2017 Jun 18

Gaming revenue sharing outlined

The Fayette County Redevelopment Authority will begin accepting applications from municipalities and other agencies for a portion of the county’s 2017 gaming revenue. Andrew French, authority executive director, said the county anticipates receipts of about $600,000 for the Local Share Account (LSA) program The fund was established under the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act for the purpose of . . . more

2017 Jun 14

Penn State Fayette, Fay-Penn partner with program to help entrepreneurs

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, is partnering with Fay-Penn Economic Development Council to jump-start wannabe entrepreneurs in Fayette and surrounding counties. The $50,000 grant was given to Penn State Fayette through the university’s 2-year-old Invent Penn State Initiative, which is designed to leverage the size of the university to drive economic development, job creation and student success . . . more

2017 May 19

Little Free Library initiative begun in Fayette

For a small library, the unveiling of the first Little Free Library in Fayette County at Central School in Uniontown earlier this month drew a large crowd that included local and state leaders. The countywide initiative, launched earlier this month by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council’s second Fayette Leaders Academy cohort, will result in the placement of 15 Little Free Libraries . . . more

2017 May 19

Little Fre Libraries begin popping up in Fayette County

Fifteen new Little Free Libraries will be opening in Fayette County this summer, available 24-hours a day without so much as a library card. The little libraries, free-standing wooden structures designed and built by students at the Fayette County Career Technology Institute, are the community service project . . . more

2017 May 18

Fay-Penn discusses economic successes

More than 200 people gathered at Aaron’s Building in Connellsville Thursday evening to get an economic shot in the arm from Fay-Penn Economic Development Council at its annual meeting. And they did not walk away disappointed. In 2016, Fay-Penn helped create or retain 400 jobs . . . more

2017 May 18

Fay-Penn hands out awards at annual dinner in Connellsville

A year of achievements was celebrated Thursday as the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council held its annual meeting at the Aaron’s Building. Jim Foutz, Fay-Penn board chairman, said the nonprofit council’s programs and projects resulted in the creation or retention of about 400 jobs in Fayette County in 2016 and $6.1 million in new private and public investment . . . more

2017 May 16

Second round of Fayette gaming revenues allocated

The Fayette County Redevelopment Authority continues to distribute gaming proceeds to various entities to complete projects. Recently the board approved sub-recipient agreements with Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Redstone Foundation, the county, South Union Township and the City of Connellsville for the distribution of about $393,500 in Local Share Account (LSA) revenues received by the county . . . more

2017 May 10

Uniontown business authority hoping for interest in revolving loan fund program

UNIONTOWN -- Downtown business district authority members focused on the authority’s new revolving loan fund program, reporting collectively that it had not received much interest from local residents yet. “We’re very anxious to get some applicants for our new loan program,” said Denice Ferranti-Robinson, Uniontown Downtown Business District Authority Chair . . . more

2017 Apr 12

UDBDA announces launch of revolving loan fund program

UNIONTOWN -- The city Downtown Business District Authority announced the official launch of its revolving loan fund program for new or expanding businesses  within the central business district at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday . “We are very excited to have partners and be getting our loan program off again,” said Denice Ferranti-Robinson, UDBDA Chair . . . more

2017 Apr 6

Consultant shares steps to effective communication

You have got to handle things in a professional manner in the workplace, or things will blow up. That was the message Wednesday during a workshop held by Laura Magone, a Monongahela native who works as an organizational consultant and works with people to help them communicate effectively with each other. “You have to listen to understand,” said Magone, during the workshop sponsored by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council . . . more

2017 Apr 6

$600 Million power plant planned for Hatfield’s Ferry site

The deal, expected to close in roughly a year, will allow APV, based in Bernardsville, New Jersey, to proceed with its plans to construct Renaissance Energy Center, a 1,000-megawatt, clean, state-of-the-art, natural gas-fueled power generation facility on the property. APV Renaissance’s sister company, American Power Ventures LLC, will be the project developer. . . . more

2017 Apr 5

DEP finds site violations at Hatfield's Ferry power plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has notified FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron about a handful of violations at the shuttered Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Greene County stemming from a recent inspection of the site. The timing of the DEP report coincides with plans of a New Jersey company - APB Renaissance Partners Opco LLC . . . more

2017 Mar 29

City’s spirit impresses state official

The cooperative spirit in the Connellsville area impressed the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as he toured Connellsville Tuesday. Secretary Dennis Davon viewed areas, including the Connellsville Canteen, Cobblestone Hotel, the new . . . more

2017 Mar 21

Small business technology funding available

Early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania can secure federal funding opportunities through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Funding from the program is being distributed to Pennsylvania Small Business . . . more

2017 Mar 20

Connellsville Area School District joins Westmoreland County workforce program

The ideas of how to bolster tourism in Fayette County, as well as the neighboring counties of Westmoreland and Somerset, were plentiful in a recent tourism . . . . more

2017 Mar 16

$2.2 million hangar project continues at county airport

The Fayette County Airport Authority approved a $210,875.40 payment Wednesday evening to Fairchance Construction Company Wednesday evening for work completed on two new hangars currently under construction at the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport.. . . . more

2017 Mar 15

Fayette Chamber Hosts Tourism Roundtable

The ideas of how to bolster tourism in Fayette County, as well as the neighboring counties of Westmoreland and Somerset, were plentiful in a recent tourism roundtable hosted by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. . . . more

2017 Mar 14

Airport hangar project nears completion

DUNBAR TWP. - The brown structural steel frames, roof purlins and steel wall and roof sheeting are giving shape to the long-awaited new corporate and T-hangars at the Joseph A. Hardy/Connellsville Airport  . . . more

2017 Mar 12

Entrepreneurial-minded students compete for capital

An enterprise starts with an idea, and the idea pitched by one Brownsville Area sophomore to a panel of judges helped her to secure important seed money for her potential business. . . . more

2017 Mar 8

Hatfield's Ferry Power Station being eyed for redevelopment

The former Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station, which closed in 2013, is being eyed by a New Jersey company for possible redevelopment. APV Renaissance Partners Opco LLC of Bernardsville, N.J., said it intends to apply . . . more

2017 Mar 7

BusinessWomen First Winner Michelle Cunningham

Michelle Cunningham might run what could be considered a small-town hospital, but there’s nothing small about her approach to delivering health care to the community. As CEO of Highlands Hospital in Connellsville, she recently led . . . more

2017 Mar 6

Connellsville chamber members recognized

Connellsville Area Chamber of Commerce officials honored a handful of community members last week for their contributions in continuing to make Connellsville a thriving business community and exciting place to live. The accolades began with an award that isn’t necessarily given each year but instead when it seems fitting to honor . . . more

2017 Feb 21

State budget proposal includes small business support

Small businesses across the state are being supported in the proposed 2017-18 budget that will enable them to continue providing services to help entrepreneurs start new companies and to help existing businesses overcome barriers to growth and success. The budget includes $11.2 million in funding to be distributed among Pennsylvania Small Business Development . . . more

2017 Feb 14

Boeing committed to long-term presence in Fayette County

SMITHFIELD - A productive local workforce and elected officials that work side-by-side to aid business has resulted in a global manufacturer deciding to make a long-term investment in Fayette County. Boeing officials, Jeff Shockey, vice-president of Federal Legislative Affairs/Government Operations, and Christopher Raymond, vice-president and general manager of Electronic and Information . . . more

2017 Feb 13

Museum Opens!  Connellsville site showcases Native American artifacts, offers glimpse into the past

Connellsville has a new museum.  The Laurel Highlands Native American Interpretive Center recently opened adjacent to the Appalachian Creativity Center at 139 W. Crawford Ave.  “It all started with a grant from the Laurel Highlands Visitor’s Bureau that covered the costs of the display cases and signage . . . more

2017 Feb 12

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites in Connellsville opens Friday

The long awaited opening of the Cobblestone Hotel and Suites in Connellsville is within reach. Reservations can be made online now for Friday's opening of the $4.5 million, 54-room hotel on First Street along the Great Allegheny Passage. It's finally here. We're going to get the building open on Friday," said Christopher Rosselot, of Hotel d2 Services, the . . . more

2017 Feb 9

Authority advances application for Argon ST expansion

The Fayette County Redevelopment Authority has advanced a funding application for the expansion of a local business.  In a unanimous vote of those in attendance at its meeting Wednesday, members authorized the submission of a $1.5 million grant application to the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program  . . . more

2017 Jan 26

Building on success, Fay-Penn poised for big 2017

Buoyed by its successes last year, including a record number of closed business loans, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council is looking for even bigger things this year, according to its executive director. “The more money we can get into the hands of small business, the better,” said Bob Shark during his organization’s quarterly meeting Thursday morning at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. “The closed loans (12) are more than double what we did the prior year.” . . . more

2017 Jan 26

Fay-Penn creates new business partnership

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council announced a new strategy at its first quarterly meeting of 2017 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus yesterday. Lori Ann Scott, business support coordinator, told the group of businessmen and educators of the initiation of a Manufacturing Consortium as an informal partnership with Fayette and Greene County businesses. The partnership is aimed at increasing the sale of locally made items within the region or cracking export markets on an international scale. . . . more

2017 Jan 18

Fay-Penn Director: Economic picture can get brighter

It's important to keep money made in Fayette County in the local economy, according to local economic experts. "We have to keep money coming in," said Bob Shark, executive director of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, the county's main economic development arm. And while it is 83 percent cheaper to live in Fayette County, than Pittsburgh, for example . . . more

2017 Jan 15

Visitor bureau energizes tourist trade

Twenty-three area tourism related businesses received grants Thursday from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau during a presentation ceremony at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. “Tourism helps our economy and helps everyone,” said Vincent Vicites, chairman of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. “Thanks for making tourism better in Fayette County,” Vicites told the recipients. . . . more

2017 Jan 11

Fay-Penn Economic Development helped retain, create 141 jobs in 2016

What does a meat-processing plant in Mill Run, a second insurance company office in Carmichaels, a pet-grooming business on Route 40 in Uniontown and a brewery have in common? They're all 2016 recipients of financial aid from Fay-Penn Economic Development Council's $15 million revolving loan, which dispensed 12 small-business loans totaling $1.62 million . . . more

2017 Jan 11

Uniontown business authority looks to start revolving loan fund

The Downtown Business District Authority heard from Fay-Penn Economic Development Council Executive Director Bob Shark at its Wednesday meeting as both organizations looked aheaqd to getting started with the authority's revolving loan fund program . . . more

2016 Nov 10

Chamber Hails Fayette 'Superheroes' in Business

Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s 91st annual dinner meeting brought a lot of “superheroes” under one roof in North Union Township.
“Tonight is about superheroes in our community,” said the chamber’s president, state Senator Pat Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, as he
opened that meeting last week at the Park Inn at Radisson . . . more


2016 Oct 26

Commissioners OK 2016 gaming proceed allocations

Fayette County will allocate about $618,000 in Local Share Account (LSA) funding to 13 projects planned by various municipalities and agencies. In unanimous action at its recent commission meeting, officials accepted the recommendations of the LSA steering committee to fund . . . more


2016 Oct 20

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council names new directors to board

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council will have four new directors for the next three years, as well as four other directors filling vacancies for one or two years . . . more


2016 Oct 12

Navy extends Boeing contract; more state aid may go to Smithfield plant

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $10.2 million addition to a previous contract with Boeing for surface ship torpedo defense systems and associated spare parts from a facility in Smithfield. Meanwhile, major state funding could be forthcoming for an expansion of that facility, according to . . . more


2016 Oct 12

UDBDA makes progress toward revolving loan fund

The downtown business district authority heard from representatives from Fay-Penn and Bridgeway Capital as the parties discussed how to move forward with reinbstituting the UDBDA's revolving loan fund at the authority's monthly meeting Thursday . . . more


2016 Oct 12

Area teachers benefit from Penn State development program

A Penn State University program providing a "pipeline" for teachers to professional development in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education was a primary topic at Tuesday's Fayette Business Education Partnership meeting at Penn State Fayette . . . more


2016 Oct 03

ContactUS LLC exceeds promised workforce at Grindstone location

Six months ago, Columbus, Ohiobased ContactUS LLC promised 147 jobs at its new center in Redstone Township... . . . more


2016 Sep 23

Businesses get tips on 'greening' their operations

“Greening” one’s business is about more than just energy conservation and recycling, participants were told at a seminar last week at the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council offices in Lemont Furnace.. . . . more


2016 Sep 23

Going Green workshop held by Fay-Penn -- Reported by Daily Courier

A small group of area businessmen and women attended a workshop Friday in the offices of FayPenn Economic Development Council to learn of ways to adapt environmentally – and often economically friendly – techniques to their companies. . . . more


2016 Sep 12

Fayette native offers incentive for ReSource Fayette initiative

A Fayette County native who found success in such fields as manufacturing and marketing wants to help others find success producing jobs on his old turf. A Fayette County native who found success in fields such as manufacturing and marketing wants to help others find success producing jobs on his old turf . . . more


2016 Jul 21

Fay-Penn announces more loans building activity

Loan closings for ventures creating nine new jobs were announced Thursday at Fay-Penn Economic Development Council’s quarterly board meeting. Fay-Penn Loan Program Coordinator Jessica Firmstone told the gathering at Penn State-Fayette, The Eberly Campus, that the loans will bolster existing senior citizen and pet care facilities . . . more


2016 Jul 15

Phase I of Dunbar Township industrial park open for business

The nonprofit Fay-Penn Economic Development Council has put out the welcome mat for companies wanting to use the first phase of its newest industrial park. "This park is pad ready," Council Chairman Jim Foutz told dignitaries gathered Thursday for the Ribbon Cutting at Dunbar Township Business Park . . . more

2016 May 26

Fayette foundation announces scholarship recipients

Paving a way to educational opportunities, The Community Foundation of Fayette County recently announced the awarding of scholarships totaling more than $160,000 to approximately 100 local residents . . . more


2016 May 19

Fay-Penn remembers founder at 25th Anniversary Dinner

A pair of $25,000 donations and the graduation of a class of future leaders helped Fay-Penn Economic Development Council celebrate its 25th anniversary . . . more

The newly renamed Orville and Ruth Eberly Workforce Development Scholarship Fund received a donation from the Eberly Foundation presented by Robert Eberly Jr.(right) and a matched donation by Community Foundaton of Fayette County presented by Dr. John Sunyecz to James Foutz, 1st vice president of Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. The scholarship is presented to those students looking into technical careers such as Commercial Drivers training or licensed practical nursing.

2016 May 19

Fay-Penn looks ahead to next Leaders Academy class

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council’s Fayette Leaders Academy recently graduated its first class of six professionals. “We spent the last nine months meeting, learning, networking, and completing a group community service project,” Roberta Higinbotham, 57, of Uniontown posted on Facebook after the annual Fay-Penn dinner May 19 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort . . . more


2016 May 12

Higher hotel tax may help increase grants to Laurel Highlands businesses, attractions

Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is distributing $455,936 in regional hotel room tax revenue to 32 tourism-related Fayette County entities — and hoping to distribute more in years ahead with an increase in that tax . . . more

2016 Apr 27

Local students entrepreneurial spirit rewarded in competition

Before a business can boom, it must bloom. Three blossoming enterprises — creations of four high school entrepreneurs — took home a collective $1,000 at the third annual Fayette County Business Pitch Competition, hosted Wednesday at Brownsville Area High School . . . more


2016 Apr 28

Butcher shop, bridge fabricator receive funding

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council announced the approval of low-interest loans for two recent business development projects during its quarterly board meeting Thursday at Penn State-Fayette . . . more


2016 Apr 26

Fay-Penn introduces new Uniontown business center

Dozens of local dignitaries and residents gathered at the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47 at 142 W. Main St. Monday morning for a first peek at the next step for a downtown Uniontown in transition . . . more

2016 Apr 25

Fay-Penn introduces new Uniontown business center

Dozens of local dignitaries and residents gathered at the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47 at 142 W. Main St. Monday morning for a first peek at the next step for a downtown Uniontown in transition . . more