KOZ Legislation Boosts Economic Development, Job Growth in Pennsylvania
KOZ Legislation Boosts Economic Development,
Job Growth in Pennsylvania
Legislation vital to attracting industries to Pennsylvania and providing good paying jobs to citizens of the Commonwealth was passed by the state House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, said Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin).
Act 16 of 2012 permits the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to designate up to 15 new Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs) in areas throughout the state. The KOZ program offers incentives and development assistance to businesses that locate in one of the designated zones.
“The KOZ program provides a partnership between state and local government, and encourages the redevelopment of abandoned, unused, and underutilized land and buildings,” said Payne. “These areas can be turned into business sites that present a well-balanced approach to community revitalization.”
KOZs are designated by the local communities and approved by the state. Currently, designated zones are located in 61 counties across Pennsylvania, including six located in Dauphin County.
Businesses that choose to relocate to a KOZ are required to increase their full-time employment within the first year of operation, or make a 10 percent capital investment in the property based on their prior year’s gross revenues. In order to receive benefits, any entity applying must be compliant with all local and state taxes and building and zoning codes.
“According to data compiled by DCED, more than 35,000 jobs have been created since the inception of the KOZ program,” said Payne. “The passage of this law means Pennsylvania has additional opportunities for economic development growth and investment.”
Capital Area Transit (CAT) Provides Commuter
Services to Residents of the 106th District
In a time of economic difficulty and rising gas prices, many residents have begun to rely more on public transportation. Capital Area Transit (CAT) is the primary provider of public transportation to the Harrisburg area and has several routes available in the 106th District, said Rep. John Payne.
CAT currently has two divisions—fixed bus routes and a shared ride service.
The fixed route division includes various schedules in areas throughout the 106th Legislative district, including pick-up locations in Middletown, Derry St. /Rutherford in Swatara Township, and Hershey/Hummelstown. CAT bus routes include stops in areas throughout Dauphin and Cumberland counties.
CAT currently has 21 Park-and-Ride locations throughout Central Pennsylvania. Park-and-Ride lots allow riders to park their cars and catch a bus. At most locations, CAT offers express service during peak commute times with an average travel time of 50 minutes or less.
There are four Park-and-Ride locations in the 106th District:
- Tanger Outlets, formally known as the Hershey Outlets, 46 Outlet Square, Hershey.
- Hershey Intermodal Center, West Chocolate Avenue at Mill Road, Hershey.
- Hummelstown Park & Ride lot, Second and Hanover streets, Hummelstown.
- Harrisburg Mall, 3601 Paxton St., Harrisburg.
CAT also provides a Share-A-Ride service. This service provides door-to-door transportation to senior citizens, riders with disabilities and members of the general public throughout Dauphin County. Advance reservations are required for the Share-A-Ride transit and can be made by contacting CAT’s Harrisburg office at (717) 232-6100, or toll free 1-800-303-1904.
Exact fare in cash is required upon boarding CAT buses. To save time and money, residents can purchase a multiple ride ticket or monthly pass.
To access full route schedules and fare information, visit CATtransit.com, or contact Rep. Payne’s district office at (717) 534-1323.