Juniata County

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Roundtable Leaders

Honorable Kathy A. Morrow
(717) 582-5143
Ashley Baxter, Director
(717) 436-7707

Nestled in rural Central Pennsylvania, Juniata County has become one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Its unique location, midway between Harrisburg and State College, provides easy access to the major markets of Pennsylvania and the northeast. US 22-322, a major east-west highway and the mainline of the Norfolk Southern Railroad traverse the county.

The employment picture in Juniata County is encouraging. Through the cooperation of state, county and local officials, the county is seeing steady economic growth. These local cooperative efforts include the establishment of a Keystone Opportunity Zone within the Juniata County Industrial Park. This provides a business with numerous state and local tax-exemptions until December of 2013. These same organizations also joined together to provide a Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone for Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. Empire Kosher is the county's largest employer with 1,000 employees.

Companies from outside the area are moving their operations into Juniata County. ProBuilt Homes, a modular home manufacturer, opened in 2003 and projects hiring 200 employees.

Juniata County has been termed "A County for All Seasons" as noted by the 1981 County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee in its history of the county. Named for the river that flows through it, Juniata County was formed out of Mifflin County in 1831. Juniata, a Seneca name means "standing stone." Mifflintown, the county seat, was laid out in 1791 and was named in honor of Governor Thomas Mifflin.

Today, Juniata County remains a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Agriculture is still the number one industry with many farms and farm related businesses. Wood products are strong with several major cabinet manufacturers. The beauty found in the area is unspoiled and harmonizes with the areas of industrial growth.

Juniata County

Juniata County Facts

County Seat
Mifflintown, PA