Jim Palmer on Growing Investment & the Economy in Beaver County; Part 4 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

by on April 27, 2016

Part 4 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

NAIOPQuotesJimPalmerNote:  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 Jim Palmer, president, Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development, shared with us.


Q: Which sector or industry is on your list of “rising star(s)” and why? 

Beaver County has developed a concentration of titanium industries in a corridor from Monaca to Aliquippa.  This cluster of companies provides a variety of value added processes not only for titanium but also for other high-value metals.  They have created and continue to create skilled jobs in the metals industry that pay family sustaining wages and support further development of the titanium industry in Beaver County.

Q: At the heart of America’s industrial heartland, our region has a long history and a big reputation for making things.  We are well poised to be in the lead of a resurgence of “made-in-America manufacturing.” What stands out about manufacturing in your county right now?

Manufacturing has re-positioned itself from being almost entirely dependent on steel to becoming a broad-based manufacturing community.  It’s taken a generation to make the transformation, but the re-positioning is evidence of manufacturing’s resilience and how it is poised to participate in the resurgence.

Q: The region has a solid inventory of business parks, which make decisions to invest here all that much easier. Tell us about one notable industrial park in your county.

The WestGate Business Park located at Exit 13 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) provides a unique and high-value opportunity.  Its 110 wooded acres has immediate access to the interstate highway system via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and toll free access to I-79.  It’s ideal for users with larger acreage requirements and is designated as both a Keystone Opportunity Zone and a Keystone Innovation Zone.

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.