How it's done
The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Adams County and help you answer the following fundamental questions.
What is the business climate in Adams County?
We have compiled the most important aspects of Adams County’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.
Resident Indicator Population Growth Chart
What costs and assistance should I know about?
Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting a business in Adams County and assistance available to Adams County businesses.
For detailed information on property taxes and the current mill rates in Adams County please click here.
Corporate Net Income Tax- 9.99 percent.
Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax- 0.67 mills.
Gross Receipts Tax - Telephone and Telegraph- 50 mills (Intrastate, Interstate and Mobile).
Gross Receipts Tax - Electric Suppliers- 59 mills.
Gross Receipts Tax - Transportation (Other Than Motor Vehicles)- 50 mills (Slack Water Navigation and Other).
Public Utility Realty Tax (PURTA)- Rate set annually to raise required Realty Tax Equivalent (RTE) revenue.
Gross Premiums Tax- 2 percent plus any retaliatory tax
For more detailed information on Corporation Tax Rates from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue please click here.
Navigating the Land Development process can be can be challenging, depending on the size and scope of the development project. There are many interconnected parts to the process, with some of the parts managed locally and other parts managed by state, federal, or even private entities. All these parts must be integrated to enable a successful and efficient Land Development process.
Most often, the Land Development process revolves around the Land Development Plan submission, review, and approval as managed by Adams County's local units of government or municipalities. Each of Adams County's 34 municipalities (boroughs and townships) possess Land Development Plan review and approval authority.
All of Adams County's municipalities operate within the requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. However, each municipality has adopted its own requirements, procedures, and practices that guide their specific Land Development Plan process. Close coordination with the municipality where the Land Development is proposed is essential to ensure timely reviews and approvals.
The Adams Economic Alliance recommends that communication with the municipal officials responsible for the Land Development Plan submission, review, and approval be initiated early, be transparent, and be maintained throughout the process. Providing municipal officials with Sketch Plan submissions and complete information regarding a proposed project early on can help reduce or even eliminate setbacks later in the review and approval process. Viewing municipal officials as partners, rather than adversaries, goes a long way to facilitating a successful approval process.
To help facilitate communication and coordination with our local municipal officials, a list of municipal contact information is provided here: Municipal Contacts
More detailed municipal information can be found on the Municipalities page of the Adams County government website, at this link. Adams County Municipalities
Annual Wages per Employee
|NAICS Code||Adams County||Pennsylvania||U.S Total|
|11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||$34,994||$33,998||$33,287|
|21 Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction||$70,725||$80,441||$102,988|
|42 Wholesale trade||$42,421||$77,582||$73,710|
|44-45 Retail trade||$25,538||$27,783||$30,299|
|48-49 Transportation and warehousing||$37,403||$43,995||$50,459|
|52 Finance and insurance||$58,449||$88,298||$101,210|
|53 Real estate and rental and leasing||$39,713||$57,732||$54,965|
|54 Professional and technical services||$58,378||$89,136||$90,972|
|55 Management of companies and enterprises||$65,403||$123,008||$115,325|
|56 Administrative and waste services||$23,407||$34,205||$37,989|
|61 Educational services||N/A||$56,936||$48,757|
|62 Health care and social assistance||N/A||$48,104||$47,956|
|71 Arts, entertainment, and recreation||$17,676||$32,156||$36,806|
|72 Accommodation and food services||$15,188||$17,651||$20,032|
|81 Other services, except public administration||$22,718||$31,819||$35,921|
The table below provides the living wage requirements in Adams County, PA. The data is sourced from the Living Wage Calculator created by Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier at MIT. It is a market-based approach that draws upon geographically specific expenditure data related to a family’s likely minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs.
The living wage draws on these cost elements and the rough effects of income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs while also maintaining self-sufficiency.
|Annual Expenses||1 Adult||1 Adult 1 Child||2 Adults 1 Child|
|Required annual income after taxes||$19,593||$41,415||$50,158|
|Required annual income before taxes||$22,326||$47,192||$57,155|
- The Adams Economic Alliance administers the Pennsylvania Economic Development Authority (PIDA) program locally, to businesses located in Adams County. Click here for more information
- The Adams Economic Alliance administers tax exempt and taxable bonds for manufacturers and non-profit organizations located with the South Central Pennsylvania region. Click here for more information
- The Adams Economic Alliance administers the Small Business Administration's 504 loan program locally, to businesses located in Adams County. Click here for more information
- The Adams Economic Alliance partners with our Commonwealth, offering job training grants locally, to businesses located in Adams County. Click here for more information
- Several low-interest loan programs are offered by our partner, the Department of Community & Economic Development, to businesses located in Pennsylvania. Click here for more information
- Shippensburg Small Business Development Center offers start-up assistance to entrepreneurs. Click here for more information
- MANTEC, Inc. offers top-notch assistance to manufacturers located in Adams County. Click here for more information
- ScPA Works, Inc connects employers with a skilled workforce through a network of service providers. Click here for more information
- The Manufacturers Association serves as a partner and advocate for manufacturing, logistics and production in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Click here for more information
- Advantage Adams is a partnership of community service organizations (DMO, Chamber, Econ.Dev.) who are ready to welcome your business to Adams County! Click here for more information
- Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.
- Gettysburg College
- Hain Pure Protein Corporation
- The Gettysburg Hospital
- Federal Government
- The Brethren Home Community
- PCA Corrugated and Display, LLC
- County of Adams
- Wellspan Medical Group
- Aerotek, Inc.
Source: Center for Workforce Information & Analysis – Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages
How do I use this information?
Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.
Monitor the local business climate
On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.
Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimise risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.
Know your costs
All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.
Where can I learn more about the business climate?
While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.
There may also be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – Business Climate
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – Local Business Assistance
Bureau of Economic Analysis – US Department of Commerce
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)