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Development of a Connectivity Roadmap for Southwestern Pennsylvania and Related Consultant Support Services

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, on behalf of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), is requesting Technical Proposals for the Development of a Connectivity Roadmap for Southwestern Pennsylvania. SPC is requesting that responding firms or teams also submit a Statement of Qualifications for Southwestern Pennsylvania Connectivity Roadmap Support Services. The intent is to award one contract to a qualified firm or team of firms for completion of the combined Scope of Work.

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PennDOT Shares Draft Transportation Funding Study for Public Review, Comment

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is hosting an on-demand virtual public meeting and comment period for a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study exploring sustainable transportation funding options. The public meeting is accessible online at all hours of the day through June 1, 2021, at www.penndot.gov/funding. The PEL study, in support of the PennDOT Pathways program, is being conducted to identify near- and long-term alternative funding solutions and establish a methodology for their evaluation.

In February, PennDOT announced candidate bridge projects being considered as a part of the Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative. This initiative, the first of the PennDOT Pathways Program, was formed in response to one of the early findings of the PEL study – that tolling of major bridges in need of replacement or rehabilitation is a potentially viable near-term funding solution. The draft PEL study report is currently available for review and comment and identifies additional medium- to long-term funding alternatives that could be considered for implementation.

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Greene County businesses impacted by COVID-19 to receive funding

Greene County commissioners recently said funding for 25 different local businesses has been approved through two separate initiatives geared to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Commissioner Mike Belding said Monday the businesses applied earlier this year for the Forgivable Advance for Small Business Assistance (FASBA) program or the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).

“FASBA and CHIRP are programs for small businesses to recover some COVID-related financial impacts,” Belding said.

Commissioners also announced nine area businesses were awarded grant funding through CHIRP, with seven of the businesses receiving $50,000 and two receiving $5,000.

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Regional Roundabout Screening Study Consultant Services RFP

Regional Roundabout Screening Study Consultant Services RFP

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, on behalf of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), is requesting Technical Proposals and Price Proposals (together, the Proposal package) for the preparation of a Regional Roundabout Screening Study. The selected firm or team of firms will assist SPC with completing a study that will identify potential roundabout locations in the region that will enhance safety.

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National Agriculture Week is March 21 to March 27, 2021!

The celebration of National Agriculture Week is organized each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in modern society. Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. National Agriculture Day is celebrated on March 23, 2021. On this day, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.

The Census of Agriculture is conducted once every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Data is collected regarding land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. The next Census of Agriculture will be conducted in 2022.

To recognize the essential contributions of agriculture to the 10-county region, SPC developed county-level infographics to showcase key agricultural statistics derived from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The infographics highlight farmland acreage, the number of farms and workers, the percent of farmland consisting of crops, the percent of farms by size and by value of sales, the percent of farm producers by age, the top five farm animals, and the five most prevalent harvested crops for each county in the SPC region.

These infographics have been posted as Data Tidbits content to SPC’s Regional Data Center. Please check them out!

County Level Infographics

SPC salutes the men and women who contribute daily to our regional prosperity!

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PennDOT Invites Public Review, Comment on 2021 Transportation Performance Report

Pennsylvanians can view ratings of the state’s efforts in transportation safety, mobility, system preservation, and accountability in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) 2021 Transportation Performance Report (TPR), viewable at TalkPATransportation.com.

The TPR is a biennial report and is developed in a combined effort between the State Transportation Commission (STC), the State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), and PennDOT. The report is the first step in the state’s transportation program planning process and helps to evaluate the system’s performance and opportunities for progress.

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SPC tool identifies potential transportation centers in region

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has a new tool to encourage communities in the 10-county region to develop multimodal transit centers.

The computerized storymap uses relatively new technology to identify more than three dozen locations where centers could be set up to provide services for people who use trails, bikes, cars, buses and trains to move throughout the region. Dave Totten, an SPC transportation planner, unveiled the tool at an advisory committee meeting last week.

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SPC’s CommuteInfo Program Announces New Vehicle Choices for Vanpools

CommuteInfo is excited to announce that its vanpooling fleet now offers SUVs and minivans for use in the vanpooling program!

Based on pooler input, and a review of pooling opportunities nationally, CommuteInfo, in cooperation with its pooling partner, Commute with Enterprise, is now making both minivans and SUVs available along with the full-size vans for the use of pooling groups. These new additions to the fleet will allow for groups of 5-7 participants to take advantage of pooling and contribute to the positive outcomes vanpooling provides to our region. These include reduced transportation costs, reduced carbon emissions, reduced traffic congestion, reduced wear and tear on our roadways and bridges, and reduced transportation anxieties and frustrations.

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SPC to Host Virtual Small-Business Discussion Forum: “Building Economic Resiliency”

SPC is hosting a virtual Small Business Discussion and Forum on March 16th 2021 at 1:00pm. We want to hear from Southwestern PA businesses.

Soon we will mark one year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), we wanted to take this opportunity to hear from our region’s small business owners and find out where your business stands, one year after COVID. We and other regional entities want to hear your feedback on current needs and expected future needs.

This event and your feedback will help SPC determine the types of business assistance programs needed moving forward.

Please visit https://spcsmallbusiness2021.eventbrite.com/ and Register.

We hope to see you on March 16, 2021 at 1:00pm.

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Visualize: SPC Tableau – Data Comparisons in the SPC Region

We’ve updated the SPC Regional Data Center “Visualize: SPC Tableau” with the recently-released American Community Survey Data. The dashboard can display a variety of indicators and data comparisons by municipality, county, and region, based on user selections.

Visit SPC’s Regional Data Center to learn more!

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