Working with the Delaware County Commerce Center, the Office of Workforce Development, and a steering committee comprised of leaders from businesses, health systems, universities, and labor and commerce groups (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Delaware County Team”), Delta conducted an analysis of the County’s current economic, social, and physical environments to provide the foundation required for developing a strategic, actionable economic development strategy. Components of the study included: demographic, industry, and workforce analyses; transportation infrastructure analyses; and the identification of vacant and underutilized properties, knowledge resources, and key economic assets. Based on the results of these analyses and collaboration with the Delaware County Team, in June 2013, Delta delivered the Plan, which will be used to promote job growth, opportunity, and community vitality, and will serve as the road map to the future for the County's economic success.
The NTRPDC CEDS provides a five-year blueprint for the Northern Tier counties, which can be used in prioritizing public infrastructure projects, securing public funding, and creating the necessary public-private partnerships to grow the local economy.
Lycoming County, located in north-central Pennsylvania, is a scenic backdrop for a diverse economy. With an estimated population of 123,000, Lycoming County is the gateway to urbanized areas throughout the East Coast. The County is linked to points north and south along U.S. Route 15, which is currently being widened to a four-lane expressway north of the City of Williamsport.
A six-county region of Pennsylvania (Blair, Centre, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, and Union) is experiencing significant transportation needs associated with meeting the demands of the growth of the Marcellus Shale industry. To support the burgeoning industry, sand, pipes, chemicals, and other supplies must be transported into the region, thus increasing the demands on the current infrastructure.
Since 1863, tourism has continued to play a significant role in Gettysburg’s economy. According to the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Adams County attracts approximately three million annual visitors, with more than half of them going to the Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP), which surrounds the Borough of Gettysburg. Consequently, the borough contains a high concentration of tourist service businesses. A significant number of these establishments are located in the southern portion of town along Steinwehr Avenue, which is host to approximately 53 tourism-related small businesses, mostly a mixture of retail, restaurant, lodging, entertainment, and tour operator establishments.
Delta provided the technical assistance necessary for JCESA to prepare its five-year strategic plan, developing a blueprint to ensure that the necessary staffing and financial capacity needs will be met. During a three-month strategic planning process, Delta conducted quantitative and special data collection and analyses, document reviews, and stakeholder interviews with the County Commission, JCESA, all seven fire companies, and select county departments, including the Department of Capital Planning and Management, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Planning Department.
Delta worked with a partnership consisting of the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County, and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber to develop a plan for several mixed-use projects in the Central Business District (CBD) of the City. Throughout the process, over 150 stakeholders were engaged through interviews, focus groups, and public forums. Stakeholders identified improving access to the Susquehanna River as a priority.
Delta collaborated with Gannett Fleming, Inc., to update the County Comprehensive Plan and to prepare six multi-municipal plans for the 26 municipalities. The process relied heavily on public involvement through ad hoc planning advisory committee meetings, focus group sessions with key public and private stakeholders, and community meetings. The public involvement process resulted in raising both county-wide and regional issues, which were substantiated through background data research and analysis on population and housing, land use, transportation, sewer and water, municipal services, cultural and historical resources, natural resources, and economic development.
Little League was successful in securing $3 million from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for stadium development. To utilize the funding and develop the RACP grant application, Little League hired Delta. Preparation of the RACP application involved coordination among Little League, the Lycoming County Office of Commissioners, the Lycoming County Industrial Development Authority, and the Governor’s Office of the Budget. In addition, Delta developed the grant-matching strategy and the drawdown schedule for the $3 million. As a liaison between agencies, Delta helped to fast-track the release of funding for Little League and keep the stadium expansion on schedule.
In 1995, city officials in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, faced a problem common to many cities: a major underutilized property serving as a high-profile symbol of creeping blight and decline for the city’s urban center. With the assistance of Delta Development Group, Inc., today, this site is home to the Williamsport Trade and Transit Centre, a multimillion dollar redevelopment project. In addition to the urban transit station, the Centre includes a 130-room hotel, restaurant and retail space, visitor information center, and a parking deck to accommodate 500 vehicles.