NORTHERN TIER RGNL PLANNING & DEVEL
312 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848
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The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission is one of seven Local Development Districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We serve Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties and our Board of Directors is comprised of the County Commissioners from each of the counties we serve.
Since 1970, NTRPDC has been providing resources to help businesses and entrepreneurs, local governments, and non-profit organizations meet their challenges. Several prominent organizations in the region were initiated by NTRPDC. The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority; The Endless Mountains Visitor’s Bureau; The Endless Mountain Transportation Authority; the Area Agency on Aging; the Northern Tier Hardwoods Association; and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region all started out as programs under NTRPDC.
Today, programs include business financing, internet and technology assistance, export counseling, government contract assistance, grant writing, site selection, transportation planning, workforce and economic analysis, and micro-grants for small business training and website development.
NTRPDC is also responsible for the administration of the Workforce Investment Act in the Region. We work with other organizations to address the growing need for a skilled workforce. One component of workforce development is finding ways to help youth become aware of opportunities in the workforce. Eligible youth are provided work experience and academic enrichment through our youth program and events such as Health Career Awareness Week are held to make students aware of careers in healthcare.
Many municipalities and non-profit organizations in our region typically lack the time and staff capacity to do the work that is required to obtain grant funding for their communities or organizations. NTRPDC can assess a project and help target the most appropriates sources of funding. Shared municipal services, machinery and equipment, main street revitalization, parks and recreation, and historic preservation are all examples of community development projects.
NTRPDC is the regional transportation coordinator and liaison between PennDOT and our communities. Getting approved for transportation improvement projects can be a time consuming and detailed process and we help make the process more manageable. We also provide Geographic Information System technology for resource management, technology and emergency response planning, and other geographic analysis.
NTRPDC works with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through their Business Retention and Expansion Program. Partners at the local level in each of our counties reach out to businesses through one-on-one visits where data is collected through a survey, which is then entered into a statewide database where patterns and trends are tracked on many different levels. The program has proven to be an important tool for statewide economic development. To date, a total of 1,036 visits have been conducted, resulting in 754 referrals to service providers. These referrals have resulted in industry-specific equipment training, web page development, computer training, marketing skills, as well as services from Northern Tier loan, export, and procurement programs.