The Northwest Commission is a local development district that offers a range of business development services, such as government contracting, international marketing and business financing. It provides export technical assistance services, such as packaging, shipping, documentation and licensing. The Northwest Commission administers various loan programs provided by state and federal government agencies for the development of small hospitality enterprises, agricultural producers and manufacturing businesses. It utilizes geographic information systems to produce maps for businesses, municipalities, and transit and tourist promotion agencies. The commission s Procurement Technical Assistance Center was established in 1983 to meet the information needs of clients seeking government contracts. The Northwest Commission is located in Oil City, Pa.