St. Marys offers a unique blend of an established industrial base and a promising potential for future growth. With an illustrious tradition of innovative manufacturing technology, bountiful natural resources, and the determination of skilled people, St. Marys has been the birthplace of a number of worldwide industries.
Essentials for Industry
- Public Utilities: National Fuel Gas and West Penn Power have consistently offered the lowest rates in the northeastern United States. The St. Marys public water and sewer systems are modern and efficient, with capacity to serve new and expanding industries.
- Transportation: Major market areas along with the eastern seaboard and the Great Lakes are easily accessible by Interstate 80, which is located 30 miles to the south. US Route 219 and PA Route 225 provide north/south highway access.
- Trucking and Rail Service: The St. Marys Airport serves private and corporate aircraft, while two other regional airports provide daily commercial service. The Area Transportation Authority provides public bus transportation, and Fullington Trailways offers daily commercial bus service between Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
- Financial Incentives: local tax abatement, industrial loan funds, job training opportunities, and infrastructure development programs. Two industrial parks, a multitenant/incubator facility, plus ample industrially zoned properties, fully served by all utilities, offer a variety of alternative sites for new development
While these physical and industrial attributes are important considerations, the real heart of St. Marys is its skilled and reliable work force. Residents are ingrained with a strong work ethic based on productive enterprise and skilled trade. Employees make comparable wages in an area where the cost of living is low, and which contains ample and affordable housing.
Area Economic Development Organizations
The St Marys Area is served by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. NCPRPDC facilitates economic and workforce development programs that will enchance the vitality and quality of life in the counties of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter. They administer various business and community assistance programs.