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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).

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    Pennsylvania primary features appeals court, local contests

    HARRISBURG — Numerous contests for school boards and county and municipal government, as well as a handful of appeals court races, will be on the ballot next month in Pennsylvania’s primary election on May 16.
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    Blairsville woman opens mobile boutique

    If you want to shop at Rhonda Braatz’s new boutique, you’ll have to find out where she is first.
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    Springtober Fest draws craft aficionados

    The first ever Springtober Fest was presented Saturday by Indiana Printing & Publishing Co. at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
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    Cleanup event marks Earth Day

    Sue Weiland, a Penn State master gardener, cleaned up a native species garden Saturday at an Earth Day Celebration event at Yellow Creek State Park.
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    Hospital campaign tops $120,000

    Renda Broadcasting's annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive, which raises money for the Indiana Regional Medical Center Pediatrics Department and Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, recently wrapped up.
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    Manufacturer hosts school tour

    Students and teachers from the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in Latrobe toured the Clark Metal Products plant in Blairsville on Wednesday.
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    PETS OF THE WEEK: Area shelters offer animals for adoption

    Several dogs and cats are available for adoption from the Indiana County Humane Society’s animal shelter at 191 Airport Road, White Township, and from Four Footed Friends along Beck Road, White Township.
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    Your teenage brain

    Have you ever wondered why so many adolescents are attracted to risky behavior? Teenagers are known for underage drinking, smoking and not wearing seat belts. They drive too fast. They experiment with drugs and don’t think about the ramifications on their future success.
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    Public bodies to hold open meetings

    Meetings of municipal governments, school boards and county governmental bodies scheduled this week are at the ollowing times and locations:
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    Habitat for Humanity seeks applicants

    Habitat for Humanity of Indiana County is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in owning their own home.
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    Change in management

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Historically, one of the biggest policy differences between Republicans and Democrats has been over labor issues such as unions vs.

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    Growing through booms and busts

    By Spencer Myers

    University Park, PA – Having been founded at the start of a consistent rise in both the higher education and online job posting markets, it could be easy to say that Higher Ed Jobs was at the right place at the right time.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:37:13 +0000

    Happy Valley Launch Box combats “brain drain” by promoting local entrepreneurship

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Young, educated, entrepreneurial – these are the characteristics of people that large and small cities across the U.S. are trying to attract. They are hoping that once they come, they will stay, grow their businesses and create new jobs and industries.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:37:14 +0000

    State university system seeks evaluation from Colorado-based nonprofit

    By Spencer Myers

    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is struggling to maintain student and enrollment rates amidst declines in both population and high school graduates.

    Overall, the statewide system has seen enrollment decrease by more than 14,000 since 2010, when it peaked at 120,000.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:37:17 +0000

    Penn State Law names new dean

    By Spencer Myers

    University Park, PA – Beginning July 1, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs (SIA) will be led by Hari M. Osofsky, according to a release from the university.

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    Higher education helps Pennsylvania meet manufacturing needs

    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    Manufacturing has been one of Pennsylvania’s major industries since the end of the Civil War when the Commonwealth became a major manufacturing and transportation center. Today, the state is home to about four out of every 10 manufacturers in the U.S.

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  • Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:37:29 +0000

    Major infrastructure projects bring economic growth to the Susquehanna Valley

    By Spencer Myers

    Located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties, sometimes called the SUN area, has shared an infrastructure problem with a lot of rural Pennsylvania communities that have found themselves centrally located, but not connected.

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    New president at Washington & Jefferson College

    Washington & Jefferson College will have a new president this summer. John C. Knapp was announced Friday as the college's pick to replace Tori Haring-Smith, who will be retiring this year. Knapp, who takes over Aug. 1, is now president of Hope College in Michigan. Knapp has been president of Hope College since 2013, and founded the Francis Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at J. Mack Robinson…
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    State revenue department launches tax amnesty program

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue on Friday announced that it has launched a limited time tax amnesty program. Through the program, eligible individuals and businesses can apply through June 19 to pay past-due state taxes and have all penalties and half of the interest waived. The department estimated that there are 59,676 taxpayers eligible for the amnesty program in Allegheny County alone. Only Philadelphia County, at 132,336, has more. Act 84 of 2016 authorized a tax amnesty to net an…
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

    Federated Investors hires CEO for Asia Pacific

    Federated Investors Inc., Pittsburgh-based investment management firm, has hired an Asia Pacific CEO and two veteran professionals to lead business development efforts and to identify opportunities in that region. The team will focus on the regional distribution of existing Federated (NYSE:FII) investment strategies and growing strategic relationships with financial institutions. In a newly created position, Bill Taki joined Federated as CEO of Federated Investors Asia Pacific. A 34-year industry…
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:39:29 +0000

    Chevron Appalachia receives honor for STEM efforts

    Chevron Appalachia's efforts in STEM education has earned it the 2017 Chairman's Award from the Carnegie Science Center. The honor will be given to Chevron Appalachia, a division of Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) on May 12 at the Carnegie Science Awards. A news release from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh said Chevron was being honored for its STEM efforts and "unparalleled impact in transforming the Pittsburgh region through its commitment to STEM education."
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:31:49 +0000

    Pennsylvania unemployment rate down to lowest in nine years

    Pennsylvania's unemployment rate in March fell to the lowest level in nine years. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.8 percent in March, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from February and six-tenths of a percentage point compared to a year ago, according to data released Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Local data will be released at a later date. The national unemployment rate is 4.5 percent. There were 17,000 more people employed and 9,000 fewer…
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:10:42 +0000

    FTC fines weight-loss company $2M

    The Federal Trade Commission has slapped local wellness and weight loss company NutriMost LLC with a $2 million fine, according to WTAE-TV. NutriMost, based in the Pittsburgh region, was accused of deceiving its customers. The company has more than 100,000 customers nationally and about 160 locations spanning 30 states. There's more about the fine and the background in the Tribune-Review.
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:34:53 +0000

    Bebe plans to close all stores by the end of next month

    Add another retailer to the casualty list: Bebe. Bebe Stores Inc., a women's apparel store that has a location in the Pittsburgh region, announced plans to shut all 168 of its stores nationwide by the end of May. The announcement, disclosed in a filing Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, followed news March 22 that it had hired financial and real estate advisers to discuss options about its leases. There are four Bebe (Nasdaq:BEBE) stores in Pennsylvania, including one at Ross…
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:07:16 +0000

    CMU, Pitt among nation's top universities for tech transfer

    Two Pittsburgh universities are among the top 25 in the country for technology transfer, according to the Milken Institute’s ranking of more than 200 nationwide for technology transfer Carnegie Mellon University was No. 10 and the University of Pittsburgh ranked No. 24. The ranking was led by the University of Utah.
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    Pens advance to second round of Stanley Cup playoffs

    Individual tickets for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first two home games of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. About 2,000 tickets will be available for each game, the team said. The defending Stanley Cup champs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2, Thursday to advance to the second round. The Pens won the first round series, 4-1.
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:02:46 +0000

    Duquesne honoring Strickland, Wideman

    Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., and award-winning author John Edgar Wideman will each be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Duquesne University’s Commencement on May 12. Both are Pittsburgh natives. Strickland will deliver the commencement address during the ceremony and Wideman will deliver remarks during the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts diploma ceremony.
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