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CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE BUREAU OF PRISONS

1 year 5 weeks ago

Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities in Allenwood and Lewisburg buy more than $45 million in goods and services every year, representing a “…great opportunity…” for firms in Central Pennsylvania, according to Kristen Moyer, Procurement Specialist with the SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). more»

Chloe’s Gourmet Topping Launches New Website

1 year 5 weeks ago

Chloe’s Gourmet Topping is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site at the address: http://www.ChloesGourmetTopping.com

This new web site, designed by Kolb Net Works, includes the following features: more»

CSSI Finalizes Partnership with SalesPad

1 year 7 weeks ago
Computer Support Services, Inc. (CSSI) a Pennsylvania based IT Solutions Provider today announced that it has finalized a partnership with SalesPad® , A provider of sales and customer services tools for Microsoft Great Plains Users. 

Bonner Sports, RV Announces Vote For Charity Winner

1 year 7 weeks ago
Pictured from left to right are Rob Phillips/Bonner Sports & RV; Dave George/Bonner Sports & RV; Jamie Caputo/Branch Director, Central PA Food Bank; Tom Szulanczyk, Chapter Executive/American Red Cross; Anna Thompson/ Communications & Development Manager, YWCA of Northcentral PA; Samantha Gonzalez/Intern, YWCA of Northcentral PA; Nate Metzger/Bonner Sports & RV; Bob Reeder, President/Bonner Sports & RV.

Bonner Sports and RV recently announced the winner of its Vote for Charity program. Vying for the top prize of $750 were: The Williamsport YWCA, Journey House (New Covenant United Church of Christ), The Jersey Shore YMCA, Red Cross Disaster Relief, and the Central PA Food Bank. more»

$9.1 Million Loyalsock Creek Bridge Takes Shape

1 year 7 weeks ago
A recent photo of the construction site, looking west.

Work is progressing on the Loyalsock Creek railroad bridge in Lycoming County as the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) continues to target a summer 2014 completion. The $9.1 million project is about 10% complete. more»

Public-Private Partnerships will Deliver Better, More Efficient Transportation Projects

1 year 8 weeks ago

Pennsylvania’s Public Private Partnership (P3) Board today approved three projects that will help provide transportation services and infrastructure more efficiently through partnerships with the private sector.

The board approved two proposals from the private sector and one project through which PennDOT and a third party would quickly replace hundreds of bridges. more»

Evangelical Acquires SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc.

1 year 8 weeks ago

Evangelical Community Hospital has acquired SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc., the region’s premier bone and joint specialists. more»

RED WING SHOE COMPANY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF LINDEN STORE

1 year 8 weeks ago

The Red Wing Shoe Company is proud to announce the grand opening of their new Red Wing Store, located in Linden, Pennsylvania, on U.S. Route 220 South; serving Williamsport and surrounding counties. more»

PUBLIC ASKED TO COMPLETE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SURVEY

1 year 9 weeks ago

As the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) prepares to update its public transportation plan, it is surveying area residents about needs and concerns regarding transit service in the MPO’s eight counties -- Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. more»

Revised Schedule Puts Rail Bridge Reconstruction Project on the Fast Track

1 year 13 weeks ago

Restoration of the White Deer railroad bridge, in northern Union County, is expected to be complete by late September. As a result, rail service will be available to prospective industrial tenants in the Great Stream Commons Business Park. more»

That's One Spicy Bowl of Ice Cream

1 year 13 weeks ago

It started at Rehoboth Beach where David Letterman (no, not that one) and his wife Sherri were promoting the hot wing sauce and marinades produced at Bonfatto's, their restaurant in Bellefonte. The weather was warm so they bought some ice cream and, at Sherri's suggestion, tried Another Spice Cream. more»

Sterngold Named Managing Editor of MetroMBA

1 year 14 weeks ago

Muncy High School alumnus David Sterngold was recently named as the managing editor of MetroMBA, a new Web-based service that provides inside information about MBA programs in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. David lives in Philadelphia. more»

Foundation Accepting Grant Request Applications

1 year 15 weeks ago

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) is accepting applications for the 2013 grant cycles for the Roscoe M. and Edith W. Wolf Fund and the Plunketts Creek Township Foundation Fund. more»

Project to Reduce the Threat of Floods is Announced in Sunbury

1 year 16 weeks ago

Nearly two years ago Sunbury Textile Mills sat surrounded by water as Tropical Storm Lee dumped more than 12-inches of rain over five days. Operations shut down, and the company's 200 employees were unable to work; lost wages exceeding $36,000 per day. more»

Quick Action Averts Derailment as Railroad Bed Washes Out

1 year 16 weeks ago
Quick Action by Rail Employees Averts Derailment as Railroad Bed Washes Out.

Rain, showers, and thunderstorms. It's been that kind of summer and Thursday, June 27 in the Beech Creek-Blanchard area of Clinton and Centre Counties was no different. Actually it was different - it was worse. Early evening tornado warnings were reported and a thunderstorm cell was plainly evident on the TV weather maps. more»

Hospital Receives Gift from West Milton State Bank

1 year 17 weeks ago
David S. Runk, President and CEO of West Milton State Bank recently presented Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital with a check for $5,000 to support the Hospital’s Charity Care Program.

David S. Runk, President and CEO of West Milton State Bank recently presented Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital with a check for $5,000 to support the Hospital’s Charity Care Program.  more»

Blue Cross Recognized for Best Practices in Customer Service

1 year 17 weeks ago

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's (BCNEPA) Customer Service Call Center has been recognized by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for best practices in Service Improvement. more»

Blue Cross Seeks Nominations for 2013 Healthy Workplace Awards

1 year 17 weeks ago

Employers that have implemented successful workplace wellness programs will soon have an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts. more»

Evangelical Receives American Cancer Society Award for Tobacco Control

1 year 17 weeks ago
Pictured from left to right: Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital, Sheila Packer, Director of Evangelical Community Health and Wellness, Dawn Spuesens, Health Initiatives Representative, East Central Division, American Cancer Society, Megan Bollinger, Evangelical Community Health Coordinator, and Pam Foresman, Income Development Representative, East Central Division, American Cancer Society.

Evangelical Community Hospital has been awarded the American Cancer Society® Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control Award joining an elite list of other recognized companies and organizations since the award series began in 2010. more»

Blue Ribbon Foundation Announces Grants for Access to Care, Healthy Families

1 year 19 weeks ago

Dental services for the un/underinsured, exercise and nutrition for at-risk individuals, and child abuse prevention education are among the areas of need being addressed by grants just awarded by The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. more»

Women’s Giving Society Endowed $250,000

1 year 19 weeks ago

Ten Lycoming County women have come together to participate in an exciting new philanthropic program. The women, all with varying charitable interests, have committed a total of $250,000 to endow the “Pearls with a Passion Fund” at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. more»

Joint Rail Authority Supports Increased Funding

1 year 21 weeks ago

With only days to go before the Pennsylvania Legislature is scheduled to recess, there are significant differences between competing proposals to raise new transportation revenue. more»

10,000 Friends Group Presents Award for Lake Augusta Project

1 year 21 weeks ago
Accepting the Community Transportation Excellence Award on behalf of SEDA-COG were (l. to r.) Dennis Robinson, Executive Director, SEDA-COG; and Tom Grbenick. Also pictured: Jack Machek, President and CEO, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

SEDA-COG’s Lake Augusta Gateway Corridor Plan has received a 2013 Community Transportation Excellence Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. 10,000 Friends is among the state’s leading advocates for responsible and efficient land use within Pennsylvania communities. more»

Partnership Receives $100,000 from Bill and Sis Fish

1 year 22 weeks ago

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania Receives $100,000 from Bill and Sis Fish more»

Contract Awarded to Rebuild Railroad Bridge

1 year 22 weeks ago
Damaged bridge is in background, behind flooded Loyalsock Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Tank Baird.)

A contract to rebuild the Loyalsock Creek Bridge, between Montoursville and Williamsport has been awarded to Glenn O. Hawbaker, a heavy construction company headquartered in State College, PA. The contract award was approved by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight Assistance.  more»

Impact of Rail Service in Clinton County

1 year 22 weeks ago

Several measures illustrate the impact of rail service in the Lock Haven/Mill Hall area of Clinton County - more shippers, more rail facilities, etc. But job figures at two of the region’s chemical companies particularly stand out. more»

Blue Cross Upgrades Web Resources about Health Care Reform

1 year 22 weeks ago

New and improved website offers latest information for regional consumers more»

Quality Early-Childhood Education Investments Needed Now

1 year 22 weeks ago

This nation faces a frightening prospect. Our lack of investment in early childhood education adversely impacts this country's ability to create high-value jobs and compete globally. When we don't value investments in children early on in life, it has adverse implications. more»

Historic State Armories For Sale

1 year 23 weeks ago

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Dennis Swank Joins Evangelical Community Hospital Board of Directors

1 year 23 weeks ago

Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Dennis Swank to its Board of Directors. more»

QVC Appoints Ted Jastrzebski As Chief Financial Officer

1 year 24 weeks ago

Former Hershey Executive Succeeds Retiring CFO Dan O’Connell more»

Communities to Receive Federal Transportation Alternatives Program Funds

1 year 24 weeks ago

Four Central Pennsylvania communities will receive federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds for bicycle/pedestrian projects and activities related to safer routes for non-drivers. A total of $1,875,167 has been awarded through the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and PennDOT. more»

Senate Honors Chairwoman of Little League Board of Directors

1 year 24 weeks ago
L to R – Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO, Little League International; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour and Senator Yaw

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), along with his colleagues in the Senate, today recognized Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour of Williamsport upon being named the first woman to chair the Board of Directors for Little League Baseball International. more»

CHANGES IN STATE PROCUREMENT PROCESSES CAN MEAN OPPORTUNITY FOR REGION’S BUSINESSES

1 year 24 weeks ago

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made a few changes regarding programs for small businesses, changes which can lead to more opportunity for companies pursuing state contracts. The changes will be fully presented and discussed at SEDA-COG's “new and improved” seminar on Doing Business with the Commonwealth, June 14 and July 18. more»

Leadership Lycoming presents Community Projects

1 year 24 weeks ago
Leadership Lycoming team members (l. to r.) - Megan Lehman, Sherry Paulhamus, Greg Harrison, Heather Willis Lewis, Stacie Schearer, Jamie Snyder (Joseph Geffe absent)

On May 21, 2013, the Leadership Lycoming Class of 2013 presented its Community projects to Leadership advisors, board members and project agency leaders during a reception at the Professional Development Center on the Campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. more»

Longest-Serving Rail Authority Member Steps Down

1 year 25 weeks ago

Words like talent, integrity, knowledge and expertise were among those used to describe Don Kramer during special ceremonies in early May when the Dunnstown resident more»

PennDOT Honors Star of Excellence Recipients

1 year 26 weeks ago

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today recognized 30 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition. more»

Cable TV Franchise Agreements Offer Opportunities for Municipalities

1 year 26 weeks ago

One of the lesser known responsibilities of municipal officials is contract negotiations for cable television franchises. SEDA-COG has scheduled a series of meetings in June to educate elected and non-elected officials about their rights and potential benefits related to the negotiating process. more»

Blue Cross Celebrates 75 years of "Leading the Way"

1 year 26 weeks ago

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) has released a new logo design to proudly mark its 75th anniversary this year. The logo will be visible on company materials, advertising, and at regional health and community events through the end of this year. more»

SEDA-COG Report: JUne 2013

1 year 26 weeks ago

Firm Finds Success with Region's Business Assistance Providers

1 year 27 weeks ago

Artificial intelligence and “knowledge capture” are among cutting edge technologies advanced by Discovery Machine, a small, growing business in Williamsport, PA. Software developed through Discovery Machine is utilized for training, simulation, and behavior modeling. more»

Blue Cross Announces Lower Rates for Individual Members

1 year 27 weeks ago

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) has reduced premium rates for nearly 7,000 BlueCare Direct individual members. The premium rate reductions became effective on May 1 and will range from 7 percent to 17 percent. more»

Blue Cross Medical Director Selected for National Leadership Program

1 year 27 weeks ago

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) Medical Director John J. Viteritti, DO, has been selected to participate as a Fellow in the 2013-2014 AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) Foundation Executive Leadership Program. more»

Evangelical Named Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

1 year 27 weeks ago

Evangelical Community Hospital recently earned the distinction of being a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. The honor is granted to companies that aim to improve the health and wellness of their employees. more»

Applications Submitted for Federal Transportation Funds

1 year 28 weeks ago

Four Central Pennsylvania communities and one municipal authority have applied for funds through the federal government’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). more»

Blue Cross Earns Top Employee Wellness Award

1 year 28 weeks ago
Pictured above at the Start! Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award presentation are (left to right): Dr. John Viteritti, Medical Director, BCNEPA; Lori Chase, Senior Director, American Heart Association Great River Affiliate; Tom McGrath, board member, American Heart Association Great River Affiliate; Dr. Thomas Novinger, Senior Medical Director, BCNEPA; and Bill Farrell, Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO, BCNEPA.

For the fifth consecutive year, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) has been awarded the American Heart Association's (AHA) top honor for employers, the Start! Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award. more»

20 Regional Companies Nominated for Awards

1 year 29 weeks ago

Twenty companies in Central Pennsylvania have been nominated for the Governor’s ImpPAct Awards, a new program for the Commonwealth, designed to recognize companies and individuals who are investing in Pennsylvania and creating jobs. more»

Bridge Projects in Central Pennsylvania

1 year 29 weeks ago

Work on three bridges in the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority's (JRA) system will be occurring this year. Bids have been awarded for two of them and a third bid opening is scheduled for late May. more»

Evangelical Safety and Security Staff Attend Homeland Security Training

1 year 30 weeks ago
Gregg Rokavec, Director of Environmental Safety and Security at Evangelical Community Hospital along with Stanley Hudson, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

Gregg Rokavec, Director of Environmental Safety and Security at Evangelical Community Hospital along with Stanley Hudson, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, recently returned from a five-day course on Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents put on by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). more»

PPL Honors Blue Cross With Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll Designation

1 year 30 weeks ago

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) was recently named to the E-power(r) Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll for its efforts to become more energy efficient. more»

MoJo Active Hires Art Director

1 year 31 weeks ago

Leena Hashim-Waris has joined MoJo Active as the company’s art director. In this position, Hashim-Waris will design and help direct the creative process of various client projects. more»

Energy Center Assisting Communities with Audits

1 year 31 weeks ago
(Photo courtesy of Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program)

Comprehensive energy audits are being undertaken in four Pennsylvania communities through the SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center (ERC). Funding has been provided by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). The energy audits involve municipal properties in  more»

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