NEPA Annual Dinner
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance held its Annual Dinner on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The dinner was well attended by over 350 business and community leaders from around the region.

During the dinner, NEPA presented the NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award. The award is presented to an agency, group or individual demonstrating a significant contribution to regional growth, development or cooperation within the seven county NEPA region. This year's award recipient was PPL Electric Utilities for their contribution to the regional economy and involvement in the regional community of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

From left: Jeffrey Box, President & CEO, NEPA Alliance; Philip Condron, NEPA Alliance Board Chairperson; Ryan McGowan, M&T Bank and Alana Roberts, PPL Electric Utilities.

This year's Keynote Speaker was Raghib "Rocket" Ismail. Rocket provided a powerful presentation on his upbringing in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the community support he and his family received. He also talked about his time as a star player for Notre Dame and the NFL.
Bringing the World to NEPA
Thank You Participants and Trade Representatives!

Your international team - 15 Trade Representatives covering more than 51 markets
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives from around the world were welcomed to the Electric City for the 22nd annual Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania event. More than 30 businesses, colleges and universities met with them at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.  
Thank you for attending and making the event a success! We hope that you found value in the program, and we look forward to working with you in following-up with the Trade Representatives. Contact Debbie Langan at 570-655-5581, Ext. 233 or to learn more.
Funded in part by DCED's Office of International Business Development
Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania is organized in partnership with Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) Office of International Business Development (OIBD).
Thank you to our sponsors -  Citibank, N.A. , InXpress of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center.   
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 Ursich, Dave NatKen Doolittle or Donovan Klem  at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.

Recently Funded Loans

Daycare - Wyoming, PA
  • This NEPA Tri-District loan project was completed in partnership with Landmark Community Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate.

NEPA-BFC 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 NEPA-BFC Tree 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 this loan program, contact Stephen UrsichDave NatKen Doolittle or Donovan Klem at 570-655-5581 or 855-266-9021.

PTAC Frequently Asked Questions: Why Didn't I Win That Award?
This is a question asked either consciously or subconsciously when one is not an award recipient. The following response is based on an article in the Defense Logistics Agency's Newsletter, "The Link" Issue 13 July 2019.
Here are some possible reasons as to why suppliers may not be winning fully automated awards:
  1. Quotations received are considered late. The quote must be submitted by 3:00 PM Eastern Time when the auto evaluation process begins.
  2. Supplier and manufacturer are not Joint Certification Program certified on export control items.
  3. Supplier's quote does not include approved Qualified Products List item if called for.
  4. Supplier's business type is not associated with solicitation's set-aside type.
  5. Submitting a quote as "Bid with Exception." A Bid with Exception is used to indicate exceptions are being taken to the solicitation requirements. The following are considered exceptions to the solicitation requirements and will force a bid type of "Bid with Exception":
    • Quoting an alternate product or otherwise taking exception to the solicitation's item description;
    • Exceptions to packaging requirements;
    • Exceptions to FOB point;
    • Quoting destination inspection on a solicitation requiring origin inspection;
    • Exceptions to required quantity;
    • On automated solicitations (T or U in the ninth position of the solicitation number), quoting a quantity variance which is outside the acceptable range specified in the solicitation;
    • Quoting "None" when Higher Level Quality Requirement is required; and
    • Quoting the use of child labor.
Of course, there are other elements involved with an award which play a part in being successful. You can discuss this question and others with your NEPA Alliance PTAC Counselor by calling 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.
Local Technical Assistance Program
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) and PennDOT have partnered to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in the NEPA Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region, which includes Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties, as well as the Lackawanna-Luzerne MPO region and Wayne County.
Managing Utility Cuts
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall
115 East 10th Street
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Salt and Snow Management
Thursday, October 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pike County Training Center
135 Pike County Blvd.
Lords Valley, PA 18428
(570) 296-1960
Salt and Snow Management
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Washington Township Building
225 Frantz Road
Pine Grove, PA 17963
(570) 915-6113
Work Zone Traffic Control
Thursday, November 7, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wayne Township Municipal Building
10 Municipal Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

To register, visit  and log on using your username and password.  First time users must set up an account by clicking on "Create Account." For technical assistance when registering, call 1-800-FOR-LTAP (1-800-367-5827) or contact  Kate McMahon , Senior Transportation Services Manager, NEPA Alliance at 570-655-5581, ext. 249 or
PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund
Grant Program Now Open!
Application Deadline is November 8, 2019
PennDOT is currently accepting applications for funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund.  Applications are due by November 8, 2019.  Funding can be used to coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities; for projects related to streetscapes, lighting, sidewalk enhancement and pedestrian safety; for projects improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets; and for projects related to transit-oriented development. Municipalities, counties, school districts, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, ports, rail freight and passenger rail entities are eligible to apply.   A local match of 30% is required.  More information can be found on the PennDOT website here

Please contact Kate McMahon, Senior Transportation Services Manager, at with any questions.
Did You Know...
Did You Know
Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau has created a new data retrieval website,  On the resulting screen, click United States Profile, which is half-way down the screen under Data Profiles.  On the next screen, type in the desired geography in the search area at the top of the screen.  A video about navigating the website is available here.

For additional information, contact  Steve Zaricki at 570-655-5581,  ext. 258, or 866-758-1929.
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