In this email edition:
Rep. Tim Twardzik Leads Public Hearing, Tour on Fighting Blight
I was invited by Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123) and the House Urban Affairs Committee to participate in two events reviewing the fight against blight this week. On Wednesday, Rep. Twardzik led a tour through Mahanoy City, Girardville, Minersville, Gilberton, Shenandoah, Frackville, and Pottsville to view both the eyesores that cause headaches for residents and some recent community revitalization successes.
On Thursday, the House Urban Affairs Committee held a public hearing to hear testimony from local officials. Mary Beth Dougherty, the lead staff expert for the statewide blight task force which I chair, testified about some of the anti-blight laws we’ve passed in the House and the Senate, as well as some issues with code enforcement she’s seen cause issues for property owners and local governments.
Learn more about the visit here.
New Opportunities for Local Nurses in Berks, Schuylkill
The November edition of my local TV program focuses on education and career opportunities for current and prospective nurses.
Our nurses really stepped up during this terrible pandemic. In Berks and Schuylkill Counties, we are blessed with numerous educational institutions and medical centers where nurses can develop fulfilling careers with family sustaining wages. We’re going to need at least one million new registered nurses by the end of the decade to meet our country’s healthcare demands.
In this edition, I discuss opportunities for nurses in the 29th District including the partnership between Berks County and Penn State Health St. Joseph, the inaugural class of medical students at the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, Alvernia University’s nursing program, Penn State Schuylkill Campus’ new nursing center, and the new nursing simulation center at the Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Morgan Center in Tamaqua.
This edition of the Argall Report will air on:
You can also watch the full program above.
New Energy Plant to Create Thousands of Jobs, Invest Billions in Luzerne County
Last week, Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne) joined local officials in Luzerne County to announce plans for a new plant built by Texas-based company Nacero Inc. in Nanticoke and Newport Township that will convert natural gas to fuel. Estimates indicate that this new plant will create thousands of construction jobs and ultimately employ close to 500 people full time once it is complete.
Projects like this one will breathe new economic vitality into many of our local communities that still feel the impacts of the economic downturn of previous decades in our coal regions. Read more about this news here.
The reason Pennsylvania was chosen for this large number of new jobs was the legislation written by Senator Yudichak and Rep. Aaron Kaufer to encourage companies like Nacero to choose Pennsylvania as their home. You can watch my remarks supporting this bill above.
Orwigsburg Cub Pack 624 Celebrates 75 Years
On Tuesday night, I was invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cub Pack 624 in Orwigsburg with its Webelos Scouts by sharing with the boys how scouting has impacted my life. The boys asked me a LOT of questions about my role as your State Senator for Berks and Schuylkill County and about the rights and duties we all have as American citizens. I told the Cubs and their parents the same message I’ve shared with countless other Scouting groups for decades: Signing me up for the Scouts was one of the single best decisions my parents EVER made for me. Congrats to Pack 624!
Ontelaunee Township, Berks County: The Fastest Growing Township in Pennsylvania
According to a recent article from Pennsylvania Township News, Ontelaunee Township in Berks County was Pennsylvania’s fastest growing township by percentage change in the past decade – their population grew by 57.8%!
Kim Berger, the Secretary-Treasurer for the township, stated that she believes this incredible growth is due to the variety of companies that have moved into the area recently as well as the proximity to major highways. Learn more about everything Ontelaunee Township has to offer here.
Geisinger St. Luke’s Drive-Thru Veterans Breakfast
Geisinger St. Luke’s will be hosting a drive-thru veteran’s breakfast on Saturday, November 6 at its new hospital near Deer Lake. All veterans who attend will eat for free! View the flier above for more information.
Green Light-Go Program Now Accepting Applications
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go Program, approximately $40 million will be available to municipalities for upgrading traffic signals to ease traffic congestion.
Grant applications will be accepted through Jan. 14, 2022. Prior to application submission, applicants must complete and submit a Pre-Application Project Scoping Form. Applicants must also update information in the Department’s Traffic Signal Asset Management System as indicated in the Green Light-Go Program guidelines available here.
Grant recipients must provide a 20% match of the grant awarded.
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