Railroad Success Stories continued: 11 Carload Express n Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) n Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) n Ohio Terminal Railway (Ohio) n Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) Specialty Seal Group in Latrobe Connected the company with the Economic Growth Connection (EGC) for information on the loans available through the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. The company was the first recipient of funding through the ACT 129 Energy Micro-Loan Program offered by the EGC. ArcelorMittal in Monessen Connected the company with Westmoreland College’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) for training. The ATC is working with this company to set up an Apprenticeship Program for industrial maintenance technology. Jump with Jill in New Kensington Connected the company with Westmoreland/Fayette Private Industry Council. This company is now performing their music based health program in various school districts throughout the region. Better Edge in Scottdale Connected the company with Catalyst Connection. This company has applied for a Maker-to-Manufacturing (M2M) grant to expand their business services and website development. CME Management in Greensburg Connected the company with Westmoreland College’s Advanced Technology Center. This company is pursuing WEDnet training monies for developing skills and training for surface surveying with drones. Alpha Carb Enterprises in Leechburg and Sosko Manufacturing in Latrobe Connected the company with Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Both companies requested more information and introductions to government procurement contracting services. Radebaugh Subdivision Project Over the past five years, the WCIDC has received transportation funding to make improvements along the Radebaugh subdivision. This year the WCIDC was awarded $1.7 million in Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) grant funding, bringing the total funding to date to $5.5 million. The funding has been used to make improvements in phases along the 33-mile railroad purchased by the WCIDC in 1995. This strategy has resulted in a safer, more reliable rail system that supports the creation of new jobs and enhances the county’s business community. The track is operated by Southwest Pennsylvania railroad (SWP), a short-line freight hauler of Carload Express, Inc. that connects users to an international rail network. The WCIDC will continue its commitment to maintaining and improving the world-class rail system by working with SWP to identify future projects along the Radebaugh subdivision. WCIDCAnnualReport19_Layout 1 2/15/19 12:55 PM Page 11