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    Indiana County Commissioners Approve KOEZ Extension

    9/27/2019
    An offer of tax breaks as incentives for new and expanding businesses at a White Township industrial park received two of three necessary local approvals Wednesday September 25.

    The Indiana County board of commissioners and the White Township board of supervisors agreed to a 10-year extension of the Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone tax break for vacant parcels still covering 138.37 acres of the Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park.

    “These are tools that we as economic developers seek when they’re available for specific sites that we feel could use the benefit of those programs,” said Byron Stauffer Jr., executive director of the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development. “We have limited opportunities with the KOEZ program, and so it does hopefully create some jobs and capital investment for the future.”

    The KOEZ designation for Windy Ridge also requires approval of the Indiana Area School District board of directors. Stauffer said that request would be presented soon.

    With local leaders’ authorization, the planning office would apply for approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

    Stauffer said the application before the boards Wednesday is the second effort to win an extension of the KOEZ designation now due to sunset on Dec. 31. DCED rejected a similar application filed one year ago.

    “The ordinance would extend the KOEZ period … through Dec. 31, 2029; it would abate local real estate taxes, but it’s also a partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in that state income tax, sales tax and other state taxes may also be abated,” Stauffer told the commissioners. “It’s not 100 percent necessarily, because other taxes workers comp are certainly paid by the businesses.”

    Stauffer told the township officials that there has been “great success with it over the course of the last couple decades,” with the Corporate Campus Business Park in Burrell Township and the 40-acre Commerce Park along Kolter Drive between the Rose Street Extension and Rustic Lodge Road in White Township.

    The application for Windy Ridge excludes land now occupied by Creps United Publications and URBN. Both properties would return to taxation on Jan. 1.

    Concern about timing because of an Oct. 1 deadline for applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development prompted supervisors to consider a special meeting next week to pass the ordinance, but Manager Milt Lady said the township was able to place an ad in time for consideration Wednesday night.

    The county commissioners in two steps approved an ordinance to exclude the vacant Windy Ridge land from taxation and a resolution authorizing the planning office to request DCED approval of the application.
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    A White Township resident came to the township board of supervisors meeting Wednesday night to “open a discussion” about moving the trick-or-treat aspect of Halloween from Oct. 31 in the township, and ultimately the neighboring borough of Indiana.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:59:00 -0500

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  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:59:00 -0500

    Supervisors project balanced budget

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  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:55:00 -0500

    'Dateline' to feature show on killing of Blairsville dentist

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    Indiana County Entertainment Center

    Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center.
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    Gazette Photos: Train collectors preparing model train display in mall

    Tom Ott, a member of the Indiana Area Train Collectors, put the finishing touches on an exhibit as part of the 2019 Holiday Wheels and Thrills model train display on Wednesday at the Indiana Mall.
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    Gazette Photos: NAACP bestows awards at its annual banquet

    The Indiana County branch of the NAACP on Saturday saluted its members’ accomplishments and its community supporters in an award presentation during the annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
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    Reading of security personnel policy OK'd

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    Community Guidance Center earns international recognition

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    Health organizations trying to help with steep toll Alzheimer’s takes on Pennsylvania families

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    Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center opens in Lake Ariel, PAHEALTHCARE

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  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Senators Toomey and Casey debate the future of the Affordable Care Act

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  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

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  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Overcoming Obstacles in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Care System

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  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    HOSPITALS

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    URBN celebrates plant opening

    (AP) Urban Outfitters would have a tough time selling a soft opening for the company’s new facility in White Town­ship. It’s what the company could have said in August when the first of 100 local employees came on board at the com­pany’s new fulfillment center at Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park. There is nothing soft about 720,000 square feet […]
  • Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:52:47 +0000

    UPMC Health Plan reaches deal with pharmaceutical company for MS medications

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  • Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:40:50 +0000

    Limbach Holdings names COO

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  • Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:29:33 +0000

    Carnegie Museums names new president

    Steven Knapp, the president emeritus of The George Washington University, has been tapped to become the president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Knapp replaces Jo Ellen Parker, who left the president's role in February 2018. He is the institution's 11th president and will take over Feb. 1, 2020. Knapp, whose academic subject is English Romanticism, was president of GW for 10 years and before that was provost and SVP of academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. While…
  • Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:26:37 +0000

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    The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh voted unanimously to push forward with negotiations to sell two surface parking lots in the heart of the East Liberty business district to a joint venture of Midpoint Group of Cos., Walnut Capital Partners and Corcoran Jennison Institutional Services.
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    Pittsburghers who filed lawsuit against Uber will be heard in federal court

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  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:36:50 +0000

    SEA gives preliminary approval to Lower Hill development

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    Security updates causing headaches for some PNC customers who use third-party apps

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