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Flanagan gives update on Renovo Energy plant

CCEP re-elects members to board of operations

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLINTON COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU Partnership President & CEO Mike Flanagan, pictured second from right, congratulates the successful candidates, including, from left: the City of Lock Haven, represented at the meeting by Councilman Rick Conklin, attending in place of Steve Stevenson who had another obligation Wednesday evening; Bobby Maguire, representing Big Woods Land Company; and Stella A’s Bar & Grill, represented by Louis Anastos. Individual member Jim Hanna was also re-elected as an Operating Board member but was unable to attend the meeting.

MACKEYVILLE — Clinton County Economic Partnership CEO Mike Flanagan provided a brief update on the proposed Renovo Energy Center during the organizations annual meeting.

Flanagan said officials from the center and possible investors were in Lock Haven and Renovo last week to meet with local and state officials. “REC continues with plans to locate a power plant at the former Renovo Industrial Park,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan is cautiously optimistic of the future of the plant.

The somewhat controversial project was approved in May by the Department of Environmental Protection after seven years in the works.

Demolition and construction could possibly begin later this year, according to previous reports.

The estimated $850 million project could bring approximately 500 workers on site and take more than two years to build. Twenty five percent of these jobs could become permanent.

The project has support from Renovo Borough Council, the Clinton County Commissioners, Renovo Community Trade Association, State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Centre) and State Sen. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson).

Flanagan also announced the cancellation of the partnerships annual dinner and holiday party.

The dinner is typically held in October and the holiday party slated for December. Both events draw large crowds and, dude to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the decision was made to cancel for this year.

Those in attendance unanimously re-elected four incumbents to the partnership’s operating board for a three-year term each.

The City of Lock Haven will be represented by Councilman Steve Stevenson. Councilman Rick Conklin attended the meeting in Stevenson’s place due to another obligation Wednesday evening. Bobby Maguire will represent Big Woods Land Company; Stella A’s Bar & Grill is represented by Louis Anastos; and individual member Jim Hanna were re-elected. Hanna was unable to attend the meeting held at the Clinton County Fair Grounds in Mackeyville.

Chamber and Tourism Director Julie Brennan offered her own updates during the meeting.

Brennan told members the partnership’s annual Clinton County Tourism and Recreation Grant program was able to award a total of $50,000 worth of grants to 16 different local nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

The program is possible through a collaboration with the Clinton County Planning Office and commissioners, Brennan said.

Brennan noted her office continues to try and attract small groups for meetings and gatherings in the county.

She also highlighted a variety of events set for this fall.

“Fall is always an extremely busy time and we hope a number of key events will happen,” Brennan said.

Upcoming events include:

— The Ross Library Book Sale running until Saturday, Sept. 18.

— The Boulder Beast Trail Challenge scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18.

— Truckers 4 Hope scheduled for Sept. 25-27.

— Pine Creek Seed Farm, of Avis will offer a 10-acre corn maze each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.

— Spook Haven will be open Fridays and Saturdays in October.

— Brews in the Barn is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2.

— Clinton County SPCA Pet Extravaganza scheduled for Oct. 2.

— Flaming Foliage Festival scheduled for Oct. 8-10.

— Christmas in the Barns Craft Festival is scheduled for Oct. 16-17.

— Lock Haven University Homecoming on Oct. 21-24.

— Hooskow Chainsaw Carving Festival on Oct. 28-30.

April Bittner, Leadership & Enterprise Zone Coordinator, gave an update on the 2021-2022 Leadership Clinton County class.

Bittner said 16 participants were accepted into the program and the 22nd year would kick off with an Opening Retreat on Sept. 17 and 18.

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