The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the world's steepest vehicular inclined plane and connects Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to the borough of Westmont on Yoder Hill. photo cred: Red Tettemer

Our Work In Pennsylvania

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, ARC is supporting 49 projects in Pennsylvania totaling nearly $14 million in fiscal year 2019. These investments have been matched by nearly $23 million and are attracting an additional $49 million in leveraged private investments in Pennsylvania. They are also creating or retaining nearly 6,000 jobs, training and educating over 1,500 students and workers, and benefiting the 5.7 million residents in Pennsylvania’s 52 Appalachian Counties.

State Partners

Honorable Tom Wolf

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Sheri Collins, Senior Director of Corporate Relations

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

ARC State Program Manager:
Neil Fowler, ARC Program Manger

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

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development partnered on the following investments and projects.

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Economic Opportunities
invested in entrepreneurial strategies to strengthen the economy in Appalachian Pennsylvania
Critical Infrastructure
invested in Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of Pennsylvania’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Additional Priorities
invested to cultivate leadership and community capacity and leverage natural and cultural assets in Appalachian Pennsylvania

Investments in Action

Lackawanna County Broadband Expansion Project

Using ARC support, Lackawanna County expanded local broadband service in Scranton and surrounding communities by installing a new tower and grid. The installation also upgraded local 911 capabilities.
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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 2021

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