Economic Workforce & Development

Our is designated by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as the Local Development District and by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the Economic Development District for Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our members play a lead role in identifying priority needs of local communities to foster economic development, to target and meet the most pressing needs, and to build community cohesion and leadership. In 2019, we combined their long range transportation plan and comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) into one document. The 2023 Long Range Transportation Plan & Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy can be found below:

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ARC Area Development Grant Program

The Area Development Program focuses on education and workforce training programs, highway construction, water and sewer system construction, leadership development programs, small business start-ups and expansions, and development of healthcare resources.

Area development projects must be completed in close consultation with SPC. The grants are very competitive and require both a pre-application and extensive full application preparation and review. Pre-applications are due each year in June, and full applications by the following January.

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Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) Partners

Our PREP program is designed to integrate the delivery system historically served by the following core service providers: Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Industrial Development Organizations (IDOs), Local Development Districts (LDDs), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

The Partnership has served over 2,000 clients in nearly 6,000 separate counseling sessions.  This resulted in over $100 million dollars in increased sales and over 4,500 jobs created or retained.


Local Food Value Chain Initiative

Our Local Food Supply Chain Initiative in Southwestern Pennsylvania report details the resiliency, size and scope of the regional food system. It also identifies potential goals and actions to generate jobs and investments.

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Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

LTAP’s mission is to share transportation knowledge, improve road maintenance and safety skills, and put research and new technology into practice at the local level. This is accomplished through free training and technical assistance.

Trainings are offered either as half-day or full-day courses. Workshop topics include: Winter Maintenance, Roadside Vegetation, etc.  Customized workshops can be provided at the request of a municipality or a group of municipalities.

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Economic Workforce and Development Contacts

Jennifer Lasser
Director, Workforce & Economic Development
(412) 391-5590 x0302