Observer-Reporter: Vicites, McClure elected to SPC board

County commissioners from Fayette and Greene counties were elected to the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites will serve as the board’s vice chairman, while Greene County Commissioner Betsy McClure will serve as the secretary-treasurer.

Both terms are for two years.

The SPC is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of state and federal transportation funding and establishing economic and workforce development priorities for the region. The agency represents 10 counties, including Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny.

The board’s new officers will focus on workforce and economic development, transportation, planning and initiatives like broadband expansion and expanding pedestrian and bicycle trails in the region, according to an SPC release.

“I am excited to work with my fellow officers and board members on initiatives that will benefit Fayette County residents and the entire region,” said Vicites. “We’ve made a lot of tangible progress in recent years on issues like economic investments and the expansion of trails, but there is still more work to do and we are ready for it.”

McClure also expressed excitement for her new role.

“Whether it is workforce development, increased access to transportation options, or outdoor recreational sites that spur local economies, our entire region is on the precipice of exciting growth,” she said.

Armstrong County Commissioner Pat Fabian was elected the board’s chairman, and will also serve a two-year term.

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