DRIVE Growth

The region’s assets and DRIVE’s resources combine to support existing business and encourage new development.

DRIVE Partnerships

DRIVE collaborates with area agencies to promote business, tourism, and growth


Establishing new businesses, working with current companies to create family sustaining jobs.

DRIVE Communications

The DRIVE Wireless Network delivers high-speed internet to customers across portions of five counties.

Welcome to DRIVE – Driving Real Innovation for a Vibrant Economy!

DRIVE was created to take a regional approach to economic development in the Susquehanna Valley. The commissioners of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties formed DRIVE as a council of governments to provide professional staff for project management as well as create a forum for communication and coordination of economic development activity.

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Jennifer Wakeman Receives Designation of CEcD

Jennifer Wakeman Receives Designation of CEcD

DRIVE Executive Director Jennifer Wakeman recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). She joins over 1,100 people worldwide who have been recognized for their skills in economic development by the International Economic Development Council...

Great Dane, LLC. Expands, Creates New Jobs

Great Dane, LLC. Expands, Creates New Jobs

Great Dane, LLC is expanding its manufacturing operations in Ralpho Township. The expansion will create 200 new job in Northumberland County! Thank you for your investment in the Central Susquehanna Region!  Read the Governor's Press Release of the story here.  Read...

River Run Foods Expands, Creates Over 400 Jobs

River Run Foods Expands, Creates Over 400 Jobs

River Run Foods, a Northumberland County manufacturing firm, has purchased land at Great Streams Commons in Union County. The firm plans to build a new plant which will create between 400 and 450 new jobs! Congratulations to River Run Foods on your new investment in...

DRIVE Services

The professional staff at DRIVE will help you navigate the path to establishing or growing your business in the Susquehanna Valley. Put our connections & expertise  to work for you.

  • Site tours
  • Site selection
  • Project management
  • Funding Incentives

From site selection, work force data, zoning & permitting, transportation, & logistics, DRIVE can shepherd your project from beginning to end. We have established relationships with municipal and state government, marketing & site selection teams, as well as business and industry leaders. Put our expertise to work for your business.

We work closely with the Governor’s Action Team as well as local government officials to find low interest loans for land, buildings, and equipment, grants for infrastructure improvement, workforce training, as well as tax credits for new job creation or research & development.


DRIVE Wireless Network

Led by DRIVE, the network provides the necessary infrastructure to easily and economically distribute internet service throughout the region to business and residential customers. Learn more and sign up for high speed internet today!

Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone

Companies that qualify for the program have the opportunity to earn up to $100,000 in tax credits, each eligible year.

DRIVE Forward

The DRIVE Forward Initiative brings together members of our community to work collaboratively on regional issues and projects.

Startup Danville

The StartUp Danville small business incubator is a home for innovators minutes from downtown Danville.

Our Investors

PPL Electric Utilities
PPL Electric Utilities
PPL Electric Utilities
Bloomsburg University

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DRIVE is the economic development organization for Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in central Pennsylvania.