Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
|Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development|
|Jurisdiction||State government of Pennsylvania|
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is a cabinet-level state agency in Pennsylvania. The mission of the bureau enhance investment opportunities for business and to improve quality of life for residents . The department works to attract outside corporations, spur expansion of existing local employers, and foster start-ups by providing tax incentives and technical assistance. Additionally, the agency provides grant funding to community groups and local governments for projects such as revitalizing "Main Street" infrastructure, enhancing low income housing availability, or improve access to technology.
The Department was created by the Community and Economic Development Enhancement Act (Act of Jun. 27, 1996, P.L. 403, No. 58) , merging the Departments of Commerce and of Community Affairs. The incumbent Secretary of Commerce, Thomas B. Hagen, became the first Secretary of the new department. 
The Financially Distressed Municipalities Act (Act of 1987, P.L. 246, No. 47), also known as Act 47, empowers the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to declare certain municipalities in Pennsylvania as financially distressed. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are subject to separate state authorities, rather than this department.
- List of Pennsylvania state agencies
- Financially Distressed Municipalities Act
- Innovation Works
- Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, applying to Philadelphia
- Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority