Longietti, Sainato: $140,000 awarded to provide paid internships in high-demand careers

(Mar 05, 2020)

HERMITAGE, March 5 – Students and young adults in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have new opportunities for paid internships, thanks to a $140,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding awarded to the West Central Workforce Development Board under the State/Local Internship Program will provide area summer internships paying a minimum of $10.35 an hour for students and young adults between 16 and 24. “Internships are incredibly valuable career-training tools because they provide the kind of real-world experience not available in the classroom,” Longietti said. “That’s especially important in today’s high-tech career market, where new innovations and technology mean a constantly changing job landscape.” Sainato agreed, noting, “In addition to providing hands-on opportunities that help equip students and young adults for the modern workplace, these internships help build a stronger talent pool for area employers by producing applicants who understand more and are better prepared to hit the ground running. It all works to build a stronger workforce.” The funding is part of a $4.7 million package of grants to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards statewide to create nearly 1,500 summer internships. The SLIP program is fully funded through federal money available under the Read more

 

Longietti: More than $1.4 million awarded to fund safety measures in Mercer County schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Feb. 26 – Seven Mercer County school districts have been awarded more than $1.4 million in school safety grants, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grants awarded under the School Safety and Security Grant Program will fund a mix of equipment-, personnel- and program-based resources. “While our school officials do everything possible to keep kids safe, school security is an area that demands ongoing review,” Longietti said. “Safety needs are constantly changing and are unique to each district, often demanding a combination of resources. Securing this funding is going to help ensure that our kids are benefiting from the safest, most secure learning environments possible.” Longietti said the funding includes the following: $468,998 to Greenville Area School District for a prevention/intervention specialist and security resource officer, additional locks and lighting, window film and upgrades to the video server. $421,890 to Sharon City School District for a counselor, security teller window, front office access control hardware, door controls, lock boxes and additional equipment. $222,461 to Sharpsville Area School District for fencing, a card access system, security cameras and an emotional support teacher. $30,000 to Reynolds School District for security planning and the Read more

 

Longietti announces expanded hours for Mercer Driver License Center

(Feb 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – Mercer Driver License Center has expanded its hours, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the center’s new operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday will be especially helpful because the center is likely to see increased traffic in the coming months. “The center’s new schedule will be a great help for residents, as the expanded hours should significantly reduce congestion and wait times,” Longietti said. “We have been pushing for this change, and I’m especially glad that it is happening now, because the center is likely to see more visitors as we approach the October 1 Real ID enforcement deadline. “I want to remind residents that once enforcement of the Real ID Act begins on October 1, they will need either a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or photo identification – or some other federally accepted form of identification such as a military ID or U.S. passport – to board a domestic commercial flight or visit a secure federal facility such as a military base. For residents who are accustomed to using their driver’s license to fly, getting a Real ID will allow them to continue doing so. “PennDOT estimates that residents who successfully apply for a Real ID should receive it in the mail within 15 days. It’s best to apply soon, because there is no grace period once enforcement Read more

 

Longietti supports proposed budget investments in education, workforce, vulnerable populations

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 - State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget address: “I’m encouraged by aspects of the budget plan Governor Tom Wolf unveiled today. “First, I am pleased that the proposal does not include any tax increases. “I’m also encouraged that the proposed budget includes increases in education for our children: a $100 million increase for K-12; a $25 million increase for special education; a $25 million increase for Pre-K Counts; and a $5 million increase for Head Start Supplemental. “The proposed budget would also commit resources to make higher education more affordable, with a $60 million increase in state grant funding through PHEAA to help students pay for college and post-secondary vocational education. “I am intrigued by the proposed $12 million competitive state grant program to address barriers to work such as transportation obstacles and childcare accessibility, and it is my hope that we will see a grant application from Mercer County. “I am encouraged by proposals to invest in innovation and entrepreneurship. One such proposal would invest $2.35 million in Invent Penn State, which previously helped the Mercer County-based nonprofit The Guardian Nest address the needs of veterans. Another proposal would invest an additional $5 million in Ben Read more

 

Longietti hosts champion Farrell Steelers for return visit to state Capitol

(Feb 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – The trip to the state Capitol was a repeat performance for the Farrell Steelers, as state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, hosted the team to celebrate their 2019 Class 1A state football championship. The win gave the Steelers – who also clinched the top spot last year during the team’s 100 th anniversary – back-to-back titles. “It was truly an honor today to give these young men – who excel both on the field and in the classroom – a tour of the state Capitol and a look into how government works,” Longietti said. “They have led and inspired our community in so many ways; it’s wonderful to be able to return that favor and inspire them to future leadership roles.” As Longietti presented the Steelers with a citation to mark their accomplishment, he recalled the nail-biting game that cemented the team’s title. “The 10-7 win against Bishop Guilfoyle that sealed the Steelers’ championship was a thriller. With just six minutes remaining in regulation, senior Brian Hilton Jr. laid out in the end zone to catch quarterback Raymond Raver Jr.’s 4 th -and-30 pass, tying the game at 7-all. In overtime, Hilton blocked Bishop Guilfoyle’s field goal attempt and then kicked a 22-yard field goal into a stiff wind to win the game. “It was an incredible way to end a season that, ironically, started off 0 and 2. Under the Read more

 

Longietti named ‘2019 State Official of the Year’ by Life Sciences Pennsylvania

(Jan 28, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mark Longietti has been named one of two “2019 State Officials of the Year” by Life Sciences of Pennsylvania – the trade organization for the commonwealth’s life sciences industry. The award is given to state governmental officials who have distinguished themselves as leaders supporting the life sciences community. “I’m honored to be recognized by a group that provides such important work on behalf of our science-based industries,” said Longietti, who is co-chair of the House Life Sciences Caucus. “Discoveries by researchers in the biotech, biomedical, pharmaceutical and other fields lead to vaccines, breakthrough treatments and other tools that help us fight disease and live longer, healthier lives. “At the same time, innovations in botanic and environmental sciences and crop technologies lead to advances that produce heartier, more disease-resistant crops that bolster our farming industry. Across the board, our life sciences community contributes to a healthier population and a stronger economy, so it’s vital that we continue to support these industries.” Also receiving the award was state Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, who is co-chair of the Life Sciences Caucus with Longietti. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey was named “2019 Federal Official of the Year.” Read more

 

Longietti: $50,000 grant to expand local dairy operations

(Jan 22, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 22 – A longstanding Mercer County business will be expanding its operations thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grant to Canon Dairy under the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program will allow the fifth-generation family business to perform processing operations on-site, rather than sending them to outside entities, and to launch a new business – Canon Creamery – to expand its product line. “Canon Dairy is a longtime, successful family business that has been a productive part of our community for generations,” Longietti said. “Until now, the dairy has sold its milk to an outside processing plant. The funding announced today will allow Canon to purchase the necessary equipment to process and bottle its own milk, allowing it to realize a greater profit. The dairy will also purchase equipment to operate a creamery, which will produce butter and cheeses. “Funding that allows this successful Mercer County business to keep more of its operations right here in our community while expanding its product line is a terrific investment and one that will yield returns, not just for this successful business, but for our local economy. I’m looking forward to seeing their progress in the months and years ahead.” Longietti said the grant will allow the dairy to purchase and install Read more

 

Longietti announces nearly $180,000 in fire grants

(Jan 21, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Mark Longietti has announced the award of $179,476 in state grants to 14 fire companies in his district. “The costs associated with running fire and EMS services can put a huge burden on these companies, between keeping personnel trained to maintaining equipment and facilities in perfect working order,” Longietti said. “This funding will help alleviate that burden to departments and help keep our courageous first responders safe at the front lines.” Longietti said the following fire companies will receive grants in these amounts: Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,467 Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $13,152 Greenville Fire Department – $13,426 Greenville Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,057 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $14,248 Patagonia Vol Fire Department – $12,331 Sharon Fire Department – $14,248 Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,289 Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,194 Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,563 South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,783 West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,015 West Salem Fire Department – $12,057 Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,646 The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is Read more

 

Longietti: $35,000 PAsmart grant to enhance computer science curriculum for Mercer County students

(Jan 20, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 20 – Mercer County students will see more computer science in the curriculum, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to Farrell Area School District will allow students to develop a range of skills that will help them now and in the future. “Computer science teaches skills that are useful far beyond the keyboard,” Longietti said. “Students learn to problem-solve and analyze data, developing confidence and self-reliance that empower them to succeed. They also become fluent in technology, which is critical for our next generation of workers – even those who don’t plan to work in the tech field – because nearly all modern businesses and industries rely on computers and information technology for their successful operation.” The grants – a component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart Initiative – are part of a $5.7 million package providing $35,000 apiece to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units statewide. The grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide teacher training in computer science. The awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, including students of color, girls, low-income students and those in Read more

 

Longietti: Thiel College receives $30,000 grant as part of statewide campaign to combat campus sexual assault

(Jan 17, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 17 – Thiel College has received a $30,000 grant under the state’s “It’s On Us” program designed to raise awareness about and prevent campus sexual assault and violence, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. “Fear has no place in an institution of learning,” Longietti said. “It’s essential for students to feel safe in order for them to thrive and succeed. By funding programs to raise awareness about and prevent sexual assault, this grant will help ensure that our local campus remains the kind of environment where students feel secure and can go about the business of preparing for life.” The funding to Thiel College is part of a $1 million package of grants to 36 postsecondary schools statewide. The schools use the funding for programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, educators and staff to campaigns to raise awareness about the reporting process and resources that are available to those victimized by sexual assault. It’s On Us started as a national campaign in 2014. Pennsylvania quickly took the initiative, becoming the first state to establish its own statewide program, “It’s On Us PA.” Pennsylvania’s public and private colleges and universities enroll nearly 250,000 students, including more than 62,000 who live on campus. Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths

(Jan 16, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 16 – A $150,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help students and educators in Mercer and Lawrence County learn about high-priority career paths, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said the Business-Education Partnership grant will allow the West Central Workforce Development Board to raise awareness about high-demand jobs by establishing connections between school districts and area businesses. “This funding is going to help educators and students become familiar with high-priority, good-paying jobs in our area and the kinds of requirements demanded by those jobs,” Longietti said. “Providing a pipeline connecting the classroom to the workplace allows students and educators to develop an understanding of what kinds of skills are needed in today’s work force so teachers can tailor the curriculum accordingly and students can decide which career paths best suit their skills and talents.” Sainato agreed, noting, “School-business partnerships are incredibly productive because they provide students with hands-on learning opportunities such as internships and job shadowing, which help them make informed career choices. At the same time, area employers benefit from being able to provide input into the learning process and from getting the chance to attract qualified applicants. It’s truly a win-win Read more

 

House passes Longietti bill to assist municipal planning

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – Pennsylvania boroughs and municipalities of all sizes are one step closer to having an important planning tool after the House today passed a bill that would allow them to establish redevelopment authorities, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. Under current state law, cities of all sizes may establish redevelopment authorities, but boroughs and other municipalities must have a population of 10,000 or more to do so. Longietti’s H.B. 1860 would remove this size restriction. “Redevelopment authorities are true catalysts of change,” Longietti said. “Because they are vested with the power to acquire blighted properties, repurpose them for beneficial use, and plan for widescale revitalization efforts, they are the starting point for major projects that bring meaningful change to communities – from attacking blight and stimulating investments to bringing affordable housing and attracting businesses. “Unfortunately, the current law imposes an arbitrary restriction that has prevented many boroughs and municipalities from establishing redevelopment authorities. It’s an irrational rule that has stunted growth and stifled investment for these communities. My bill would level the playing field and put them on equal ground with cities, so they have the tools they need to flourish.” Longietti noted that there are at Read more

 

Longietti hosting home heating assistance workshop Jan. 15

(Jan 08, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 8 – A mid-January workshop on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will help Mercer County residents learn whether they qualify for the program and offer help with the application process, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “No resident should have to worry about whether they’re able to keep their family warm in the winter,” Longietti said. “Fortunately, LIHEAP is there to provide critical assistance for households having difficulty paying heating bills. I’m encouraging anyone who may be struggling this winter to visit my workshop, learn whether they qualify, and get help applying.” The workshop is open to the public and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Shenango Valley Senior Community Center, 220 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, PA 16148. Longietti noted that residents seeking help with the application process must bring a valid photo ID, recent heating bill, and names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and proof of income for all household members. Residents who want to learn more about the workshop should contact Longietti’s Hermitage office at 724-981-4655 or his satellite Greenville office (open Tuesday and Thursday) at 724-588-1005. Read more

 

Longietti: ‘Teacher in the Workplace’ grants of $50,000 to bolster career readiness for Mercer County students

(Jan 06, 2020)

HERMITAGE , Jan. 6 – State grants totaling $50,000 will help Mercer County teachers align classroom instruction to the latest skills demanded by area employers, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said two separate “Teacher in the Workplace” grants of $25,000 each to Sharon City School District and West Middlesex Area School District will fund teacher visits to area businesses so educators can learn the latest skills employers need and model their curriculum to meet those needs. “This funding allows our teachers an important look beyond the classroom and into the real-world needs and demands of today’s employers so they can enrich the curriculum with the kinds of skills that open the door to high-paying jobs,” Longietti said. “It’s a winning proposition that benefits young adults preparing to join the workforce while at the same time ensuring that our area businesses have an ample supply of well-trained candidates with the skills these businesses need to remain competitive.” Both grants come from the state Department of Education and are part of a $2.2 million package of competitive grants providing $25,000 each to 92 local education agencies throughout the commonwealth. The grants are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses Read more

 

Shenango Valley Chamber receives Creative Communities grant that funds placemaking efforts in the Sharon/Shenango Valley area

(Dec 23, 2019)

SHARON, PA—Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is awarding $100,000 to the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, thanks to The Creative Communities Initiative, a first-time multi-year grant that funds community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, workforce development and community connectedness. Also called creative placemaking, the goal of projects funded through this initiative will have a demonstrated, positive impact on their respective communities. Entitled the Shenango Valley Community Connections Collaborative (SVC3), it will have a valley-wide impact upon a wide variety of demographics including the artist community, veterans, minorities, displaced workers, IDD individuals with potential for others to be involved as well. “This community project will offer strategies to strengthen and revitalize our community’s cultural, economic, and educational vibrancy through the creative arts and microbusiness development and support,” said Sherris Moreira, Executive Director of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, adding that the initial collaboration of the SVC3 initiative is with the City of Sharon where the collaborative will be located and includes the Random Acts of Artists, The Shenango Valley Urban League, The Guardians Nest Veterans Resource Center, and Whole Life Services who will be matching the grant with in-kind Fab Lab equipment. “These organizations, along with chamber Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace

(Dec 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – A grant of $800,000 from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help provide a smoother, more successful path for youth in Mercer and Lawrence counties transitioning from the justice system to the workforce, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The resources funded by this grant will make a huge difference for so many young people who may have started out on the wrong path in life,” Longietti said. “The benefit of education, mentoring, vocational training and other hands-on programs will get them back on their feet and open doors. It will also send an important message that we believe in them and in their ability to overcome a rough start in life.” Sainato agreed, adding, “Funding to retrain and redirect youth whose past actions may have landed them in the justice system is an investment that stands to pay off on so many levels. It gives young adults a chance to prove themselves and become productive citizens, it reduces the burden on taxpayers who would otherwise have to support them, and it replenishes our economy with members of the community who can give back to it.” The lawmakers said that the grant to the West Central Workforce Development Board will allow the board to conduct needs assessments to determine skill sets and training gaps, the need for supportive services and training options, as well as literacy Read more

 

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(Dec 19, 2019)

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Longietti: $47,000 grant to improve services for child abuse victims

(Dec 11, 2019)

HERMITAGE , Dec. 11 – A state grant of $47,000 will help improve medical evaluations by the Mercer County Child Advocacy Center and fund medical examinations for suspected victims of child sexual abuse, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The grant to the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc., is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency based on a recommendation by the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. "Children victimized by sexual abuse need state-of-the-art care – including medical evaluations and examinations that will not add to the trauma they have already endured,” Longietti said. “The funds awarded today will help ensure that our advocacy and support professionals are trained in best practices and have the resources needed to carry out urgent, non-urgent and wellness exams in the most effective, least intimidating manner possible.” PCCD initiates and funds justice-related programs developed by practitioners and experts in the field, with a focus on research, policy, planning, training, evidence-based programs, technology, outreach and support services. The CAC advises the commission on programs and projects related to children’s advocacy center and multidisciplinary investigation teams. Read more

 

Longietti hosting December LIHEAP workshops

(Nov 26, 2019)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 26 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is hosting three workshop sessions in December to help residents apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is now open for the 2019-20 season. “For families struggling to pay heating bills, a LIHEAP grant can make a big difference,” Longietti said. “In addition to cash grants to help with bills, crisis grants are available for emergency situations – such as a broken furnace or an unexpected fuel shortage – and the grants do not need to be repaid. My workshops are a great opportunity for residents to learn whether they qualify and get help applying.” The sessions – two open to the public and one for residents of Greenville House – will be held at the following times and locations: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at the Pymatuning Township Building, 256 Edgewood Drive Ext., Transfer, PA 16154 (open to public). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Greenville Senior Center, 45 Alan Ave., Greenville, PA 16125 (open to public). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Greenville House, 9 N. Penn Ave., Greenville, PA 16125 (open to Greenville House residents only). Longietti emphasized that residents seeking help with the application process must bring a valid photo ID, recent heating bill, and names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and proof of income for all household Read more

 

Committee unanimously approves Longietti bill benefiting borough planning

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – Leveling the playing field for boroughs wanting to establish a redevelopment authority is the aim of a bill approved unanimously today by the House Urban Affairs Committee, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. Longietti said he introduced H.B. 1860 , which would amend the Urban Redevelopment Authority Act, to address a disparity in the law: Currently, boroughs must have a population of 10,000 or more to establish a redevelopment authority, while cities of any size may do so. Longietti’s bill would remove that restriction and allow boroughs of all sizes to establish a redevelopment authority. “This would be a significant step for boroughs because redevelopment authorities have broad powers to implement plans that can address blight, boost economic development and stimulate area growth.” Longietti said. “These planning bodies can be a critical tool for communities striving to restore infrastructure, revitalize neighborhoods and attract investment.” Longietti said that there is no sound reason supporting the current population restriction placed on boroughs, noting that there are multiple cities with a population of fewer than 10,000. “My bill would simply put Pennsylvania’s boroughs on an equal footing with cities as they work to promote growth and improve life for residents through measures such as expanding Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $140,000 awarded to provide paid internships in high-demand careers
Mar 05, 2020

Longietti: More than $1.4 million awarded to fund safety measures in Mercer County schools
Feb 26, 2020

Longietti announces expanded hours for Mercer Driver License Center
Feb 24, 2020

Longietti supports proposed budget investments in education, workforce, vulnerable populations
Feb 04, 2020

Longietti hosts champion Farrell Steelers for return visit to state Capitol
Feb 03, 2020

Longietti named ‘2019 State Official of the Year’ by Life Sciences Pennsylvania
Jan 28, 2020

Longietti: $50,000 grant to expand local dairy operations
Jan 22, 2020

Longietti announces nearly $180,000 in fire grants
Jan 21, 2020

Longietti: $35,000 PAsmart grant to enhance computer science curriculum for Mercer County students
Jan 20, 2020

Longietti: Thiel College receives $30,000 grant as part of statewide campaign to combat campus sexual assault
Jan 17, 2020

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths
Jan 16, 2020

House passes Longietti bill to assist municipal planning
Jan 15, 2020

Longietti hosting home heating assistance workshop Jan. 15
Jan 08, 2020

Longietti: ‘Teacher in the Workplace’ grants of $50,000 to bolster career readiness for Mercer County students
Jan 06, 2020

Shenango Valley Chamber receives Creative Communities grant that funds placemaking efforts in the Sharon/Shenango Valley area
Dec 23, 2019

Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace
Dec 20, 2019

2020 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 19, 2019

Longietti: $47,000 grant to improve services for child abuse victims
Dec 11, 2019

Longietti hosting December LIHEAP workshops
Nov 26, 2019

Committee unanimously approves Longietti bill benefiting borough planning
Nov 21, 2019