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CAEDC Supports Additional Proposed CAT Route to Distribution Centers in Carlisle Area

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (September 18, 2015) – Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) is encouraging Carlisle-area distribution centers to attend an upcoming meeting with representatives from Capital Area Transit (CAT) to discuss routes for next year.

CAEDC has been notified by distribution centers along Allen Road that there is no public transit available for workers to get to the centers in this area. Centers in this area include Allen Distribution, Amazon, Ross, Lindt, Whirlpool, Giant and others that represent close to 18 million sq. ft. of space. These centers are looking to hire but often potential employees without access to a vehicle are unable to find public transit to work.

The distribution centers and CAEDC will make a case for a CAT stop along Allen Road to benefit employees at all these facilities. “If successful, this additional CAT stop could positively impact both employers and employees by offering transportation opportunities,” said Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO. “We are aware of at least a few hundred jobs that could be filled with the assistance of a CAT drop off point.”

The Cumberland County Planning Department and the local municipality are hosting a Funding Partners Meeting on October 8th at 1 p.m. at the Planning Offices – 310 Allen Road, Carlisle. CAEDC is sending special invites and encouraging the distribution centers to attend this public meeting.

“As part of CAEDC’s workforce development plan, we will be looking at other areas where public transportation has been an impediment to economic development and look to get support from local businesses and elected officials to look at alternative and/or additional public transit routes to service those areas,” said Bowser.

Public transportation options are an important element to both tourism and economic development with trying to get visitors and residents alike to and from destinations. With the continued population growth and traffic on Interstate 81, public transit is becoming even more increasingly important to our quality of life.

CAEDC is Cumberland County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Offices are located at 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA. For more information, visit www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.

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