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. 

PA Senate Passes $600 Million Tax Increase Package

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

In a close 26-24 vote held July 27, the state Senate narrowly passed a revenue package that will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 542, the Tax Code bill, contains $600 million in tax increases on Pennsylvania residents and job creators.  The Senate’s revenue proposal includes: a new tax on residential and commercial use of natural gas; an increase to residential and commercial electric bills; a higher tax on phone bills; as well as a severance tax on the natural gas industry.  In addition to these tax increases, the Senate’s plan calls for borrowing $1.3 billion against the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund; $200 million in special fund transfers and $200 million from a yet-to-be enacted gaming expansion bill in order to balance the 2017-18 budget.

Prior to the vote on final passage, the PA Chamber sent a memo to the entire Senate, raising concerns with the impact the new and increased taxes will have on Pennsylvania’s economy and urging Senators to oppose the bill.  In a statement released following the vote, PA Chamber President Gene Barr said: “We’re disappointed that the Senate has voted in favor of a $600 million tax increase that will hurt Pennsylvania’s ability to compete and will increase job creators’ operating costs for electricity, natural gas and communications services. At a time when the state’s unemployment rate has consistently been above the national average, proposals like H.B. 542 – which will make Pennsylvania’s business climate more burdensome – will only further weaken the state’s economic growth.”

While the proposal is supported by the Wolf administration, its fate in the House is uncertain. The PA Chamber is encouraging businesses to urge the House of Representatives to oppose this bill.  Contact information is available on the Columbia Montour Chamber’s website.

New Mobile Career Center, The Link, Debuts in Columbia County

(l-r) Dean Girton, Girton Manufacting and Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board member; Donna Eyerly, CareerLink business services rep; Michael Baron, CareerLink; Fred Gaffney, president, Columbia Montour Chamber; Julia Dwilet, CareerLink; Megan Bair, CareerLink; Melissa Amato, CareerLink; Wendy Gearhart, CareerLink; Kelly Johnson, Link outreach coordinator; Robert Eddy, Link outreach coordinator; Stacie Snyder, CareerLink site administrator; Mark Gardner, chair, Columbia Montour Chamber Board of Directors

The Columbia Montour Chamber stopped by the Columbia/Montour PA CareerLink office in Bloomsburg on Monday, July 31 in the middle of its public open house and conducted a ribbon cutting for The Link, PA CareerLink’s new mobile career center. 

The Link is operated by Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. and will provide services to Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Its schedule will include recurring stops, as well as time for special events like recruitments, job fairs and other community events. To see its latest schedule of stops, visit The Link’s Facebook page. If your organization in interested in scheduling The Link for a special event, contact Kelly Johnson, The Link’s outreach coordinator, at 570-220-0003, by email, or send a message on Facebook. 

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. 

Third Annual Taste of the Valley Seeks Food, Catering and Beverage Vendors

The third annual Taste of the Valley will provide patrons with samples of local food and beverages from the areas top farms, wineries, breweries and restaurants. This annual fall event, which began in 2015, is primarily a fundraiser to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, but it also offers an opportunity for businesses in the food and beverage industry to have their products featured in front of a large audience ― all for a good cause. 

After being held in Lewisburg and Sunbury in its first two years, Taste of the Valley will be held in Columbia County this year at Ponduce Farms, 270 White Church Rd., Elysburg, on Sunday, Oct. 15,  from 12-3 p.m., as it attempts to highlight businesses in Columbia and Montour Counties. The event is now seeking vendors. There is no cost for vendors to participate. For more information or to register as a vendor, download a vendor information form, visit Taste of the Valley’s Facebook page, or call Sharon at AgChoice Farm Credit at 570-524-2204 or email