Harrisburg will soon have the first World Trade Center building located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The former Capitol View Commerce Center on Cameron Street will be re-branded when the World Trade Center Harrisburg offices locate there later this year. This marks a large milestone for the building which in the recent past had an uncertain future.
With the help of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and the City of Harrisburg, the property was designated as a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) site in 2013. The designation attracted the attention of John Moran who purchased the partially constructed building out of bankruptcy and invested over $10 million to complete the project. As the building was nearing completion, World Trade Center Harrisburg approached the developer with the idea of making the newly completed office tower, their new headquarters in South Central Pennsylvania. In addition to the World Trade Center office, there will also be plenty of additional space in the building for other tenants including the recently announced Geneia, LLC (a spin-off of Capital Blue Cross) who will be occupying most of the top two floors of the building. Additional space is available with attractive benefits for tenants through the KOZ program.
According to a release from World Trade Center Harrisburg “A World Trade Center is known to boost regional trade, attract new business to a region, stimulate economic growth, increase airport and hotel traffic, and increase capabilities of the regional trade community.” This opportunity gives them the ability to bring a number of services to a single location and enhances their ability to fulfill their mission. When many people think of a World Trade Center, many times they envision facilities found in much larger cities around the country. Harrisburg has a sizable footprint in international trade and the new World Trade Center building is meant to continue the expansion of international activity.
As the South Central Pennsylvania region continues to increase international trade, this facility will give us a central point of operations and a visible sign of our region’s international presence. This visibility will help to show the international community that we are serious about building our region and promoting the exports of our products and services throughout the world.