Members Learn About Business Opportunities Surrounding Upcoming Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Mike Atchie from Williams gives attendees at Tuesday’s Learn at Lunch an overview of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. He also spoke about the WILLShop Local mobile app, which will encourage workers to patronize local businesses and which local businesses and sign up to be listed on for free.

An engaged group of individuals from Chamber member organizations heard the latest updates on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project and also about the many opportunities for business development that will be brought about by the pipeline project once it gets underway later this year. Mike Atchie, director of community outreach for Williams, spoke to the group at the August Learn at Lunch, held on Aug. 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church. He began the presentation by giving the audience a brief summary of how and why the project came about and everything that has happened in the three-plus years to get the necessary approvals and permits. Williams is awaiting a few final permits and then plans to get the project started in the fall, taking a about a year to complete. The purpose of the pipeline is to add additional transmission capacity for gas coming out of the Marcellus Shale region in north central Pennsylvania so that the gas can be more easily exported to other states and areas up and down the east coast through the Transco pipeline. According to statistics released last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, PA ranked second in the nation in natural gas production for the fourth straight year in 2016. 

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will run through Columbia County on its way to connect with the Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. Some workers that will construct the pipeline in Columbia County will be from outside the immediate area and will therefore need to locate goods and services. In order to encourage its contractors to patronize local businesses during their time here, Williams has developed a mobile application called WILLShop Local and all local businesses are encouraged to sign up, free of charge, to be listed on this app. 

The next Learn at Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 12-1 p.m. (location TBA) and will feature a speakers talking about the ChamberChoice affinity programs that are available as benefits of Chamber membership, specifically the Penn National business insurance program and the OnDemand Energy program. 

Parking Restrictions on Main Street in Bloomsburg Set for Aug. 7-9

From Bloomsburg Police Department

The Bloomsburg Police Department would like to notify motorists of pending parking restrictions on Main St. in Bloomsburg.  These parking restrictions will be in effect for a micro-paving project contracted by PennDOT.  The paving is scheduled to take place during the following nights.

            Monday August 7, 2017; Parking WILL NOT be permitted on Main Street between East Street and West Street from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

            Tuesday August 8, 2017; Parking WILL NOT be permitted on Main Street between East Street and West Street from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

            Wednesday August 9, 2017; Parking WILL NOT be permitted on West Main Street between West Street and Ft. McClure Blvd. from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Any vehicles found parked in these locations during the date and time when parking is prohibited will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense.

Motorist are encouraged to use the public municipal parking lots off of Main Street while visiting downtown Bloomsburg. 

For questions contact the Bloomsburg Parking Enforcement Office or the Bloomsburg Police Department.

Bloomsburg Nationals Will Result in Main Street Closure Aug. 10

The annual Bloomsburg Nationals car show will be held next week, from Aug. 10-13 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The event’s Gridlock on Main Street, which will kick off the event on Thursday, Aug. 10, will result in Main St. in Bloomsburg being closed from 6-8 p.m. to accommodate the festivities. Main St. will reopen at 8 p.m., with the cars cruising to Quaker Steak & Lube in Buckhorn to continue the event from 8-10 p.m. 

More information on Bloomsburg Nationals, including a complete schedule, is available on its website or Facebook page. 

New Danville Housing Development Groundbreaking on Aug. 9

From T-Ross Brothers Construction

More luxury townhomes are coming to Danville along the Susquehanna River.  A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Aug. 9 to kick off construction of Phase Two of Jacobs Landing, presented by Villager Realty

The upscale residential community is located on the north bank of the Susquehanna River.  The homes are just upstream of the site of the historic ferryboat, operated by Jacob Gearhart beginning in the early 1800’s.  Gearhart’s ferry was vital to commerce in this region of the Susquehanna River Valley. 

In this next phase of construction, eight additional brownstone units will be added along with eight riverfront condominiums, in a total of three buildings. This adds to the existing 12 homes at Jacobs Landing. The primary design-build contractor for the project is T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc.

Jacobs Landing enjoys spectacular views of the Susquehanna River from every one of the new condominiums. Downtown Danville is a five-minute walk from Jacobs Landing, with Geisinger Medical Center just a five-minute drive away.

The groundbreaking ceremony at Jacobs Landing Way in Danville will take place Aug. 9 at 1 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those scheduled to attend include representatives from the Columbia Montour Chamber, the Danville Business Alliance, T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc. and Villager Realty.  The public and press are encouraged to attend. 

Students Learn About Career Opportunities

Camp STEAM, coordinated by the PA CareerLink, is a two-week program designed to help local high school students explore career choices and prepare them for entering the workforce. The students participate in team-building activities, learn about local businesses, and life skills. Over a two-week period, they tour businesses that utilize science, technology, engineering, arts and math so that they are exposed to opportunities that exist locally and see what skills and attributes employers look for in employees.

On Monday, July 24, Chamber president Fred Gaffney spoke to the students about the importance of developing both hard skills and soft skills to be successful in the workplace.