The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), will present the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC) with a $55,000 ARC grant. 

NEPA Alliance, in coordination with DCED’s Center for Strategic Partnerships, assisted in preparation of the grant and recommended the project to ARC for approval. The goal of this project was to promote business development in the advanced manufacturing, biotech research, life sciences, alternative energy, agro-food processing, digital media, and pre-fabricated housing segments.

The $55,000 federal grant combined with $62,000 in matching funds, will fund major improvements at the CTTC facility including replacement of older HVAC equipment. The CTTC is also seeking to purchase a production quality candy kettle for the Kitchen Incubator and intends to purchase a 3-D printer for the Electronic Makerspace.

The Kitchen Incubator is the first in Northeastern PA, and the CTTC seeks to use the Kitchen Incubator as a catalyst to strengthen and expand the food processing and agricultural industries in Northeastern PA.

The creation of the Kitchen Incubator was based on the results of a study by PennTAP. The recently opened Electronics Makerspace will be critical to bringing business into the facility for products that are currently being manufactured overseas.

A total of 8 businesses will benefit from the grant. The grant is expected to create 15 jobs and help retain over 30 jobs.

The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services. For more information about NEPA Alliance visit www.nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929.  “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”