NEWPORT, Pa. (WHTM) – A new multi-million dollar business park will be coming soon in Perry County.
The construction alone will bring dozens of new jobs to the Midstate.
“Seventy percent of the working force of Perry County leaves the county to work, and a lot of times they’re also shopping outside the county,” said Frank Campbell, chairman of the Howe Township Municipal Authority.
This is something leaders in Howe Township and Newport hope to change.
“I think this is extremely important for Perry County because a lot of times what happens is you really can’t get businesses to want to come to certain places unless you develop the sites. You have to have construction-ready sites because businesses don’t want to wait two or three years,” Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin said.
The Buffalo Crossing Business Park in Howe Township is expected to bring 45 construction jobs and up to 100 permanent jobs to the area.
The exact businesses coming to the development are not yet known.
“The fact that you’re right off (Route) 22 in an area like this, that’s what to see,” Davin said. “They want to be able to have quick in and off access to a major highway like 22.”
The major $2 million project is funded through a state grant. This is only the third, and largest, project through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program.
“A facility like this will allow not only for jobs to keep the people here and improvements to the township, the sanitary and sewer and public water, but it’ll provide shops for the people to shop in the county as well,” Campbell said.
The project will include roadwork and a traffic signal along Route 34 and seven new lots on that 45 acres.
“We want the investment to be created here,” Davin said. “We want the jobs, and we want the tax base.”
Ground should be broken sometime next year and the project completed by 2018.