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Enterprise Zone Program supports Clinton County business

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Enterprise Zone (CCEZ) program is administered by the Clinton County Economic Partnership and is designed to encourage creation of quality jobs and capital investment along the future I-99 corridor and in distressed areas of Clinton County.

The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Companies located within the Enterprise Zone are assisted through financial incentives and technical support. The CCEZ offers companies the opportunity to participate in a wide range of economic development programs.

All new and existing businesses and industries within the CCEZ are eligible to apply for participation in the program. Eligible buildings include those whose primary use is commercial or industrial in nature.

Low interest loan funds are available through locally based revolving loan funds established by the Clinton County Economic Partnership. Funds are targeted at businesses that create or retain jobs within the Clinton County Enterprise Zone. Loans can be made for improvements to facades; interior renovation; additions; the purchase of land and buildings for expansion of existing firms or to start up new companies; the purchase and installation of machinery and capital equipment; working capital; and the payment of professional fees such as architects/engineers, surveyors, appraisers, accountants, attorneys, etc.

Small business owners and renters may apply for a loan if they own the property or have a long term lease on the property for the same period as the term of the loan. Applicants must be credit worthy and the purpose of the loan economically feasible.

For more information on the program, contact CCEZ Coordinator April Bittner at 570-748-5782 or coordinator@clintoncountyinfo.com.

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