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    Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund To Help New Business

    At yesterday’s meeting of the Indiana County Commissioners, Angela Campisano, Economic Development Specialist with the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development presented the following resolution:  “The Office of Planning & Development recommends to the Board of Commissioners a request for a $250,000 term loan from the Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to Robert Gordon Industries LTD d/b/a Gordon Sinclair and Affiliate (Gordon Sinclair).  Gordon Sinclair was formed in 1989 and is a promotional products supplier of custom decorated bags, drinkware, gifts and other assorted products which it decorates in its factory with the logos and advertising messages of its customers.  The Company will be located at 771 Indian Springs Road (previously occupied by Swanson Industries).  The loan proceeds will be used to partially fund machinery and equipment.  The interest rate will be fixed at 2.85% for a term of 120 months.  The RLF funds shall be leveraged by funds from CNB Bank, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Equipment and owner contribution.  The borrower will create fifty full-time jobs as a result of this project over the next three years.” 

    The resolution passed unamiously with Commissioner Chairman Mike Baker making comment accordingly:  “I want to thank the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development and its Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. for their leadership and hard work in bringing Gordon-Sinclair to Indiana County.  There were a number of other locations within Pennsylvania, as well as in New York and Florida that were under consideration”, Baker said.  “It was a concerted effort on the part of many people and organizations to put this plan together.  We’re very pleased to welcome the company here and we acknowledge and recognize the efforts of everyone involved in making that happen.”

    “Gordon Sinclair started its search for a new plant location,” said Robert Gluck, founder and CEO, “with several states on our list.  Without any reservation, I can say that Indiana County worked harder than anyone else to help us find a building, to connect us to numerous State of PA contacts for financing and incentives, for equipment financing through the County and even to help us find a local bank to work with.  Angela Campisano and Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. from the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development along with their partners Tom Seasoltz and Paul Cooney from ABCD Corporation have been our guiding lights throughout this process and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our operations to Indiana County.”

    Representative Dave Reed (R-62nd Legislative District) said:  “I applaud our state and county officials who see the tremendous opportunity to attract Gordon Sinclair’s expansion here to Pennsylvania and more specifically Indiana County.  The 50+ jobs that will be injected into our labor force is fantastic and I am fully confident that all of our partners in the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, will work together in not only helping grow Gordon Sinclair, but to attract other business opportunities to our region.”

    Senator Don White (R-41st Senatorial District) commented, “This is positive economic news for Indiana County that is long overdue.  Gordon Sinclair’s decision to invest in Pennsylvania instead of another state is most welcome and further demonstrates that Indiana County’s labor force, quality of life and infrastructure are some of the best in the nation.  I hope this is the first of many good economic news stories for our community in 2017 and beyond.”

    Kevin D. Lazor, Administrator at Pennsylvania CareerLink®/Indiana County began immediately to work with Gordon Sinclair to provide workforce candidates to fill the positions anticipated. “The PA CareerLink®/Indiana County Management & Staff are pleased to be part of the team serving Gordon Sinclair. We are excited about the opportunities having them expand in Indiana County will bring.  We also look forward to working with their Human Resource staff to fill their needed positons and help them in their transition into our county. We wish them much success in their transition and future business endeavors.” said Lazor.

    The Indiana County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides existing businesses as well as start-ups with funding for real estate (land and buildings), machinery and equipment and working capital, and other eligible costs.  When alternative sources of financing seem inadequate to help a business expand or grow, the Indiana County RLF Program is a low-interest option.  Indiana County administers the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to fill potential funding gaps.  One objective of the RLF financing is to advance projects that will create or retain jobs. These jobs should directly result from receiving the loan, and business owners and entrepreneurs will be asked to create and retain jobs within Indiana County. The level of jobs will be based on the level of funding received.  The process requires that a business submit much of the same information they would normally provide to a bank when applying for financing.  The business can start this process by contacting Angela Campisano to discuss a project. Angela can be reached via telephone at (724) 465-3870, extension 3873, or through email at If it is determined that a project meets the objectives of the program, the business will move on to the next step and be asked to submit the application and supporting documentation. 

    Established in 1994, the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations (CEO) is a countywide public-private partnership serving Indiana County, and is dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of the county’s business community.  The affiliate members of the CEO are the Indiana County Board of Commissioners, the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana County Development Corporation (ICDC), the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:04 +0000

    Gaining ground

    By Spencer Myers

    In the past year, Central Pennsylvania has seen an incredible amount of activity from both UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and Geisinger Health Network. Both major players in the healthcare industry have been claiming territories and creating borders in what sometimes feels akin to a game of Risk.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:07 +0000

    Uncertain market

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    On July 21, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller announced the rate filings for 2018 individual market and small group plans. Insurers are seeking a statewide average increase of 8.8 percent for individual plans and 6.7 percent for small group plans.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:08 +0000

    Evangelical’s imaging services earns breast MRI and CT scan reaccreditations

    Lewisburg, PA – Two of Evangelical Community Hospital’s key imaging services recently earned reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR accreditation is the gold standard in medical imaging.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:09 +0000

    Conemaugh Memorial’s OB Ultrasound Department receives accreditation

    Johnstown, PA – Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Obstetrics Ultrasound Department has received accreditation through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:09 +0000

    Highmark requests 20 percent rate hike for ACA members highest in Pa.

    (AP) – Highmark is seeking a nearly 20 percent rate hike next year — the highest in the state — for Western Pennsylvania members who receive Obamacare coverage as the insurer continues trying to stanch losses from the plans.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:10 +0000

    Geisinger CEO third on Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 influencers list

    DANVILLE, PA – Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, made the top three in Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:15 +0000

    HealthSouth provides community education through “Surviving Stroke” series


    [img_assist|nid=8753|title=|desc= From left to right: Pete Roy, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group; Ashley Kader, Mount Nittany Medical Center; Dr. Shwetha Gurram, Penn State College of Medicine; Susan Maynard, MS, RN-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, Mount Nittany Medical Center; K. Ann Probst, RN, BSN, CCM, Penn State Health; and Lance Kephart, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:16 +0000

    B2D2K trains next generation of biomedical scientists in the use of “big data”

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Who knew healthcare could be so complicated? The National Institutes of Health, Geisinger Health System, Penn State University and Penn State Hershey did. They’ve teamed up in a $2.4-million program to train the next generation of biomedical scientists in the use of “big data.”

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:17 +0000

    UnitedHealth profit grows as ACA shrinks

    By Tom Murphy
    AP Health Writer

    (AP) – UnitedHealth Group’s second- quarter earnings soared as the nation’s largest insurer dove deeper into government-funded health coverage like Medicare and Medicaid and continued to distance itself from the turbulent Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.

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  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:18 +0000

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    The Senate healthcare bill, named the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” was written behind closed doors and unveiled to the public on June 27. The bill would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, and would reduce Medicaid spending by $772 billion over a decade.

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:11:00 +0000

    How minimally invasive methods treat brain aneurysms (Video)

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:10:10 +0000

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:55:02 +0000

    Demand for lawyers with energy expertise on the uptick in Pittsburgh

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:22:20 +0000

    Filling the gap: Simcoach Games tackling skills divide with apps geared at tech, construction

    Simcoach, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout founded by Jessica Trybus more than a decade ago, has always been geared toward developing games that are workforce-focused, but its focus has increasingly shifted toward tackling the skills gap in the region with games that focus on aptitudes, especially among youth.
  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:54:37 +0000

    Topgolf closes on property at Newbury Market

    Dallas operator pays $7.25 million for land and expects to open new entertainment destination next year.
  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:56:40 +0000

    Here's a news flash: Diners in Pittsburgh are the best tippers in the country

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:06:06 +0000

    Keystone Oaks teachers could strike

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  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:59:47 +0000

    Slideshow: Check out the region's largest school districts

    The Pittsburgh region has more than 100 public school districts serving more than 280,000 students. You may know what the region's largest school district is, but after Pittsburgh Public Schools, can you name the other three districts in the region with annual budgets topping $100 million. Do you know what nine districts top 5,000 students? Check out the gallery below for a tour through the region's 60 largest districts.
  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:51:04 +0000

    Beaver County ethane cracker hailed among infrastructure projects

    Shell Chemical Appalachia's $6 billion petrochemical plant being built in Beaver County was touted Tuesday afternoon by national energy and union leaders talking up the importance of pipeline construction to jobs and economic development. Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions that commissioned the study, singled out the Beaver County plant as part of energy and manufacturing infrastructure spending that is having a long-term impact on the national economy. He also…
  • Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:46:41 +0000

    Google protest postponed in Pittsburgh

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