Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

Around the world, prestigious business publications, and organizations recognize Pennsylvania as the state to do business.

Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

The following list captures just some of the recent recognition, awards, and rankings that have been earned by the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is a game-changer state, read more about some of our most successful projects.

SBA State Trade and Export Promotion Grant 2015

SBA State Trade and Export Promotion Grant 2015, awarded to states to increase the number and value of small business exports. Pennsylvania has been awarded STEP funds on four occasions to support international trade office work and Global Access Program (GAP) funding for small to medium size companies in Pennsylvania.

2015 Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year” award for the Northeast Region for Bridges Replacement Project

2015 Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year” award for the Northeast Region for Bridges Replacement Project, biggest private activity bond financing of a public-private partnership in U.S. history and largest road project in Pennsylvania’s history.

Global Free Zones of the Year 2015

Global Free Zones of the Year 2015, presented to free zones around the world excelling in fields such as reinvestment, facilities upgrades, startup support, and infrastructure improvements. Pennsylvania’s Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) was a winner in the SME (Small/Medium Enterprise) category for its programs that encourage and assist SMEs and startups. The KOZ also received honorable mentions in the Regional Winners category, as well as for infrastructure developments with the Navy Yard Energy Master Plan in Philadelphia.

2015 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development

2015 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, a premier award recognition program for web developers, was awarded for

IEDC Silver Award for Responding to Globalization – 2015

IEDC’s Responding to Globalization Award acknowledges economic development strategies and programs that seek to enable communities, businesses, and/or economic development organizations to better integrate into the global economy or to more resiliently respond to the challenges wrought by globalization. Learn more.

Winner of 2014 President’s E*Star Award for Exporting Services – 2015

The President’s “E Star” Award recognized continued superior performance in increasing or promoting export. Only previous recipients of the “E” Award are eligible for the “E Star”, and the level of performance must exceed that for which the “E” Award was given. OIBD received its first President’s “E” Award for Export Service in 2011. Learn more at

Winner of 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries

FDIA acknowledges vision, dedication or sheer professionalism for three categories of foreign direct investment activity: FDI Destination of the Future for Energy-Intensive Industries, FDI Destination of the Future for Water-Intensive Industries and FDI Website of the Year. The awards recognize the achievements of countries or regions that have made an effort to meet the needs of foreign investors.

Winner of President’s "E" Award for Exporting Services – 2011

The “E” Award is the highest U.S. government recognition any American entity may receive for supporting export activity. Learn more at

Site Selection recognizes PA as #1 in new and expansion projects in the Northeast

Site Selection Magazine ranked Pennsylvania 1st in the Northeast in its annual awards recognizing top-performing states for capital investment attraction. Pennsylvania featured a total of 227 projects, ranking it well above all other Northeastern states.

Energy Program Recognized by Business Facilities 2015 Economic Development Award

Business Facilities recognized the Alternative and Clean Energy Program — administered jointly by the DCED and the Dept. of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) — for its Achievement in Targeted Initiatives category for being exceptionally effective. The program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the commonwealth.

Philly Ranks 6th in Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters
PA Ranks 3rd in several key Biotech & Clean Energy categories
PA Earns Bronze- Deal of the Year 2014
PA ranks 6th in U.S. for attracting private investment in clean energy
PA 3rd in U.S. For Private Equity Investment
Silver Shovel Award (2014)
Governor’s Cup (2013): #1 in NorthEast
Silver Shovel Award (2013)
Trade and Industry Development CiCi Award (2013)
PA ranked #1 in 2013 for Issuance of Industrial Development Bonds
National Venture Capital Association Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments (2013)
#5 for Life Sciences Cluster Report (2013)
#7 for Tech Employment (2013)
MarketWatch Top Cities for Business Growth (2013)
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