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MCIDC continues its investment, marketing efforts for plaza, center

LEWISTOWN — During its quarterly Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation members heard of the continuing investment into the MCIDC Plaza and Business Center.

MCIDC president and CEO Nick Felice reviewed a progress report detailing capital investment exceeding $360,000 in items like roof replacement, paving, HVAC upgrades and floor rehabilitation.

“With century old buildings and infrastructure, there are maintenance items constantly identified that need timely attention,” Felice said. “For example, the increase of warehousing activity in our buildings by tenants like Nittany Paper Mills causes our floors to endure increased wear and tear. Repair of cracks and separations is constant.

“We’re blessed to have skilled local contractors who are able and have the expertise to effect repairs quickly. It’s good to have the ability to keep our maintenance dollars here in Mifflin County supporting local businesses and payrolls.”

Also mentioned is a marketing effort in which MCIDC has partnered with Focus Central Pennsylvania to promote Mifflin County and the region into urban areas with a message based on safety, security and lower cost of doing business in Central Pennsylvania.

“With all that has happened in 2020, we feel there is a solid opportunity to showcase the safety and security of our rural location versus urban centers currently enduring the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest,” Felice said. “Beyond direct business solicitation, we look to convey our message to individual workers, whose eyes have been opened to the viability of working in a remote fashion.

“Mifflin County has had many instances where individuals and couples have relocated here to enjoy the benefits of safety and a lower cost of living. I personally know of one couple who came here from southeastern Pennsylvania, bought a business and have chosen to raise their child here in safety and security.”

Felice ended the meeting mentioning that current board members Dave Borland and Ruth Fisher will leave the board at the end of the year.

“Dave and Ruth have been on our board collectively for 53 years,” Felice said. “Both have always offered timely advice and support to the board and staff. We respect their decisions and will miss them. The board and staff wish them well and many years of health and happiness.”

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