The genesis of SEDA-COG dates back to 1957, as community leaders from Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties began meeting as a community forum in an effort to address common concerns of central Pennsylvania.

These concerns evolved around inadequate transportation to markets; a deficiency in the availability of health care services; low wages; under-employment and unemployment conditions; and out-migration of residents to areas having better employment potential. Although it was just a forum for discussion purposes, the original five counties formally organized and established the Susquehanna Economic Development Association (SEDA), a 501(c)(3) agency.

Ten years later, as a result of becoming a designated Local Development District (LDD) through the auspices of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a small professional staff was hired and, in 1968, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, and Perry counties joined the other five, thus bringing the total compliment of counties to its current configuration of 11 in central Pennsylvania.

The 21st Century offers opportunities in such areas as energy, transportation, and telecommunications, just to name a few.  There are countless challenges that must be faced as well.  New infrastructure is needed.  Jobs must be created.  In their pursuit of quality growth and prudent development, the communities and counties of Central Pennsylvania are working with SEDA-Council of Governments, a public organization with over 50 years experience on issues related to economic development, community life, and the environment. 

Policies are established by a 22-member Board and carried out by a professional staff with expertise in a wide range of fields; everything from rail freight service and international sales, to home weatherization and financial packaging.

SEDA-COG has played an important role in the evolution of Central Pennsylvania, helping maintain the very qualities that make this region special.  Perhaps we can help you, your company, or your community.  Call us at 570-524-4491, or drop us a line at information@seda-cog.org.

Mission Statement

SEDA-Council of Governments enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives.

SEDA-COG at a glance

What Our Clients Say

SEDA-COG helped me realize many programs, loans, grants, and support designed to help small businesses success. The loan allowed us to reduce our monthly payment by 50 percent, freeing up capital for other operational expenses.

Steve Kenepp

Owner Architectural Precast Innovations

I wanted to start living that American dream – working for yourself. … This has been one of our busiest years. [SEDA-COG] put us on the state’s bid-matching program that helped us get these contracts. … Anything we ever need, [SEDA-COG staff] are right there.

Carolyn McGlinn

Owner A New Design Landscape & Stone

The community’s here, the resources are here, and SEDA-COG has been so crucial in our development that there’s no way in God’s green earth we’ll ever leave.

Nick Gilson

CEO/Founder Gilson Boards

The staff worked hard to ensure improved heating efficiency as if it were their own home.

Collette Brandt

Weatherization Client

SEDA-COG put windows in each floor of my house, installed a handicap-accessible bathroom, and installed new entry doors. I just can’t believe it was done the way it was; SEDA-COG really helped me out a lot.

Ray Bauman

Housing Rehab Client