Creating and Retaining Quality Jobs in Westmoreland Country:
Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland
Formed in 2000 by the merger of three locally-focused Westmoreland County economic development organizations, the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland (EGC) provides private-sector leadership to develop business opportunities and financing that create and retain quality jobs, primarily in the manufacturing and energy sectors, throughout the county and the region. To date, EGC has helped finance projects totaling more than $190 million, creating more than 7,000 new positions and retaining nearly 20,000 existing ones.
In Ligonier, EGC purchased the former Armory site and is transforming it to support the needs of the community for housing. The design and construction of homes are being done in a way that models the characteristics of the neighborhood.
A $400,000 Foundation grant over two years will support EGC operations, which have been negatively affected by the loss of fees generated by state and federal funding it previously administered, helping to ensure successful completion of new homes in Ligonier and support for business development in Westmoreland County.