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Giant opens Hampden Township grocery store

Giant opens Hampden Township grocery store

Harrisburg mayor works to build optimism in first State of the City address

Harrisburg mayor works to build optimism in first State of the City address

Alexander Building Construction completes $5M IUP project

Alexander Building Construction completes $5M IUP project

Construction News

Midstate schools benefit from latest PlanCon reimbursements

The Corbett administration today announced more than $21.6 million in reimbursements for public school construction projects, including money for 12 schools in Central Pennsylvania. Read More »»

Newsmakers: Associations

Businesses featured this week: Keystone Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society for Marketing Professional Services Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Society of Neurological Surgeons Read More »»


Industries featured this week: Accounting, architecture and engineering, associations, baking and finance, designations, education, health care, printing, technology Read More »»

Metals lab brings job training to Hanover High School

About 20 years ago, Hanover High School replaced its welding program with a practical nursing program, and students interested in learning the trade went to York County School of Technology in York Township. Read More »»

Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers of New Cumberland opens Maryland office

In order to meet growing business demand in Maryland and Washington, D.C., Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers of New Cumberland is opening an office in Sparks, Md. Read More »»

'Education Row' coming to Midtown Hbg. in 2015

A new education model is in the works not just to provide a convenient, consistent learning setting for interested students but also to revitalize Harrisburg's Midtown. Read More »»

Downtown Middletown project enters homestretch

The final phase of a $1.6 million downtown infrastructure project in Middletown kicked off today. Read More »»

Phoenix Contact to unveil expanded facility in Lower Swatara Township

Lower Swatara Township-based Phoenix Contact USA will host a grand opening Oct. 3 for its expanded development and manufacturing facility on Fulling Mill Road. Read More »»

Ship U completes $65 million second phase of student-housing project

Shippensburg University Student Services Inc. and Campus Apartments are finished with the $65 million second phase of a project to upgrade the university's on-campus residences. Read More »»

The 'rebirth' of Middletown

Downtown efforts, university growth and transportation improvements have generated 'economic prosperity' buzz for county's oldest community

Middletown is an old college town, but not really. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Bigger demand for smaller spaces

As many households continue adjusting to tighter credit conditions and delay homeownership, investors are focusing more on rental properties and mixed-use concepts. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Going for brokers

Commercial divisions growing to meet demand in Harrisburg area

As the midstate population continues to grow and nonresidential development spreads, demand for commercial real estate services is also going up. Hampden Township-based Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA recognized this movement and added a dedicated commercial sales division earlier this year. Part of New Jersey-based NRT LLC, the largest broker in the country, the Cumberland County residential brokerage in February hired Rick McGinnis from Bennett Williams Realty Inc. to lead the department. “There has always been some demand. We bump into it fairly often,” said Barbara Schmidt, JGR’s president. In the past, commercial listing leads were referred to other firms. That’s not the case anymore. JGR had 28 people go through a 14-hour introductory course last year. Of those agents, 14 signed up for a 56-hour NRT commercial training program that spanned seven weeks. More training is scheduled for October, and McGinnis is hoping another dozen agents will participate. “We have close to 300 agents in (11) offices, and a whole lot of agents who have done commercial transactions,” he said. “My goal would be to see several agents at every office do nothing but commercial.” Last year, JGR had a closed-sales volume of $398 million. Commercial real estate has accounted for less than 5 percent of the company’s sales volume, Schmidt said. “I’m not sure the percentage has changed too much,” Schmidt said. “The volume of listings has changed. And from listings will follow sales.” JGR has no plans to conquer the commercial space, she added: “We’re looking to be a residential brokerage that offers other top-notch services. We want to be really good at it and have more opportunities to stay with clients.” An early goal would be to push that commercial sales percentage up to 8 or 10 percent by the end of 2015, Schmidt said. “I think there has been more (commercial) opportunity recently than there was,” McGinnis said. Expanding the firm’s property management service to include commercial is also a strong possibility, he said. Also growing in Central Pennsylvania is the KW Commercial name. KW Commercial is a division that Texas-based Keller Williams Realty Inc., North America’s largest real estate franchise company, added in 2008. In June, there were six KW Commercial agents in the midstate. The company was hoping to expand that to 15 or more within six to 12 months, while finalizing plans for a centralized commercial office in the Harrisburg area under the leadership of veteran commercial and industrial agent Jim Helsel Jr. Helsel is the owner of Camp Hill-based Helsel Inc. Hampden Township-based Keller Williams of Central PA expanded to nonresidential services in June. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Park places

Constant attention keeps three Lancaster County business parks fresh and occupied

Lancaster County's largest business parks are longtime community fixtures evolving to meet today's business needs. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Gateway to Harrisburg's future

What development could occur along Seventh Street corridor?

In January, it will be two years since a $6.5 million widening of the Seventh Street corridor in Harrisburg was completed. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Overcoming the obstacles

Reasons vary for project delays in South Middleton Township

South Middleton Township in Cumberland County is poised for significant changes because of residential and commercial development, but several of those projects have stalled for a variety of reasons. Read More »»

Construction and Real Estate Report fall 2014: Royal revival

Efforts revitalizing space and spirit in York's Royal Square

There's an obvious pun that could be made about how Royal Square has become a crown jewel of York. Read More »»

Warwick Woodlands senior community planned in Lititz

A senior community called Warwick Woodlands is being planned for Lititz, and its sales center is opening Saturday. Read More »»

Business Record

Records featured this week: State liens filed: Lancaster and York counties Read More »»


Industries featured this week: Associations, construction, designations, economic development, government, health care, human resources, veterans Read More »»

In brief: Bill would amend definition of small business in procurement

A bill is circulating for co-sponsorship in the state House that would increase the maximum employee threshold to 150 workers from 100 for small businesses looking to contract with the commonwealth. Read More »»


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Forty Under 40 Awards 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
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Monday, November 10, 2014
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