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New Group Sharpens Focus on Lancaster Agriculture

by Dick Wanner, reporter
Lancaster Farming; February 22, 2011
LITITZ, Pa. — Daniel Heller believes environmental regulation is the single most important issue facing the Lancaster County farming community, a community that generates $4 billion in economic activity. “We feel the EPA has made Lancaster County ground zero in watershed management,” Heller said in his office here at […]

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Recovery Zone here aims to create jobs

by P.J. Reilly, staff writer
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era; January 29, 2010
Lancaster County commissioners on Wednesday created a program aimed at creating jobs and improving blighted areas in parts of the county where unemployment, poverty and home-foreclosure rates are highest.

The Lancaster County Recovery Zone Facility Bond Program is expected to disburse $14.1 million in federal stimulus […]

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November 12, 2009
First Industries Fund Open for Business, Lancaster County Ag Financing Source Is Recapitalized
EDC Finance Corporation was notified today by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development that the First Industries Fund loan program for agriculture projects has been recapitalized and is now available to accept funding requests.
First Industries Fund Program Changes

 First Industries Fund […]

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Northwest Gateway Dedication Ceremony

Comments of John H. Rose, Chairman,
EDC Finance Corporation
October 9, 2009
Thank you, John.  As Chair of EDC Finance, I would like to say it is a great honor to be here today, representing EDC Finance Corporation and its staff as we dedicate the 47 acres that make up the Northwest Gateway Redevelopment Project.
EDC Finance Corporation is […]

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Lancaster Leaf staying, expanding. State helps finance $11.5M expansion to keep tobacco company here.

by Tim Mekeel, staff writer
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era; September 3, 2009

Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. almost was uprooted.

It nearly left town, costing 119 workers their jobs and vacating hundreds of thousands of square feet.
Instead, it’s digging in deeper.

The company has started an $11.5 million expansion project here, thanks to more than $4 million in state aid, […]

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Development Program Improves Terms

Thanks to lower equity requirements and increased funding, it’s now easier for local businesses to get state help for expansion projects.
by Tim Mekeel, staff writer
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era; July 7, 2009
Even during a recession, David K. Nikoloff points out, some manufacturers are looking to expand.

Now his organization has a better chance of persuading them to do […]

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Fund Fills Up

Surging demand halts applications to low-interest loan program

by Paula Holzman
Central Penn Business Journal, June 18, 2009

A state-administered low-interest loan program to boost the state’s agriculture and tourism industries has temporarily stopped taking applications because demand has outstripped supply.

The First Industries Fund began in 2005 and included a $100 million revolving loan program funded by the […]

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The Crossroads of Economic Development and Agriculture

by Lyle Hosler, project manager
Economic Development Company of Lancaster County
Lancaster Farming
January 3, 2009

With a history spanning almost 50 years of promoting, planning and funding economic development projects in Lancaster County, the Economic Development Company (EDC) of Lancaster County and its subsidiary organization, EDC Finance Corporation, actively work to provide experience, vision and resources to secure […]

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Groff family plans new city funeral home

Siblings plan $1.83 million renovation

Lancaster New Era
October 8, 2008
By TIM MEKEEL, New Era Staff Writer

A new funeral home will open in Lancaster with the help of a $275,000 state loan, it was announced Tuesday.

R. Fred Groff III and his sister Lisa will establish the Groff Family Funeral Home at 528 W. Orange St.

The siblings bought […]

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Farm Loan Program Surges

Fund to help keep land in families has nearly doubled
Intelligencer Journal
July 24, 2008

BY P.J. REILLY, Intelligencer Journal Staff

David and Ruthie Blank want to become part of Lancaster County’s next generation of farmers.

Since 2001, the couple has rented a 70-acre farm in Salisbury  Township from David’s parents to run a 52-cow dairy.

Thanks in part to a […]

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