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Economic partnership elects board members, names chairman

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLINTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU Five Partnership members were elected to the Partnership Operating Board during the annual meeting. Pictured from left are incumbents First Quality, represented by Bill Garbrick; Harger Utility Contractors, Inc., represented by Dave Harger; and Lock Haven University, represented by Deana Hill; and newly-elected board member Wayne Township Landfill, represented by Marci Orndorf. Not pictured is incumbent Cedar Run Environmental Services, represented by Steve Bason.

MACKEYVILLE — The Clinton County Economic Partnership Operating Board appointed five members to its 15-person board, one of whom is a new representative.

Marci Orndorf was elected to the board for the first time and will serve as the Wayne Township Landfill representative.

Those re-elected were Bill Garbrick of First Quality; Dave Harger of Harger Utility Contractors Inc.; Steve Bason of Cedar Run Environmental Services and Lock Haven University’s Deana Hill.

All five representatives were elected to serve a three-year term during the partnership’s annual meeting Wednesday night.

This year due to COVID-19 restrictions. the meeting was held in the large pavilion at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

Jim Russo, representing M&R Contracting, Inc., was named chairman of the board after Dave Harger’s two year term expires. Russo will serve a two-year term with Garbrick as vice chairman.

CCEP President Mike Flanagan presented a variety of information during his development report including:

— The county’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 11 percent in June to 12 percent in July.

— The cancellation of the annual CCEP dinner in October and the holiday party in December.

— KeyState Opportunity, which is planning a natural gas petro- chemical plant near Keating, is in the preliminary stages of planning. The project is moving forward at multiple levels, Flanagan said.

— The Partnership continues to search for buyers of 50 acres of land at the Lamar Township Business Park. The Keystone Central School District, county and Lamar Township have agreed to request a Keystone Opportunity Zone extension on the property. The application was submitted to SEDA-COG and the state in late August.

— Terrapin will be expanding its marijuana facility in South Avis, creating about 30 new jobs.

— The vacant BJ Services facility will officially be put up for sale in a few weeks.

— The Renovo Energy Center remains optimistic about developing a power plant in the former railyards in the borough.

— Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission storage assets, including the Leidy Township fields at a cost of about $10 million.

Flanagan also thanked Harger for his service as board chairman and welcomed Russo to the role.

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