2011-04-14 / Letters

Local Economimc Development Issues Dominate Fulton County LEAD

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Local economic development issues were a major topic of discussion at last Thursday’s Fulton County Local Economic Activity Discussion (LEAD) held at Ayr Township Municipal Building. The group focused on local economic development organizational structures and the potential for development in the southern portion of the county.

In addition, Sen. John Eichelberger updated the group on the FY 2011-12 state budget process. He explained that changes to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare budgets in particular will require significant legislative modifications, which will take some additional time. However, he is hopeful that the budget will be completed on time. Under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the number of programs has been reduced from 127 to 56. Four major economic development programs have been collapsed into a single line item called Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) to create more efficiencies through cooperation. In addition, several community development programs have also been consolidated and streamlined.

LEADs are a unique opportunity for local leaders involved in community and economic development to share information and work collaboratively on important issues facing the county. The following list includes the organizations that participated in Thursday night’s Fulton County LEAD: Ayr Township, Belfast Township, Forbes Road School District, Fulton County Planning Office, Licking Creek Township, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.’s office, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission (SAP&DC), Southern Fulton School District and Thompson Township.

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