Centene Management Company Plans Expansion in Blair County, Pennsylvania
CMC plans to purchase land and construct a 53,300-square-foot facility to serve as a national healthcare inbound customer claims center. The company also plans to invest more than $20 million into the project, which will create nearly 300 new jobs over the next four years.
“Centene Corporation’s decision to locate here in Blair County, the nation’s First Frontier, represents one of the most significant new investments our community has seen in many years,” said Stephen McKnight, President & CEO of ABCD Corporation. “With almost 300 new jobs expected, it will be one of our largest single job generating attraction projects.”
“On behalf of the ABCD Corporation’s entire board, we could not be happier to have played a part in securing this project for Blair County and the commonwealth, and we greatly appreciate the critical role Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team, and our local officials have played in getting this new investment across the finish line. We all look forward to welcoming Altoona native and Centene Corp. CEO Mr. Neidorff along with his corporate team and employees to Blair County,” he added.
As a incentive, CMC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $900,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $592,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in coordination with the Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation.
“This expansion by CMC represents a long-term investment in the Altoona area that will create hundreds of jobs and boost the regional economy,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This is a great day for Blair County workers and their families, and I applaud CMC for recognizing all of the advantages Pennsylvania provides to companies looking to grow and thrive.”
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