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Potter County Coronavirus Summary: SUNDAY P.M. Summary

May 27th, 2020 Comments off

COVID-19 coronavirus numbers held steady in all but one of the counties surrounding Potter between Saturday and Sunday. There was one more confirmed case and one more death in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., where the case count is now 88 with four fatalities. There were no changes in Lycoming County, 164 cases and three deaths; Clinton County. 56 cases and three deaths; Tioga County, 17 cases and two deaths; Allegany County, N.Y., 45 cases and two fatalities; McKean County, 12 cases and one death; Elk County, six cases; Potter County, four cases; and Cameron County, two cases.

Statewide, Pennsylvania had 511 new confirmed cases between Saturday and Sunday increasing the overall figure to 71,926. At the same time, there were 18 more fatalities in Pennsylvania, where the death toll stands at 5,555.

The “Green Phase” of Governor Tom Wolf executive order took effect on Friday in 17 counties. Guidance for business operations and other activities covered by the loosened restrictions can be found here. Affected counties are Potter, Cameron, McKean, Tioga, Elk, Clearfield, Warren, Jefferson, Bradford, Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Lawrence, Montour, Snyder, Sullivan and Venango.

Meanwhile, the Potter County Commissioners are planning a phased reopening of the F. W. Gunzburger Building effective Monday, June 1. In compliance with the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order, public health and safety measures will be in effect. Access is available be made through the Main Street entrance, where masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Many services are available remotely through telephone or internet access. For county office contact information and online options, click here.

 

‘Revitalize Potter County’ Focusing On Agriculture

May 27th, 2020 Comments off

Next meeting of the Revitalize Potter County Work Group will be held on Friday, June 5. Members will be joined by an agronomist from Penn State University. They’ve already been conferring with working farmers large and small, including organic farmers, to broaden their knowledge. Focus of the meeting will be on strategies to support local agriculture as a foundation of the county’s economy with significant growth potential. Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt and Commissioner Barry Hayman have begun their concerted research, outreach and strategic planning to promote local farm products and advocate for local growers and producers. Also soon to be launched is another Revitalize Potter County initiative, focused on building local tourism and recreation. That will be followed by a concerted focus on other elements of the economy and community revitalization.

Revitalize Potter County was launched this month by Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel as “a collaborative strategy to emerge from the pandemic with our economic foundation still in place and a blueprint for community and economic development.” It is being rolled out in phases, the first of which has already been completed:

  • Phase 1: Develop resources for Potter County businesses. Seek funding to provide grants and/or loans for businesses re-emerging from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Establish a Revitalize Potter County work group to develop strategies to ensure success.
  • Phase 2: Establish an information and referral clearinghouse for local businesses seeking support. (That’s now available on the county website, pottercountypa.net, click on Community Development). Integrate Revitalize Potter County with the goals identified in the County Comprehensive Plan 2020-2029, and the specific mission of Potter County Project 2025 – reversing the county’s population loss and the steady increase in median age.
  • Phase 3: Administer a grant/loan program to assist local businesses. Engage partners from the agricultural, tourism, commercial business, manufacturing, education and other sectors for ongoing implementation of business support initiatives. Identify agencies or organizations to carry out priorities identified by the work group and partners.
  • Phase 4: Close out Revitalize Potter County.

Anyone interested in sharing suggestions or comments can send an email to revitalize@pottercountypa.net. More information is available from Potter County Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt at 814-274-8290, extension 229.