If you’re looking for a Columbia County business park that is close to major markets such Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Williamsport, Harrisburg, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore, you’ve come to the right place. The region is served by excellent transportation infrastructure, such as major highways going east and west and north and south, plus an eager and willing workforce, and a high quality of life.
With Interstate 80 intersecting the region’s Columbia County business park, the region is also located less than 30 miles from the state’s other major highway system, Interstate 81. The Counties are a short 2 hour drive from Philadelphia, 2.5 hours from New York City, and 1.5 hours from the state capital, Harrisburg.
Columbia County offers a willing and able workforce. The County’s large employers include Wise Foods, Berwick Hospital and Berwick Offray in Berwick, Del Monte Corporation, Autoneum and Kawneer Corporation in Bloomsburg. Montour County’s primary employer is Geisinger Health System, which includes Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Health Plan.
Columbia County business park ready for new companies
The Alliance is pleased to offer its 52-acre Columbia County business park located in Lightstreet, less than 2 miles from Downtown Bloomsburg. The Columbia County business park offers high visibility to any partnering business, as it is located directly off of Interstate 80 at the Lightstreet exit (236). The Columbia County business park is comprised of seven lots that are ideal for light industrial uses. The lots range in size from 3.51 acres to 11.06 acres.
Highlights of Columbia County’s Business Park:
- Less than 2 miles from Downtown Bloomsburg
- High visibility and easy access
- Directly off of Interstate 80 at the Lightstreet exit (236)
- Willing and able workforce
- 7 lots – ideal for light industrial
- Lots range in size from 3.51 acres to 11.06 acres
Interested in Relocating to our Columbia County business park?
The Alliance works in cooperation with the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce to assist new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Before venturing out into the business world, the Alliance and Chamber recommend that entrepreneurs take advantage of the services, seminars, and assistance provided by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offered by Wilkes University.
For businesses considering relocation to the region and to the Columbia County business park in particular, The Alliance provides an array of services to existing businesses, including:
- Site tours
- Assistance with construction logistics (local permitting requirements, infrastructure)
- Introductions to state legislators and local officials
- Local contacts within the business community
- Access to financing, incentives and opportunities
- Access to existing employers
The Alliance also has access to funding incentives and opportunities such as:
- Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)
- Consulting from Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Low-interest loans from SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG)
Central PA Quality of Life
Columbia and Montour Counties are located in Pennsylvania’s heartland. They offer the best of both worlds to prospective developers and business owners – easy access to the Commonwealth’s interstate highway system, a Columbia County business park ready for new opportunities, and yet a rural and quaint quality of life that boasts several thriving downtowns, such as Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville.
Victorian Downtown Berwick
With its unique Victorian architecture, Berwick’s Downtown District is the site of unique shops, restaurants, services, and a movie theater. Numerous events take place in and around the downtown throughout the year. The famous Thanksgiving Day “Run for the Diamonds” hosts about 1,000 runners a year. The Jaycees Christmas Boulevard, a light and decoration display along Market Street, is held throughout the month of December. In the spring, the Boulevard is transformed into a flowering vista.
Bloomsburg: A University Town
Bloomsburg, located a few minutes from the Columbia County business park, is a University town, and borders the Susquehanna River. It offers a bustling downtown filled with retail shops and more than a dozen restaurants, and a large town park. Bloomsburg is a small, historic town home to just over 12,000 residents. The County seat, Bloomsburg, is considered the only incorporated “town” in Pennsylvania. Today, Bloomsburg boasts a diverse economy thanks to Bloomsburg Hospital, Bloomsburg University, and a downtown community of small businesses from shops to bars and eateries. Bloomsburg is also home to two micro-breweries, Marley’s in downtown Bloomsburg and the Turkey Hill Brewing Company, housed on the same property as The Inn at Turkey Hill in Lightstreet.
Danville: Proud of its Iron Heritage
Danville, located about 15 minutes from the Columbia County business park, is a small town with about 5,000 residents, and boasts a well-preserved downtown that includes a business district, a micro-brewery, retail shopping, and access to the region’s most well-known natural resource – the Susquehanna River. From the 1800s, Danville forged a reputation as an iron-making center, creating and manufacturing the railroad industry’s iron T-rail, which contributed greatly to the area’s success, employing more than a thousand people. The mills, blast furnaces and foundries continued to operate through the turn of the century. Today, Danville celebrates its iron heritage each year in July with a multiple-day festival called the Iron Heritage Festival. The high school also celebrates this iron heritage with their sports teams – called the Danville Ironmen.
Smaller towns such as Millville, Benton and Catawissa are all within a short drive of the Columbia County business park and offer affordable housing, excellent school systems, small town hospitality, and a relaxed rural setting ideal for raising a family.
A short drive from Philadelphia, New York City and Harrisburg, the Columbia County business park is also located less than 30 miles from the state’s other major highway system, Interstate 81, and is an ideal location to pursue new business opportunities.