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CCED Receives Chambers of Commerce Endorsement

Chambers of Commerce support is critical for application of state designations

08/19/09 – Carlisle, PA – Cumberland County Economic Development (CCED) has received full endorsement and support from area Chambers of Commerce to achieve Area Loan Organization (ALO) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) designations through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  These designations will allow CCED to obtain equal access to programs such as Small Business First and PIDA. The West Shore Chamber of Commerce voted today to support CCED and joined the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in their support for CCED’s upcoming application.  The Chambers of Commerce aforementioned represent approximately 2,000 businesses. “The West Shore Chamber’s strong support of this application is a result of careful examination and debate of the information available to both the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee and the Board of Directors.  The application from CCED would allow for increased access to funding and continued economic growth for Cumberland County businesses,” said Ed Messner, President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.  Michelle Crowley, President of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce said “CCED is part of a not-for-profit corporation and serves as the catalyst for Cumberland County’s economic development policies.  CCED has a dedicated and highly qualified economic development staff and has done an excellent job representing the County’s best interests when it comes to growth and development” CCED is very enthusiastic about its application and is certain that Cumberland County and the region will be better served by having more options to fulfill the financing needs of businesses.  CCED is already an experienced lender and achieving these designations will improve the current delivery of services as well as loans and will increase the amount of financial assistance that has been historically offered to businesses in the County.  In the region, as for the Small Business First program, Cumberland County has had only $6M worth of loans since 2000, which trails Franklin County at $21M, Dauphin County at $8.4M and Adams County at $7M.  As for PIDA since 2000, only three PIDA loans have been made in Cumberland County.

The mission of Cumberland County Economic Development is to be a catalyst for job creation; entrepreneurship; and business attraction, retention, and expansion on behalf of the citizens of Cumberland County and South Central Pennsylvania.   

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