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    $2.2 Million Loan Fund Supporting Creative Small Businesses

    The fund will prioritize creative businesses located in low-income communities, those owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) or serving a diverse market, and those located in small towns and rural communities. Under the program’s definition, creative businesses include craft manufacturers, arts schools, architecture, design and fabrication firms, media companies, and visual and performing arts production agencies.

    “Economic impact research persuasively demonstrates how creative businesses are important drivers of employment and economic vibrancy,” said Blischke. “These businesses invaluably contribute to the livability, employment, and vitality of our commonwealth. Across Pennsylvania alone, arts and cultural economic activity contributed $25.8 billion to the state’s economy and 176,000 jobs, in 2017. Creative for-profit businesses, such as those eligible for the loan fund, add to this economic activity and, if supported, are positioned to play a critical role in helping the commonwealth’s cities and towns recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.”

    Eligible loan uses will include working capital; equipment purchases; renovations to retail, production, or office space; and, in limited cases, building acquisitions. Loan amounts will vary, ranging from a few thousand dollars to an average loan size of $75,000, though Bridgeway and Community First will consider requests up to $250,000.

    “With the PA Council on the Arts’ investment, Bridgeway’s Creative Business Accelerator will channel more flexible and patient capital into the arts and cultural ecosystem to help it maximize a recovery economy,” says T.J. Bogdewic, President and CEO, Bridgeway Capital.

    “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and their support of creative businesses. Community First Fund has served many arts-focused businesses that play important roles in enhancing our communities, said Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO of Community First Fund. “This partnership will increase our capacity to provide these clients with loans and technical assistance.”
    The fund will be supported with small business technical assistance provided by Bridgeway and Community First, each holding responsibility for deploying 50 percent of the total available loan capital. Both Bridgeway Capital and the Community First Fund are nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFIs) with track records of making investments that benefit low-income individuals and communities in Pennsylvania. CDFIs are community institutions certified by the U.S. Treasury that provide financial products and services to their communities. CDFIs provide services beyond those typically offered by conventional lenders, including community outreach programs, business resources, and financial counseling.

    The mission of Bridgeway Capital is to make western Pennsylvania a thriving region for all by promoting economic opportunity and community revitalization. Bridgeway assists underserved populations by providing capital and education to ignite business and job growth, to develop communities, to support entrepreneurs, and to expand vital services that strengthen their region. Bridgeway serves the western Pennsylvania population from its headquarters in Pittsburgh and satellite offices in Erie and Uniontown.

    The mission of the Community First Fund is to create sustainable prosperity for low wealth communities and individuals, especially people of color and women, by aligning capital, knowledge, and advocacy to advance business ownership, housing, and community development. Community First serves the eastern Pennsylvania population with its headquarters in Lancaster and satellite offices in York, Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown, and Philadelphia.

    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency under the Office of the Governor. Governed by a council of 15 citizen members appointed by the governor, and four legislative members, the mission of the PCA is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts. By leveraging the immense potential of Pennsylvania’s arts and cultural sector, the PCA supports jobs, builds community, motivates learning, promotes the commonwealth nationally and internationally, and sparks innovation.

  • Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    "In White's Woods" art offered as FWW fundraiser

    Friends of White’s Woods Inc. is offering a limited edition print, “In White’s Woods,” as part of its fundraising efforts.
  • Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:54:00 -0400

    Veteran officer departs borough police force

    BLAIRSVILLE — The borough council on Tuesday accepted the resignation notice of police officer Zachary Gustafson, who said he would step down after Friday to accept a position with the Latrobe City Police Department in Westmoreland County.
  • Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:54:00 -0400

    Community development, events cover much of Indiana Council's meeting

    Past, present and future events involving Indiana Borough Council’s Community Development Committee occupied much of Tuesday’s council meeting.
  • Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:54:00 -0400

    Chauvin verdict prompts reactions in Indiana community

    The Tuesday afternoon verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin prompted some reaction in the Indiana community.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    Heat and smoke damage at Ike worse than expected, officials say

    A weekend inspection of fire-damaged Eisenhower Elementary School revealed levels of damage that Indiana school officials thought had been avoided early Friday when flames destroyed two temporary classrooms attached to the main structure.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:54:00 -0400

    Blairsville has double standard for street care, resident charges

    BLAIRSVILLE — For more than a decade, a Walnut Hill woman has been disheartened by the end of municipal care for the tiny street where she lives with her retired father.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:54:00 -0400

    FWW: DCNR stand on White's Woods 'parallels' our stance

    Friends of White’s Woods, the citizen group challenging White Township plans for the nearly 250-acre White’s Woods Nature Center, claimed Monday the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources position about a draft stewardship plan for township woodlands “parallels (ours)…
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:47:00 -0400

    Moose accepting scholarship applications

    The 2021 class of high school juniors, who will graduate in 2022, may now apply for the $5,000 Moose Heart of the Community scholarship.
  • Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    County revives plan for Route 22 pedestrian bridge

    The talk of building a bridge over Route 22 west of Blairsville for exclusive use of pedestrians and people on bicycles resurrected Wednesday at the semi-monthly meeting of the Indiana County board of commissioners.
  • Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    Board schedules meeting on Saltsburg Middle/High School

    Following two evenings of public testimony in January and a required 90-day “cooling off” period afterward, the Blairsville-Saltsburg school board has scheduled a special meeting to address the potential closure of Saltsburg Middle/High School.
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    2021 Top Health Care Agency

    Staying in your own home for as long as possible after retirement has become an increasingly important factor for many seniors. Not only do many find it more familiar and comfortable to stay at home, many are also finding it a less expensive option than some alternatives, including senior housing and assisted living com­munities. Staying at home is not without […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    “A Great Home for Us”

    On March 10, the residents of Centre Crest nursing facility in Bellefonte began moving to their new home in College Township, the new Centre Care Rehabilita­tion and Wellness Services facility. The new $45 million, 135,000 square foot facil­ity finally became a reality after nearly five years of planning and construction. Nearly twice the size of the Centre Crest facility in […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    The science behind the masking

    As the COVID-19 pandemic contin­ues, even in the midst of vaccines be­ginning to roll out, it’s important that we all continue the safety measures we’ve been practicing. One of the most important of those safety measures is wearing a face mask. COVID-19 spreads mainly from per­son to person through respiratory droplets that travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    The Impact of Covid on Mental Health

    For over a year we have been forced to adapt our sched­ules, re-examine the way we do work and school, and practice physical distancing. All of this was brought about by the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the result of actions taken to slow the spread of the virus. While these actions are important steps to help keep our […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Do I still need to wear a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    While the COVID-19 vaccine brings hope, the pandemic isn’t over. Here’s why it’s important to keep masking before and even after you get the vac­cine. The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine marks a huge milestone in the coro­navirus pandemic. For nearly a year, we’ve been taking preventive meas­ures like masking, physical distancing and frequent handwashing to help slow the spread […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Conemaugh Home Health

    At Conemaugh Home Health, they’re more than an or­ganization of healthcare professionals – they are proud members of communities across central Pennsylvania. Their ongoing mission is to design a specific plan to help those in their care achieve their best possible health – in the comfort of home. Under the direct supervision of the referring physician, their highly skilled home […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers

    Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers in-home personal care is nonmedical and can be tailored to fit any needs. Whether you’re looking for assis­tance with preparing meals, housekeeping, dressing, bathing, or simply with medication reminders, their caregivers are available as companions, supporters, coaches, or simply a shoulder to lean on. Personal Care services to help you live independently at-home. Homemaker services to […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Angels On Call

    Angels On Call is dedicated to changing the landscape of Home Care & Home Health in Pennsylvania. They have created an integrated system of post-acute care and personal care services to provide their patients and their families, a community of caregivers and cli­nicians whose sole focus is excellent care with dignity and respect. Each day they are transforming the definition […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    At Home Quality Care

    At Home Quality Care provides a comprehensive so­lution to homecare needs. Whether it’s assistance with daily activities or personal care, their goal is to keep you safe and comfortable in your home. At Home Quality Care is not your typical Home Care Agency. We personalize each client’s care tuo suit their needs by incorporating interactive tablets and state-of-the-art Electronic Visit […]
  • Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000


    AccessAbilities has been providing programs and services in western PA since 1954. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Agency offers First Steps Early Inter­vention services to infants and toddlers from birth to age three. AccessAbilities also provides Home & Community Services, for adults with a physical, developmental or intellectual disability. AccessAbilities staff work to improve the quality of life for […]
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:50:22 +0000

    What Pittsburgh-area leaders are saying about the Chauvin guilty verdict

    Philadelphia-area officials, leaders and organizations are reacting to the conviction on Tuesday of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:31:57 +0000

    Penguins development team presents plan for FNB Financial Center to Pittsburgh Planning Commission

    Pittsburgh Penguins and Buccini/Pollin Group detail full package of new building plan but face potential delay in proposal to end Wylie Avenue before new office tower lot.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:28:23 +0000

    MLB team extends multi-year naming rights sponsorship with PNC Bank

    The Milwaukee Brewers extended its multi-year sponsorship agreement with PNC Bank, which began in 2010. PNC Bank will continue as the naming rights sponsors for the club level of the newly renamed American Family Field. The club level includes both an indoor and outdoor level exclusive to club level-ticketed fans. Elements to the club level include climate-controlled bars, restaurants, merchandise stands and lounge areas. “We greatly appreciate the continued support of our long-term sponsors,…
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:18:37 +0000

    Extended subsidies now available on Pa.'s health insurance exchange

    Pennsylvania officials say the additional and enhanced subsidies for the state’s Pennie health insurance marketplace through the federal American Rescue Plan are now available. Pennie is the commonwealth’s new-this-year health insurance marketplace offering Affordable Care Act programs for anyone who qualifies in Pennsylvania and people who don’t get health insurance from their employers or through another government program. There are about 305,000 enrolled this year. The Pennie enrollment…
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:07:14 +0000

    PPP demand declines with $44B remaining and 6 weeks to go

    Here's how PPP loans added up for some local banks during the first quarter.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:48:13 +0000

    Smith Micro Software completes its largest acquisition

    The acquisition will add employees in both the U.S. and Europe.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:36:47 +0000

    U.S. House passes cannabis banking bill, but will the Senate?

    In the previous Congress, the measure never got a vote in the McConnell-led Senate.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:32:13 +0000

    State releases timeline for expanding vaccine provider network

    Pennsylvania expects to expand the number of Covid-19 vaccine providers in the commonwealth by May or June, after some existing providers say they’ve worked through most of the demand. Last week, the commonwealth opened up eligibility for the vaccine to anyone in Pennsylvania over the age of 16 to comply with President Biden’s deadline. There have been 7.2 million doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered in Pennsylvania as of Tuesday, according…
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 17:17:57 +0000

    KeyCorp talks commercial lending delays, launch of digital bank for doctors

    CEO Chris Gorman expects businesses to rebuild inventory in second half of 2021.
  • Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:46:41 +0000

    How EQT and MiQ are teaming up to reduce methane emissions

    A major component is methane intensity, which is how much methane escapes during natural gas production. It’s one of the favored metrics for the industry because methane leaks are not only bad for the environment, wherever they happen, but also product that leaks out can’t be sold by the energy companies.
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