2013-10-10 / Local & State

Fulton LEAD Covers Current Economic Development Efforts

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Community and economic development leaders met last Wednesday evening at the Fulton County Planning Office for the Fulton County Local Economic Activity Discussion (LEAD) to talk about several economic development efforts and legislative issues. A representative from the Fulton Industrial Development Association (FIDA) provided an update on economic development efforts in the South Central Business Park and in the southern portion of the county.

In addition, a representative from Penn State Cooperative Extension shared information on the “Food For Profit” workshop. This course helps individuals interested in making and packing food products for resale to the public by offering step-by-step instructions on how to start and run a small food product business. The group discussed opportunities to partner with Penn State Cooperative Extension to offer this workshop in the region.

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. provided a legislative update, focusing on several local government issues. He discussed legislation to amend the Local Government Unit Debt Act (LGUDA), including restrictions on local government “swaps” and the elimination of local government guarantees. He also updated the group on efforts to work with the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and statewide local government associations to draft legislation that will offer realistic solutions to shut-off and debt collection problems faced by municipal authorities.

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 attached list includes the organizations that participated in Wednesday’s Fulton County LEAD.

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