Expansion & Relocation

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.

GAT provides businesses with the information needed 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 property database, and working with our statewide network of local partners.
  • 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

Governor's Action Team Contacts Map

Locate, Grow or Expand your Existing Business by contacting the Governor's Action Team (GAT) by phone at 717.787.8199 or by email.

Click on each region to see the contact information for that specific county, or contact the Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA.

  • Regional Director
  • 814.871.4770
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Jill Collier

  • Regional Director
  • 570.468.0903
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Janet Smith

  • Regional Director
  • 717.433.8587
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Lance Chimka

  • Regional Director
  • 412.565.2788
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Brent Vernon

  • Executive Director
  • 717.787.8199
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Robert Watts

  • Regional Director
  • 570.963.4598
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Richard Heaney

  • Regional Director
  • 215.965.1942
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