The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce supports a wide range of industries, including education, health care and retail; however, the region’s major industry clusters are that of agribusiness and manufacturing/distribution.
The Valley is fertile with land and is an ideal climate for various products, such as wine grapes, corn, soybeans, livestock, poultry and even Christmas trees. Pennsylvania’s 62,000 farm families continue to be the advocates of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation and farm equipment, which makes Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses the leading economic driver in our state according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
The manufacturing industry has been the foundation of Pennsylvania’s economy over the years because of its dynamic evolution to meet modern needs and innovative methods. Today, manufacturing has expanded to include the use of cutting-edge technology to improve products and/or processes. Pennsylvania is embracing one such subsector, additive manufacturing, which uses an innovative, cost-effective 3-D printing process that is revolutionizing the industry according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.