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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

    The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.

    Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

    Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

    Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.

    The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.

    Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.

    Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.

    Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email
  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:34 +0000

    Demand for occupational therapists continues to grow in Pennsylvania

    Regional Business Analyst

    Occupational therapy helps children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, aids people recovering from injuries, surgeries or strokes and teaches older adults with chronic health problems how to become more independent.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:39 +0000

    Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital receives $40,000 from Pink Zone


    LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Pink Zone recently presented a $40,000 check to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital as part of its effort to help with improving breast cancer awareness and treatments in the community.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:40 +0000

    Conemaugh Memorial hosts Addiction Crisis Summit

    Johnstown, PA - Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center hosted a free healthcare professional opportunity on the national addiction crisis and a free educational opportunity to the public focused on non- opioid options for pain management.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:41 +0000

    Medicare Advantage plan premiums will lower slightly next year

    Regional Business Analyst

    On Oct. 1, UPMC Health Plan released its statewide Medicare Advantage plan rates for 2018. Members in most of UPMC’s six for Life Advantage plans will see their monthly premiums reduced by $2 to $14 next year. UPMC’s for Life HMO Rx Enhanced plan members will see an $8 increase to $263 per month.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:41 +0000

    Dismantling Obamacare piece by piece

    Regional Business Analyst

    On October 12, President Trump signed an executive order intended to sidestep the Affordable Care Act by allowing individuals and small businesses to buy alternative health insurance across state lines that carry lower prices, less benefits and fewer government protections than Obamacare.

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    New downtown businesses, growing annual events bode well for the Juniata River Valley


    Juniata and Mifflin counties have long held onto businesses and manufacturers that are proven steady economic drivers. Companies like Kish Bank, Philips Ultrasound, Nittany Paper and First Quality make up the economic foundation for the region. However, truth be told, your typical visitor won’t necessarily notice these companies. They’ll notice the new cafe or deli instead.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:05 +0000

    Windber Hospice receives horse show donation


    WINDBER, PA - The Greater Johnstown Saddle Club and Golden Star Horse Farm presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to Windber Hospice from their 16th Annual Benefit Horse Show that was held on August 19 and 20 at the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club in Salix.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:09 +0000

    City Hospitals Auxiliary contributes to UPMC Susquehanna’s Stop the Bleed campaign


    WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Members of the City Hospitals Auxiliary at UPMC Susquehanna recently made a $25,000 contribution to UPMC Susquehanna’s Stop the Bleed campaign.

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  • Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:36:45 +0000

    Forbes Hospital to open $16M perioperative center

    A 50,000-square-foot perioperative center will be added to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, officially beginning with a ground-breaking ceremony Monday. The $16-million center at the hospital, which is operated by Allegheny Health Network, received $1.4 million in state grant funding, according to a news release. The center will serve patients undergoing surgical and nonsurgical procedures at the hospital, including doubling capacity of the post-acute care unit; adding capacity to the cardiac procedure…
  • Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:23:56 +0000

    Passenger traffic up at Pittsburgh International this summer

    Pittsburgh International Airport saw a 10.7 percent increase in passengers from July 2016 to July 2017, a 13.1 percent increase from August 2016 to August 2017, and 4 percent increase from September 2016 to September 2017, according to a news release. New service on Spirit, WOW air and Condor over the past year, as well as expanded capacity on flights to Chicago on United Airlines, to Boston on JetBlue Airways and to Denver on Southwest Airlines contributed to growth in both seats and flights. Upward…
  • Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:07 +0000

    Real estate group elects new president

    West Penn Multi-List announced that it has elected a new president, George Hackett, to lead the organization for a two-year term. Hackett serves as president of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh and has worked in real estate for 43 years. A Pittsburgh native, Hackett earned his real estate license in 1974 and worked with the Hosack Real Estate agency, while also employed full-time as a high school history teacher. By 1981, he was the company's general manager and 30 percent owner. In…
  • Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:45:59 +0000

    Pittsburgh's Coolest Offices: Numo

    Welcome to Pittsburgh Business Times' Coolest Offices. We will showcase interesting, inspiring and attractive office spaces in the Pittsburgh region every week. COMPANY: Numo ADDRESS: 6425 Living Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 TYPE OF COMPANY: Technology incubator in the financial services industry WHY IT'S A COOL OFFICE: Numo is a flexible, open office near East Liberty's Bakery Square designed to inspire, innovation and collaboration. It is organized into three zones: the reception zone, the work…
  • Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:49:26 +0000

    Public paychecks: Here are Allegheny County's highest-paid employees

    Wonder who are the highest-paid employees in Allegheny County? The top 20 is made up of several department heads, lawyers and medical positions, along with public safety employees who make up the bulk of the top 100 as well.  Most of the top earners in the county work in public safety. In all, 85 of the top 100 are in public safety, either for county police, the county jail, sheriff's office, district attorney's office or the county airport authority. Seven work in health jobs, either in the Department…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:46:51 +0000

    Pitt tops list of best public universities in Northeast

    The University of Pittsburgh was deemed the best public university in the Northeast, according to a list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, which ranked Pitt at No. 56 overall for best universities after examining student outcomes, institutional resources, engagement and environment. Student outcomes, weighted 40 percent, included graduation rates, potential post-graduation salary, ability for students to repay loans and a school's academic reputation. Pitt's six-year graduation…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:44:15 +0000

    URA votes to give city, Penguins more time for agreement on former Civic Arena site

    Several weeks of negotiations went into Thursday night between the city and the Penguins but no deal was reached.
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:57:45 +0000

    Wells Fargo targeting small businesses in Pittsburgh

    Bank fills in missing piece to local offerings with Business Banking Group.
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:21:29 +0000

    Washington & Jefferson College inaugurates new president

    Washington & Jefferson College's new president was officially inaugurated Thursday. John C. Knapp, who was announced as president in April and began in August, was sworn in with a ceremony on the Washington, Pa., campus. Knapp, who previously served as president of Hope College in Michigan, was selected to succeed Tori Haring-Smith, who retired. He has a doctorate in theology and religious studies from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, a master of arts degree from the Columbia Theological…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000

    After Hours: CEC's Cocktail Party, Penn State's Hometown Hall of Famer, GBA's Emerald Evening and Allegheny County Bar Association's meeting

    This week, we have photos from CEC's after-hours cocktail party, Penn State's Hometown Hall of Famer, GBA's Emerald Evening and Allegheny County Bar Association's meeting at the JLL Center.
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