Coalition to Stop Bridge Tolling Applauds Court Decision

Commonwealth Court has voided the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) plan to begin tolling nine interstate bridges across the state. The June 30th decision from the majority of the Court found that PennDOT, the P3 Board, and Sec. Gramian exceeded their statutory authority under Act 88 of 2012 and failed to comply with its requirements. The No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition praised the Court’s decision in the South Fayette Township case that voids the P3 Major Bridge Tolling Initiative.

“The Commonwealth Court has reinforced the arguments the members of the No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition, the Legislature, and affected communities have been making to PennDOT since the tolling efforts were announced,” said John Stroup, former Mayor of Clarion. “Thank you for the leadership of officials in South Fayette Township, Bridgeville Borough, Collier Township, and the other entities who joined in this and the 1-83 bridge case. These challenges are neither cheap nor easy, but your efforts are winning the day.”

“This is a win for businesses, residents, and communities across Pennsylvania,” said Fred Gaffney, President of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. “This ill-conceived plan would have created unnecessary disruptions for local communities. The decision by the Court should send a message to PennDOT that it needs to work with stakeholders to find better solutions for funding our transportation infrastructure.”

Katie Hetherington Cunfer, Director of Government & Community Relations for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance said, “Berks County businesses and the rural communities surrounding the Lenhartsville Bridge project greatly appreciate this strong decision from the Commonwealth Court. We all hope the Wolf Administration and PennDOT will not appeal this decision. Instead, we hope they will reengage with stakeholders to find long-term, sustainable, and equitable funding solutions for our infrastructure needs.”

While PennDOT could appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court, the Coalition and legislators are urging the administration to abandon this plan once and for all.

Free Webinar Series Helps Spanish-Speaking Entrepreneurs

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network is offering a free webinar series to Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs that want to work on their growth plans and learn what areas are important to bring their business to the next level. Bucknell SBDC, Wilkes SBDC, University of Pittsburgh SBDC and Widener University SBDC will be broadcasting four different webinars in Spanish, one each month, with different topics of Interest:

  • Financing Opportunities for Your Business, July 13, 12 p.m.
  • International Trade for Small Businesses, August 18, 12 p.m.
  • Digital Marketing – Online Resources, September 12, 12 p.m.
  • Marketing Plan and Corporate Image for Small Businesses, October 4, 12 p.m.

Interested individuals can register at https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/29582.

Member News – June 29, 2022

BU Community Day Fair 

The BU Community Day Fair provides an opportunity for new incoming students at BU to meet and begin to build relationships with the leaders and organizations that are part of the local community. The Community Day Fair will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Bloomsburg University Academic Quad.

Participants will have the ability to provide details of their goods and/or services as well recruit BU students as potential employees or volunteers. Samples, printed materials, and any kind of activities and/or contests related to the participants’ missions are highly encouraged.

Any local business and non-profit organization are welcome! There is no charge for this event. A table and two chairs will be provided to anyone participating. Participants are welcome to bring pop-up tents for their tables. The registration deadline is July 22nd. Click here to register. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rachel Shaffer at [email protected] or call 570-389-2520.

Click here to register. 


Innovative Manufacturing Center (IMC) Hosting APPI Energy Vice President of Market Intelligence & Analytics, Dan Forgacs 

Join IMC as they host APPI Energy Vice President of Market Intelligence & Analytics, Dan Forgacs, as he dives into a data-driven, comprehensive look at the current state of the energy markets, specifically electricity and natural gas prices and how to mitigate the rising costs. They’ll review the state of the energy markets, take a closer look at where pricing currently stands in Pennsylvania, as well as what to expect in the coming months.

Additionally, expect to learn more about a few key strategies and solutions to:

  • Reduce your costs & minimize budgetary risk
  • Reduce the demand portion of your energy bills

Areas of focus will include:

  • Brokering more favorable power supply agreements to fit your needs and budgetary goals
  • Market updates and what to expect in the coming months
  • Energy strategies & solutions specific to manufacturers in PA

The event will take place on July 28th from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. 

Click here to register. 


Bloomsburg Opens New Dog Park

The Town of Bloomsburg recently opened its new dog park, located along Catherine Street near the Town pool and bocce ball court. The park, which includes amenities for dogs and seating for owners, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.


Danville Heritage Festival Garden Tours Scheduled for July 2nd

Tour public and private gardens located around Danville as part of this year’s Heritage Festival. People are invited to celebrate the diversity that gardening has to offer – and hopefully appreciate the passion and vision that has gone into creating these unique gardens and take away ideas for their own backyards.

This year, the Danville Heritage Festival Garden Tour has expanded and will be held on Saturday, July 2nd with a rain date of July 3rd; the primary Danville Heritage Festival, however, will be held September 9th – 11th. The date was chosen since it will be closer to the peak flower season, and the gardeners can then enjoy the festivities in September. The garden tours are FREE! Come and enjoy the beauty of nature, enhanced by the hands and minds of the gardeners. Get away from it all and relax!

Click here for more information

PPL Offers Business Energy Efficiency Programs

There’s never been a more important time to take control of your business’ energy bill.

With costs rising due to inflation, everyday things are costing a little bit more each month. And no matter how that impacts your business, now is the perfect time to make a plan to save.

PPL Electric Utilities’ Business Energy Efficiency Program aims to give you easy and affordable opportunities to lower your annual energy costs, connect with local contractors, save on high-efficiency upgrades, and more. Whether your business is small but mighty, large yet local or anywhere in between, PPL offers a variety of flexible prescriptive and custom incentive options to help you reach your energy efficiency goals.

If you’re a small business looking for a place to get started, consider scheduling a no-cost energy assessment through the Small Business Direct Install Program. PPL will send a trained Energy Technician to complete complimentary product installations at your business and they’ll also perform an energy evaluation. These no-cost energy assessments, and the included free upgrades, are available to small business customers with a GS1 or GS3 rate code and a monthly peak demand of 200 kW or less.

PPL’s overall Business Energy Efficiency Program is open to all business customers with facilities located in its service territory. They will help you find the path that’s right for you and your business — from prescriptive and custom to Direct Discount, Direct Install and Instant Discounts — so you can start saving energy all year and take control of your energy bill.

To learn more about our various programs, and how to apply, call PPL at 1-866-432-5501 or visit pplelectricbusinesssavings.com.

Added from The Chamber with permission: The Chamber’s energy partner, World Kinect Energy Services, can also help businesses save money by offering options for energy suppliers. Simply provide them with some basic information, and they can provide options for electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels. World Kinect is not a supplier, so their goal is to find the solutions to best fit your needs and comfort level. Contact them for a free, no-obligation consultation at 412-424-2599. You can easily sign up for the residential or small business fixed-rate program through columbiamontourchamber.com/benefits.

Fireworks Display Schedule for Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July holiday means cookouts, fun, and fireworks. Below is the schedule for upcoming area displays:

  • 7/2 – Berwick, Crispin Field, 9:00 p.m.
  • 7/4 – Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 9:00 p.m. (gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
  • 7/4 – Millville, Millville Little League, 11:00 p.m.
  • 7/9 – Millville, Millville Community Park, 10:00 p.m.