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: State program available to farmers for reimbursement of soil, erosion management plans

(Mar 08, 2019)

CENTRE COUNTY, March 8 – Over $620,000 in funding is available through a state program to reimburse farmers for costs related to erosion, sediment, and soil nutrient management, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program provides agricultural operators and landowners with up to $6,000 to reimburse them for fees they’ve paid to technical experts to create long-term management plans designed to improve soil and herd health and implement cost-effective uses of farm resources. “Agriculture is one of our strongest industries in Centre County, with nearly 1,200 farms encompassing more than 162,000 acres,” said Conklin. “This program can assist farmers with the costs they’ve paid to implement plans designed to keep their farm land and herd stock viable and productive for years to come.” The deadline for farmers to register for the reimbursement program is April 1. More information is available at this link: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/ChesapeakeBayOffice/Ag page/3020-FM-CBO0003a_APRP_Registration_Form_Cover_Sheet_2018_2019.pdf Read more

 

Conklin: Centre County veterans’ services awarded state grant to support, expand outreach services

(Mar 04, 2019)

CENTRE COUNTY, March 4 – The Centre County Office of Veterans Affairs has received a $9,750 state grant to expand its veterans’ outreach services, announced state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. “Our veterans who have served with honor and dignity deserve our help and support, whether they reside in rural or urban areas of our state,” Conklin said. “This grant will help support the ongoing efforts of the Centre County Office of Veterans Affairs in advocating for and providing valuable services to assist our veterans and their families.” The grant comes from the Veterans Trust Fund, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and was one of 29 awarded to veterans’ support organizations statewide. The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians who donate $3 when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo ID, or a motor vehicle registration. The VTF also receives proceeds from the sale of the “ Honoring Our Veterans” license plate and from private donations. Since the grant program’s inception in 2013, more than $3.6 million has been awarded to organizations that serve Pennsylvania’s veterans. Read more

 

Conklin: Volunteer fire assistance grant applications forthcoming for rural, volunteer fire companies

(Feb 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – Rural and volunteer fire companies will be able to start applying for grants to help cover equipment and training costs later this month, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. Conklin said the cost-share grants, which are awarded through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are earmarked for fire departments that serve fewer than 10,000 residents. “These rural and volunteer fire companies are instrumental in keeping our homes and properties safe,” Conklin said. “These much-needed grants will ensure they have the equipment and training to prevent and control fires in our communities.” Grant applications will be accepted Feb. 26 through May 2. The maximum grant award for 2019 is $10,000. More information, including specific eligibility requirements, can be found at the following link: www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Wildfire/VolunteerFireDepartmentResources/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Conklin: Time to level the athletic playing field for public, private schools

(Feb 15, 2019)

STATE COLLEGE, Feb. 15 – Citing concerns from several school districts statewide that the current high school sports playoff system is unfair, state Rep. Scott Conklin introduced legislation that would establish separate playoffs for public and private schools. Conklin, D-Centre, said the current system’s rules, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, which operates all state championship tournaments, gives an unfair advantage to private and parochial schools, which aren’t confined by geographic boundaries that public schools must follow. “As a result, many of those private schools’ sports programs have become so large that they’re now dominating playoffs, and that’s not fair,” said Conklin. “My legislation would change a 1972 law, removing a mandate that these schools compete with public schools, and allow for separate playoffs.” Conklin discussed his bill during a news conference at the Penn Stater Hotel and Convention Center in State College, where the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Clinic was being held. Read more

 

Conklin supports education proposals in Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, released the following statement regarding the education proposals Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled during his 2019-20 budget address today: “I’m pleased and encouraged by the education proposals Governor Wolf outlined, including a significant increase in public education funding and supporting efforts to boost early childhood education. Strong funding for education will reap benefits for our students and our workforce and is a true investment in our state’s future. “I also support the governor’s proposal to connect teachers with the workforce, ensuring that teachers are preparing students for the jobs of today and for years to come. We also need to do more to recruit the best and the brightest teachers to Pennsylvania, including paying them a fair salary and ensuring they have the tools they need to prepare our kids for a bright, successful future. “The same is true for workforce development programs, such as technical and career training, which equip Pennsylvanians to meet the increasingly complex demands of the modern workplace and help ensure that our state remains competitive. We’ve had great success with the PAsmart pilot program, and providing additional investments will ensure a qualified and strong workforce. “No doubt, there’s much work ahead for us on these education proposals, but I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of Read more

 

Conklin: Centre County awarded $2 million to replace bridges

(Feb 01, 2019)

Two high-priority, poor-condition bridges in Centre County will be one step closer to replacement, thanks to a $2 million state grant announced today by state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. Read more

 

Conklin: Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola school districts each get $35,000 to expand computer science offerings

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Computer science classes and teacher training in the Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola school districts will be enhanced by $70,000 in state grants announced today by state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. Conklin said each of the districts will receive $35,000 under the PAsmart initiative, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “For our students to be equipped to handle many jobs of the future, proficiency in technology and its related field of computer science is an absolute must,” Conklin said. “These grants, which fund equipment purchases and staff development, represent a wise state investment in helping develop a skilled workforce.” Conklin said Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola are among this round of targeted grant recipients, which include 221 school districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber charter schools, and eight intermediate units – each of which is receiving the maximum $35,000. Read more

 

Conklin announces grant to prepare, educate local students for high growth jobs

(Jan 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced his district has received federal funds to help connect local businesses and students, providing them with job training and related resources for in-demand technical careers in Pennsylvania. Approximately $104,200 in federal Business-Education Partnership funds have been awarded to the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp., a local workforce development board comprising nine counties, including Centre County. The funds will be used to educate and increase awareness of technical career opportunities among students, parents, teachers and school faculty in the region. The grant will also provide businesses the opportunity to better connect with students and school districts about the career pathways they have to offer. “This grant will go a long way to help students and their parents to learn more about their career options after high school,” Conklin said. “I’m pleased the funding will also provide avenues for businesses in our area to reach out to students and school districts to learn about the jobs that are in demand.” A total of 22 local workforce development boards statewide received grants, totaling more than $2.6 million. The BEP program provides career-related experiences and development opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, with the ultimate goal of engaging more Read more

 

Conklin appointed Democratic chairman of Gaming and Oversight Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee for the 2019-2020 legislative session. Read more

 

Conklin sworn in for seventh term

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today took the oath of office to begin his seventh term representing the 77 th Legislative District. "It is a great honor to continue serving the Centre Region in the General Assembly," Conklin said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and am energized to advance sensible policies that benefit all Pennsylvanians.” The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 203rd legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January each year. "My priorities for this two-year term begin with keeping our unemployment rate low, increasing public education funding and keeping school property taxes as low as possible,” Conklin said. “There is much challenging work to be done.” The 77th Legislative District includes Philipsburg and State College boroughs, Huston and Rush townships, and portions of Ferguson and Patton townships. Conklin has two constituent service centers in his district. The State College service center is located at 301 S. Allen St., Suite 102, and can be reached at (814) 238-5477. The Philipsburg service center is located at 213 N. Front St. and can be reached at (814) 342-4872. Various resources and links to state programs also are available at www.pahouse.com/Conklin . Read more

 

Rep. Conklin's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click on the link above to download Rep. Conklin's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Conklin mourns passing of Sue Mascolo

(Nov 29, 2018)

“She was a great public servant, a wonderful friend and I was so honored to work with her,” Conklin said. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Conklin: $350,000 state grant awarded to State College Borough

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State College Borough was awarded a $350,000 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. “Recycling is such an important initiative that not only betters the environment, but it also betters our community,” Conklin said. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will allow the borough to continue to thrive in its recycling efforts and make the 77 th Legislative District a more environmentally friendly community.” The grant can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. For more information on the grants, visit the DEP website . Read more

 

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

Conklin: State program available to farmers for reimbursement of soil, erosion management plans
Mar 08, 2019

Conklin: Centre County veterans’ services awarded state grant to support, expand outreach services
Mar 04, 2019

Conklin: Volunteer fire assistance grant applications forthcoming for rural, volunteer fire companies
Feb 21, 2019

Conklin: Time to level the athletic playing field for public, private schools
Feb 15, 2019

Conklin supports education proposals in Wolf’s budget address
Feb 05, 2019

Conklin: Centre County awarded $2 million to replace bridges
Feb 01, 2019

Conklin: Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola school districts each get $35,000 to expand computer science offerings
Jan 17, 2019

Conklin announces grant to prepare, educate local students for high growth jobs
Jan 11, 2019

Conklin appointed Democratic chairman of Gaming and Oversight Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Conklin sworn in for seventh term
Jan 01, 2019

Rep. Conklin's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Conklin mourns passing of Sue Mascolo
Nov 29, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Conklin: $350,000 state grant awarded to State College Borough
Oct 12, 2018