NEPA Newslines

ARC Grant Funding

We are pleased to formally open the 2024-2025 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funding round. Funding through the program is a federal (ARC), state (PA DECD) and local (NEPA Alliance) partnership.

As the designated Local Development District for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), we are excited to provide you with information related to the ARC Area Development and ARC Local Access Road Programs. NEPA serves as the regional partner and conduit for ARC Funding. Most of the pre-applications will be considered for funding in the Spring/Summer of 2025, however, some projects may be considered for funding earlier due to additional or unused funds from this fiscal year.

For more information on funding priorities and how to apply, please contact Colleen Burns or Kurt Bauman

Download ARC Pre-Application Timeline

Member Spotlight - Game Face Grooming

This month’s Membership Spotlight is Game Face Grooming. NEPA spoke with Philip Williams, Founder & CEO.

Game Face Grooming is dedicated to empowering athletes and active individuals with premium grooming solutions that meet their dynamic needs. At the core of their business value proposition is the understanding that an active lifestyle demands skincare and grooming products that are both effective and convenient. Their offerings, from face wipes to cleaning wipes, are meticulously designed to provide users with a naturally formulated, quick, efficient way to refresh and clean themselves on-the-go whether they're at home, on the court, field, and even the hiking trail.

The inception of Game Face Grooming was inspired by a noticeable gap in the market for sports-centric grooming products that cater specifically to the needs of athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Leveraging their deep understanding of both the sports and skin care industries, they aim to create a brand that stands at the intersection of functionality and wellness.

Game Face Grooming's commitment to excellence extends beyond their products to embody a customer-centric philosophy that prioritizes satisfaction and convenience. They offer easy navigation and secure shopping on its digital platforms, hassle-free returns, and timely delivery, simplifying the buying process and respecting the customer's time. This high level of service underscores Game Face Grooming's belief that every interaction is an opportunity to make a lasting positive impression, ensuring customers feel valued and appreciated. This holistic approach to customer care, combined with a premium product offering, cements Game Face Grooming's status as a trusted brand that customers will return to time and again, knowing their needs and expectations will not only be met, but exceeded.

Game Face Grooming is committed to playing a vital role within the community, extending beyond simply providing high-quality grooming products. Their dedication to social responsibility and community support is exemplified through their active engagement in product donations and participation in impactful events.

Game Face Grooming greatly values their membership with the NEPA Alliance as it aligns perfectly with their core value of community involvement and business development. Mr. Williams stated, “The NEPA Alliance provides a unique platform for collaboration among businesses, non-profits, and government agencies, fostering a vibrant ecosystem that drives economic growth and innovation within the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. Through our membership, Game Face Grooming gains access to a wealth of resources, including networking events, professional development workshops, and targeted business services, all of which are instrumental in enhancing our operational efficiency, market presence, and competitive edge.”

To learn more about Game Face Grooming, visit their website at

NEPA Alliance Membership Campaign

NEPA Alliance is conducting its annual membership campaign.

The NEPA Alliance values the opportunity to work with all stakeholders in our seven-county region. Our goal is to provide the best possible community and economic development services to create and retain jobs in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Membership Benefits

  • FREE Networking Reception Invite for One Person ($125 Value)
  • FREE Use of Meeting Space
  • FREE Member Spotlight
  • Discount on NEPA Event Costs
  • Discount on Business Loan (.5%)
  • Discounted Economic Impact Analysis/Research
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

NEPA Alliance serves businesses, communities, and governments throughout seven counties and we need your assistance!

Our general annual membership starts at $295.

You can complete your membership online, including payment by clicking the button below.

Join Now

Need more information? Visit our membership hub, or contact Donna Hritz at or call 570-891-4666.

Membership Hub
Business Finance News

NEPA Alliance has several loan programs available for small businesses located in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne counties.

These low cost, low interest loans offer reduced down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation. Loan rates are fixed and generally below the prime lending rate.


Eligible businesses include Manufacturers, Industrial, Agriculture/Agribusiness, Hospitality & Tourism Related Enterprises, Recyclers, Day Cares, Computer Related Services, Advanced Technology, and Retail and Service Related Businesses. Other business sectors may also qualify.

To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle, James Urso, or Kristie Miller at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.

Recently Funded Loans

Veterinary Office – Montrose

  • This NEPA BFC SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with The Dime Bank for the refinance of commercial real estate and associated soft costs.

Meat Processing – Taylor

  • This NEPA BFC SBA 504 loan project was completed in partnership with Fidelity Bank for the purchase and improvement of commercial real estate, equipment, and associated soft costs.

Auto Parts Store – Lehighton

  • This NEPA BFC SBA CA loan was completed to provide the borrower funds for general working capital.

Restaurant – Tamaqua

  • This NEPA Alliance EDA loan was completed in partnership with the Tamaqua CRIZ program for the purchase of commercial real estate and equipment.

Event Space – Scranton

  • This NEPA Alliance EDA loan was completed in partnership with First Keystone Community Bank for the purchase of commercial real estate and soft costs.

NEPA Alliance Business Finance Corporation is a state-wide CDC allowing for NEPA BFC to lend SBA 504 Loans to eligible small businesses located in Pennsylvania.

Financing Structure

A bank or other lender finances 50% of the project cost and takes a first lien position on the assets financed. The SBA 504 loan finances 40% of the project cost, up to $5.5 million, and takes a second lien position. The borrower then contributes a down payment of as little as 10%.

Small Businesses can receive:

  • Subordinate Financing
  • Up to 90% Loan to Value
  • Up to $5.5 Million in SBA Financing
  • Unlimited Total Project Cost

SBA 504 Loans offer:


  • As Little as 10% Equity Injection
  • Terms up to 25 Years
  • Guaranteed Fixed Interest Rate

*Eligibility Criteria Apply*


To learn more about these loan programs, contact Stephen UrsichDave Nat, Donovan Klem, Ken Doolittle, James Urso, or Kristie Miller at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.


GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING INSIGHTS: Chinese Semiconductor Ban to Impact Defense Contractors


The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking explaining their plan to implement Section 5949 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2023.

This notice will provide the defense industry an early look at how the government plans to handle the sourcing of semiconductors from certain Chinese sources.

This section of the National Defense Authorization Act limits the purchasing and use of “covered semiconductor products or services”. This statute expects to limit additional covered semiconductor products or services that are connected to the government of a foreign country of concern including Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea.

When the FAR is rolled out in the government contracting realm, the clause will be incorporated into “all solicitations and contracts” no matter the value of the contract, or commerciality.

To learn more about this advance notice, and what it could mean for your business, click here.


Source: National Defense NDIA’s Business & Technology Magazine: June 11, 2024

International Trade Assistance News

Upcoming International Trade Shows and Missions

The following events are organized by partner organizations including the state of Pennsylvania and the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers and offer cost-effective methods for participating in prominent trade shows and exploring new markets. 

The Global Access Program (GAP) grant will also be available to help offset the participation fees, hotels, and in-country transportation associated with these events. GAP is expected to open October 1,2024. 


Medica 2024

Duesseldorf, Germany

November 11-14, 2024

Medical Equipment & Devices

Trade Mission to Spain, Portugal and Morocco

November 3-13, 2024

Multi Sector

Trade Mission to South Korea

April 6-11, 2025

Multi Sector

For more information on export development, contact Debbie Langan at or 570-891-4645. 

DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Program Now Open


The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is currently accepting applications for funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund for 2024-2025. The application period closes on July 31, 2024. 

Funding can be used to coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities; for projects related to streetscapes, lighting, sidewalk enhancement and pedestrian safety; for projects improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets; and for projects related to transit-oriented development. Municipalities, counties, school districts, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, ports, rail freight, and passenger rail entities are eligible to apply. A local match of 30% is required. More information can be found on the DCED website.

Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) has partnered with PennDOT to offer the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) training series in all seven NEPA counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Basics

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Chestnuthill Township

271 Route 715

Brodheadsville, PA 18322

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Basics

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2024

Delaware Township

116 Wilson Hill Rd,

Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328


Traffic Signal Basics

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2024

Archbald Borough Hall

400 Church Street#1

Archbald, PA 18403


Traffic Calming

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Honesdale Borough Hall

958 Main Street

Honesdale, PA 18431


Winter Maintenance

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Delaware Township

116 Wilson Hill Rd,

Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

NEPA is scheduling Summer/Fall 2024 classes. Please contact Daniel Yelito, Transportation Services Manager, at 570-655-5581 ext. 264 or email if you are interested in holding an LTAP class in your area. 


LTAP will also continue offering online classes, webinars and virtual drop-in sessions. To learn more about upcoming virtual offerings, visit the PennDOT LTAP website.  

Economic Impact Modeling Services

The NEPA Alliance Research & Information Center utilizes IMPLAN Modeling Software to determine the economic impact of projects. Using IMPLAN, NEPA Alliance can demonstrate the economic impact of a new business, income generated by tourism, economic contribution of higher education institutions, and more. NEPA Alliance offers Economic Impact Modeling Services to the community at a fee. To learn more, click here or contact Tyler Day at (570) 891-4656.

Looking for New Nonprofit Grant Opportunities?

Don’t forget that NCAC Members receive access and assistance in accessing Candid's online Foundation Directory, the most comprehensive foundation database. With access to informative profiles of over 299,000 U.S. foundations, you’ll know exactly which foundation fits your programmatic needs, how much to ask for and where to go for more information. NCAC members can receive guided access to the Foundation Directory by visiting our in-office workstation any time during normal business hours. Don’t forget that we’re here to help with all your nonprofit needs! For more information on this service, as well as membership benefits, contact Colleen Burns, Community & Economic Development Specialist.

Did You Know...?

Shopping with local retailers has an oversized impact on the local economy. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, about half of every dollar spent with local retailers stays in the community, supporting jobs and other businesses. Only about 13¢ of every dollar stays in the local economy when shopping at a chain. When shopping on large online retailers, barely any money stays in the local economy. For more information on the importance of shopping local, contact Tyler Day at (570) 891-4656.

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