— Construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland power line will create jobs and will mean "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in benefits for the Wayne and Pike county areas, local business leaders were told at a recent meeting.
Representatives of T&D Power, Inc., which has been contracted by PPL Electric Utilities to build the 100-mile-long Pennsylvania portion of the power line, said they will be hiring workers through Local 1319 of the United Steelworkers of America. The company also expects to buy local materials and services as part of the massive construction project.
"We expect to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in this region during this multi-year project," said Peter Demars, T&D vice president. "We are working with a local real estate agency and have already leased some property in Sterling Township as a staging area for our work."
Attending the meeting were the executive directors of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, the executive director of the Wayne Economic Development Corporation, the executive director of Workforce Wayne, a staff member for State Rep. Mike Peifer and other business leaders.
The meeting was arranged by Paul Canevari, PPL's Pocono regional community relations director.
"Besides improving electric service for everyone in this region, this project also will have a significant benefit for our local economy," Canevari said. "I wanted local business leaders to hear the details of these benefits first-hand."
"We look forward to the completion of the Susquehanna-Roseland project, which will position the region for future growth and increased commerce," said Donna LaBar, executive director of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. "The Wayne and Pike County Chambers of Commerce are eager to assist T&D Power as they establish contracts with local vendors for materials and services needed. The Chambers appreciate the informational project sessions and member business opportunities that PPL Electric Utilities have arranged and shared with the Pocono Lake Region, Southern Wayne, and Wayne County chambers."
"I am pleased that PPL and T & D Power reached out to our chambers of commerce and economic development organizations about vendor opportunities relative to the Susquehanna-Roseland power line. The more we work together to connect our vendors to this project, the more our region will benefit," said Mary Beth Wood, executive director of the Wayne Economic Development Corporation.