Even with the nation's recession in the past few years, some areas, namely the WEDIG PA region, have prospered and grown. Although the 2010 census indicated many populations have experienced a decline, the Alle-Kiski region has gone in the opposite direction, having grown around 4 percent since 2000. With numerous skilled labor training opportunities in addition to our two higher education institutions, Penn State New Kensington (PSNK) and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC), our population is talented, instilled with a strong work ethic, and eager to work right here.
Companies like ALCOA, one of the world’s largest aluminum manufacturers, recognized the quality of this area well over a century ago when it moved to New Kensington. Today, ALCOA still operates its technical center in one of WEDIG PA's five municipalities, the township of Upper Burrell. Less than two miles away is one of the largest and most successful industrial parks in the area, the Westmoreland Business Research Park. Companies such as Respironics, Leeds, and Siemens are located here.
But that is only the beginning. Our region is also home to prominent tool and die companies, research firms and professional services. These businesses can boast increased growth in recent years and bright futures for their companies and employees. And there is always room in our area for new businesses and development.
WEDIG PA plans to initiate development of a regional zoning plan for the area to better facilitate the search for the right place for your business. Until then, there are several chambers of commerce in the area, as well as other authorities, that businesses can contact to discuss development in our area.