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Commissioners Accepting Applications For CDBG Funds

June 29th, 2020 Comments off

Potter County has been awarded $225,000 in federal funds this year under the decades-old Community Development Block Grant program. This CDBG Entitlement Program is not to be confused with separate funding that has been secured to help Potter County businesses and communities recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

First in a series of public hearings and project development workshops for Entitlement Program applicants was held on Thursday at the Gunzburger Building.

Later this month, Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel will choose recipients based on qualifying criteria provided by the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development. In recent years, bulk of the funds have been awarded to boroughs or townships seeking financial help for large-scale water or sewage treatment projects. To be eligible, projects must meet one or more of three objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slums or blight; and/or alleviate immediate threats to health and safety.

The commissioners maintain a three-year community development plan to assist them in decisions for each year’s Entitlement Program block grant. Potential applicants can learn more about eligibility criteria and other particulars from Tyler Dombroski at tdombroski@seda-cog.org.

Detailed project summaries are due by July 17. The commissioners are scheduled to select recipients during their 11 am Thursday, July 30, business meeting.

‘Revitalize Potter County’ Hits Ground Running

June 25th, 2020 Comments off

Revitalize Potter County (RPC) has kicked off with a focus on helping small businesses cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The work group will also focus on other elements of the economy – boosting agriculture, tourism, local manufacturing, job training and community development among them. RPC was launched in May 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.” They’ve assigned Planning Director Will Hunt and Community Development Director Ellen Russell to spearhead the initiative.

“We’re going through an unusual time and there’s a lot at stake when it comes to the future of Potter County,” Hunt explained during a meeting of the county commissioners. “We are identifying partners and we plan to make the ‘Revitalize’ project a high priority.”

Team members have already begun research, outreach and strategic planning to promote local farm products and advocate for local growers and producers. They’ve been conferring with multiple farm operators, including organic growers, to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their focus. The RPC team is also pulling together partners to work on a blueprint to boost tourism in Potter County, working with Visit Potter/Tioga, local business owners and community leaders. Of more immediate focus is the use of federal block grant funds the county expects to receive to help businesses adversely affected by the pandemic.

Anyone interested in sharing suggestions or comments can send an email to revitalize@pottercountypa.net or call 814-274-8290, extension 229.