Member Spotlight
The Woodlands
This month’s Membership Spotlight is The Woodlands. NEPA spoke with Marketing Director Kelvin Ramirez.
Founded in 1969, The Woodlands is a boutique-style hotel, conference and event resort in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains.

For nearly half a century, rock stars, presidents, corporations, comedians, associations, and legendary athletes have lived it up at The Woodlands, providing them with a home away from home experience.

The Woodlands provides their guests with plenty of rooms and suites to delight and relax. They feature custom catered menus for every group event. Their guests also love the brick oven eatery, Crescenzos, with sports and espresso bar; their Whiskey on the Rocks stream side deck bar and their stream-side lounge. They have an on-site Japanese Hibachi/Sushi restaurant. The Woodlands is also celebrated for its legendary nightclub scene.

They are known for their distinct "Woodlands experience" - exemplary events, dining, dance and party venues, the finest lodging and unforgettable hospitality.

When ask about NEPA’s benefits Mr. Ramirez stated, “The NEPA Alliance has been a pillar in our community and economy, which helps create and retain many jobs. The Woodlands has provided many job opportunities in our community, and with the help of the NEPA Alliance we will continue to grow.”

For more information, please visit
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), in partnership with Penn State Scranton, will host a free forum at the PSU Scranton campus on October 3rd. This forum will showcase how Penn State University is helping small-medium manufacturers (SMM) integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning into their processes.
Presentations will feature examples of university-industry partnerships with Penn State’s Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI), the Nittany AI Alliance, and Penn State Scranton’s Information Systems Technology (IST) and Mechanical Engineering programs.
Manufacturers and other small businesses will be asked to share their particular needs to identify future partnership opportunities.
The event starts at 9:00 AM. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served during registration, starting at 8:15 AM. Following the forum, Dr. Wafa, PSU Scranton Chancellor, will be hosting a tour of its new Engineering Building with its state-of-the-art, hands-on labs, where faculty and students will work together on real-life projects. 
A full agenda, speaker information, and reservation link can be found here: TEC Talk: Advancing Industry 5.0 with University Partnerships - PennTAP (
This is the final forum of the three-part PennTAP NEPA TEC Talk (Technology, Economy, and Technology) Forum Series, which was designed to spur discussion on emerging technologies and their potential to drive the Northeast PA regional economy, as well as identify use-inspired research and workforce education needs.
Get Connected Program Has Openings for Businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), in partnership with BlackOut DesignCoal Creative and Design Done Right, has established the Get Connected program to assist businesses within Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill or Wayne counties with their development of e-commerce platforms. Eligible firms will receive e-commerce technical assistance. In its role as the administrator of the program, the NEPA team will vet businesses for eligibility and connect the business with one of the above local consultants to develop e-commerce platforms that support online sales. The program is designed to assist businesses in adapting to current market trends and generating sales and clients.

For additional information, contact Kurt Bauman or click here.
New Markets Tax Credits Program

NEPA is soliciting capital projects that are in need of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). Specifically, we are seeking projects from eligible distressed census tracks within the Commonwealth of PA that have capital estimates ranging from $6-$60M. NEPA will be applying to the U.S. Treasury seeking a NMTC allocation for 2023. Contact Kurt Bauman or Steve Ursich. For more information on New Market Tax Credits, click here.
NEPA Alliance Membership Campaign
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 Networking Reception Invite for one Person ($125 Value)
  • FREE Use of Meeting Space
  • FREE Member Spotlight
  • 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 $295.

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 or call 570-891-4666.
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, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle or James Urso at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Recently Funded Loans

Farmers Market – Towanda
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with C&N Bank for construction of a building and equipment.

Flooring Store – Carbondale
  • This NEPA SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with Fidelity Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate.

Airbnb – Hawley
  • This NEPA USDA Micro loan project was completed in partnership with The Honesdale National Bank for construction and equipment.

Medical Product Supplier – Hanover Twp.
  • This NEPA ARC and NEPA PIDA loan project was completed with borrower equity for the purchase of commercial real estate.
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 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, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle or James Urso at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Understanding the DoD & SBA’s Mentor Protégé Programs
The NEPA Alliance APEX Accelerator is partnering with the other Pennsylvania Regional APEX Accelerators to present the following virtual event:
Do You Know You Can Reach Out to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s SBTRC
to Become More Bid Competitive?
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) established the Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCs) as a network of grantees to work closely with the transportation contracting community and other technical assistance providers to serve small and disadvantaged, transportation-related businesses.

These centers provide technical assistance to small businesses to build their capacity to become more competitive when bidding on USDOT procurement opportunities and federally funded contracts.

You can access information on the Mid-Atlantic Region SBTRC by clicking here.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation OSDBU
U.S. Department of Labor Seminars on the Updates to the Davis-Bacon Act
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering two online seminars covering the recent updates to the regulations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The free seminars are at 1:00 PM EST September 13th and 14th. Additional information and the link to register can be found here.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Export Program News
Bringing the World to Northeastern PA 2024

Mark your calendars to meet with Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs) on Monday, March 11, 2024!

All of Pennsylvania’s 13 ATRs will be here for one-on-one meetings with companies interested in or currently exporting. This event only happens once a year, but you can get in contact with the ATRs at any time by contacting Debbie Langan at 570-891-4645.
Now accepting Global Access Program Applications

We are currently accepting applications for the Pennsylvania Global Access Program (GAP) for projects starting October 1, 2023.

GAP is designed to enhance the capability of small to mid-sized Pennsylvania companies to increase export sales. GAP is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and provides up to $10,000 per award period to qualifying Pennsylvania companies to reimburse up to 75% of eligible expenses associated with specific export promotion activities. The program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Export Training Needs Survey
We are seeking your input as we plan our fall training schedule. Please take a minute to complete this survey on your international business training needs.
NEPA MPO Long Range Transportation Plan Open Houses
September 5 & 6
Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Alliance Survey Now Open!
The Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Alliance (EPFA) is a consortium of five (5) Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including Northeastern Pennsylvania Metropolitan Planning Organization(NEPA MPO), Lackawanna/ Luzerne Transportation Study (LLTS), Lebanon County (LEBCO), Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVPC/LVTS) and Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS). This 10-County region has launched the Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Infrastructure Plan to document challenges associated with freight movement, seeking to balance the needs of all users of the region’s transportation network. Additional study goals include identifying and understanding:

  • How and where trucks move into, out of and within the 10-county region;
  • Transportation bottlenecks;
  • Safety issues and crash clusters; and
  • Potential freight land use growth areas.

The study will develop recommendations that include a prioritized list of improvements throughout the EPFA Study Area, including targeted locations (intersections or interchanges), corridor improvements or policy changes. 

Local input is a critical element in the identification of opportunities and challenges in the region. To provide your input on freight issues in Eastern Pennsylvania, complete the survey by clicking here.
DCED Local Share Account Statewide Grant Program
Application Period Now Open
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will begin accepting applications for the Local Share Account (LSA) Statewide Grant Program on September 1, 2023. The application period closes on November 30, 2023. 

Funding can be used for projects that improve the quality of life in a community. Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, economic development agencies, redevelopment authorities, land banks and councils of government. Grant requests may not exceed $1 million for any project. Guidelines for the LSA Statewide Grant Program can be found on the DCED website here.
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Fall 2023 Classes
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) has partnered with PennDOT to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in all seven NEPA counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. 

Winter Maintenance
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wayne County Emergency Management Agency
43 Volunteer Drive
Honesdale, PA 18431
(570) 253-5970

Public Works Safety
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Salem Township Building
38 Bomboy Lane
Berwick, PA 18630
(570) 752-4399

Winter Maintenance Planning
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Schuylkill Community Education Council
1 West Center St.
Mahanoy City, PA 17948
(570) 773-1270

NEPA is scheduling additional Fall and Winter 2023 classes. Please contact Daniel Yelito, Transportation Services Manager, at 570-655-5581 ext. 264 or email if you are interesting in holding an LTAP class in your area. 

LTAP will also continue offering online classes, webinars and virtual drop-in sessions. To learn more about upcoming virtual offerings, visit the PennDOT LTAP website.
Nonprofit Compensation Report

NCAC is partnering with Candid to offer the Nonprofit Compensation Report to those in our network!

Our network of nonprofit organizations can obtain the nonprofit data they need through this offering! Candid's 2022 Nonprofit Compensation Report, which includes data from more than 101,000 nonprofit organizations, is a reliable source to benchmark and research nonprofit staff and executive compensation. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metropolitan statistical area is included in the report. If you are interested in purchasing the report, please contact Kurt Bauman, VP Community & Economic Development Services.

  • NCAC Member $65
  • NCAC Non Member $95

Looking for New Nonprofit Grant Opportunities?
Don’t forget that NCAC Members receive 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 foundation fits your programmatic needs, how much to ask for and where to go for more information. NCAC members can receive access to the Foundation Directory Online by visiting our in-office workstation any time during normal business hours. 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 Kurt Bauman, VP Community & Economic Development Services.
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