Area gets closeup for industry at the best possible time

When it comes to being a business and industry prospect, Lycoming County had its closeup on the closing weekend of the Little League World Series. The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, along with officials from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, hosted site selectors from around the United States on a day-long site tour of companies and institutions of the area.

It marked the first visit to the county by the site selectors and the group visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation and Resource Center as well as Muncy Industrial Park and a Brady Township site.

At Penn College, the selectors got to see one of the nation’s most noted facilities for education in plastics manufacturing, a growing part of American industry.

DCED Secretary Dennis M. Davin said site selector visits are a great way to promote an area’s business side and “they look for a qualified workforce.” We can’t imagine a program better fitting the profile than Penn College’s plastics manufacturing program, which has a proven track record of developing qualified, skilled workers.

The area boasts several other worker preparation and education programs, given the presence of multiple colleges as well as a highly regarded public education system. Add to that several attractive business and industry sites that are available, both for new building or reworking of existing structures, and the portfolio that was offered the site selectors was impressive.

Complementing those basic strengths are a first-class health care system, a tolerable cost of living and a quality of life featuring hiking, biking and outdoor living with few rivals.

The resume was impressive and they got to see it on a weekend when our region was capable of hosting the world. Some closeup.