When Williams introduced Atlantic Sunrise — a nearly $3 billion expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline — the company committed to working with contractors to encourage them to buy as many goods and services as possible from local businesses. As the pipeline moves closer to construction, Williams is using the latest technology to fulfill this commitment.
Later this month, the company will launch WillShop Local, a digital application designed to connect local businesses with contractors and construction crews working in the project area. Local businesses and service providers will benefit from construction activities associated with theAtlantic Sunrise project, which will bring thousands of direct and indirect jobs to the state.
“By working together, we can have a significant positive impact on local communities and small businesses in the project area,” Williams public outreach manager Mike Atchie said. “Williams is excited to bring this opportunity for local businesses in the communities along the project areas to showcase their products and services to our workers.”
Connecting Contractors to Communities
Project contractors will have many needs as construction commences — construction materials, supplies, food, lodging, fuel, cleaning services and more. The WillShop Local app will be an easy and convenient way to connect pipeline workers to local businesses who offer these materials and services, helping drive local economic activity along the project footprint.
“At the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, promoting our members and making business-to-business and business-to-consumer connections is what we do,” said chamber President and CEO Karen Groh. “The Williams innovative WillShop smartphone app and program will do exactly that. It allows workers in the field quick and easy access to area businesses and services that they need. Not only does this help the workers find what they need locally, it keeps their spending dollars local, injecting money into the Lebanon Valley economy.”
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jason Fink said the WillShop Local program will be an excellent resource for his chamber members to sign up for and participate in.
“Thousands of workers will be up and down the pipeline route before, during and even after construction,” Fink said. “They will need to buy important goods and services. This one-stop shop will direct them to area businesses for all their needs. It’s a win for the area, for businesses and for ease of access for the worker.”
The design and construction of Atlantic Sunrise will support more than 8,000 jobs and an associated $870 million in economic value in project areas. WillShop Local will help to ensure businesses in local communities maximize the opportunities brought during project construction.