2010-09-23 / Local & State

County Commissioners Association Of PA Honors Penn State Extension

Penn State Cooperative Extension has received the 2010 Friend of County Government Award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

The award was one of five honors given by the association at its recent annual conference to recognize several Pennsylvania county leaders, individuals or organizations that have done much to enhance and improve the well-being of county governments and the residents they serve.

Penn State Extension received the award in recognition of its leadership and partnership with the commonwealth's county governments. The association noted that Extension has demonstrated strong commitment to promoting communication and cooperation between the association and its members.

In particular, the association lauded Extension’s leadership and educational efforts on issues related to Marcellus Shale natural-gas exploration at a time when many Pennsylvania counties are facing unprecedented pressure from extraordinary drilling activity.

The Friend of County Government Award is presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a continued commitment to the improvement of county government by assisting the association and its members while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards. The award is the highest honor the association bestows on a nonmember.

“We’re very gratified to receive this honor,” said Dennis Calvin, interim director of Penn State Cooperative Extension. “Pennsylvania’s counties are key partners in our mission to provide research based educational programming to the state's families, farms, communities and businesses. We are committed to continue our collaboration with the County Commissioners Association to find local and statewide solutions to the issues facing Pennsylvania.”

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing the commissioners, chief clerks, administrators and solicitors of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

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