Welcome to the O.E.C.D.
Helping Our Community Thrive...
Most economic development and community development activities in the Bradford area are coordinated through the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) of the City of Bradford. The primary mission of the OECD is to promote new community and economic development activity utilizing various state and federal funding sources. The OECD is a department of the City of Bradford and its offices are located in the Habgood Business Development Center, 20 Russell Boulevard, Bradford, PA.
Below you will find the projects our office is currently primarily focusing on as well as additional information on what we can do to assist your business - from starting up to expanding.
Projects, Facilities and Information...
CITY OF BRADFORD
KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT GRANT
The City of Bradford will be submitting a grant application to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for a Keystone Communities Development Facade Improvement Grant in the amount of $50,000 to undertake facade improvements for the rehabilitation or restoration of older and under-utilized buildings in the City of Bradford’s downtown historic district. Interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting at City Hall, 24 Kennedy Street, Bradford, PA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to comment on the application.
Written comments may be directed to:
Local companies planning to expand and companies considering locating new
facilities in the Bradford area should utilize the OECD as their principal local
contact. A dedicated staff of economic development
professionals is prepared to provide information on available sites, our
industrial incubator and multi-tenant facilites, job training opportunities,
demographics and wage rates, tax abatement programs, low-interest loans and
various state and federal programs designed to promote economic development.
The primary focus for the OECD's economic development activities are in the City of Bradford, Bradford Township, Foster Township and Lewis Run Borough. Parts of each of these municipalities are located in a state-designated Enterprise Zone and included in the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) Program.
As part of its mission to improve the quality of life in the Bradford community, the OECD staff is charged with carrying out a variety of community development activities in the City of Bradford and Bradford Township. These activities range from the development of new housing, housing rehabilitation, infrastructure and recreational capital improvements, code enforcement, historic/downtown preservation and neighboorhood revitalization.
The OECD has an experienced community development staff familiar with a number of state and federal grant programs used to undertake significant community development projects in the Bradford area and the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation to administer the Main Street Program and sustain the viability of the City's historic downtown business district.
In addition, the OECD provides administrative support for the Bradford Economic Development Corporation (BEDC).