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10 MORE Reasons to Start a Business or Relocate to the
Harrisburg Capital Region

By Richard E. Jordan II, CEO, Smith Land & Improvement Corporation


Harrisburg-Carlisle was Voted No. 2 by Forbes Magazine on its list of America's Best Places to Raise a Family. The region was showcased for its low crime, excellent educational opportunities, and low cost of living. In 2009, Forbes also chose the region as No. 5 on the nation's list of Fastest-Recovering Cities, applauding a mix of diversified industries and stable housing.


In 2010, the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution declared the Harrisburg-Carlisle area as having the fourth most-equal wage distribution in the country.


The Capital Region's Cumberland County was named "2010 Best Family Weekend Destination" by Official Best Of, a travel and tourism media company.


Since the establishment of the Carlisle Barracks in 1757—and the location of the elite U.S. Army War College-our military has played an integral part of life in the Cumberland Valley. Home to federal installations including the New Cumberland Army Depot (WWI), and the Naval Supply Depot (WWII), and an active logistical epicenter in Carlisle, the capital region remains a military stronghold. Harrisburg, Columbia, and Gettysburg pay homage to the men and women who secured our nation's freedom.


Hershey, Pennsylvania, is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States. In 1905, Milton S. Hershey's candy empire was the first to market reasonably priced chocolate that all Americans could afford.


Central Pennsylvania banks aren't afraid of a little competition. The area hosts a powerhouse of community banks, credit unions, and financial institutions with a strong deposit base and 2010 lending power highlighted by The Wall Street Journal.


The area's business strength and consumer resilience have allowed the region to respond to market signals with development opportunities. Shovel-ready parcels like the 300,000-square foot Wentworth Corporate Center in Hampden Township are primed for pent-up demand. The area's premier mixed-use address is The Concourse at Chambers Hill in Swatara Township—a destination for knowledge workers and established retail—with 1 million square feet of opportunity. This development will infuse an estimated $20 million in annual tax dollars and provide 3,000 direct jobs, fueling the area with economic epinephrine.


Proud of a rich bench of talented workers, Central Pennsylvania is headquarters to three Fortune 1000 companies including Rite Aid, Harsco, and Select Medical Holdings. Other top employers include Arnold Logistics, UTZ Potato Chip Company, Giant Food Stores, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, the Hershey Company, and Tyco Electronics.


A plethora of dining and shopping experiences offer residents and visitors a blend of unique flavors including farmers' markets, local boutiques, successful chain retailers, and regional restaurants.


An extension of the area's natural resources, the art of leisure and learning further enrich the region's placemaking reputation. Affordable homes, world-class medical facilities, and living centers for every stage of adventure equal a Most Livable City brand! Penn State Hershey Medical Center is one of the world's most advanced teaching hospitals and a destination for healing. The newest world-class addition, the Penn State Children's Hospital, is in the construction phase.

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