2017 Sep 14

Local business leaders coordinating proposal for Amazon's second headquarters

Amazon announced last week that it is searching for a second headquarters in North America, and local business leaders are coordinating a response explaining to the company why it should consider the 10-county Pittsburgh area. It’d be a game-changer for the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region, and it’s worth their best shot. That’s the attitude that local officials have towards responding to Amazon’s invitation for bids . . . more

2017 Sep 13

Fay-Penn closes loan on Connellsville fitness center

Fay-Penn recently closed on a loan to Rosensteel Personal Training & Fitness, LLC through its Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF). Rosensteel Personal Training & Fitness, LLC is an existing fitness business located in Connellsville, and owned and operated by Lori J. Rosensteel since 2014. In 2017, she established a new fitness facility doing business as House of Steel . . . more

2017 Sep 11

PSU Fayette Chancellor speaks to city’s Rotary Club

Chancellor Dr. Charles Patrick of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, was the guest speaker recently at the Rotary Club of Connellsville. Dr. Patrick presented an informative presentation of the campus and discussed recent updates. He noted that nearly 45 percent of the students on campus are first generation students to attend college, and that 90 percent of the students have need-based scholarships.. . . more

2017 Sep 10

Hopwood Foodland opens its doors

Eight months after the closing of Adrian’s Market, local shoppers have a grocery store in the village once again with the grand opening of Hopwood Foodland. “We’re carrying on the tradition of supplying Hopwood with a full-service supermarket,’’ said owner Jeff Ross, of North Huntingdon. “My wife and I purchased the building so it’s a long-term commitment.’’ Hopwood Foodland, located at 1176 National Pike. . . more

2017 Sep 8

State reps, local business leaders condemn revenue bill during Taxpayers Caucus hearing

Seven Pennsylvania state representatives and several local and regional business representatives gathered to denounce a revenue bill that passed the state Senate in July during a House Taxpayers’ Caucus hearing at the Park Inn by Radisson on Thursday. The bill, currently up for House consideration . . . more

2017 Sep 3

Grindstone business seeks additional hires

Following a successful first year, a local call center is looking to bring on an additional 100 jobs. “So far, we need about 100 to start in September alone,” said Joshua White, human resources coordinator for ContactUS in Grindstone. White attributes the influx of jobs to a new client, who will occupy nearly half of the new hires. “We have about 15 to 20 clients total between our two locations . . . more

2017 Aug 29

Fay-Penn announces SBLF loan to Normalville trout farm

Jessica Firmstone, Fay- Penn’s Loan Program Coordinator, recently announced that the Fay-Penn Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) closed on a loan to Angelo Trout Farm, LLC, an existing business located in Normalville. Angelo Trout Farm, LLC is an established trout farm, which sells to sportsmen’s clubs and stock associations. The trout farm has been in business for more than 40 years . . . more

2017 Aug 24

Fayette director of Continuing Education a difference maker

An eastern Pennsylvania native who was eager to work for Penn State, Joseph E. Segilia, had a question when told 24 years ago there was a job opening at the university’s Fayette County campus. “Where is Fayette County?’’ he asked. By the time he retired at the end of June as director of Outreach and
Continuing Education at . . . more

2017 Aug 14

Officials say renovations at Smithfield customer care center retain jobs

Renovations at a Smithfield-based customer care center owned by Columbia Gas parent company NiSource have added 125 new work stations and ensured the retention of the 290 employees who work there. The 10,000-square-foot renovation at the company’s center was unveiled earlier this month, said Pablo Vegas, NiSource executive vice president . . . more

2017 Aug 11

COE Distributing expanding in Fayette County, adding jobs

COE Distributing, a wholesale office furniture and accessories distributor, is expanding its Smock facility and consolidating out-of-state operations to add 20 full-time jobs.“It’s better for the customer, the company, and you reap the benefits in the local community as well,” said COE Distributing Vice President of Operations Jennifer Jubin. . . more

2017 Aug 10

Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette County

COE Distributing, a wholesale office furniture and accessories distributor, is expanding its Smock facility and consolidating out-of-state operations to add 20 full-time jobs.“It’s better for the customer, the company, and you reap the benefits in the local community as well,” said COE Distributing Vice President of Operations Jennifer Jubin. . . more

2017 Aug 10

Ni-Source completes project to retain 290 employees in Fayette

Ni- Source, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, hosted an open house celebrating the unveiling of a 10,000 sq. ft. renovation in their Customer Care Center located in Smithfield, PA. Approximately 80 people attended the ribbon cutting at the Fayette Business Park. The Smithfield Customer Care Center employs nearly 300 and supports Columbia Gas companies in Pennsylvania, . . . more

2017 Aug 10

Fay-Penn EDC unveils business attraction initiative

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, the premier economic development agency in Fayette County, announced an initiative to target large companies and work with them to establish a business presence in Fayette County. The plan includes a new hire, working with an expert firm to inventory Fayette County’s assets and identify those industries and . . . more

2017 Aug 8

Businesses get government contracting services

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council is teaming up with Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) to provide one-on-one government contracting assistance to Fayette County businesses. The move reinforces Fay-Penn’s mission to help build and strengthen the county’s economy through job creation and business retention . . . more

2017 Aug 3

Fay-Penn to host business-to-business expo at Eberly Campus

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, in conjunction with Penn State Fayette, will host a business-to-business expo from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Eberly Campus. Bob Shark, Fay-Penn’s executive director, stated that this expo is a great opportunity for buyers and business owners to meet and expand their business networks . . . more

2017 Aug 2

'LaunchBox' Fay-Penn focuses on startup assistance program

Fay-Penn officials and partners outlined what they hope will be a “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs at the organization’s quarterly meeting Wednesday morning at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Fay-Penn Executive Director Bob Shark detailed a “LaunchBox” economic development initiative in which entrepreneurs who have conceptual ideas for businesses can take advantage of Penn State Fayette resources.  . . . more

2017 Jul 31

Fay-Penn looks forward to job expansion

Bob Shark, executive director of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, believes there is a tremendous amount of potential for business, industry, manufacturing, agriculture and infrastructure expansion in Fayette County. “There is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done with all the potential we have in the county just waiting to be . . . more

2017 Jul 17

Fay-Penn focuses on making county workforce competitive

No region in Pennsylvania felt the effects of America’s decline in manufacturing more than the southwest. The story of big corporate manufacturing plants and the steel industry is well-worn by now and interestingly, no longer the main problem facing the area. In fact, something happened that many did not predict. A piece of manufacturing  . . . more

2017 Jul 17

$1.75 million grant to boost local economy

The largest grant ever given to a non-academic institution by the Appalachian Regional Commission is being used by Fayette County Community Action’s Republic Food Enterprise Center to grow the agricultural industry in the region. The $1.75 million Power Initiative grant will be used  to increase food production and agricultural jobs in . . . more

2017 Jul 10

County asks PennDOT for help resolving Sheepskin Trail issue

The Fayette County commissioners have asked the state Department of Transportation to help it resolve an ongoing dispute with Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad regarding a small section of the Sheepskin Trail in Dunbar Township. In a June 29 letter to Leslie Richards, PennDOT secretary, the commissioners said in May 2016, the railroad removed a .5-mile section of the trail near Dunbar to construct a new rail yard . . . more

2017 Jun 26

Cal U students think expressway extension will help college

California University of Pennsylvania students, Jasmin Wadsworth and Megan Collins, use the Mon/Fayette Expressway almost every day to commute to class from their respective homes in Brownsville and Connellsville. It’s fast and convenient, they say. And if the 74-mile toll road, which starts at the West Virginia border and . . . more

2017 Jun 23

Fay-Penn offers funding through LSA

Fay-Penn is offering free assistance to any organization wishing to apply for funding through the Local Share Account (LSA) program managed by Fayette County. The application period for 2017 is now open. Fay-Penn has successfully applied for funding during the first two grant cycles and is now offering grant application services to others . . . more

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 Free 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

Bob Shark Looking Back and Ahead at Economic Development Success in Fayette County -Reported by: Pittsburgh Region Alliance

Part X of a Weekly, 12-Part Series -- Note: The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) invited each of its economic development partners from the 10-county region to share insight and maybe some hindsight about business investment and the economy’s growth – at the county and regional levels – looking through the rearview mirror at 2016 and at the road ahead . . . 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 May 2

Saint Vincent business center hosts QuickBooks Seminar at Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center will be offering an educational seminar on the accounting software package, QuickBooks® the Online Version. QuickBooks® Online will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce . . . more

2017 Apr 25

Meet the Lenders event to help for-profit groups

It’s always best to know who the lenders are, and to have them know you, before you need money, according to Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority. With that in mind, Downtown Connellsville, the redevelopment authority and Seton Hill University are . . . 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 27

Saint Vincent to host small business seminars

Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering the seminar, The First Step to Small Business Success, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, on the campus of Saint Vincent College and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 10, at Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 200, Lemont Furnace . . . 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 27

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 . . . 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 13

LH Visitors Bureau awards grants to Fayette County groups

Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Fayette County Commissioners Thursday morning awarded a total of $370,921 to 33 Fayette County non-profits and for-profit businesses. The awards ceremony was by hosted by the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. Awards impacting the Fay-West region were as follows: • $2,925 to the Bullskin Township Historical Society for a multi-media . . . . 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 21

Commissioners approve Apple Street project

Fayette County Commissioners approved recommendation for Connellsville’s Apple Street Stormwater Improvement Project during their monthly meeting Thursday. Commissioners Angela Zimmerlink, Dave Lohr and Vincent Vicites chose the project as part of their annual Local Share Account (LSA) recommendation . . . 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 Sep 2

Dunbar supervisors approve land development agreement

In the regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Dunbar Township Supervisors unanimously approved a land development agreement with Fay-Penn Economic Development Corporation. Solicitor Tom Witt explained that the agreement defines township responsibilities for the roads and stormwater maintenance at the newly developed industrial park. . . . more


2016 Jul 29

Fayette County Officials Celebrate Economic Impact & Opening of Dunbar Township Business Park

Fayette County’s newest industrial park, Dunbar Township Business Park, is now open for business. The 11-lot, 80-plus acre development – located near the Fayette County Fairgrounds, Laurel Mall and Dunbar Borough Elementary School – is Phase I of a three-phase development. With nearly 110-acres set to be developed in Phase II and about 104 partially developed acres in Phase III, the business park is projected . . . 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

Dunbar Township Business Park opens

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning to announce the grand opening of the Dunbar Township Business Park. The site is located along Pechin Road, directly across from the Fayette County Fairgrounds . . . 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 Jun 23

New cooler helps the operation at Connellsville Community Ministries

A new walk-in cooler at the Connellsville Area Community Ministries will help the local organization provide more fresh produce and other items to its clients. Barry Craig, president of the board of directors of the Connellsville Area Community Ministries, said Wednesday it has been a dream of executive director Chip Rowan to provide more produce to clients. . . . more

2016 Jun 7

Connellsville Farmers Market

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council provided $500 to help provide vouchers for the Connellsville Farmers Market to the clients of the Connellsville Area Community Ministries Food Pantry. This will provide an additional 50 $10 vouchers. . . . more

2016 Jun 1

Community Foundation distributes funding

The Community Foundation of Fayette County (CFFC) held a Grant Award and Fund Distribution Event on May 11 at the Connellsville Canteen. At this event, checks were presented for CFFC Spring Cycle Grant Awards, Chevron Community Fund Spring Cycle Grant Awards, and the CFFC’s annual Endowment or Donor Designated Fund distributions . . . more

2016 Jun 1

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council – 25 Years Strong and Going “Gangbusters”

Bob Shark, executive director, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, is the guest author of this blog post. Fay-Penn works with its staff and partners to build a better and more competitive environment for businesses and life in Fayette County, providing comprehensive business development services and initiatives to aid in the growth of its economy. . . . 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 13

Community Foundation, Chevron award local organizations $266,000

Fayette County’s Community Foundation awarded more than $266,000 to local organizations during its annual Spring Cycle Grant Awards and Funding Distribution ceremony Wednesday. The ceremony took place at the Connellsville Canteen on West Crawford Avenue . . . more

2016 May 12

Laurel Highlands awards tourism grants

The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Fayette County Commissioners awarded a total of $455,936 to 32 different county non-profits and for profit businesses. The grants are funded by half of the revenues generated by the 3 percent hotel room tax that the county approved in 2008 . . . 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 May 9

Bob Shark on Growing Investment & the Economy in Fayette County; Part 6 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

Note: The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) invited each of its economic development partners from the 10-county region to tell us about what is top of mind for them when it comes to marketing their counties – and the Pittsburgh region – for business investment. We provided 10 questions and asked our partners to respond to . . . more

2016 Apr 29

Fay-Penn nears completion of Dunbar Business Park

The Dunbar Township Business Park, located near the Fayette County Fiargrounds on Route 119, is near completion. That was the news presented during the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council’s quarterly meeting. “At the present time it’s roughly a 100 acre site that will contain 14 lots,” said Ron Cole, construction/property development coordinator for Fay-Penn . . . 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 unveils investment in downtown Uniontown

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council inaugurated a new era in its role of bringing jobs and commerce to Fayette County in announcing PTC as its first tenant for the soonto be renovated VFW Post 47 building on West Main Street in Uniontown. PTC (formerly Parametric Technology Corporation) . . . 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

2016 Apr 18

Educational seminars planned in Fayette

Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center will be offering educational seminars on the accounting software package, QuickBooks® at the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 200, Lemont Furnace. QuickBooks® Basic seminar will be held on April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m . . . more

2015 Dec 15

Celebrating the Season – and Fayette County – from a Fresh Perspective

Recently, we reached out to the PRA’s economic development partners in both Lawrence and Fayette to have them further paint a picture of two counties that are part of the 10 that create “one extraordinary region” – as our 2015 holiday season “fresh perspective” promotional campaign* touts. Today, Bob Shark, executive director of Fay-Penn Economic Development . . . more

2015 Jul 17

Fay-Penn Hosts PRA for Tour of Fayette County's Marketable Assets

Recently, the staff of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council toured the staff of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) around the county, spotlighting its diverse assets that would be attractive to companies looking to locate or expand their operations. Fay-Penn is a member of the PRA Partnership, comprising 50 regional economic development . . . more

2015 Jul 2

“Invest Pittsburgh” Series Part VI – Boeing Company, Inc. of Fayette County

Our sixth company in our “Invest Pittsburgh: 10 Counties,  1 Region” series is one of many companies finding business success in the “sweet spots” of sector intersection where regional strengths in technology and manufacturing meet. Today we spotlight one of the world’s largest aerospace companies and manufacturers . . . more