Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Tom Wolf, Governor
Dennis M. Davin, Secretary

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Governor's Action Team (GAT)

GAT is your single point of contact for expanding or locating your company in PA.

The Governor’s Action Team (GAT) is a group of experienced economic development professionals that serve as a single point of contact for companies looking to establish new business operations in Pennsylvania or companies considering retention and/or expansion of existing Pennsylvania operations.

Site Selection

GAT provides businesses with the information it needs to make an informed assessment of the Commonwealth and its communities as a business location. GAT is able to:

  • Identify suitable properties for client companies by utilizing PA Site Search our database of land and buildings with GIS features.
  • Provide information on available workforce, infrastructure, taxes and the quality of life.
  • Coordinate and host site tours with client companies
  • Make appropriate introductions to local economic development groups and elected officials.
     

Interagency Coordination

  • As a one-stop-shop, GAT will coordinate the involvement of all Commonwealth agencies in a business development project (DEP, PennDOT, L&I, Revenue, and other agencies as necessary)
  • Facilitate introductions and pre-application meetings
  • Expedite permit review and approval

Access to Economic Development Incentives

GAT serves as the primary contact for businesses wishing to access the Commonwealth’s various economic development incentive programs. GAT performs a thorough due diligence review of each project taking into consideration the following:

  • Overall economic impact of the project
  • Company’s financial condition
  • Validity of the company’s business model
  • Strength of commitments for private financing for the project
  • Competitive posture of the project

PREP Region Map

Central
155 North 15th Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(717) 787-8199

Harrisburg (Headquarters)
Brent Vernon
Deputy Director for Program Management
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-8199
bvernon@pa.gov

Lehigh Valley
Janet Smith
Regional Director
2158 Avenue C
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(717) 433-8587
janetsmith@pa.gov

Northeast
409 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-4573

Northwest
Doug Massey
Regional Director
100 State Street
Suite 205
Erie, PA 16507
(814) 871-4770
dmassey@pa.gov

Southeast
Ben Ramos
Regional Director
200 South Broad Street
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215)965-1942
beramos@pa.gov

Southwest
Lance Chimka
Regional Director
301 5th Avenue
Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 565-2788
lchimka@pa.gov

 

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