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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    7/26/2016
    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 epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:59:00 -0400

    Program steers drug addicts to needed treatment

    A program aimed at connecting drug-addicted patients into rehabilitation dramatically improved the number of patient referrals in the region’s hospitals in the last two years.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:58:00 -0400

    Singer-songwriter reflects on career, 'HMS Pinafore'

    Appearing as Josephine in IUP’s Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center during Wednesday’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore,” singer-songwriter Kate Bass will be doing one of the many things she loves best.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:54:00 -0400

    School News reporters wrap up year with luncheon

    Students from various schools who participated in The Indiana Gazette’s School News program this school year were invited to a luncheon Friday in appreciation of their efforts.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:54:00 -0400

    Welcome To Indiana bestows Image Awards

    The Welcome to Indiana organization bestowed its Image awards at its annual dinner Friday.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:53:00 -0400

    CAMPAIGN 2017: Kimberly McCullough

    Kimberly McCullough was essentially a political newcomer in 2015 when she ran as a candidate for Indiana County auditor, yet she received the most votes of the three auditors elected.
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    CAMPAIGN 2017: Rick Markel

    Richard “Rick” Markel grew up in the Brush Valley area and graduated from United High School in 1987, then earned a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Allegheny Wesleyan College in Salem, Ohio.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:49:00 -0400

    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': Pickings without paying

    One summer day when I was a child, my sister and I decided to pick some cherries. So we hiked to the nearest tree and spent the afternoon in its lofty, laden branches, filling our containers with delicious, sweet cherries. The problem was the tree was in a neighbor’s yard.
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:49:00 -0400

    'Texting Thru Recovery': 'New normal' brings new grace

    I turn my washer’s dial and smile, remembering Patsy Clairmont’s book, “Normal is Just a Setting on Your Dryer.”
  • Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:48:00 -0400

    ICCAP schedules food distributions

    The Indiana County Community Action Program will distribute food this week at the following locations:
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    Golf outing to benefit Burrell Township Library

    BLACK LICK — The Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort will host the Burrell Township Library’s benefit golf tournament to celebrate the library’s upcoming 40th anniversary.
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:27 +0000

    Home Building and Commercial Construction Outlook 2017

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    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    The residential and commercial construction industries were among the hardest-hit business sectors during the Great Recession. Seven million Americans lost their homes, many of which sat for months or even years on the distressed home market.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:30 +0000

    Building your community

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    The construction industry is continuing a steady ascent and there isn’t a clearer indicator of that than looking at downtown State College, where the skyline is soon to be punctuated by multiple 12-story buildings.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:33 +0000

    UPMC, PinnacleHealth and Hanover HealthCare proposed affiliations are the latest in hospital consolidations trend

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    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    On March 14, PinnacleHealth System, based in the Harrisburg area, announced its intent to affiliate with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:35 +0000

    Geisinger president and CEO discusses healthcare with State College community leaders

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    State College, PA – Geisinger hosted a luncheon at Hoag’s Celebration Hall featuring a discussion with its President and CEO David Feinberg.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:37 +0000

    Repeal and Replace: What went wrong and how to make it right

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    By r. brock pronko
    Regional Business Analyst

    On March 24, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, which culminated seven years of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, failed without a single vote being cast after President Trump asked Ryan to pull the bill.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:41 +0000

    Transportation infrastructure and educational institutions provide potential for growth in Clearfield County

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    By Spencer Myers
    Editor

    With ample transportation infrastructure and an established economy of food manufacturing and packaging companies, Clearfield County seems set for growth.

    Most recently, its rail infrastructure was supported by two investments from the statewide Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP).

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:57 +0000

    Leads & Opportunities

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    FOR THE RECORD

    New Corporations

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:58 +0000

    Lockheed Martin AeroParts adds jobs to Johnstown

    Johnstown, PA – Lockheed Martin announced recently that they will be expanding production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility in Johnstown. This expansion will add more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:44:59 +0000

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners funds six Pennsylvania companies

    University Park, PA – Six more companies have joined the investment portfolio of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA.

    The companies range from product and software design to content management and service organizations.

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  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:09:21 +0000

    Main Event Entertainment schedules opening date for Pittsburgh debut

    Main Event Entertainment, the Plano, Texas-based restaurant chain that packages bowling, food and other activities under one roof, is slated to open in North Fayette. The company announced that it will open for business at 200 Quinn Dr. on Tuesday, May 2. The Pittsburgh site is one of seven locations to open throughout the country this year. The announcement follows the company closing on buying the 65,000-square-foot former big box store in December, paying $8.25 million for it. Since then, the…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:02:27 +0000

    U.S. Steel provides update on Indiana plant

    United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) announced Friday that its restarted Midwest Plant in Portage, Indiana, hasn't run into any problems thus far. The plant had been temporarily shut down earlier this month after the leak of a chemical, hexavalent chromium, was discovered in a waterway near Lake Michigan and fixed. It was restarted a few days later. “Following the controlled, phased and highly monitored restart at our Midwest Plant, we are maintaining continuous inspection and monitoring of expansion…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:13:18 +0000

    NexTier/Manor deal greenlit by Pennsylvania

    NexTier Inc.’s acquisition of Manor Bank was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. The deal, announced in December, is expected to be completed by the end of June. Both community banks are privately held. Butler-based NexTier has 26 offices throughout Allegheny, Armstrong and Butler counties. Manor has two locations in Westmoreland County. NexTier is the Pittsburgh metro’s 14th-largest bank, as ranked by deposit market share. This is the third deal for NexTier…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:11:21 +0000

    Monsanto's image a 'major challenge' for Bayer: CEO

    Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG, told shareholders Friday that improving Monsanto's reputation will present a challenge to Bayer following its planned $66 billion takeover of the company. "Monsanto's image does of course represent a major challenge for us, and it's not an aspect I wish to play down," Baumann said during the company's annual meeting, Reuters reports. He added that Bayer will face the challenge with the qualities that have made the company "what we are today: openness, expertise and…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:18:49 +0000

    Port Authority names interim CEO

    Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue David L. Donahoe has been named interim CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Donahoe will replace Ellen M. McLean, who is leaving May 31 with the expiration of her contract. Donahoe's first day as interim CEO will be June 1. The Port Authority board is conducting a search for a permanent CEO. Donahoe has been Pennsylvania's revenue secretary, director of aviation for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, executive secretary to Mayor Richard S.…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:07:58 +0000

    BlueTree's Mott honored by Angel Capital Association

    The Angel Capital Association honored Catherine Mott, founder of Wexford-based BlueTree Allied Angels and BlueTree Venture Fund, at the 2017 ACA Summit in San Francisco. Mott won the Hans Severiens Award, presented annually to an individual who advances the field of angel investing. BlueTree Allied Angels had invested more than $42 million in 55 startups, many in the Pittsburgh region, by the end of 2016. BlueTree Venture Fund has $10 million under management. Mott is a member of the Securities…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:46:42 +0000

    84 Lumber set to open first store in Greater Boston

    84 Lumber, the Pennsylvania-based building materials supplier, is set to open its second Massachusetts location — this time a little closer to Boston. The company will hold a grand opening for the store at 54 High St. in Holbrook on May 11. The chain based in the Pittsburgh area already has a store in West Springfield. “With the opening of this store, we’re not only expanding our footprint but also building new relationships with customers throughout Boston, Cape Cod and Providence,” said…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:49:51 +0000

    Uber exec in charge of self-driving vehicles steps aside

    A former Carnegie Mellon University robotics expert will lead Uber Technologies Inc.'s self-driving vehicle effort after its previous head, embroiled in the court fight with Google over autonomous vehicle technology, announced in an email that he wouldn't be leading that effort anymore. Eric Meyhofer, who had been working at Uber's operations in the Strip District since 2015, will now be in charge of its Advanced Technologies Group, according to Business Insider, which broke the story Thursday night.…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:05 +0000

    Construction sees strong March, still down for the year

    Total building construction starts in the Pittsburgh metro rebounded in March after a weak start to the year, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics report. Compared to March of 2016, nonresidential starts were up 142 percent to $61.1 million from $25.2 million, and residential starts were up 65 percent, from $88.2 million last year to $145.5 million for March of 2017. Total starts were up 82 percent to $206.5 million. This comes after the first two months of the year were down 48 percent from 2016…
  • Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000

    Citizens Bank providing $112k to 10 Pittsburgh nonprofits

    Citizens Bank on Thursday said that 10 nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area will receive $112,000 in contributions as part of its Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. Throughout Providence, R.I.-based Citizens Financial Group's footprint, it is contributing $1.4 million to 80 nonprofits as well as volunteer outreach. Citizens is the third-largest bank in the Pittsburgh metro as ranked by deposit market share. The local recipients and how the money will…
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