The Four Corners for Success -
Location and diversity are the key elements, and the reoccurring themes, in the economic success story that is Montgomery County. Collectively, the "Four Corners" makes Montgomery County the largest suburban employment center in the eight-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. Together, they act in tandem to fuel a local economy that is at or near the top among all Pennsylvania counties in virtually every business category.
The Crossroads of the Northeast
Strategically situated in the heart of the Boston-to-Richmond megalopolis, and in the back yard of Philadelphia, Montgomery County offers business the most concentrated consumer population in the United States. Nearly one-half of the nation's population and a disproportionately large percentage of America's buying power are located within a 500-mile radius of the County. All of these consumers are within easy reach.
An extensive network of federal, state and local highways crisscross Montgomery County and act as gateways to Philadelphia, New York, and the entire Northeast corridor. Philadelphia's recently renovated international airport, plus airport facilities within the County limits and in nearby Lehigh Valley, link Montgomery County with the world. Indeed, Montgomery County has every right to consider itself at the Crossroads of the Northeast.
If you wish to locate that location, look no further than the County's Plymouth Township, where Interstate 476 (I-476) meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Turnpike's Northeast Extension. From here you can get to literally anywhere, in just about every major Eastern U.S. and Canadian market, in less than a day's drive. I-476, the Mid-County Expressway, or as the locals affectionately call it, "The Blue Route," is the final piece of the Interstate Highway System completed in Pennsylvania. From Plymouth Meeting, southbound I-476 connects motorists and truckers with the main North-South highway in the Eastern U.S., Interstate 95. Travelers going south on I-95 to Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, and points south can access I-95 from the Blue Route without passing through the city of Philadelphia, saving time and irritation.
When heading east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)
- You're just 25 miles from the Delaware River Bridge, which links this vital artery to the New Jersey Turnpike. New York City is only 90 minutes away and;
- the George Washington Bridge gives northbound traffic quick and easy access to all destinations in New England.
Traveling westbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76)
- Plymouth Meeting is just 10 miles from another key Montgomery County crossroads, the intersection of the turnpike and the Schuylkill Expressway at Valley Forge.
- The southbound expressway goes right into the heart of Philadelphia.
- The westbound Turnpike offers a fast, reliable access to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and points west.
- The same Plymouth Meeting interchange also connects Montgomery County with the Pocono Mountains, and all points in northeastern Pennsylvania along the Turnpike's Northeast Extension (which has also been designated I-476). Between Wilkes-Barre and Allentown, this key highway intersects the Nation's primary east-west interstate and I-78 New Jersey - New England, I-80, and is the link between New York and San Francisco.
Montgomery County is much, much more than a mere way station. The remarkable diversity of its own economy allows Montgomery County businesses to take maximum advantage of this mega-market.
Whether it's manufacturing, retailing or cutting-edge industries such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, Montgomery County has it!
Indeed, of all the counties in Pennsylvania, Montgomery has the highest number of manufacturing workers and the highest per-capita income. And while it is the address of choice for numerous corporate headquarters, the vast majority of Montgomery's firms re small businesses employing fewer than five persons. The secret of Montgomery County's success is its diversity. The essence of its diversity is not just its unique location but also its distinctive geography.