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    Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Named 2020 Pennsylvania Chamber of the Year.

    “We are incredibly honored to receive this award especially during this challenging year,” Chamber President Mark Hilliard said.  “There were so many Chambers and other organizations that did amazing things this year, and I think that makes this recognition even more special.”
    In addition to recognizing organization excellence, the PACP Chamber of the Year Award focuses on acknowledging one or more significant achievements / accomplishments that a chamber has initiated, stimulated, and/or led in its respective service area at some point during the past 18 months.  Organizational excellence is evaluated in the areas of membership, programs, planning, and finance.
    “This is truly a team effort and a team honor,” Hilliard stated.  “Our entire staff and board of directors have been incredibly active and supportive throughout all of our initiatives this year and this award is recognition of all of those efforts.  A special thank you needs to also go out to Jill Mountain, our office manager, as we would not have been able to accomplish all of these things without her.”
    The past year has been both a challenging and rewarding one for the Indiana County Chamber.  They created and spearheaded the first county-wide essential skills workforce initiative for high school students, and they expanded their advocacy efforts through a Candidate’s Forum, State of the County Address, Women’s Summit, and the county’s first virtual press conference to oppose the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  When the COVID-19 crisis began, they saw an opportunity.  They expanded their presence on social media and provided a new forum for businesses to market themselves to the community, became a leader and the primary resource in distributing information to the business community, and developed a new county-wide event designed to support and promote their area small businesses.
    “We have accomplished a lot these past 18 months, but there is still so much to do,” Hilliard commented.  “We honestly feel that the best is yet to come.”

  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:59:00 -0500

    Cody's Law is back at square one

    Remember Cody’s Law?
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:55:00 -0500

    Club donates special chair to Alice Paul House

    The Homer City Women’s Club participated in the Artful Chair online auction fundraiser last fall and made the winning bid on the chair painted by Carter Cavalier, of Homer City.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:55:00 -0500

    MC approves in-person return for K-6

    Marion Center students from kindergarten through grade six will return to an in-person instructional delivery model beginning next Monday, the school board decided unanimously in a meeting on Monday night.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:50:00 -0500

    Prompt vaccines urged for teachers

    Pennsylvania’s plan for immunizing residents against the coronavirus looks to be a fairly simple four-level plan.
  • Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:54:00 -0500

    Indiana County COVID-19 update

    Indiana County saw an increase of 24 cases of COVID-19 in figures released Saturday by the state health department, and 10 more Sunday, raising the total 4,662 total cases. One additional death was reported Saturday, raising that total to 145.
  • Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:45:00 -0500

    United Way prepares for Souper Bowl fundraiser

    The United Way of Indiana County will offer the annual Souper Bowl fundraiser from a new location this year, the Hilton Garden Inn at IUP.
  • Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:45:00 -0500

    State police cancel summer camps

    RIDGWAY — Although the coronavirus vaccine has been rolled out for Pennsylvanians, officials at state police Troop C have decided to cancel the summer camp programs for this year as a measure of caution.
  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 10:20:00 -0500

    Number of fatal OD deaths drops slightly

    While the opioid epidemic has largely been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana County’s drug addiction problem has not gone away. And in some ways, the coronavirus outbreak has made matters worse, say officials at The Open Door, a licensed…
  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:54:00 -0500

    COVID makes finding substitute teachers difficult

    James Wagner, executive director of ARIN Intermediate Unit 28, said all of its member school districts are facing substitute teacher shortages.
  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:49:00 -0500

    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': In the waiting room

    The phone rang while my husband and I were having supper. It was our youngest son, David.
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Keeping Hope Alive

    The coronavirus pandemic has im­pacted the lives and livelihoods of mil­lions across the nation and within the Commonwealth. Not only has the econ­omy been decimated with many individ­ual sectors and small businesses facing closure, but the corresponding revenue loss and the staggering cost of adapting to the pandemic has depleted the funds meant to help those most in need. The […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    PPP Loans: How Should You Prepare to Apply for Forgiveness?

    Many business owners applied and received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the beginning months of the COVID-19 pandemic to help them withstand the economic challenges they faced and protect the livelihoods of their workers. These Small Business Adminis­tration – backed loans have a covered peri­od of 24 weeks, which is ending for many businesses who are now able to […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000


    One year ago, looking ahead to 2020, no one could have foreseen what was coming at us – how dramatically and drastically our lives would be changed. We knew there was a contentious elec­tion coming, but who could have known that a virus would virtually shut-down the country, change the way our society functions and claim over 300,000 Amer­ican lives […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Documentary takes viewers to the front lines of Geisinger’s COVID-19 response

    “Five Days in May — Inside the fight against COV­ID 19” captures emotional toll, ingenuity during pan­demic’s surge Facing down a mysterious, deadly disease, caregiv­ers across Geisinger’s hospitals have grappled with a harrowing inundation of patients battling COVID-19. A 30-minute documentary, “Five Days in May — Inside the fight against COVID-19,” offers a raw, emotional look at the challenges faced […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Pivots, partnerships and perseverance helping Centre County navigate economic challenges, be positioned for recovery

    Centre County – Happy Valley, as it is affectionately known – has a reputa­tion for being a community that pulls together in times of need. While noth­ing could have fully prepared anyone for what 2020 would bring, the pan­demic naturally brought out the best in the community in many ways. It has also shined a bright light on our economy’s […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Front Line Healthcare Workers Among the First to Receive Vaccine in Central PA

    (AP) Inoculations against the COVID-19 infection, which on Monday passed a grim milestone in the United States, began in earnest as health care workers and the elderly were the first to receive doses. Tens of thousands of doses had arrived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware already. The first inoculations in New Jersey and Delaware started taking place Tuesday morning […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    One Day After Revealing His Own Diagnosis, Gov. Wolf Imposes New Covid-19 Restrictions

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Gover­nor Tom Wolf and Secre­tary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today implored Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and stand united against the virus by adhering to ex­isting mitigation orders and stricter ef­forts announced today. “Today I am announcing additional, temporary COVID-19 protective mitiga­tion measures in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. “With these […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Indiana Pennsylvania: Christmas Tree Capital of the World!

    According to the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, the county traces its Christmas tree roots all the way back to 1918, when local farmers were the first in the U.S. to grow the trees as crops. In 1956, an estimated 700,000 were cut in the county. Around that time, an Associated Press Dispatch dubbed Indiana the “Christmas Tree Capital […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Indiana County Center For Economic Operations and Ben Franklin Technology Partners announce BIG IDEA Winner!

    The Indiana County Center For Eco­nomic Operations (CEO) partnered with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA to present the Big Idea Contest. The search was for tech entrepreneurs, software developers, or small manufacturers who are bringing to market new products or software appli­cations. Ben Franklin awarded $50,000 for the winning application. More than 100 friends, family […]
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Indiana County on the Move!

    The Indiana County Commissioners are finalizing design and permitting for the proposed Indiana Coun­ty Education & Technology Center project, a 26,402 square foot education and workforce development facil­ity that will house an expansion for the Indiana Center for Westmoreland County Community College and the Challenger Learning Center at Indiana Pennsylvania on the campus of the Indiana County Technology Center. The […]
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:59:02 +0000

    NextEra Energy writes down $1.2B on Mountain Valley Pipeline

    NextEra Energy, an energy company that is a partner in the Mountain Valley Pipeline venture, wrote off $1.2 billion of the value of its investment in the delayed natural gas pipeline. The write off pushed NextEra (NYSE: NEE) to a 4Q net loss of $5 million. It was solely because of the pipeline, a 303-mile line that will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales through West Virginia and Virginia to southeast gas markets. The pipeline has been the subject of years of delays and cost…
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:44:45 +0000

    Wolf: State could look at vaccine preregistration site like other states use

    West Virginia on Monday rolled out a statewide system, managed by the state, that allows every resident to preregister for a Covid-19 vaccine to provide greater efficiency and be ready when vaccine supplies allow mass vaccination.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:38:57 +0000

    Pittsburgh Planning Commission approves Mount Washington apartment conversion for school building

    Conversion to the Grandview Lofts to come in a focal location for the Mount Washington neighborhood.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:35:29 +0000

    Here's what the Buy American executive order means for Pittsburgh companies

    The executive order aims to direct more federal spending toward American-made goods and services.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 21:47:47 +0000

    Allegheny County air quality monitors achieve federal standards for first time

    The Allegheny County Health Department reported that all eight of its air quality monitors in the county met federal air quality standards for the first time, according to a news release.  The air monitors met standards for carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, ozone and particulate matter. In particular, the county achieved both annual and 24-hour standards for particulate matter for the first time since the Environmental Protection Agency set the National Ambient Air Quality Standards in 1999 for…
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 21:28:13 +0000

    Here's which financial institutions in Pittsburgh are PPP lenders

    The 2021 round of the forgivable loan program for small businesses ends on March 31.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:34:18 +0000

    Carnegie Mellon University selected as part of $75 million investment in research projects

    The Toyota Research Institute chose 16 universities across the company for the next five-year phase.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:04:24 +0000

    Netflix founder Reed Hastings donates $3 million to fund full-ride scholarships for students attending Robert Morris University

    Robert Morris University announced that Reed Hastings, founder and co-CEO of Netflix Inc., has donated $3 million to fund 20 full-ride RMU Next Century Scholarships for select students who will begin classes in the fall of 2021. The scholarships will be open to applicants from underrepresented groups and to those who "demonstrate a commitment to empowering members of underrepresented groups," RMU said. Recipients will then be able to choose from several degree programs including; computer and…
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:03:07 +0000

    Wolf on Covid-19 vaccine rollout: 'We want to do a much better job'

    Says supply constraints and the expanded vaccine priorities are challenges to be worked through.
  • Tue, 26 Jan 2021 19:35:41 +0000

    Pittsburgh International Airport and Honeywell team up to test air quality improvement technology at PIT's xBridge innovation center

    The partnership will result in PIT being the first airport in the nation to deploy Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings dashboard and air quality sensing technology which aim to help improve staff and passenger confidence in the travel industry.
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