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Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education

(2 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced four school districts have been awarded PAsmart targeted grants toward advancing science and technology education. The following school districts each received $35,000 in funding for programs under the PAsmart initiative: Albert Gallatin School District. Bethlehem Center School District. Brownsville Area School District. Carmichaels Area School District. “These investments will better prepare our students with the science and technology skills they need to succeed,” said Snyder. “This effort will ensure that our state has a well-trained and prepared workforce to meet the current and future demands of local businesses.” These grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science training. The funds will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ Read more

 

Miss my Jan. 16 Telephone Town Hall?

(14 hours ago)

Listen to what your neighbors had to say on the issues while I provided an update on what's happening in your state government. Read more

 

Snyder: Waynesburg University to receive nearly $30,000 grant as part of national initiative to combat campus sexual assaults

(22 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – Waynesburg University is among several Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive a $29,799 grant to raise awareness of and prevent campus sexual assaults, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds originate from the “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort designed to educate college students about sexual violence and assault. Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to create its own statewide “It’s On Us” campaign four years ago, she added. “Every student on our college and university campuses deserves to learn in an environment free from any form of violent or threatening behavior, and that includes harassment and sexual assault,” Snyder said. “These funds will help Waynesburg University implement vital prevention programs and services to educate students, teachers and administrators, and also provide needed resources to help survivors of sexual violence.” Since its inception, Pennsylvania has received nearly $4 million in “It’s On Us” grants to create sexual assault prevention and education programs at campuses across the commonwealth. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/its-on-us/ . Read more

 

Snyder: $100,000 investment to assist area schools and employers prepare students for high demand careers

(23 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to help businesses and schools collaborate to better prepare students for in-demand careers, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said the grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will fund the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board’s “Business Education Partnership” project, aimed at helping students develop the skills they need for informed career choices. “Providing these programs is a win/win for our students and for our employers,” Snyder said. “These strategic partnerships provide students with the skills and experience they need to succeed in today’s economy, and employers get the opportunity to educate students and help put them on the path toward future career success.” The grant is part of a $2.4 million package of Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 workforce development boards statewide. The grants are fully funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Additional information can be found at the Department of Labor and Industry’s website: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

PA Farm Show recap, tele town hall reminder and more!

(1 day ago)

Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s strong agriculture industry, including the benefits of the comprehensive PA Farm Bill. Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to give corrections officers more of a voice moves forward

(Jan 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today announced the unanimous passage of a measure designed to give corrections officers more of a role in better protecting the community at large. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 44 would provide corrections officers the opportunity to submit written testimony or testify in person at parole hearings. “Our corrections officers have a dangerous but vital job to do, and I’m extremely pleased House Bill 44 is moving forward,” Snyder said. “No one better understands the behavior of inmates than corrections officers who are patrolling the halls of the facility each day, and their voice must be heard when parole hearings are taking place, as they know firsthand if an inmate should be considered for parole.” Snyder, whose district includes SCI-Fayette and SCI-Greene, has been a strong advocate for state corrections officers. In 2016, she helped enact legislation to allow corrections officers to carry pepper spray while on duty. In 2018, Snyder also called for a thorough review of state prison system employee safety and security after more than two dozen employees across Pennsylvania were sickened by a substance that was later identified as synthetic marijuana. The bill now heads to state Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: West Greene School District awarded PA Farm Bill grant funds to improve ag education access, upgrade facilities

(Jan 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – The West Greene School District has been awarded $32,490 in state grants to support needed upgrades to its agriculture education facilities, thanks to the passage of the PA Farm Bill, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds originate from the state’s Ag and Youth Grant Program, re-enacted through the passage of the PA Farm Bill last year. The district will receive a $7,490 grant to enable its Ag Mechanics Program to upgrade its fume extraction unit. A separate $25,000 matching grant will be used to fund the upgrade of the district’s agriculture education facilities, Snyder added. “The Ag Youth Grant Program will give our communities a significant boost to a variety of agriculture education efforts and provide the groundwork to grow our state’s successful agriculture industry into the next generation,” Snyder said. The program provides direct and matching grants to eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases to youth and youth-related organizations designed to promote the development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship. A total of $500,000 was awarded to 55 projects statewide. More information on the Ag Youth Grant Program can be found at this link: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/Ag-and-Youth-Grant-Program.aspx . Read more

 

2019 by the numbers and a look ahead to the New Year!

(Dec 31, 2019)

As 2019 draws to a close, I want to take the time wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year.Representing you is an honor, and I look forward to working for each one of you in the new year, ensuring your voice is heard loud and clear in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

(Dec 24, 2019)

I’d like to take this time to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Read more

 

Protections for miners, honoring our local fallen heroes and more!

(Dec 19, 2019)

Great news this week out of Washington, D.C.!The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, legislation included in the federal government’s spending deal, was approved by Congress. Read more

 

Snyder relocating Waynesburg district office

(Dec 18, 2019)

WAYNESBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced that her Waynesburg office is relocating from 93 E. High St., Room 215, to the Wilson Building, 61 W. High St., Suite 2. Residents in need of services or assistance in Waynesburg and surrounding communities should call Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953 until the new office officially opens on Jan. 2. The phone number for the new office will remain the same (724-627-8683). Read more

 

Snyder applauds congressional bill that includes protections for miners’ health care, pensions

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has released the following statement regarding the approval of legislation included in the federal government’s spending deal to help retired coal miners in Pennsylvania and nationwide: “The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 is truly a Christmas miracle for more than 50,000 miners across our nation, including many here in our great commonwealth. “This legislation will secure the pensions and healthcare benefits of these coal miners and their families. Many of them had feared losing those benefits due to recent coal company bankruptcies, but no longer. In addition to securing lifetime healthcare benefits, the measure also shores up funding for their pensions. “Without the action and support of West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who introduced the bill, and the support of PA U.S. Senator Bob Casey, more than 13,000 miners would have lost their benefits entirely and even more of them would have seen their pensions gutted next year. “I have been proud to support the coal miners in our district, including the thousands of miners in Greene County, a region which continues to be among the top coal-producing counties in the United States. Make no mistake: I will continue to fight for and support our miners and their families and ensure they have a safe, secure future.” Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes approved by House committee

(Dec 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – A measure to honor three men who died while serving their country and their community was approved by the House Transportation Committee, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2088 would make the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, PFC Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and CPL Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County: A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as S. Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, to be designated as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. In January 2010, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 35. The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, to be designated as the PFC Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. The Brownsville native served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, Third Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944. The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, to be designated as the CPL Denny Ray Easter Memorial Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate reminder, protecting your information and more!

(Dec 12, 2019)

The deadline to apply for a 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate is December 31, and it will be here before you know it! Read more

 

Move to help local communities with broadband, PAsmart grants and more!

(Dec 05, 2019)

I’ve recently introduced a measure that would allow local decision-makers the ability to move ahead in providing reliable broadband service to communities that are unserved or underserved by large Internet service providers. Read more

 

Snyder: Bill would allow local governments to provide broadband service to residents

(Dec 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder has introduced a measure that would allow local communities unserved or underserved by larger Internet service providers the ability to move forward in providing their residents with broadband service. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2055 would amend the state’s Municipal Authorities Act to allow local governments the ability to deploy a publicly owned broadband Internet network. “In many areas of our state, including my district, it’s beyond challenging for residents to access affordable, reliable broadband access, and it’s time we give local communities the authority and the ability to provide themselves with fast, high-speed Internet access without having to navigate arcane procedures in order to do so,” Snyder said. “We already know that the lack of such access hampers our abilities to compete on a level playing field, whether it be in economic development, education, or health care. Allowing local decision-makers the ability to move forward in providing this service to their residents is definitely a step in the right direction.” Her bill is currently under consideration in the House Local Government Committee. Read more

 

Snyder announces $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, create new job training opportunities

(Dec 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – Industry and education organizations, nonprofits and local workforce development boards are encouraged to apply for a state grant aimed at creating more opportunities for workers, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said approximately $4.6 million in grants is available through the PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program, which connects multiple employers in the same industry with students, workers, and job seekers in a variety of fields, including: Advanced manufacturing. Agriculture and food production. Bio medical and health care. Building and construction. Business services. Education. Energy. Hospitality. Logistics and transportation. Real estate. Finance and insurance. “These grants will connect a variety of employers with job seekers and provide them with the knowledge and skills businesses need, and also meet the career needs and goals of those workers,” said Snyder. “It will help address the critical skills gap expressed by many employers and go a long way toward boosting local economic development efforts.” Grants of up to $250,000 per partnership are available. Eligible grant applicants can also include labor and economic development organizations, libraries, and post-secondary education providers. Any entity may serve as a fiscal agent for all grant Read more

 

PA Farm Bill grant, fraudulent dog license website alert, rifle season hunting and more!

(Nov 27, 2019)

This week, we had some great news to share in Fayette County! Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County business to benefit from PA Farm Bill package

(Nov 26, 2019)

REPUBLIC, Nov. 26 – Legislation included in the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will benefit a local community-supported agriculture business in Fayette County, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said that Republic Food Enterprise will receive a $25,000 grant to help purchase a mobile poultry processing trailer. Her bill, H.B. 1520 , created a $500,000 grant program that reimburses federal meat-inspection costs for small or new processors. Small meat processors are identified as existing entities with sales less than $2.5 million and fewer than 10 employees, or new entities planning to be that size. Her measure was part of the $24 million comprehensive investment into the state’s agriculture industry, which was signed into law in July by Gov. Tom Wolf. “I’m pleased to see one of our local businesses benefit directly from the PA Farm Bill,” Snyder said. “Agriculture is our No. 1 industry, and the ability to support our farmers this way is a huge boon to their efforts, including for the creation of additional job opportunities. “It’s vital we do all we can to support the men and women who work tirelessly to bring great Pennsylvania grown and produced products to our tables each and every day.” Snyder was joined at today’s announcement by Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. A total of 15 projects were funded by the grant program. Read more

 

Snyder announces grant to support, improve active transportation for Waynesburg Borough

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Waynesburg Borough in Greene County was awarded a $15,840 grant toward the development of active transportation plans and policies to encourage physical activity, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. The funding comes through the WalkWorks program, a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “Ensuring access to areas to walk and bike is vital to the health and well-being of our communities,” Snyder said. “We know such physical activity can have enormous benefits, including a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but it can also help prevent weight gain and improve overall mental health. I’m confident WalkWorks will have a positive impact in Waynesburg Borough, and I commend them for their efforts to make the community a better place to live.” A total of 10 communities and agencies were selected for the grants, which will help assist communities with the design and execution of plans to emphasize new or improved pedestrian, bicycle and/or transit systems. The goal of the initiative is to implement activity-friendly routes to connect residents and visitors to everyday destinations. More information on WalkWorks program is available here . Read more

 

Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education
2 hours ago

Miss my Jan. 16 Telephone Town Hall?
14 hours ago

Snyder: Waynesburg University to receive nearly $30,000 grant as part of national initiative to combat campus sexual assaults
22 hours ago

Snyder: $100,000 investment to assist area schools and employers prepare students for high demand careers
23 hours ago

PA Farm Show recap, tele town hall reminder and more!
1 day ago

Snyder: Bill to give corrections officers more of a voice moves forward
Jan 13, 2020

Snyder: West Greene School District awarded PA Farm Bill grant funds to improve ag education access, upgrade facilities
Jan 06, 2020

2019 by the numbers and a look ahead to the New Year!
Dec 31, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec 24, 2019

Protections for miners, honoring our local fallen heroes and more!
Dec 19, 2019

Snyder relocating Waynesburg district office
Dec 18, 2019

Snyder applauds congressional bill that includes protections for miners’ health care, pensions
Dec 17, 2019

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes approved by House committee
Dec 16, 2019

Property Tax/Rent Rebate reminder, protecting your information and more!
Dec 12, 2019

Move to help local communities with broadband, PAsmart grants and more!
Dec 05, 2019

Snyder: Bill would allow local governments to provide broadband service to residents
Dec 04, 2019

Snyder announces $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, create new job training opportunities
Dec 03, 2019

PA Farm Bill grant, fraudulent dog license website alert, rifle season hunting and more!
Nov 27, 2019

Snyder: Fayette County business to benefit from PA Farm Bill package
Nov 26, 2019

Snyder announces grant to support, improve active transportation for Waynesburg Borough
Nov 26, 2019