Conklin: $396,000 in state grants to protect parks, enhance recreational opportunities in Centre County

(Nov 14, 2019)

Centre County will benefit from several state grants to protect area parks and trails for residents and visitors to enjoy, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Read more

 

Conklin: $700,000 in state grants awarded to improve traffic safety for motorists, bicyclists

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – $700,000 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to Patton Township in Centre County to make improvements designed to provide safer travel to motorists and bicyclists near University Park Airport, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the funds will reconstruct the intersection of Fox Hill Road and Bernel Road to a standard “T” intersection, including the construction of a 200-foot left turn lane on Fox Hill Road and a 75-foot left turn lane on Bethel Road. “Safety is always a top priority, whether you’re traveling in a car or riding your bike, and that includes those traveling to the airport and bicyclists who regularly use Fox Hill and Bernel roads,” Conklin said. “I fully support investments like these, which make our communities safer and more attractive to residents and visitors alike.” The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses and communities succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more about the CFA, visit its website . Read more

 

Conklin: $71,600 grant to protect waterways in Centre County

(Nov 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 7 – A $71,600 state grant has been awarded to protect waterways and water quality along the Susquehanna River Watershed in Centre County, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the grant was awarded to ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA Inc. to construct 8 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Susquehanna River Watershed to provide protection against pollutants and reduce erosion and flooding. The funds will also be used for outreach to landowners, buffer plantings and other related improvements along the watershed, Conklin added. “Protecting our waterways is so important to our region, as they provide a variety of recreational and outdoor opportunities and ensure overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike,” Conklin said. “Taking these proactive measures now will keep the Susquehanna River clean for all to enjoy for years to come.” The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation rivers conservation grants focus on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities, including installing riparian buffers to improve the health and diversity of local ecosystems and also to develop long-term water-quality management programs. More information can be found at this link: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grant Read more

 

Conklin: State funding will support job creation, business expansion at Centre County manufacturer

(Oct 28, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, Oct. 28 – A Philipsburg manufacturer was approved for a $1.8 million loan that will enable it to expand its facility and create jobs, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will allow Advanced Powder Products, a metal injection molding manufacturer, to construct a new 27,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The loan will also provide for future job growth, he added. “Manufacturing is alive and well in Pennsylvania, and this loan will allow Advanced Powder Products to continue to grow and prosper here in Centre County, supporting local, family-sustaining jobs and positive economic development,” Conklin said. “These funds will not only retain the current level of jobs at the facility but also provide an additional 15 full-time jobs within the next three years.” PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to state businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations that partner with PIDA. Read more

 

Conklin announces Centre County charter school awarded Safe School Targeted Grant

(Oct 22, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, Oct. 22 – The Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School was recently awarded a $24,830 Safe School Targeted Grant to provide it with funds to purchase safety and security-related equipment needs, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. Conklin, D-Centre, said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase needed equipment and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers. “These funds will help the school in its continued efforts to keep school students and teachers safe and secure and ensure the focus remains on learning,” Conklin said. This funding is part of the $7.3 million in School Safety Grants that PDE is awarding to public school districts and nonpublic schools throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

Conklin: Nearly $67,000 in state grants awarded toward equipment, related upgrades to Rush Township park

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Approximately $66,328 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to Rush Township in Centre County to make needed upgrades to its municipal park, announced state Rep. Scott Conklin. Conklin, D-Centre, said the funds will allow the township to replace deteriorated equipment, install new picnic tables, bike racks and fencing and correct ADA-accessibility issues at the Rush Township Municipal Park. He added the funds will also allow the construction of accessible parking spaces with adjacent walkways and a walking trail. “These parks are special places in our communities and providing this investment to restore and preserve them is a vital quality of life issue,” said Conklin. “These funds will ensure that our parks are safe, enjoyable places for all to enjoy, including individuals with disabilities.” The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses and communities succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more about the CFA, visit its website . Read more

 

Conklin: Centre County victim services organization receives grant to help children and elderly victims of domestic violence

(Sep 13, 2019)

CENTRE COUNTY, Sept. 13 – Centre Safe in Centre County will receive a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to assist in its efforts to help victims of domestic violence, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. Conklin said the Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD will help the center to continue providing timely and appropriate services for children and elderly victims of domestic violence. “These providers do so much to help victims recover and heal in the aftermath of crime, ensuring they receive the services they need and deserve, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and so much more,” Conklin said. “I’m pleased PCCD has provided these funds to support Centre Safe and the work they do each and every day to assist victims.” PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including supporting victims of crime. Read more

 

Conklin announces $75,000 grant for University Park Airport

(Aug 29, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, Aug. 29 – $75,000 in state grants will help to fun significant improvements at the University Park Airport in Centre County, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. These funds, which will be used to joint seal the runway, originate from the state Transportation Department’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, the Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund. University Park Airport is among 29 airports across the state that will receive more than $13 million in state grants. “This grant means we can continue to support jobs and other investments tied to the University Park Airport, including future economic development and growth opportunities,” Conklin said. “These grants also ensure our airports operate safely and attract more customers.” As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Read more

 

Conklin announces nearly $25 million in funding for new State College water treatment plant

(Jul 17, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, July 17 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today approximately $25 million in funding for a new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant for State College. Conklin, D-Centre, said the $24.95 million low-interest loan will allow the State College Borough Water Authority to meet the future demands of its more than 14,000 customers. “This low-interest loan is great news for State College,” Conklin said. “It will allow the borough to make a necessary improvement to infrastructure that’s vital to residents.” With the loan provided by Pennvest, the State College Borough Water Authority plans to construct a new membrane filter water plant and make other improvements. The new water treatment plant will ensure that residents have a reliable system in the future and will serve as a backup plant for the existing Woodside Drive Water Filtration Plant, if it were to fall out of service. The loan will cover all but $50,000 needed to fund the project; that additional funding will be provided through a grant. The interest rate for the first five years of the 20-year loan is 1.30%, and 1.95% after that. The award was finalized today by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Authority, commonly known as Pennvest. To learn more, www.pennvest.pa.gov . Read more

 

Conklin: $1.37 million in funding to Centre County will assist, expand affordable housing options

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Centre County will be able to expand the availability of affordable housing options thanks to $1.37 million in funds provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today. “These funds will positively impact thousands of residents in Centre County, with the end result being a place they can call home,” said Conklin, D-Centre. “These funds can be used to provide assistance with rent or utility payments, a down payment or closing costs on a new house, or refurbishing abandoned buildings or lots into affordable housing.” PHARE funding was awarded to the following organizations (including the project and amount): Housing Transitions (THF Energy Affordable Rental Rehab) – $50,000 State College Borough (State College Borough – Energy Housing Rehabilitation Project) - $75,000 Mulligan & Longeran Associates, Inc. (Cherry Lane Apartments/LIHTC) – $1,174,000 State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT Energy Housing Rehabilitation Project) – $50,000 Centre County Government (PHARE Rental Assistance Program) – $22,000 PHARE program funding comes from a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania and addresses the housing shortages caused by the impact of drilling. Those funds are supplemented with two additional funding sources, including a portion of Read more

 

Conkin says budget bill is ‘full of missed opportunities’

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, provided the following statement regarding his “no” vote on H.B. 790 , the state’s General Appropriations bill: “I’m extremely disappointed that the budget bill raided $10 million from the state’s Environmental Stewardship Fund to balance the budget and support special projects. This fund was created nearly two decades ago to support a variety of environmental programs, including farmland preservation, Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, and storm water and flooding management. To use this fund for purposes that it was never allocated for is beyond shameful. “We also missed the opportunity to help Pennsylvanians by failing to raise the state’s minimum wage. I believe that if you work for 40 hours or more each week, you should be paid a decent, livable wage – not struggling to make ends meet. “I was pleased to see additional funding to support trade education included in the budget bill, and that some school districts did receive a boost in basic education funding. All in all, this was yet another missed opportunity to truly invest in our children – our state’s future.” Read more

 

Conklin announces state investment in local manufacturing partnership to spur growth, innovation

(Jun 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – A State College-based manufacturing company will benefit from a state grant program that connects manufacturing companies and research institutions designed to spur economic growth and innovation, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. Conklin said Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology has established a partnership with Penn State University through the Manufacturing PA fellowship program. This program embeds the state’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students with area manufacturers. Once paired, the students begin working on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation. Through the Manufacturing PA program, Penn State University received $69,558 in state grants. “These partnerships foster lasting, productive relationships between our universities and the business community, positioning our state to be a leader in manufacturing,” Conklin said. “Students will receive valuable career experience, and companies – like Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology – will also benefit from the students’ research in innovation and technology.” The 26 approved projects help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, including energy, consumer goods and advanced medical. A total of 11 universities partnered with local manufacturing companies to pair students with the projects. For more information, please visit Read more

 

Conklin: Application deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, state Rep. Scott Conkin, D-Centre, announced today. Conkin said qualified Pennsylvanians can receive a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2018 and it costs nothing to apply. “This extension will allow additional Pennsylvanians extra time they may need to apply,” Conklin said. “Eligible Pennsylvanians include residents 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with disabilities 18 and older.” The program’s income eligibility limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, Conklin said. For purposes of calculating income, half of Social Security is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, although supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Conklin added application forms are available in his offices, which are located at 301 S. Allen St., State College; and at 213 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Constituents seeking assistance must bring proof of local (county, borough and school) property taxes and proof of income, such as an IRS Form 1099. Residents can learn more about the program and download an application from the state Department of Revenue website at this link: https://www.revenue.pa.gov/GeneralTaxInformation/PropertyTaxRentRebateProgram/Pages/Request-an-Application.aspx Read more

 

Conklin announces $25,000 in funding for Huston Township to improve traffic safety

(May 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – Huston Township in Centre County will receive $25,000 in funds earmarked to improve traffic safety and enhance traffic flow, state Rep. Scott Conkin, D-Centre, announced today. The grant funding is from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program, designed to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where traffic data shows red-light running is a concern. The funds for Huston Township will be used to improve safety on Route 3040 to the east of the village of Julian through the installation of a new solar-powered flashing warning sign. “Keeping drivers and pedestrians safe, while also improving traffic congestion and flow, is a benefit to everyone,” Conklin said. “This is a wise use of state funds and significantly complements the various ongoing road projects in our neighborhoods.” Funding for the program, as required under state law, is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. More information on the ARLE program can be found here: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Portal Information/Traffic Signal Portal/FUNDARLE.html Read more

 

Conklin: $17,000 in grants awarded to small businesses in Centre County to cut costs, energy consumption

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 9 – Three businesses in Centre County have been awarded a total of $17,000 in grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program, state Rep. Scott Conkin, D-Centre, announced today. The funding can assist small businesses with lowering their energy consumption and help cut costs and environmental waste, said Conklin. “Small businesses can significantly reduce their energy use, reduce or eliminate their environmental impacts, and be more competitive,” said Conklin. “Businesses can use these funds to install energy saving LED lighting, replace inefficient heating and cooling systems, and switch from traditional chemical-based X-ray systems to digital equipment. It’s a win for the environment and for our businesses.” Grants were awarded to the following businesses (including the amount and project): Edmond M Kotary, DMD – $5,000, intraoral scanner. Mark B. Casteel Chiropractic Clinic – $5,000, medical x-ray. Videon Central – $7,000, HVAC. Nearly $1 million in grants were approved by DEP for 201 projects statewide, with nearly $3.4 million in matching private investment from the recipients to complete their projects. Eligible small businesses had fewer than 100 employees and were required to reduce their waste or energy consumption by 25 percent or more. More information about the grants can be found Read more

 

Conklin announces $97,000 school safety grant for Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School has been awarded $97,008 in state funds to support and implement school safety efforts, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. “These state funds can provide much needed tools and programs to help keep students and school staff safe,” Conkin said. “That includes counseling services, training for guidance counselors and school psychologists, and technology to enhance security at school buildings.” The grants were announced by the state’s School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Act 44 of 2018 resulted in the creation of this committee, which is responsible for developing the criteria schools are to use in performing school safety and security assessments. The funds can be used for a wide variety of programs that address school safety, including risk assessment and violence-prevention efforts, classroom management, conflict resolution or dispute management initiatives and the installation or purchase of technology related to school and student safety. More information about the grants can be found at this link: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Conklin: Kratom must be added to list of controlled substances in Pa.

(Apr 12, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, April 12 – Citing disturbing health concerns in Pennsylvania and nationally, state Rep. Scott Conklin today announced he will introduce a bill that would add kratom to the list of the state’s controlled substances. Conklin, D-Centre, said the active ingredient in kratom – mitragynine – is an addictive substance that acts on the brain’s opioid receptors and is marketed in stores across the country as an herbal supplement to treat a variety of medical conditions, despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration that it is very dangerous, medically unproven and can be deadly if over ingested. “Deaths due to this substance are on the rise nationally, because those addicted to opioids are using it to either increase the effects of those drugs, or people are using it as a treatment for withdrawal,” Conklin said. “There is no reliable evidence to support kratom’s use to treat opioid addiction or for any other health conditions, including depression, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Based on the information provided, it’s time to put this substance on the Schedule 1 list within the state’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania has the fourth highest rate of overdose deaths in the United States, all the more reason steps should be taken now regarding kratom, Conklin added. Conkin was joined at the Read more

 

Conklin to introduce bill to improve PIAA transparency

(Apr 02, 2019)

Focused on ensuring transparency and accountability, state Rep. Scott Conklin will be introducing a measure that would ensure the integrity of the operations of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Agency. Read more

 

Conklin: Federal funds available to communities to reduce, prevent violent crimes

(Mar 26, 2019)

CENTRE COUNTY, March 26 – Approximately $247,000 in federal funds is available to local governments, educational institutions, faith-based and nonprofit organizations for programs focused on reducing violent crime, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. The Project Safe Neighborhoods grant funds, available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, are focused on creating and fostering safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including – but not limited to – gang activity and felony possession and use of firearms, Conklin said. Priority for funding will be given to multi-organization collaborations across all levels of law enforcement, Conklin added. “These funds are designed to support a variety of collaborative projects to reduce crime in our communities,” Conklin said. “Projects can include outreach strategies to keep at-risk youth safe and out of prison, hiring additional county prosecutors to prevent and disrupt drug and gun trafficking operations, and to support locally-based crime prevention and crime reduction programs.” The deadline to apply is April 15. More information on the grant can be found by visiting the following link and choosing “Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) – Middle District”: https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx Read more

 

Time to level the playing field for high school athletics

(Mar 12, 2019)

Since 2010, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has been debating the question as to whether private, parochial and charter schools (non-boundary schools) have a competitive advantage over public schools (boundary schools). Since fair competition is something we all want, I believe our public school student-athletes should have the same opportunities for statewide exposure, college recruitment and scholarships as those enrolled in parochial, private and charter schools. Read more

 

Conklin: $396,000 in state grants to protect parks, enhance recreational opportunities in Centre County
Nov 14, 2019

Conklin: $700,000 in state grants awarded to improve traffic safety for motorists, bicyclists
Nov 12, 2019

Conklin: $71,600 grant to protect waterways in Centre County
Nov 07, 2019

Conklin: State funding will support job creation, business expansion at Centre County manufacturer
Oct 28, 2019

Conklin announces Centre County charter school awarded Safe School Targeted Grant
Oct 22, 2019

Conklin: Nearly $67,000 in state grants awarded toward equipment, related upgrades to Rush Township park
Sep 17, 2019

Conklin: Centre County victim services organization receives grant to help children and elderly victims of domestic violence
Sep 13, 2019

Conklin announces $75,000 grant for University Park Airport
Aug 29, 2019

Conklin announces nearly $25 million in funding for new State College water treatment plant
Jul 17, 2019

Conklin: $1.37 million in funding to Centre County will assist, expand affordable housing options
Jul 15, 2019

Conkin says budget bill is ‘full of missed opportunities’
Jun 26, 2019

Conklin announces state investment in local manufacturing partnership to spur growth, innovation
Jun 25, 2019

Conklin: Application deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 20, 2019

Conklin announces $25,000 in funding for Huston Township to improve traffic safety
May 29, 2019

Conklin: $17,000 in grants awarded to small businesses in Centre County to cut costs, energy consumption
May 09, 2019

Conklin announces $97,000 school safety grant for Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District
May 06, 2019

Conklin: Kratom must be added to list of controlled substances in Pa.
Apr 12, 2019

Conklin to introduce bill to improve PIAA transparency
Apr 02, 2019

Conklin: Federal funds available to communities to reduce, prevent violent crimes
Mar 26, 2019

Time to level the playing field for high school athletics
Mar 12, 2019