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BERN TWP., PA-Gov. Ed Rendell's Action Team provided $13 millionin funding for five economic development projects here, two ofwhich are expected to create more than 1,500 new jobs. They areDirectLink Technologies and Fleetwood Fixtures.

With a state financial package of $10.8 million, DirectLink, astart-up online travel management company currently based inMahwah, NJ, is acquiring the vacant FirstEnergy building here. Thetotal project cost is $19 million. The state funds include a$2-million loan from Pennsylvania Industrial Development Corp., a$2-million opportunity grant, nearly $4.4 million in job creationtax credits, with the remainder for job training and equipmentpurchases.

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