NEPA Alliance Membership Campaign Kick-Off
NEPA Alliance is conducting its annual membership campaign.

The NEPA Alliance values the opportunity to work with all stakeholders in our seven-county region. Our goal is to provide the best possible community and economic development services to create and retain jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Membership Benefits
  • FREE Annual Dinner invite for 1 person ($85 value)
  • FREE Use of Meeting Space
  • FREE Member Spotlight
  • FREE Business to Business Membership Page
  • Discount on NEPA event costs
  • Discount on Business Loan (.5%)
  • Discounted economic impact analysis/research
  • Sponsorship & Marketing opportunities

NEPA Alliance serves businesses, communities and governments throughout seven counties and we need your assistance!

Our general annual membership starts at $275.

You can complete your membership online, including payment by clicking the button below.
Need more information visit our membership hub or contact Donna Hritz at dhritz@nepa-alliance.org or call 570-891-4666.
NEPA Alliance is committed to working with regional small businesses and nonprofits during the continued uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). In cooperation with state and federal agencies, NEPA is offering loan assistance programs to businesses and nonprofits.

Information on the assistance programs and the Coronavirus can be found on NEPA's COVID-19 Response site and our Spanish translated site NEPA COVID-19 Recursos en Español.

NEPA is currently partnering with federal and state agencies to ensure small businesses and nonprofits in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have available resources accessible to them through the coronavirus crisis. This includes help with the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest federal disaster loan program for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. In addition, NEPA also has numerous business loan programs that offer low fixed interest rates to businesses in the seven-county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For the latest information, please contact NEPA at 866-758-1929 or visit NEPA's COVID-19 Response site. Information is continually changing, and the assistance programs that are being offered may change. NEPA will continue to evaluate all available options to best serve the Northeastern Pennsylvania business community.
Member Spotlight
Visit Luzerne County
This month's Membership Spotlight is Visit Luzerne County. We spoke with Executive Director, Theodore B. Wampole, Jr.

Visit Luzerne County is an organization with over 20 years of destination management experience. The mission of the Visitors Bureau is to increase the number of visitors to Northeastern Pennsylvania by means of advertising, promotion and comprehensive customer service. They work with their partners to help visitors and locals discover all the area has to offer.

The Visitors Bureau provides their information in over 100,000 Visitors Guides distributed locally and regionally to hotels, businesses, and rest stops along the Northeast Corridor, giving them more exposure than they would be able to get individually.

They are constantly promoting their partners over various mediums, including print and digital media.

According to the PA Tourism Office, tourism in Luzerne County is a $1 Billion industry providing over 7,200 jobs in Northeast PA.
 
Mr. Wampole stated, “Visit Luzerne County promotes the County's great assets to help attract visitors, in addition to reminding and educating our residents why Luzerne County is a great place to live, work, and play.”

To learn more about Visit Luzerne County, visit their website at visitluzernecounty.com
Business Finance News
NEPA Alliance has several loan programs available for small businesses located in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.
These low cost, low interest loans offer reduced down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation. Loan rates are fixed and generally below the prime lending rate.
 
Eligible businesses include Manufacturers, Industrial, Agriculture/Agribusiness, Hospitality & Tourism Related Enterprises, Recyclers, Day Cares, Computer Related Services, Advanced Technology, and Retail and Service Related Businesses. Other business sectors may also qualify.

To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
NEPA Alliance Business Finance Corporation is a state-wide CDC allowing for NEPA BFC to lend SBA 504 Loans to eligible small businesses located in the state of Pennsylvania.

Financing Structure

A bank or other lender finances 50% of the project cost and takes a first lien position on the assets financed. The SBA 504 loan finances 40% of the project cost, up to $5.5 million, and takes a second lien position. The borrower then contributes a down payment of as little as 10%.

Small Businesses can Receive:

  • Subordinate Financing
  • Up to 90% Loan to Value
  • Up to $5.5 Million in SBA Financing
     - Unlimited Total Project Cost

SBA 504 Loans Offer:
 
  • As Little as 10% Equity Injection
  • Terms up to 25 Years
  • Guaranteed Fixed Interest Rate

*Eligibility Criteria Apply*
 
To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
SAVE THE DATE!

The NEPA Alliance PTAC would like to inform you about the 2021 Tobyhanna Army Depot Virtual Industry Day! This event offers the Depot’s industry partners the opportunity to learn about Tobyhanna Army Depot’s mission and to facilitate a networking event between the industry partners and the Army Depot. This Industry Day event will also offer information on how your business can work with the Army Depot. 

The focus will be on service and supply related industries, such as the following:
  • Automated Storage and Retrieval System Upgrade
  • Facility Repair and Modernization/Minor Construction
  • Equipment Modernization
  • Material Handling Equipment Rental
  • Vertical Machining Centers
  • Wastewater Sampling/Analysis
  • Road Repair/Line Painting
  • Upgrade Voice Communication Infrastructure
  • Water Jet Replacement
  • Public/Private Partnership Opportunities

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, commencing at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Virtual Event via MS Teams.

You can find a PowerPoint Slide Deck on the “Competitive/Fair Opportunity Industry Updates: ACC-APG Tobyhanna Divisionhere and scroll down to the attachments field.

As we receive information, we will be following up with additional details in the weeks to come.

If you have any questions on the event, you can contact the NEPA Alliance PTAC Staff at 570-655-5581 and select option 2.
Webinar - Understanding Landed Cost for
the Importer and Exporter
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 AM

When selling or purchasing goods internationally the most important price is not the “base” selling price but the landed cost. Landed cost is the fully allocated cost (price) to bring the goods to the point of use or resale. This includes many factors which are related to the supply chain and export and import processes. If you do not determine the landed cost before import and continue to monitor it, then the product could be more costly than you realize. Similarly, it is also important to understand that this concept relates to your exports as well. What does your product really cost the buyer, and how will this affect your pricing?

This seminar will provide you with the tools and knowledge to understand, calculate and control your landed cost.
State Transportation Commission Kicks Off Twelve Year Plan Update
Survey Open Until April 14th

PennDOT and the State Transportation Commission have kicked off the public comment period for the development of the 2023 Twelve Year Program update. The public comment period is an important step in the process to hear from individuals with their comments about multimodal transportation needs, issues and concerns. You can share your priorities and pinpoint transportation needs within your community by taking the online Transportation Survey. The deadline to take the survey is April 14th. To learn more about the development of the Twelve Year Program or take the survey, visit www.TalkPATransportation.com.  
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Drop-In Sessions
The NEPA Alliance has partnered with PennDOT to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in all seven NEPA counties. Due to COVID-19 meeting concerns, LTAP has suspended in-person LTAP classes until further notice.

Instead, LTAP is offering classes virtually through the end of the year. To view the current virtual class listings and register for a class, visit the LTAP website.

LTAP is also offering a series of monthly LTAP Virtual Drop-ins centered on various safety and maintenance topics. These sessions are not virtual classes; they are informal hour-long live sessions focused on networking and sharing information with other municipal roadway personnel.

Information about the virtual drop-in sessions can be found on the LTAP website under the Bulletin Board section here.

For more information, contact Kate McMahon, kmcmahon@nepa-alliance.org.
Looking for New Nonprofit Grant Opportunities?
Don’t forget that NCAC Members receive remote access and assistance in accessing the Foundation Directory Online, the most comprehensive Foundation database. With access to informative profiles of over 235,000 U.S. Foundations, you’ll know exactly which Foundations fit your programmatic needs, how much to ask for and where to go for more information. Don’t forget that we’re here to help with all your nonprofit needs! For more information on this service, as well as membership benefits, contact Athena Aardweg, Community Services Manager for NCAC, at Aaardweg@nepa-alliance.org or 570-891-4662.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance recently revised the Regional Data portion of its website? To access the information, click here. Also, it added an Annual Performance Report to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy page, which can be accessed by clicking here.

For additional information, contact Steve Zaricki at 570-891-4671 or 866-758-1929.
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