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Manufacturing and Agriculture

Manufacturing and Agriculture

The Upper Bucks region boasts a large population of approximately 100,000, leaving the community with a sizeable amount of skilled workers. In addition, there is a host of resources available for workforce development through Bucks County Community College’s Workforce Development Department, offering everything from Allied Health programs and customized training for Business and Industry to IT, and Professional Skills along with adult programs through the Upper Bucks County Technical School.

Approximately 50 percent of the workforce is employed by the service industry, but wholesale and retail businesses employ an additional 30 percent and the manufacturing sector employs another 20 percent. This, supplemented by the area’s close proximity to major markets in Philadelphia and New York, has aided greatly in the continuing stability of the region’s economy.

Prominent manufacturing companies that operate in the area include everything from specialty glass products and medical devices to highly specialized fabrics, tools, hydraulics and soccer equipment.

Available industrial real estate is among one of the excellent attributes in the region. Adding to the list of distinguished characteristics of the Upper Bucks business community are an unmatched blend of profitable market access, a well-managed and established infrastructure and transportation network, cost effective business expenses, reasonable real estate costs, a highly educated and dedicated employee base, strong public/private sector partnerships and advantageous economic development programs and services.

More than a decade into the 21st Century, farming remains big business in Upper Bucks County.

Bucks County was the fourth county in Pennsylvania to develop and adopt its own Farmland Preservation program. The program uses funds from the state, county and local municipalities to purchase conservation easements from owners of productive farmland. Since 1997, the Bucks County Open Space Program has been a success in both the quantity and quality of land protected. The County’s investment of $59 million leveraged approximately $80 million in additional funding (primarily through state and local municipal matches) resulting in a total of $140 million dedicated to the preservation of more than 15,000 acres.

Bucks County is home to 934 farms comprising 75,883 acres and ranks 18th out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in agricultural production and generates over $70 million in agricultural products each year. In addition to supporting the local economy, preservation of farmland provides a sense of identity. The open fields, grazing livestock, and historic barns represent our history and will forever continue to define the character of Bucks County.

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