Presentation of 2015 Platinum level sponsorship to Focus Central PA Shown left to right:  Don Alexander, Eric Winslow, Gary Shields, Lauren Bryson, Joe Kantz and Todd Hunter

Presentation of 2015 Platinum level sponsorship to Focus Central PA Shown left to right: Don Alexander, Eric Winslow, Gary Shields, Lauren Bryson, Joe Kantz and Todd Hunter

February 6th, 2015

Shamokin Dam, PA – North Shore Railroad Company, rail freight service provider to the Central Pennsylvania region and proponent of community development, is investing in regional growth with a sponsorship of $3,000 to Focus Central Pennsylvania (Focus). On February 5th, 2015 North Shore Railroad Company representatives Gary Shields, President & CEO; Joe Kantz, Marketing Representative; and Todd Hunter, Director of Marketing provided a check presentation of their annual commitment to representatives of Focus Don Alexander, Chairman of the Board; Eric Winslow, Member of the Focus Board and Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus.

As part of the North Shore Railroad’s commitment to conduct their business with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism and be responsible civic partners with the communities they serve, they have chosen to invest in Focus Central Pennsylvania’s efforts to attract new companies to the region that can provide family sustaining employment opportunities and regional growth.

Focus is a non-profit, 501(c)3, regional economic development marketing alliance that  dedicates 100 percent of its time and resources to attracting corporate investment in the region to create jobs. Focus currently serves six contiguous counties in the central region of Pennsylvania with a total population of 311,000; a total labor force of 137,000; and nearly 12,000 business establishments. The counties and major cities include Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); and Mifflin (Lewistown).

“Focus’s investors provide the critical financial resources necessary for Focus to implement strategic programs which support its mission to attract capital investments and quality, family-sustaining jobs to its six-county region. With the invaluable investment from North Shore Railroad, Focus will be able to enhance its strategic, collaborative, and targeted approach to attracting new companies and jobs to Central PA.” said Don Alexander, Chair of Focus. “With North Shore Railroad’s investment, Focus will be better able to become more competitive in the fiercely competitive race to attract new jobs and capital investments to our Central PA region.” continued Don.

“The quality rail service and infrastructure we have in the region is a significant competitive advantage for manufacturing and distribution prospects. So, it is of extreme value to have partners like North Shore Railroad engaged and supporting our efforts.”  said Executive Director of Focus, Lauren Bryson.

Gary Shields, President & CEO of the North Shore Railroad Company, believes Focus to be a worthwhile investment. “Part of North Shore’s mission statement is to be responsible civic partners with the communities we serve,” Shields says, “and that’s what we’re going to do as we move forward. Investing in Focus is investing in our community.”

The Northumberland, PA, based North Shore Railroad Company operates six short line railroads and provides quality regional rail freight service to customers in Central Pennsylvania.  North Shore Railroad is the long time private operator for the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority. The Joint Rail Authority is an eight county municipal authority and property owner of five of the rail lines NSHR operates. The Joint Rail Authority’s mission is to preserve and foster rail service in Central Pennsylvania and to further economic development through retention, improvement and expansion of the infrastructure and the rail service it supports.

Economic Development is the lifeblood of every community. It creates jobs, builds neighborhoods, supports businesses, and provides a higher quality of life. This work is not accomplished by one, but by many. Focus Central Pennsylvania is part of a committed team in the region that is driving economic development for communities in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, and Mifflin Counties. The mission of Focus Central Pennsylvania is to effectively promote new corporate investment that results in growth of family sustaining jobs in the region by being a premier economic development marketing alliance for committed partners. We pro-actively connect prospects and companies looking to relocate or expand to the region that will provide more and diverse career opportunities for those who live or move to the region. This work helps our communities become an even greater place to live and work.

For more information about Focus Central Pennsylvania, contact: Lauren Bryson, 844.293.8719, lbryson@focuscentralpa.org