Bob Shark on Growing Investment & the Economy in Fayette County; Part 6 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

by on May 9, 2016

NAIOPQuotesBobSharkPart 6 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

Note:  The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) invited each of its economic development partners from the 10-county region to tell us about what is top of mind for them when it comes to marketing their counties – and the Pittsburgh region – for business investment.  We provided 10 questions and asked our partners to respond to some or all of them, providing fresh insight and perspective at the micro (county) and macro (region) levels. 

Here are some of the responses that Bob Shark, executive director, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, shared with us.

Q: Foreign direct investment:  it puts our region on the global map, and investment from other parts of the world is fuel for our economy.  Which country is the leading international investor in your county, and name a global company in your region that’s exceptional? 

Johnson Matthey is a British multi-national specialty chemicals and sustainable technologies company headquartered in the U.K. and operating a plant in the Fayette Business Park.  It has relatively low operational costs – especially in energy and labor – and those make it highly competitive in the Johnson Matthey family of companies.  They’re a good corporate neighbor; they give back to the community primarily by contributing to several workforce development initiatives.

Q: What is the top accomplishment for your county in 2015 and what about it makes you most proud?

 Completion of Phase I of the Dunbar Business Park.  This has significantly increased our number of pad-ready sites to bring to the market.

Read the complete article, “Take 10 [Questions],” featuring responses from all of the region’s economic development professionals.  The piece was originally published in the Pittsburgh Business Times as part of a supplement for the NAIOP Pittsburgh 23rd annual awards banquet in March.

Check back on the PRA Blog every Monday and Wednesday for the next installment of the #Take10Pgh blog series.