic Development
400 North Street -4th Floor
Commonwealth Keystone Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2023, ARC and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development partnered on the following investments and projects.

Workforce Ecosystem
invested in Pennsylvania to expand community systems that will help Appalachians obtain a job, stay on the job, and advance their careers
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Building Businesses
invested in entrepreneurship and business development to strengthen the economy in Appalachian Pennsylvania
Community Infrastructure
invested in Pennsylvania to ensure access to reliable and affordable broadband, clean water and updated wastewater systems, highways, and more
Additional Priorities
invested to grow the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities and preserve Pennsylvania’s local history, culture, and natural assets

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2023

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2023 investments in Pennsylvania.

Investments in Action

Startup Alleghenies

Using ARC POWER Support, Startup Alleghenies has provided capital access, coaching, and technical assistance to 500 businesses in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2025

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.

Counties in Appalachia

(52 out of 67 counties): Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming

Local Development Districts

North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission
Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
SEDA–Council of Governments
Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission

State Links