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The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County is a community-based private non-profit located at the Penn State Extension. We believe that the land we use today is being borrowed from our children and our children's children. Therefore we are guided by the principle that communities need to make good long-term decisions about where, when and how they should grow. We seek to encourage growth that improves the quality of life for our current residents and businesses, but will also insure vibrant, high quality growth for future generations in Westmoreland County.
Our World-Class Streams: A Workshop for Citizens of the Laurel Highlands
Our World-Class Streams: A Workshop for Citizens of the Laurel Highlands   The world-class quality of streams in the Laurel Highlands is largely unrecognized, even by many outdoor enthusiasts, but the public can learn about these treasures in a series of workshops sponsored by the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition. > More

The Growing Greener Coalition presents "Finding the Green"
The Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition in cooperation with Natural Diversity will present Growing Greener Coalition’s “Finding the Green” on funding sources at St. > More

Comments requested on DCNR's Outdoor Recreation Plan
DCNR is looking for public feedback on their updated Outdoor Recreation Plan....please read and send your comments.   http://www.padeasla.org/index.php?option=com%5Feasyblog&view=entry&id=233&utm%5Fsource=newsletter%5F126&utm%5Fmedium=email&utm%5Fcampaign=e-plan-newsletter-02-18-14  > More

DCNR announces October Calendar of Events
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Arts and Community: Funding Opportunities and Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts
  WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT Arts and Community: Funding Opportunities and Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts   Jason Schupbach, National Endowment for the Arts   October 20, 2014 (Monday) 1:00 PM - Eastern Time   http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd   About the webinar: This webinar will explain funding and resources provided by the National Endowment for the Arts to s > More

Courses to be Offered through PSAB and Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI)
PSAB and Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI)     The Course in Zoning Administration I n this course zoning hearing board members, zoning officials, and elected officials-regardless of experience-learn the basic principles, procedures and information needed to effectively carry out their functions in the administration of municipal zoning. > More

Our World-Class Streams: A Workshop for Citizens of the Laurel Highlands
Our World-Class Streams: A Workshop for Citizens of the Laurel Highlands   The world-class quality of streams in the Laurel Highlands is largely unrecognized, even by many outdoor enthusiasts, but the public can learn about these treasures in a series of workshops sponsored by the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition. > More

Abandoned to Active: Fostering Walking and Biking in the Rust Belt
Rust belt communities in Northwest Indiana and the Pittsburgh area are investing in active transportation solutions to revitalize their regions. This session will highlight projects that are creating new life in older industrialized communities. > More

"Writing Effective Grant Proposals" - Workshops Planned byThe Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
Whether you’re new to the world of grants or have some experience writing grants you’ll find this workshop valuable. The grant-writing and fund-raising environment is increasingly competitive. > More

New Stanton to craft comprehensive plan to prove borough 'more than' turnpike exit
New Stanton Council President Scott Sistek said he wants the community to be seen as more than just a stop off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The borough is working with the Westmoreland County planning department on a comprehensive plan to guide it through the next 10 years. > More

Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference coming to Pittsburgh in September
We are less than a month away from the 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference . It’s hard to believe we’re here, and on our end, we are beyond excited with our program, speakers, events and seeing all of you in Pittsburgh this September 8-11! > More

Connecting the Regional Trail Network
Connecting the Regional Trail Network Since last fall, the Power of 32%2B Regional Trail Network has made great progress advancing its vision of a connected regional trail system by 2033. > More

Upcoming Land Use Webinars
Land Use Webinar Series - Summer/Fall 2014     Penn State Extension’s Land Use Decision-Making Education Team provides access to a series of webinars to help planners, elected officials, and concerned citizens come together to make better land use decisions. > More

Linking the Comprehensive Plan to Economic Development
Land-use webinar to explore link between comprehensive plan and economic development       UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- How can you make your comprehensive plan better support economic development? > More

Building One Pennsylvania's Southwestern Pennsylvania Forum on Regional Opportunity, Sustainability and Economic Growth
              Building One Southwestern Pennsylvania Forum on Regional Opportunity, Sustainability and Economic Growth   May 16, 2014 9:30 a.m. > More

Ped-bike mapping effort in Westmoreland
Ped-bike mapping effort in Westmoreland just the start   #[kill myCSId]# --> --> Stacey Federoff 724-836-6660 Staff Reporter Tribune-Review Vince Mastrorocco of Derry Township marks a route on a bicycle suitability map compiled by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a 10-county regional organization, to help new bikers learn the best road routes. > More

Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition will release Dangerous by Design 2014
Every day, in communities across the country, people are killed while walking to school, to work or to the store. Many of these lives could be saved by building and operating streets that work for everyone who uses them. > More

Building One Southwestern Pennsylvania Forum on
Building One Pennsylvania’s Southwestern Pennsylvania Forum on Regional Opportunity, Sustainability and Economic Growth will involve local elected and civic leaders, policy experts, and federal and state policymakers in a results-oriented meeting to seek bipartisan solutions to the unique but common challenges around transportation and water infrastructure, schools a > More

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON - April 11, 2014 - Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). > More

Hiking in PA Program
Hiking in Pennsylvania:   The Laurel Highlands Trail   Hiking in Pennsylvania:   The Laurel Highlands Trail will be presented by Mike MuMau, Park Operations Manager, Laurel Hill State Park on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7 PM in the Calvin E. > More

Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Funding for Trails, Parks and related improvements
Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP) Requirements Download the guidelines for a complete understanding of the program and the requirements. Download Guidelines   http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority   Overview Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “ > More

Transit's New Era
State plan improves outlook for urban counties and commuters by Jeffery Fraser // 03/25/2014 T he Port Authority of Allegheny County’s chronic fiscal crisis was lifted with the stroke of the governor’s pen in November to the relief of downtown businesses, seniors, regional developers, people with disabilities and -- although they might not realize it -- suburban commuters who prefer t > More

Local Government Academy Announces Mult-Municipal Planning & Community Sustainability Grants
pplication Deadline: M ay 1, 2014 The purpose of the Multi-Municipal Planning & Community Sustainability Grant program is to support the creation and implementation of multi-municipal plans in conformance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. > More

Climate Change – Implications for Local and Regional Food Systems
West Virginia University is offering a Webinar on “ Climate Change - Implications for Local and Regional Food Systems ” on Friday, April 25 th from 2.00 pm through 3.30 pm. > More

Land-use webinar to highlight PA landscapes, greenways
A sign marking one of the state’s conservation landscape initiatives that will be discussed during the webinar. Image: Penn State April 7, 2014 Land-use webinar to highlight Pa. > More

SPC Regional Freight Conference
Registration is now open for the annual SPC Regional Freight Conference, to be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Sheraton Station Square just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. > More

Bright Times in Blairsville; The borough’s legacy beckons renewed life
By John Moist   Nestled comfortably in a crook of the Conemaugh River, Blairsville Borough, Indiana County sits atop history itself. With a past rooted in canals and railways, foundries and factories, the interwoven community stands today as a testament to nearly 200 years of heritage. > More

Walkable Communities -- Isn't that what we had before the invention of the wheel?
Posted: February 14, 2014 Or was it the invention of the internal combustion engine that sent this development pattern into hibernation? In a few days, Penn State Extension’s Land Use Decision-Making Education Team will kick off the first session of the Winter/Spring 2014 educational webinar series -- Transit-Oriented & Walkable Communities. > More

Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference
The Call for Proposals is now open for the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference, which will take place in Pittsburgh, September 8-11, 2014. Call for Proposals Thank you again for taking part in Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013 on September 19 at Carnegie Mellon University. > More

Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter
Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter January 2, 2014   Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D. Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging at the Penn State University share the latest edition of View Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter online  Please click on the link to view the newsletter.   > More

Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute
The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) was established in 1992 between Penn State Cooperative Extension and the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association. > More

Webinar to focus on implementing land use and other plans
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal, community and organizational officials implement strategic, land-use and comprehensive plans. > More

Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements
Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the General Public   The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has released a report that provides infrastructure cost estimates for pedestrian and bicycle treatments so as to inform decision making for researchers, engineers, planners, and the general public.  The rep > More

The Return of the Two-Way Street
  Infrastructure & Environment The Return of the Two-Way Street Why the double-yellow stripe is making a comeback in downtowns. by Alan Ehrenhalt   December 1, 2009 Over the past couple of decades, Vancouver, Washington, has spent millions of dollars trying to revitalize its downtown, and especially the area around Main Street that used to be the primary commercial center. > More

Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, Trends, and Pipeline Legislation
October Shale Webinar Looked at Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, Trends, and Pipeline Legislation Posted: October 6, 2013 October’s webinar focused on what the pipeline impacts signify for the Commonwealth As unconventional well production has grown exponentially over the past few years, getting natural gas to market is of key concern. > More

New Stanton officials told to update development plans
  By Kate Wilcox Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 New Stanton officials need to plan for new business and residential development after the Interstate 70 interchange construction project is completed in 2018, according to the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development. > More

Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners
Now available -- Online book (2013). Companion resource for eLearning curriculum. University Park, PA: Penn State University. Authors: John Becker, Matt Kaplan, Keith Dickinson, and Michael Jacobson. > More

Fiscal demands of different land uses on local governments explored
  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal officials assess the impacts of land use on local governments.   Scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Oct. > More

Penn State Intergenerational Program
We provide leadership and resource support for organizations interested in developing and studying intergenerational programs and activities that enrich people’s lives and help address vital social and community issues. > More

40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable
presented by Kaid Benfield ; Oct 03, 2013; 75 Comments . Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe they should walk more, but forty percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work, according to a national survey released this week .  The lack of nearby walkable destinations ranks as the second most often cited reason for not walki > More

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?
Several real estate researchers met in Atlanta on Wednesday to announce a milestone nearly as significant, they believe, as when historian Fredrick Jackson Turner declared the closing of America’s frontier after the 1890 census. > More

'Trees' is conference topic
The public is invited to a conference on "Trees," which will be held by the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center near Mount Pleasant. > More

Form-Based Code Development
Penn State Ag Sciences News 9/10/2013 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar providing guidance for municipalities on a form-based code approach to development. > More

New Stanton braces for surge in growth
By Kate Wilcox   At 72, the Rev. Cora Jean Black has seen her share of change -- some good, some not so good. Some mightily unwanted. But sitting in her jam-packed office at Sea-Jay’s Marriage Center in New Stanton, where you can tie the knot, close on your mortgage and get your temporary car tags all under one roof, Black says there’s no denying that changes have transformed he > More

PA "Clean and Green" Tax Program - Purpose, Requirements and Considerations
August 7, 2013 presentation (now as a recording) -- The Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, Act 319, better known as “Clean and Green,” was authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and allows land devoted to agricultural and forest land use to be assessed at a value for that use rather than a fair market value. > More

PennDOT targets New Stanton for $50M project
Click the below link to read the news coverage of The June 26th, 2013  “ Community Conversation ,” a community visioning, public engagement event --   http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/4262501-74/borough-stanton-traffic#axzz2XWod9DwK     By Kate Wilcox --> For travelers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, New Stanton is a passing destination for food and fuel. > More

Building to fall, park to rise in Mt. Pleasant
By Marilyn Forbes --> Parks are always a huge asset to any town, and once the dust settles and the debris is cleared, Mt. Pleasant Borough will be enjoying a new park on its eastern end. > More

Coping with Coops in the Neighborhood - How Chicken Conflicts are Being Addressed
June 27, 2013   (Now Recorded) Land Use Planning Webinar: Today, many nonfarm residents raise backyard chickens in urban and suburban settings. However, keeping chickens in developed areas poses challenges that are different from raising poultry in rural environments. > More

Future Story Community Visioning Project
Future Story Community Visioning Project A blog --  http://futurestorycollaborative.wordpress.com/ -- has been set up to continue the collaboration begun at the Future Story: Community Visioning Project at WCCC New Kensington Education Center on April 19th. > More

Bike trail connections ongoing between Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale
By Rachel Basinger   The Coal and Coke Recreation Trail that runs between Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale boroughs has begun seeing an increase in users, especially with the sunshine and warmer temperatures. > More

Students create new visions for region's future at Economic Exchange Day
By Chris Ulicne Bulletin Staff Writer   Area high school students on Wednesday worked with local and regional officials to come up with plans to improve the quality of life and the economy in their communities during Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Exchange Day, hosted this year by Derry Area High School (DAHS). > More

Economic Exchange Day
John Turack & Leanne Griffith (Penn State Extension & Smart Growth Partnership) wish to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all who made our May 1 ECONOMIC EXCHANGE DAY a great educational experience for Greater Latrobe & Derry Area HS students, including: Julie Donovan (Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau), Jeff Landy (Mt. > More

Group mapping vision for future of New Kensington, Arnold, Lower Burrell area
By R.A. Monti More than 70 local leaders, business professionals and citizens met Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell area. The meeting, which was held at the Westmoreland Community College New Kensington campus, was held in hopes of spurring ideas to revive the area, according to Scott McMannis, who is with the Circles Initiative. > More

Entrepreneurial Webinar
Session 2- Creating an Entrepreneurial Community of this webinar series will take place on April 25, 2013 between noon and 1 pm. The webinar will focus on how  entrepreneurial development fits into broader community and economic development efforts. > More

The Line-- a documentary by Linda Midgett
From Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett, The Line is a groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America. As Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis puts it, "more and more of our friends are in poverty -- in the pews, in our workplaces -- through no fault of their own, and they are slipping below the poverty level."   In the Chicago suburbs, a single dad was laid off fro > More

Community action group puts poverty in Alle-Kiski Valley in spotlight
By Liz Hayes A local community action group this month is asking Arnold, Lower Burrell and New Kensington residents to take a hard look at poverty and develop a plan to eliminate it in their cities. > More

Improving Connectivity and System Function through Local Planning
PennDOT’s new handbook on Improving Connectivity and System Function through Local Planning provides guidence to municipalities on how to enhance vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian connectivity. > More

Work on Pittsburgh mixed-use project could start in July
  The Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority board in Pennsylvania plans to begin development of roads and utilities at the 28-acre site of the former Civic Arena in Pittsburgh as part of a $40 million mixed-use project being proposed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. > More

"...visionary plans, urban design goals and architectural aspirations."
"As land use planning changes, ’zoning’ is no longer appropriate," stated a recent Washington Post article that has been re-published in the planning trade journal Planetizen. > More

Is it Time to Ditch Zoning?
As mixed-use development increasingly supersedes single-use development, Roger K. Lewis argues that we should retire the word "zoning" and its outdated "characterization of how we plan and shape growth." Although we still need land-use regulation, says Lewis, "zoning increasingly has become a conceptually inappropriate term." In an era in which elements typically regulated by zoning such as parkin > More

Expert: Health care too expensive, not effective
Expert: Health care too expensive, not effective By  Kari Andren   Published:  Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m. While the new federal health care law is not perfect, America’s current health care system is too expensive and not effective enough, a national health care expert said on Tuesday during a town hall meeting at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. > More

Land-use webinar offered by Penn State Extension on Feburary 20
UNIVERSITY PARK -- A Web-based seminar focusing on limitations in municipal land-use authority will be offered by Penn State Extension at noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 20. "How Pre-emption of Zoning and Other Local Controls Impacts Planning" will provide participants with an appreciation of how state laws can impact local land use. > More

Planning Matters
 "A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our action" - Oliver Wendell Holmes, former US Supreme Court Justice   This quote from a non-planner struck me as I was listening to Union County Planning Director Shawn McLaughlin speak at a recent Penn State Extension Land Use Decision-making webinar. > More

A how-to on throwing your hat into the ring
  Would-be candidates for local offices get pointers on running. by David Mekeel  Reading Eagle For Gary Hadden, it was a new world. He’s never held political office, but said he’s been thinking about running for his local board of supervisors. > More

Decisions, decisions
Posted: January 25, 2013 Every group has to make them, but too often we put off those pesky decisions. We talk in circles, get bogged down in details, repeat ourselves - all to avoid the moment of truth when we finally decide what to do. > More

USDA Highlights 2012 Investments to Build Stronger Rural Communities
USDA Highlights 2012 Investments to Build Stronger Rural Communities                 Rural Development helps to invest more than $862 million to strengthen rural Pennsylvania     WASHINGTON , January 23, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently issued a report highlighting USDA Rural Development&rsqu > More

Smart Growth offers resources to Westmoreland Communities
Smart Growth offers resources to  Westmoreland communities Marilyn Forbes for the Daily Courier --  John Turack, Smart Growth Partnership interim executive director, asks for ideas or problems that could be addressed. > More

Lincoln Avenue Project Plans Displayed for Review at the 2013 City of Latrobe Strategic Visioning Summit
Posted on July 13, 2012 by Chris Townley This was a group project for the Spring 2012 semester Planning Design II course at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Deemed the "Lincoln Ave Studio", the goal of the class was to create a proposal to provide ideas for the redevelopment of the Lincoln Avenue corridor in Latrobe, PA. > More

Looking Back, Living Today, and Leaning Forward
January 10, 2013 By John Turack "When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people." -- Chinese proverb. > More

Trees grace gateway to Latrobe
By Joe Napsha Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 8:45 p.m. Updated: Friday, December 21, 2012 --> For the past six years, Cheryl Koloshinsky of Latrobe has mowed or used trimmers on a narrow strip of grass in front of her sidewalk, making sure she does not step into the path of Lloyd Avenue traffic. > More

Large crowd previews plans for bridge in Derry
By Jeff Himler Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m. Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 --> PennDOT intends to keep two-way traffic flowing along the Route 217 railroad bridge in Derry during construction of a new bridge, tentatively set to begin in 2015. > More

Preliminary design for Route 217 bridge revealed
By Marie McCandless Latrobe Bulletin News Editor   January 10, 2013 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials and engineers Wednesday presented a preliminary design for the Route 217 bridge replacement in Derry Borough. > More

Excela near deal for center in Unity
By Joe Napsha   Published:  Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m. Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013  Excela Health is close to a deal to acquire a 29-acre parcel off Route 30 in Unity Township, where the hospital system plans to build a three-story outpatient medical center between the Wal-Mart and Kmart stores, an official said Wednesday. > More

ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities
ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities ICMA’s Center for Sustainable Communities provides knowledge resources and technical assistance on leading practices at the intersection of sustainability and local government management Sustainable Communities fellows tour the State House in Annapolis, MD with ICMA member Bob Agee New and Free!  Asset-Based Economic Development and Building Susta > More

Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions
Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions EPA’s Smart Growth Program released a new report today examining residential construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions. > More

Beyond Density: The Art and Science of Walkable Neighborhoods
Beyond Density: The Art and Science of Walkable Neighborhoods Anthony Flint / Dec 14 2012 For Release Friday, December 14, 2012 Citiwire.net The business of place-making - part science, part art - has had a long evolution, but American cities have never needed good urban design more urgently than at this moment. > More

Community Power
Where does Power lie in your community? Are there different power centers depending on the issue? by Liesel Dreisbach Senior Extension Educator, Ag Entrepreneurship/Economic and Community Development Team  --   Power in my community has for many years been found among the families of two churches who also make up most of the staff of the volunteer fire company.  They also filled mos > More

Asset-Based Economic Development and Building Sustainable Rural Communities, Part 2: Natural Resources and Amenities
The second in a series of briefing papers on asset-based economic development and building sustainable rural communities, this document examines natural and working landscapes. > More

Time to Run for Office
By Judy Chambers   "Now that the elections are over, are you ready for the next round? No joke: 2013 is a municipal election year in Pennsylvania.  You’ll be voting for township supervisors, borough and city council members, school district directors, and other local offices.  The primary isn’t until May, and the general election won’t happen until next November, s > More

Community Champions -- Where Would Our Communities Be Without Them?
Community Champions -- Where Would Our Communities Be Without Them? Posted: October 25, 2012 There are a lot of research documents, case studies, and resources out there for communities to draw from, if they intend to become more vibrant. > More

Smart Growth Partnership Impact, Background, Needs and Officer Statements
Impact Statement The Smart Growth Partnership (SGP) has excelled as a convener of stakeholders and resources, and as a community advisor providing education and technical assistance to organizations such as WEDIG, DARCee, PEC, LHCC, LHCLI, SPC, VIP/FLAG, Trafford CDC, CommuteINFO Advisory Committee, and in municipalities such as Murrysville, Rostraver, Irwin, Trafford, Jeannette, Ne > More

Call Renewed for Pennsylvania Turnpike, Arnold Palmer Airport Link
By Joe Napsha   TribLIVE News   Westmoreland County economic development officials Tuesday made yet another pitch for constructing an expressway that will connect the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport at Route 30 near Latrobe with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, via Route 981. > More

Are you a Citizen of your Community?
By John Turack I’ve been focusing in my last few blog entries on communities and land-use decisions.  Today, I ask you to consider further the role of the citizen within communities. > More

How to Increase the Numbers Engaged in Civic and Political Issues in Our Communities
How to Increase the Numbers Engaged in Civic and Political Issues in Our Communities Posted: September 10, 2012 Liesel   Dreisbach , S enior Extension Educator Research shows that youths whose parents volunteer and who participate in family discussions about politics engage in more civic and political activities as adults than those whose families do not volunteer or discuss politics. > More

Land Use Decisions and Youth -- Reflections from Ag Progress Days 2012
Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator and Blogger John Turack summarizes his thoughts on working at the 4-H Youth Building. The Extension Economic and Community Development Team presented "My Community: What’s the Plan?" at this year’s event. > More

What Does Good Planning Look Like?
One of my professors up at State College is fond of asking the question -- "What does good planning look like?" Read More   http://extension.psu.edu/ecd/news/2012/what-does-good-planning-look-like       > More

Exploring the idea of Community
Last week John Turack explored the meaning of community development.  This week Liesel Dreisbach, Senior Extension Educator with Penn State Extension’s Ag Entrepreneurship/Economic and Community Development Team  takes a look at an even more fundamental idea, that of community. > More

Community Development -- Thinking about definitions
Westmoreland County based Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator John Turack sparks a discussion about the definition of community development. Mr. Turack also serves as the Interim Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. > More

PennDOT reopens Barnes Lake Road
The long-awaited reopening of Barnes Lake Road in North Huntingdon will occur later today, according to PennDOT officials. Eight months after the road was closed from its intersection with Route 30 to allow for the construction of an entrance into the new Wal-Mart Supercenter Plaza, the once heavily-traveled road will reopen with its original route. > More

Power of 32 Highlights of Recent Milestones
Power of 32  engaged thousands of citizens in Community Conversations to develop a vision for the region. From this input, Issue Teams were formed to address ideas for change in six key categories: Economy, Education, Environment, Government, People & Community, and Transportation & Infrastructure. > More

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