Danville Awarded $11,788 to Improve Signalized Traffic Intersections

Last week PennDOT announced that the Borough of Danville is one of only 38 municipalities throughout the state that will be awarded funding through the 2014 round of Pennsylvania’s Municipal Partnership Program, also known as the “Green Light – Go Program.” Established by Act 89 of 2013, the Municipal Partnership Program is designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency of existing traffic signals on state highways.

The Borough is slated to receive $11,788 towards a project to retime and synchronize all nine of its signalized vehicular intersections as well as its single signalized pedestrian crosswalk. This project will help ensure more efficient and improved traffic flow patterns while also alleviating congestion along the major roadways that pass through the Borough such as SR 54, US 11, and Mill Street. The project will also guarantee that the Borough’s signalized intersections are operating in a synchronized and coordinated manner, particularly during the morning and evening commutes. The Borough anticipates completion of this project sometime in late 2015.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $23,575. The $11,788 grant award represents 50% of the project’s total cost. The remaining 50% will be evenly split between the Borough of Danville’s local funds and a $5,894 monetary contribution from Geisinger Health System.

Give the Gift of Choice for the Holidays

Still struggling for holiday gift ideas with very little shopping time left? Avoid the frustration and last-minute scrambling. Chamber Gift Certificates make a great option while supporting local businesses.

Chamber Gift Certificates work just like a check and can be used at any member business. Recipients can use them at restaurants, stores, salons, etc. Give the gift of choice while encouraging friends, family and co-workers to buy local.

Certificates are available in $10 and $25 denominations at the Chamber office at 238 Market Street, Bloomsburg. Other denominations or large orders are also available by calling the office at 570-784-2522. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

BU Conference Goes from Backpack to Briefcase

BUConferenceRecently, Bloomsburg University’s College of Business hosted its 4th annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development Business Conference covering topics ranging from leading global marketing strategy to interpersonal growth and leadership to non-profit management. The ZIPD conference is focused on helping students cultivate professional skill sets and a deeper understanding of how business’ functional areas interrelate. Nearly 100 alumni returned to campus, including Chamber President Fred Gaffney, to help lead many of the informative lectures, panel discussions and roundtable networking events.

“The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development gives our students a distinct advantage,” said BU President David Soltz. “They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

The Institute is made possible by an endowment from alumni Terry Zeigler and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler. For more information, visit www.bloomu.edu/ZIPD.

North Pole Express Sold Out

Tickets for all excursions of the Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.’s North Pole Express train rides next weekend are sold out. Sales for next year are scheduled to begin October 27, 2015. Mark your calendar now and plan early!

Member Spotlight

Rail Plays an Important Role in Regional Economy

North Shore Railroad Company’s efforts and philosophy of focusing on community service and delivering safe and dependable rail freight service to the region demonstrates that rail remains an important component of economic development.

North Shore offers regional rail freight services as well as maintenance and upkeep to rail lines, benefiting Central Pennsylvania communities. The company services a variety of local organizations handling a wide range of commodities that include coal and plastics. One railcar is equivalent to four tractor trailer trucks. Railroads move one ton of freight a distance of 500 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel.

In 1984, Richard and Miriam Robey founded North Shore Railroad and began their partnership with the Susquehanna Economic Development Association Council of Government Joint Rail Authority (SEDA-COG JRA). The partnership served their joint mission to preserve and encourage rail services within the region. The organization has expanded from a small, family-owned business into a railway transportation provider handling 30,000 carloads each year. They consist of six short line railroads which include Juniata Valley Railroad, Lycoming Valley Railroad, Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, North Shore Railroad, Shamokin Valley Railroad, and Union County Industrial Railroad. President and CEO since 2003, Gary R. Shields and North Shore are excited to be celebrating 30 years of operation.

North Shore Railroad Company has received various awards for its service. This year the company was awarded Central Pennsylvania’s 2014 Governor’s Small Business ImPAct Award, recognizing their innovation, growth, and commitment to employees and the community. The company and its employees support many charitable efforts, and has an economic impact of more than $7 million annually.

For more information about North Shore Railroad Company, visit: http://www.nshr.com/.
The subject of each month’s Member Spotlight is selected randomly from business cards submitted at Chamber events.