Governor Wolf Named 2017 Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair

first_img February 02, 2017 Governor Wolf Named 2017 Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced today that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the ARC states’ co-chair for 2017. As states’ co-chair, the governor will work directly with ARC’s federal co-chair to further the agency’s commitment to economic growth and development across the Appalachian Region.“As states’ co-chair, Governor Wolf will bring energy, ideas, and a deep understanding of Appalachia’s challenges and opportunities to the commission,” said Gohl. “His ongoing commitment to impactful economic development makes him a great choice for this leadership position.”“It’s an honor to be selected represent the interests of the ARC states,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to working with the organization to promote and support projects that have significant impacts on the region including those that foster business development and job creation, spur the growth and availability of community resources and infrastructure, and improve areas that increase overall well-being like access to health care and initiatives that address school readiness.”Governor Wolf is ARC’s 64th states’ co-chair and the fourth Governor from Pennsylvania to hold the position. The last ARC states’ co-chair from Pennsylvania was former Governor Bob Casey who held the position in 1990. Wolf’s term as states’ co-chair extends through the end of 2017. Governor Wolf succeeds Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee in this position. Fifty-two counties in Pennsylvania are included in ARC’s footprint. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) facilitates ARC’s work in the Keystone State.“Over the years, ARC has provided funding for numerous Pennsylvania projects that have encouraged economic prosperity in those counties within the commonwealth’s Appalachian region. ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative, for example, has contributed significantly to the availability of alternative solutions for businesses and individuals negatively affected by the declining coal industry,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “This year, six new POWER projects were approved for funding in Pennsylvania. We are grateful for this support and look forward to the positive results these projects have – encouraging stronger communities and contributing to the overall well-being of the commonwealth.”Since its formation in 1965, ARC has invested in hundreds of community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Appalachian Region annually by training workers, creating jobs, and attracting additional investment capital. In fiscal year 2016 alone, ARC approved nearly $110 million in funding for 473 non-highway projects in the region. These investments will help create or retain more than 18,800 jobs; train more than 46,000 students, workers, and leaders with new skills; attract an additional $174.6 million in other project funding; and leverage nearly $350 million in private investments in Appalachia. These investments were made in were made in concordance with ARC’s Five Year Strategic Plan for Capitalizing on Appalachia’s Opportunities.The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments, focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. For additional information on ARC, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti

first_img Tweet NewsRegional Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti by: – July 29, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img 14 Views   no discussions Clearing and reconstruction work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (UN Photo)PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A United Nations advisory group on Haiti on Thursday reported improvements in the earthquake-torn country but said aid coordination remains a challenge, and a stalemate in the formation of the government is delaying aid.The Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, reporting on the results of a four-day visit to the Caribbean nation in June, said: “The first finding of the group is that the situation on the ground has improved since its visit at the same time in the previous year.”“The progress made in clearing and reconstruction work in Port-au-Prince and neighbouring towns is visible and shows that Haitian society is mobilized and that the aid provided by the international community has been useful,” said the 13-member group.The group cited accomplishments in recovery from the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010, which resulted in more than 220,000 deaths and delivered a severe blow to country’s already shaky infrastructure. It singled out successes in debris removal, resettlement of displaced persons, and the fight against cholera.However, the group’s 19-page report added that “aid coordination is a major challenge on which the group has been focusing for several years.”“It has become particularly urgent in view of the greater number of development partners providing aid to Haiti and the resources committed to the reconstruction process,” it said. “Almost all of the interlocutors of the group held the view that aid is still not sufficiently coordinated, which creates duplication and reduces the effectiveness of interventions.”Nigel Fisher, the deputy special representative of the secretary-general in Haiti, told ECOSOC that the implementation of the government’s priorities was “significantly delayed” because of an ongoing stalemate in a struggle between President Michel Martelly and Parliament over the confirmation of a new prime minister.Ambassador Keith Morrill of Canada, which led the group, said “the inability of political actors to find a rapid solution to this stalemate is having detrimental consequences on international assistance, on Haiti’s prospects for development, and most importantly, on its people.”The advisory group recommended a continued, strong UN presence on the ground but also suggested the international body should “pool the resources of United Nations entities on the ground, including in the provinces, and encourage all development partners to increase their share of the number of staff posted outside of Port-au-Prince, thereby increasing local capacities and supporting decentralization efforts.”They also recommended that the Haitian government improve agriculture productivity, create jobs through government, business and union cooperation, and integrate disaster preparedness into its capacity-building.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Ghana picks 15th position at 2019 African Games

first_imgGhana is currently placed at the 15th position at the 2019 African Games, with just a day to end the competition.Team Ghana’s position is as a result of 13 medals picked from the competition, which is scheduled to close on Saturday, August 31, at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, in Rabat, Morocco.In all Ghana had 13 medals from two disciplines; athletics (track and field) and weightlifting.Weightlifting gathered eight medals, made up of seven bronze medals and one silver medal, whilst athletics ended the medal haul with five medals made up two bronze medals, one silver medal and two gold medals.However, with one more day to end the competition, Ghana’s position on the table might change if any of the countries below comes up with a medal.The number of medals at the 12th African Games is short of four from the African Games held in Brazzaville, Congo, four years ago. On the contrary, Ghana had 19 medals in the last Games but placed 20th at the end of the competition.The actual and final position of Ghana would be determined on Saturday, August 31, when all activities comes to a close.last_img read more