Coronavirus-Related Information

The Partnership office at 212 North Jay Street, Lock Haven, is now open to the public. Office hours are weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The front lobby, which displays free brochures on the area, maps, and dining & lodging information, is open 24/7.

Please contact us at 570-748-5782 or by email if you feel we can be of help: Mike Flanagan, President – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Julie Brennan, Chamber/Tourism Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.April Bittner, Leadership Clinton County and Enterprise Zone Coordinator – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Lisa Engel, Administrative Assistant – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Due to concerns associated with COVID-19, the June 25 ‘Time Out’ hosted by the Wayne Township Landfill has been cancelled. The Partnership Annual Picnic will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds.

The Clinton County Economic Partnership offers the following information and resources for businesses and organizations:


Posted 7/10/20

- Small businesses have until 11:59 p.m. this Tuesday, July 14 to apply for a first-round grant through the state’s COVID-19 Small Business Assistance program. The Progress Fund, one of the organizations accepting applications from Clinton County businesses, today issued an update on what you need to do if you haven’t yet applied, and what you should do if you have applied. Click Here for Progress Fund Update for details.

According to The Progress Fund, once the initial application window closes next week, the grant review and selection process will begin and is expected to take a few weeks. Notice about approvals will occur on a rolling basis starting as early as July 31. They anticipate that all applicants will receive notice no later than August 10 as to the status of their application, whether it is approved or held over for a future round consideration, or declined.

- There are roughly four weeks left – until August 8 – for businesses and organizations to apply for a forgivable/low interest loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP is administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, with applications being made through local lenders. For information on the PPP and other SBA loan and debt relief offerings, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options.

And from Inc. magazine, an informational article on getting your Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiven. Take these steps to ensure you're complying with the law.

- The PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) today recognized the 300,000 women-owned businesses in the state and announced a list of go-to resources for female entrepreneurs. Learn More: https://dced.pa.gov/paproudblog/6-resources-pa-women-owned-businesses-2020/.

- Governor Wolf, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvanians to wear masks while shopping and dining to protect and support local businesses. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-wear-masks-to-protect-and-support-local-businesses/. Meanwhile, today marked the highest single day increase in COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania since May 10.

- As schools make preparations for the swiftly approaching 2020-21 school year, there’s one safety element that they’ll have to incorporate into their plans – mask wearing. In accordance with state and national health experts’ determination that face coverings prevent the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19, an order from the Department of Health came down just this week that everyone in physical school settings – from teachers to support staff to students – must wear face masks if they are 2 years of age or older, with limited exceptions. You can read more about this order on the Department of Education’s website. It will be in effect until further notice – meaning, at least until a proven treatment or vaccine is available.

- As states begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions, many sports organizations — youth, high school, and collegiate — are preparing for a return to play. As they do so, it’s important to keep all players, coaches, officials, workers, and fans safe. To provide guidelines to keep sports safe from COVID-19 spread, a team of UPMC experts created the Return to Sports Playbook. The playbook includes recommendations on how sports leagues can maintain safety as they get ready to begin competition.

- Governor Tom Wolf today announced nearly $19 million in funding awards to assist in mitigating the impacts of the coronavirus on homeless families and individuals and to prevent future homelessness across the commonwealth. The award includes $192,565 that will go to the Clinton County Housing Coalition as a regional grant that will distribute funding to Clinton, Lycoming and Tioga counties. Click here for more information. https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-awards-nearly-19-million-for-homelessness-assistance-and-prevention/.

- The PA Department of Human Services today encouraged Pennsylvanians who have been affected financially by the COVID-19 public-health crisis to take advantage of programs designed to help with rent payments and utility bills. They also advised of the upcoming July 12 deadline to apply for the Emergency Assistance Program, a one-time cash assistance program for families and pregnant women who have lost income or employment due to COVID-19. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=567.

- The pandemic has also brought mental health to the forefront. Mental Health America created a toolkit to provide some simple steps for people to manage their mental health.

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- With the July 15 tax-filing deadline − postponed from April 15 – only a few days away, the IRS is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that IRS.gov has tools and services to help them meet their tax obligations. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-provides-last-minute-tips-for-last-minute-filers.

Clinton County Updates….

- Partnership President Mike Flanagan reports that Berkshire Hathaway Energy (Warren Buffett financial group) will purchase the Dominion Energy gas transmission lines and storage areas, including the operation at Leidy. The purchase price is about $10 billion, which includes assuming about $5 billion in debt. Dominion Energy officials tell the Partnership that it is business as usual, and the sale should be completed around October 1. There are 55 employees at Dominion Leidy/Tamarack. The business will have a different name and signage on or about October 1.

- 76th District State Representative Stephanie Borowicz this week was appointed to serve on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which is responsible for legislative oversight of environmental laws and regulations administered by both the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The committee addresses issues involving conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas drilling and development, environmental permitting, and coal mining. Rep. Borowicz also serves on the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Health, State Government and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.

The City of Lock Haven continues to “Open the Downtown” Fridays and Saturdays part of an effort to permit restaurants and retailers to do business on the sidewalks and parking spaces in front of their businesses. Main Street between Jay and Vesper Streets, and Grove Street between Main and Church, closes to vehicle traffic Friday at 3:00 p.m. through Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. so the street becomes a pedestrian walkway. A portable stage at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets will feature live jazz from the Cadillac Cats starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, and local musician Jason Dumm is slated to perform Saturday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (all concerts are weather permitting). On Sunday, Santana tribute band, Inca, will perform on the floating stage at the Corman Amphitheater along Water Street at 6:30 p.m.

The City is seeking feedback on the Pedestrian Walkway. To date, about 350 people have offered their thoughts. To take a brief survey, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6IO0H6ZbsPnWakXygKMwBaDVXWPEUuM9H42nrbhHBwLgqgQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3jP0KFU3GY_0LVFo-er4yqyn4PY_apgBOUlEpzecmC56uQ0V_qGTnjh1U.

And a heads up…. the City also is putting the finishing touches on a Saturday downtown Farmers Market, which is scheduled to get underway July 25. The 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. market will be set up on Main Street, in front of the recently-established ‘dine-in’ area at the Main Street parking lot next to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

- In addition to downtown Lock Haven, there are activities all over Clinton County this weekend:

  • Dunnstown Fire Company and the Woodward Township Recreation Committee host a Summer Festival Friday and Saturday at Dunnstown Fire Hall, featuring food and vendors, plus music from The ‘A’ Team Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m. Classic Rock Revival plays Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and then people are invited to watch fireworks on the River Sunday night after the floating stage concert.
  • There’s dirt track racing tonight at the Clinton County Speedway at the Fairgrounds in Mackeyville. Gates open at 5:15 p.m, with hot laps at 7:00 and the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
  • Central Mountains ATV Association hosts a night-time ride on the Whiskey Springs ATV Trail in Western Clinton County tomorrow evening.
  • A great way to beat the heat, Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park Association sponsors an ice cream social Saturday in Renovo.
  • People are invited to participate in a variety of activities and programs/presentations at all of our area state parks.

For a full list of area events, check out the ‘What’s Happening in Clinton County’ flyer on the Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook page.

- If you have children and are looking for family-friendly activities in Clinton County this summer, check out the Activities Calendar developed by Keystone Central School District's #KeystoneCares initiative and a group of local community leaders. You'll find both in-person and virtual happenings: http://www.clintoncountypa.com/resources/pdfs/2020SummerActivitiesCalendar.pdf

Upcoming Webinars:

- The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosts two live webinars next week as part of their “Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work” series:

  • Lessons Learned from Companies on the Ground – Monday, July 13, at 3:00 p.m. Top executives from IBM, Starbucks, and Down North America share best practices and some of the lessons their companies have learned during the pandemic.
  • A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci – Friday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. A special segment where Dr. Fauci, a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. – will talk about the state of the pandemic, when he expects to see a vaccine, and what businesses should be doing to prepare for the coming months. Participants will be able to submit questions for Dr. Fauci in advance.

Posted 7/9/20

- Governor Tom Wolf today announced that $10 million is now available for Pennsylvania businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund – funded through the CARES Act – is available to for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative entities impacted by COVID-19, including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, mobile markets, farmers markets, on-farm markets, and more. Details here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-10-million-available-to-support-pennsylvanias-food-system/.

- Small businesses have until Tuesday, July 14, to apply for first-round funding consideration for the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance grant program. Applications must go through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), two of which are accepting applications from businesses in Clinton and surrounding counties. Applications can be made through The Progress Fund at www.progressfund.org, or the Reinvestment Fund at www.reinvestment.com.

- The Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) this week opened registration for state grants aimed at providing direct financial relief to fire, rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Grant funds must be used for operational and equipment expenses. Details are available online at OSFC’s website. The registration period for the grant program ends August 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

- The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance in Notice 2020-54 to employers requiring them to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2. Details here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-issue-guidance-on-reporting-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages-paid.

- The IRS is also reminding people that contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) made by the postponed tax return due date of July 15, 2020, are deductible on a 2019 tax return. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/ira-contributions-made-by-july-15-count-as-2019-tax-deduction.

- The PA Department of Health today announced an additional partnership to assist the state with COVID-19 response in nursing homes. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=901.

- Governor Wolf today signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-protections-from-foreclosures-and-evictions-through-aug-31/.

- The Pennsylvania State Police has added Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement statistics to the state’s COVID-19 portal. Read more: Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PA-State-Police-Details.aspx?newsid=554.

- The Wolf Administration today released updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps and pools. See details: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-releases-updated-faqs-for-summer-recreation-camps-and-pools/.

- The state is reminding Pennsylvanians to wear masks while enjoying the outdoors when they are not able to maintain social distancing. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-reminds-pennsylvanians-to-wear-mask-while-enjoying-the-outdoors/.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health reinforced the need to wear masks, practice social distancing and be aware of pool safety, saying masks should not be worn in the water. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=902.

Upcoming Webinar:

- PA Agriculture Secretary Russ Redding provides guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Protection in a live webinar scheduled for July 30 at 6:30 p.m. This is an open forum for growers and farmers. Secretary Redding and Sheri Morris, assistant director in the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services, will lead this forum on PDA’s guidance and support for workplace protection during COVID-19. Visit the Event Website for More Details.


Posted 7/8/20

- PPP Loan Application Period Extended – As reported yesterday, legislation was passed and signed into law extending the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to August 8, 2020. Roughly $125 billion in funding remains in the PPP. Businesses and organizations who need assistance and have not yet obtained a loan are encouraged to speak with their local lender as soon as possible.

A PPP loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (at least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll).

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
  • Loans issued prior to June 5 have a maturity of 2 years. Loans issued after June 5 have a maturity of 5 years.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Small Business Administration continues to accept applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and EIDL Advances. This program is geared toward small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors, agricultural enterprises, and nonprofits who have suffered economic losses due to COVID-19. The EIDL Advance can be for up to $10,000 and is an advance that does not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility.

For more on the PPP and EIDL loan programs, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting another live virtual town hall tomorrow, July 9, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to share information about regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs and give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to ask questions directly of UC experts. People can livestream the event online at https://access.live/PAlabor. Click Here for the L&I news release for details.

- In related news, the dedicated UC Courtesy Phone at the PA CareerLink Clinton County office in Lock Haven has been disabled. Click Here for the PA CareerLink news release which says UC claimants can use several other methods to reach the Unemployment Compensation service centers. While no date has been set for the local CareerLink office to reopen, the news release says plans are being put into place for the reopening and that, once reopened, services will be by appointment only.

- Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services this week issued information on masking as a business requirement. Click Here for the attached DGS flyer for details.

For more on COVID-19 guidance for businesses, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/business-guidance/. This site includes employer information on understanding the symptoms of COVID-19, it offers a safety checklist and printable business safety signs, and outlines how to handle cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and worker protections and responsibilities.

- The outdoor recreation industry is one of Clinton County’s key economic drivers, and today, the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources today highlighted the role that industry has on Pennsylvania’s workforce and economy – even more so in light of COVID-19. See details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=668.

Meanwhile, the PA Department of Health is reminding people to take proper precautions against tick and mosquito bites as they spend time in the outdoors. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=899.

- PennDOT today announced guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) activities – which had been suspended due to COVID-19 – resume across the state. AAH volunteers must wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands. Learn more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=748.

- The Central PA SCORE Chapter hosts a free webinar, Fundraising for Small Nonprofits, tomorrow, July 9, at 6:00 p.m. The Webinar covers long-used essential skills and techniques, as well as the latest trends in Social Media and Special Event fundraising. Register Now!

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) continues to offer their no-cost ‘Quick Connect Coaching’ series, where expert business consultants share best practices and answer your questions. Upcoming topics include:

Click Search All Offerings for a full listing of SBDC webinars from across the state. 

- For hospitality associated businesses and organizations: HRFoodSafe is offering in-person ServSafe Manager's Certification classes around Pennsylvania. All classes are following masking and social distancing guidelines to ensure participants' safety. Click here for UPCOMING CLASSES.


Posted 7/7/20

- A reminder that applications need to be submitted by next Tuesday, July 14, in order to be considered for a grant through the ‘COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance Program’ for small businesses. This is the first round of funding for the new program, although additional funding rounds are anticipated. Grant applications must be submitted through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). There are two CDFIs that will accept applications from businesses located in Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties:

- The federally-administered Paycheck Protection Program is once again accepting applications. The program had expired June 30, but Congress and the President last week approved the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act, which now gives businesses until August 8 to apply for a PPP loan. A PPP loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and organizations to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan can be forgiven if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

You can apply for a PPP through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. We recommend you talk with your local lender to see if they are participating in the program. View a list of lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by state. If you are interested in applying, download a copy of the PPP borrower application form (revised June 24, 2020) to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender. For more on the PPP, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program#section-header-0.

If you have received a PPP loan, Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

- The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department this week released detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program. The data covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made to date, totaling $521 billion. Learn more: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1052.

More than 165,000 businesses or organizations based in Pennsylvania received federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, intended to support the economy as the U.S. shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The report only identifies borrowers that got more than $150,000 (some 26,000 businesses and organizations). The average loan amount for the entire program was $107,000.

According to an Associated Press analysis of the loan recipients:

  • Prominent among those businesses are full-service restaurant owners, receiving more loans — almost 6,000 — as a business sector than any other in Pennsylvania.
  • Religious organizations, including churches, received more than 4,000, while law firms, dentists’ offices and insurance and real estate agents or brokerages each landed more than 3,000 loans apiece. Limited-service restaurant owners were right behind them, receiving more than 2,900 loans.

- U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin says the Main Street Lending Program is now fully operational and ready to purchase qualifying loans. The Main Street program was established to provide a safety net for small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic and require bridge financing to get through this challenging period. Mnuchin encouraged all eligible lenders to participate and to begin submitting qualifying loans. For more information on the Main Street Lending Program visit www.bostonfed.org/mslp.

- The Internal Revenue Service today reminds tax-exempt organizations that certain forms they file with the IRS are due next Wednesday, July 15. For organizations that operate on a calendar-year basis, this includes the 2019 Form 990 they would have normally filed on May 15. The upcoming July 15 deadline applies to many forms that were originally due May 15. See more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/reminder-to-tax-exempt-organizations-990s-other-forms-due-july-15-e-file-best-way-to-file.

- The PA Department of Health today confirmed 995 additional positive cases of COVID-19 (note: 643 of those new patients are considered as probable cases), bringing the statewide total to 91,299. The department also noted it is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=898.

Meanwhile, state and federal officials joined Governor Tom Wolf in reminding Pennsylvanians to wear a mask to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/legislators-join-gov-wolf-in-call-for-masking/. The Pa. Department of Health has also issued updated FAQs on the expanded mask order.

- Unable to carry out their summer season due to COVID-19 limitations, Millbrook Playhouse today announced it will host another virtual Millbrook Reunion this Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. featuring members from their mega-hit musical FUN HOME. Millbrook Artistic Director David Leidholdt catches up with the actors and takes viewers back stage, virtually. Expect a few songs from the production, a Broadway hit musical based on Clinton County native Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel. Click Here To View On Thursday, July 9th at 7PM! The event is free, but donations toward Millbrook’s continued success are appreciated. www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

In non-COVID-related news….

​- The PA State Police announced today that troopers seized more than $5.7 million in illegal drugs during the second quarter of this year. See more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PA-State-Police-Details.aspx?newsid=551.

PSP also collected 211 pounds of prescription and other medications as part of its drug take-back program during the second quarter of 2020. In Clinton County, people can safely dispose of unused or unwanted medication, any time of the day or night, at a drug take-back collection box at the State Police Barracks in Lamar. Other drug take-back boxes are located at the Clinton County Government Garden Building, the Lock Haven City Police Department at City Hall, and the CVS Pharmacy in Lock Haven, and the Magisterial District Court office in Renovo.


Posted 7/6/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf continues to remind people that mask-wearing is required and critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/mask-wearing-is-required-and-critical-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/.

The state is also asking travelers coming from 15 states to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the Keystone State. A news release from Wolf’s office last week said anyone entering PA from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah “will need to quarantine for 14 days”. It did not say, however, how that directive would be enforced. Likewise, it is recommended to stay home for 14 days if you return from a place with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health today confirmed 450 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 90,304. Although today’s count is the lowest in a number of days, there continues to be spikes in western PA; the number of new cases in Allegheny County increased by 218 overnight. Statewide, there are 6,754 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of one new death reported since yesterday.

- Keystone Central School District this afternoon posted information regarding the reopening of schools. Click on the following KCSD link https://www.kcsd.k12.pa.us/reopening-of-schools-information-f327f547#, which highlights a video, a letter to parents, and frequently asked questions. NOTE: the School District issued a correction to one bit of information in Superintendent Jacque Martin’s video, noting that the first informational meeting will be held Tuesday, July 21, at 8:30 a.m., not Wednesday.

- With local employers having limited ability to meet directly with prospective employees due to COVID restrictions, PA CareerLink Clinton County has created a virtual option. The second round of First Quality-hosted ‘Get To Know’ sessions will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 and 9. The virtual sessions, sponsored by PA CareerLink Clinton County, provide great information for anyone interested in working at First Quality or people wanting to learn more about Clinton County's largest employer. Click Here for details on this week’s sessions. Other local employers interested in hosting a ‘Get to Know’ session can contact PA CareerLink representative Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Governor Wolf announced today that 309 nonprofit arts organizations will receive grants totaling $2.3 million to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds from the CARES Act support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) distributed $1.8 million to 36 organizations that will each receive a $50,000 grant (none local). The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts distributed the remaining $527,000 to 273 organizations – including Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall – that will each receive a $1,930 grant. See more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-arts-organizations-receive-2-3-million-in-pandemic-relief/.

- The state also today announced $53 million in additional financial support for child care providers that have suffered during COVID-19. Last month, the state distributed $51 million in CARES Act Child Care Development Funds to eligible child care providers. The $53 million announced today is also from CARES Act funding and will be distributed this month. Another $116 million from Act 24 will be distributed in the coming months, bringing the total sum of financial support to $220 million. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-53-million-in-additional-support-for-child-care-providers/.

- As the 2019 tax filing and payment deadline approaches, the IRS reminds taxpayers and businesses that 2019 income tax liabilities as well as postponed April 15 and June 15, 2020 estimated tax payments are due next Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Details here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-july-15-tax-payment-deadline-approaching-plan-on-scheduling-multiple-payments-now

- The Central PA SCORE Chapter hosts a free webinar, Strength with People – Human Resources for Small Business, next Thursday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. The program will focus on the key Human Resources (HR) considerations you should consider for your small business whether you handle them internally or outsource to a third party. Topics to be discussed will include creating a safe, healthy and productive environment, communication, sourcing and hiring and employee retention, payroll and benefits and training and development. Register Now!

In non-COVID-related news….

- PennDOT today alerted motorists that repairs to the structural steel on a Route 220 bridge in Clinton County are set to begin tomorrow. The bridge spans Bald Eagle Creek approximately two miles east of Mill Hall. Starting tomorrow, motorists will encounter alternating closures of the right (travel) and left (passing) lanes in the northbound and southbound lanes. Click Here for the PennDOT news release for more on the project.

- The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the draft 2020 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report, detailing the health of Pennsylvania’s 86,000 plus miles of streams and rivers and more than 160,000 acres of lakes. The draft report is open for public comment until August 11, 2020, and comments can be made through the DEP eComment system. Learn more: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21832&typeid=1.

- PA Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced the state has lowered the minimum contribution for the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program, noting the new, low minimum contribution of $10 helps remove barriers for low-income families. Read more: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/07-06-PA529-Min-Contribution.html.

- The PA Game Commission is reminding hunters that the new license year began July 1, so now is the time to purchase your 2020-21 Pennsylvania hunting license. Once you have the general license, hunters can then apply for their 2020-21 doe (antlerless deer) license, which will go on sale beginning next Monday, July 13. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=405.


Posted 7/2/20

- The U.S. House of Representatives voted by unanimous consent to pass a Senate bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. NOTE: This bill does not change the PPP; it simply extends the window to apply for a PPP loan for another five weeks. The PPP, a federal program through the CARES Act, allows businesses to apply for forgivable loans through local lenders, that can be used to keep employees on the payroll and for other specific costs. The window to apply for a PPP loan closed June 30. Recent reports note there is still about $130 billion in available funding, hence Congress’s move to open the application window for another five weeks.

- PennDOT today issued two late afternoon news releases (click the links below):


Posted 7/2/20

The last Pennsylvania county in the yellow reopening phase, Lebanon County, will move to green tomorrow, July 3, putting all 67 counties in the least restrictive reopening phase.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday upheld Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID emergency declaration, ruling that an attempt by Republican state lawmakers to end the Governor’s pandemic shutdown orders is unconstitutional. The majority opinion, written by Justice David Wecht, joined by three of his colleagues, comes less than a month after the House and Senate passed a resolution that sought to topple the declaration that Wolf issued on March 6.

- Amidst a spike in COVID cases in a couple areas of the state, Governor Wolf yesterday announced that state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has signed a new order that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further, requiring masks to be worn whenever anyone leaves home. According to the new order, masks are mandatory in all public spaces, effective immediately. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-signs-expanded-mask-wearing-order/?utm_source=PRLA+Prospects&utm_campaign=b2c0bae7a6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_cvupdate_july1_pspts&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4292e72792-b2c0bae7a6-200132363. Again today – in advance of the July 4 holiday weekend - the Governor emphasized the importance of wearing a mask: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-wear-a-mask-pennsylvania/.

The Department of Health today confirmed an additional 832 positive cases of COVID-19, bring the statewide total to nearly 81,000. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=892.

The Health Department this week distributed the sixth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients in the hospital. More than 3,100 doses of medication were sent to 80 hospitals yesterday. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=891.

Pennsylvania closed out its fiscal year Tuesday with a $3.2 billion shortfall, with revenues falling 9 percent below official estimates as the state continues to grapple with the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Revenue-Details.aspx?newsid=319.

With the upcoming July 15 deadline to file 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns, the Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers who need help with their returns to call the department’s main call center at 717-787-8201. The call center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-holiday weekdays through July 15 to assist taxpayers who need help with their returns. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Revenue-Details.aspx?newsid=320.

- The PA Departments of Labor & Industry and Human Services are reminding Pennsylvanians that state assistance is available when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provides an extra $600 per week to everyone receiving unemployment benefit payments, ends July 25, 2020. Under federal guidelines, the week ending Saturday, July 25, 2020, will be the final claim week for the additional $600 payments. Eligible claimants who are waiting on FPUC payments for any claim weeks from April 4 through July 25 will receive those payments. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=468.

Related to Clinton County….

Applications are currently being accepted for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program, which offers grants for small businesses to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses have until July 14 to apply during the first round of funding, and applications must be submitted through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDF). The two CDFIs accepting applications from Clinton and surrounding counties are The Progress Fund, www.progressfund.org, and the Reinvestment Fund, www.reinvestment.comThe Progress Fund has established a call center to answer questions and provide guidance to applicants who are using their application portal. People can call 724-216-9160, then press 6.

- As part of the local recovery effort, the Partnership is partnering with the City of Lock Haven to gauge the impact of an initiative to bring more foot traffic into Lock Haven’s downtown business district through the Friday/Saturday closing of sections of Main and Grove Streets to vehicle traffic. We encourage you to complete the Lock Haven Pedestrian Walkway Survey by Clicking Here and return it by this Sunday, July 5. Partnership members are welcome to email their completed survey to our office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Has your business been in the SPOTLIGHT? As part of our local recovery efforts, the Partnership is highlighting member businesses on Facebook. The ‘Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight’ features information and photos of your business on both the CCEP and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook page. To date, more than 50 Partnership member businesses have appeared in the Spotlight!  Click Here for the CCEP COVID-19 Member Spotlight form so we can help promote your business!

Motorists who travel Route 220 are advised that lane restrictions will be implemented next week in Woodward and Piatt Townships, Lycoming County. Work will be conducted during off-peak hours to minimize traffic impacts and will include shoulder widening, sewer relocation and overhead utility relocation. Miscellaneous construction activities will continue through the next week. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures during off-peak hours. Learn more: https://www.penndot.gov/regionaloffices/district-3/pages/details.aspx?newsid=2994.


Posted 7/1/20

- The first window for applications opened yesterday for a new statewide grant program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Businesses interested in applying must do so through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The CDFI accepting applications for Clinton County and the rest of the counties within the PA Wilds Region is The Progress Fund, www.progressfund.org, which last night offered several tips for successfully navigating the application portal. Click Here for the Progress Fund Application Tips. Use this link to get to their grant application page: https://www.progressfund.org/grants-for-small-businesses/

The Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund, www.reinvestment.com, is another CDFI that will accept grants from Clinton County Businesses (they are accepting grants from all counties). Click on the following links for details from their website: Apply NowProgram GuideFact Sheet (English).

- In the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in some other parts of the state, PA Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians of the requirements put in place for restaurants and bars to protect the health and safety of workers and patrons from COVID-19, including wearing masks and operating at 50 percent of capacity. See more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-restaurants-and-bars-required-to-protect-workers-and-patrons-during-covid-19/.

- Locally, the Partnership is partnering with the City of Lock Haven to gauge the impact of an initiative to bring more foot traffic into Lock Haven’s downtown business district through the Friday/Saturday closing of sections of Main and Grove Streets to vehicle traffic. We encourage you to complete the Lock Haven Pedestrian Walkway Survey by Clicking Here and return it by this Sunday, July 5. Partnership members are welcome to email their completed survey to our office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- First Quality kicked off the first “Get to Know’ session earlier today and is offering another information session today at 5pm. PA CareerLink Clinton County recently established these virtual sessions so job seekers can become familiar with local employers, during times when in-person meetings are difficult. Anyone interested in learning more about First Quality can participate in today’s 5pm session using the link: https://paiu.zoom.us/j/96488263420. Those unable to join via computer can also call in at 1-855-880-1246 or 1-877-369-0926. The session includes a presentation followed by Questions & Answers.

Businesses interested in more information on the ‘Get to Know’ program can Click Here or contact PA CareerLink representative Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- PennDOT’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced today that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through July 31. PennDOT usually holds an unsolicited proposal period in April and October each year. However, due to COVID-19, the April submission period was postponed until July. Details here: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=747.

- The state today announced more than 310,000 Pennsylvanians have received their Property Tax/Rent Rebate program rebates early, to provide support during the pandemic. The program provides support to older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/more-than-310000-pennsylvanians-receive-rebates-early-to-provide-support-during-covid-19-pandemic/.

In non-COVID-related news….

- Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-bipartisan-bill-to-remove-barriers-to-work-for-people-with-criminal-convictions/.

- The PA Department of Agriculture today announced $1 million in Farm Vitality Grants to 133 farms in 46 counties. Schrack Farms in Loganton is listed among the grant recipients. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=939.

- ​The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking public input about the state’s public and private forests. Click on the following link to take the DCNR online survey or read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=663.

- The 4th of July holiday is also one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Fish-for-Free’ days, when anyone (resident or non-resident) is permitted to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations apply, but the Fish-for-Free Day is designed to help introduce the sport to youngsters and non-anglers and for families to ‘catch’ the fun of fishing.


Posted 6/30/20

- Clinton County’s unemployment rate dropped more than four percentage points during the month of May, according to information released today by the state Department of Labor & Industry. The May unemployment rate for Clinton County was 11.7%, down from the 16.1% registered in April, the first full month after the mid-March shutdown because of the pandemic.  There were an estimated 2,100 people unemployed in May, down from the 2,800 listed in April. In March, the rate was 7.3% with 1,300 unemployed, and the rate one year ago was 5.2% with 900 unemployed.

Clinton County ranked no. 20 out of the 67 counties with May’s 11.7%, and Centre County was listed no. 1 with 8.3%. Cameron County was no. 67 with a 20.3% unemployment rate for May. Clinton County, for the first time in recent memory, had a better unemployment rate than the state (13.1%) and the country (13.3%). The county also had a better unemployment rate than five of the seven nearby counties, coming in only behind Centre and Union County.

“Based on the June claims information, the next monthly report should be even better, but we can’t forget that we still had some 800 people out of work at the end of May as compared to just two months before,” said Clinton County Economic Partnership President Mike Flanagan. “On one hand, we are slowly getting back in the batter’s box following the shutdown, but we still had a double digit month for unemployment, something we have not seen locally for two months in a row since 1994.”

​- The PA Department of Labor & Industry today announced that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state's Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=467.

- The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program is now open. Pennsylvania small businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees, have annual revenues of $1 million or less, and were economically impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for relief. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Applications must be submitted through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The Progress Fund based out of Greensburg, PA, and the Reinvestment Fund out of Philadelphia are the two CDFIs that are accepting applications from Clinton County businesses. There were some reports that the application portals were overwhelmed today (the first day to apply). This first application window will open for ten business days. There will be a total of four applications rounds, and applications will be prioritized and selected for funding based on the program criteria.

- The PA Department of Health today launched a COVID-19 online early warning monitoring dashboard. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=888.

-​ The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE) and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today called on licensed liquor establishments and their patrons to abide by social distancing and masking requirements to help slow the spread of COVID-19. See more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=584.

- As Pennsylvania continues to reopen, PennDOT and the State Police are reminding Pennsylvanians to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Independence Day holiday. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=746.

- With the July 4th weekend and some of the downtown businesses observing shortened hours due to the holiday, the City will not close off Main Street to vehicle traffic this Friday and Saturday, meaning the opening of the street to foot traffic and outdoor dining on the street will take a weekend off. Because Main Street will be open to vehicle traffic, the city’s regular Friday night summer concert moves to Triangle Park this weekend. The 6:00 p.m. concert features the John Stevens Polka Band. There is no Sunday night concert scheduled this weekend at the Corman Amphitheater along Jay Street. For more on the city’s Summer Concert Series, visit www.lockhavenpa.gov.

- General contractors have an opportunity to perform housing rehabilitation work with SEDA-COG. Contractors are especially needed in Bloomsburg, Milton, and Shamokin, but SEDA-COG also does housing rehabilitation work in Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, South Williamsport, Berwick, Mount Carmel and Sunbury, and in Juniata, Montour, Snyder and Sullivan counties. Housing rehabilitation bids typically range from $20,000 to $65,000, with timely payment to contractors. Contractor work may include structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/furnace, window replacement, radon mitigation, energy-related improvements, and, if they have certain certifications, lead-based paint mitigation. Contact SEDA-COG’s Danielle King at 570-524-4491 ext. 7325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read more here.

Meanwhile, residents in the City of Lock Haven and the Borough of Jersey Shore may be eligible to receive no-cost home repairs through a program coordinated through SEDA-COG. Eligible repairs include structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/furnace, window replacement, radon and lead-based paint mitigation, and energy-related improvements. Also included are modifications for mobility-impaired residents. There is no cost to homeowners who maintain home residency over a five-year period from the date of signing. Interested homeowners are encouraged to get on the wait lists now by contacting SEDA-COG’s Stacy Anderson at 800-326-9310 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Renters and homeowners financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic are now able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief. As of June 29, applications are available through the PA Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org, and completed applications can be submitted for review starting Monday, July 6. Learn more: https://www.phfa.org/forms/press_releases/2020/phfa-caresfundingreminder-final-06262020.pdf.

- The PA Department of Human Services today encouraged Pennsylvanians to make socially responsible decisions that protect themselves, their families, their communities and vulnerable populations, such as individuals with disabilities, from the COVID-19 virus. They also announced that starting tomorrow, July 1, funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will begin to go out to long-term care, LIFE program, personal assistance service providers as well as Community HealthChoices (CHC) managed care organizations. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=561.

- The PA Attorney General’s Office today announced it has saved $1.65 Million for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/pa-attorney-generals-office-has-saved-1-65-million-for-consumers-during-covid-19-pandemic/.

The AG’s office also announced a partnership with Summer, a social enterprise, to provide free student loan assistance for all residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Details here: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/ag-shapiro-announces-partnership-aimed-to-unlock-100m-in-student-loan-savings-for-all-pennsylvanians-during-by-covid-19-pandemic/.

- The PA Chamber hosts a free webinar, Why Self-Insurance is Right for Your Company, on July 14 at 11am.  Register Today . If you can’t make the July 14 date, you can also participate in sessions August 13, 2020 or September 10, 2020.


Posted 6/29/20

- A state grant program to assist small Main Street-type businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns launches tomorrow, June 30, at 9 a.m., and officials say more than 60 communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds are targeted for investment. Click Here for PA Wilds region news release “COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program Launches Tomorrow” for details you should know if you are considering applying for a grant.

The $225 million statewide program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. It targets Main Street type businesses with 25 or fewer employees and annual gross revenue of $1 million or less. Hard-hit sectors, including retail, food and hospitality, health and wellness, personal care businesses (such as salons), and child and adult day care, are a priority under the program. Click Here for COVID-19 Relief FACT SHEET provides further details on the grant program. 

Those interested in applying for this grant need to make application through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). There are two CDFIs in the state that are accepting applications from small businesses in Clinton, as well as Centre and Lycoming counties. The grant application will be on their website:

  • The Progress Fund – www.progressfund.org (Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland).
  • Reinvestment Fund – www.reinvestment.com (Counties Served: All Counties).

RELATED WEBINAR: David Kahley, President and CEO of The Progress Fund, will join the Penn State Small Business Development Center’s next Quick Connect Coaching session tomorrow, June 30 at 8:30 a.m., to share additional information about the new grant program, including eligibility and application details. Register here or watch on Facebook Live (@PennStateSBDC). 

Meanwhile, PA Governor Tom Wolf also promoted the new grant program today. Read here for details: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-cares-act-funding-for-small-businesses-available-tomorrow/.

- The deadline to apply for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan is tomorrow, June 30. This Inc. magazine article highlights reasons why businesses might want to consider applying: https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/ppp-loan-application-deadline-small-business.html?utm_source=incthismorning.

- The national Centers for Disease Control updated a number of COVID-19 guidelines over the weekend. Click here for an overview: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html

- The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Human Services over the weekend issued updated guidance to ensure a safe return to activities, visitation, and other events for residents in nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living residences and private intermediate care facilities. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=882.

Both departments also emphasized the work being done through testing, education and resources to assist long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to protect residents and staff living and working in these congregate care facilities. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=881.

- UPMC recently provided information on how Contact Tracing is used in the fight against COVID-19. In contact tracing, trained investigators interview someone who has become ill with an infectious disease. These interviews attempt to find out whom the sick person was in close contact with while infected. Those people are then notified of their potential exposure and are given instructions on what they can do to avoid spreading the disease. Click here to read the article: https://share.upmc.com/2020/06/contact-tracing-for-covid19/?emb=CTA1Button_contact-tracing_4&et_cid=823094&et_rid=1472996&utm_medium=email&utm_source=salesforce&utm_campaign=healthbeat-newsletter&utm_content=HealthBeat-Newsletter-062520&em_id=sc_HealthBeat-Newsletter-062520_Jun-20_e1

- The PA Attorney General’s office today announced they have stopped illegal price gouging by an Amazon.com third party seller called Goods And More Incorporated (“Goods And More”), based in Scranton. Learn more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/ag-shapiro-stops-price-gouging-on-amazon-by-scranton-seller/

- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced it has resumed expanded E-Commerce sales at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=583.


Posted 6/26/20

- Keystone Central School District today announced that three different school environments – Learning at Home; Hybrid Learning; and Learning at School with precautions in place – will be offered when the school year resumes. Click Here for updated information.

- By way of a local workforce update from Partnership President Mike Flanagan: Clinton County’s job numbers continued to improve for the week ending June 30, according to PA Department of Labor and Industry. A total of 68 people filed for an initial claim during that week, which is the lowest weekly number since the pandemic began. The “continued” claims also went down significantly, dropping 599 to 1,361 in just a week’s time. The May county unemployment rate should be released June 30. The April rate was 16.6%, the highest in almost 40 years.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Lebanon County is slated to move to the green phase of reopening next Friday, July 3, putting all 67 counties in green. Twelve counties moved to green today, joining 54 others (including Clinton) already in the least restrictive phase of reopening. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-last-pa-county-will-move-to-green-on-july-3/.

The Governor also reminded all Pennsylvania residents and businesses that masks are mandatory when visiting a business: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-masks-are-mandatory-in-pennsylvania-businesses/.

In breaking news out of Philadelphia this afternoon: Due to an increase in cases, Philadelphia is requiring everyone to wear masks indoors and outdoors if they are not with members of their household. Further, there may be a halt in further re-openings in green, which means restaurants may not be able to open indoor dining on July 3 as had been anticipated.

- Getting a later start than normal due to the pandemic, the City of Lock Haven tonight kicks off its 2020 Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series. The group Big Willy performs at 6:00 p.m. on the stage at Main and Grove Streets. Normally at Triangle Park, the downtown concerts have been moved into the heart of the downtown to coincide with outdoor dining and retailing. Main Street between Jay and Vesper Streets closes to vehicle traffic Fridays at 3:00 p.m. and remains closed through Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. (through September 26) to facilitate more foot traffic and allow businesses to bring their operations outdoors and onto the sidewalks and parking spaces. This Sunday, June 28, also marks the first of the floating stage concerts at the Corman Amphitheater, with the band The Jeremy Edge Project in concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

- Small businesses interested in applying to the state’s new grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns are encouraged to register for a webinar to be held Monday, June 29, at 11am. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center at Clarion University, the webinar will feature David Kahley, CEO of The Progress Fund, the CDFI serving Clinton County and the rest of the counties in the PA Wilds region. There is no cost but registration is required and capacity is limited. Kahley will speak on business eligibility, program details, and application process, and will answer questions from participants. Click here to register for the webinar.

The $225 million ‘COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance Program’ program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the pandemic. It targets Main Street type businesses with 25 or fewer employees and annual gross revenue of $1M or less. The application window for the first round of funding is slated to open Tuesday morning, June 30. Click here for the latest details on the grant program.

- The PA Department of Community and Economic Development today announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), and Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) are extending business loan deferrals by three additional calendar months. Details here: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-business-loan-deferrals-extended-for-three-months/.

- Governor Wolf today announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-cares-act-funding-now-available-to-museums-and-cultural-organizations/.

- PennDOT this week announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits, will be extended until July 31, 2020, for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=744.

- PennDOT says its ongoing cable median barrier project will see activity in both Clinton and Centre counties next week. The Clinton County work will be along Route 220 southbound, between the Clinton/Lycoming county line and the Lock Haven/Castanea exit and will involve short-term closures of the left (passing) lane. Click Here for the news release.

- In a ceremony closed to the public due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Pennsylvania State Police graduated 99 cadets from the State Police Academy in Hershey. The men and women represent the 159th graduating cadet class, and they have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PA-State-Police-Details.aspx?newsid=549.

- In non-COVID-related news, the Clinton County Conservation District is slated to receive a $2,050 grant to support workshops for teachers, pre-service teachers, and nonformal educators on climate change and water-related topics, part of more than $434,000 in Environmental Education Grants announced today by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=896.


Posted 6/25/20

- As of midnight, most of Pennsylvania will be in the “green” reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine this afternoon signed amended green phase orders for the next 12 counties moving to green tomorrow. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/reopening-phase-orders-updated-to-include-12-additional-counties-moving-to-green-on-june-26/.

- There are still funds available through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, but the opportunity to apply is drawing short; the program will close this coming Tuesday, June 30. The federal rules for the program state, “Specifically, small businesses that have yet to apply for and receive a PPP loan need to be informed of the terms of PPP loans as soon as possible, because the last day on which a lender can obtain an SBA loan number for a PPP loan is June 30, 2020.”

The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan will be forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Small businesses, nonprofits, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed, are eligible to apply, and applications are made through eligible local lenders. For more on the PPP, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.

-  A state grant program, the COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses, is slated to begin accepting applications this coming Tuesday, June 30. For the first funding round, the application window will be open for only 10 business days. While the grants will be reviewed based on a set of criteria, not first-come, first served, we encourage businesses interested in applying to review the guidelines and be ready to apply when the application window opens next week. The program is for small businesses with 25 or fewer FTE (full-time equivalent) employees. Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 will be available. Applicants must apply through a Pennsylvania Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and there are two CDFIs that will accept applications from Clinton and surrounding counties – The Progress Fund based out of Greensburg, PA, and The Reinvestment Fund out of Philadelphia.

  • Progress Fund – www.progressfund.org (Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland).
  • Reinvestment Fund – www.reinvestment.com (Counties Served: All Counties).

The grant program is administered through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), which also has information on the program: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-relief-statewide-small-business-assistance/.

RELATED WEBINAR: David Kahley, President and CEO of The Progress Fund, will join the Penn State Small Business Development Center’s next Quick Connect Coaching session to share additional information about the new Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance grant program, including eligibility and application details. The event will take place on June 30, the day the program launches, so the session could be of benefit to those interested in applying for a grant. People can register to attend the event or watch on Facebook Live (@PennStateSBDC). 

- Has YOUR business been in the SPOTLIGHT yet? As part of our local recovery efforts, the Partnership is highlighting member businesses on Facebook. The ‘Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight’ features information and photos of your business on both the CCEP and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook page. To date, more than 50 Partnership member businesses have appeared in the Spotlight!  Click Here for the CCEP COVID-19 Member Spotlight form so we can help promote your business!

- Lock Haven University will resume on-campus visits for perspective students beginning July 13, and the opening date of classes for the fall semester will be August 24, as originally planned. Click Here for the news releases.

- The PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is waging an educational campaign, asking the business community to remain vigilant in requiring employees as well as customers to wear masks. Click Here for DCED information.

Governor Wolf this week reaffirmed the need to continue wearing face masks, and today, that call was also endorsed by some Pennsylvania businesses. See more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-pennsylvania-businesses-endorse-mask-wearing-to-protect-employees-customers-communities/.

- UPMC leaders yesterday held a press conference to provide updated data on COVID-19 in the communities UPMC serves and discuss ongoing preparations for the fall. Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC senior medical director and chair of the Department of Emergency medicine at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, said total coronavirus cases in the state have been on a downward trend for weeks and suggested the country is focusing too much on rising COVID-19 case counts. “We need to change our mindset and focus not exclusively on the number of cases, but on the severity of illness. We shouldn’t just be counting those who have a diagnosed infection,” Yealy said. “For the vast majority of people testing positive, their illness is mild, or they don’t even know they have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.”

Tami Minnier, chief quality officer at UPMC said the health system is preparing for a potential uptick in COVID-19 cases in the fall. She said people need to stay vigilant and emphasized that continued social distancing, wearing masks, and handwashing is the right thing to do. Listen to a video recording of the 35-minute update here: https://www.upmc.com/coronavirus.

- The PA Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) are partnering with CVS Health to offer COVID-19 testing services to skilled nursing facilities statewide, free of charge. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=877.

- The PA Department of Human Services today discussed application and enrollment trends for public assistance programs and reminded Pennsylvanians that public assistance programs are still available. Anyone who may need help with buying groceries, accessing health care, and affording other basic necessities are encouraged to apply for assistance. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=556.

DHS today also advised Medicaid providers that Medicaid recipients may not be charged for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in connection with medical or dental services. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=557.

- In news regarding a highly contagious disease in not humans, but deer, the PA Game Commission today announced it is expanding its three Disease Management Areas across the state in an effort to control  Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The areas are geographic regions featuring special rules for hunters and the general public meant to slow the disease’s spread while increasing chances of detecting it. The expanded areas move into nearby counties including Centre and Clearfield. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=404

- As states continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including economic recovery efforts, Governor Wolf and a bipartisan coalition of 11 governors today urged the president and Congressional leaders to make critical investments to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband internet connectivity. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-leads-bipartisan-effort-in-calling-on-president-congressional-leaders-to-invest-in-broadband-internet-access/.

Upcoming Webinar:

- Fundraising for Small Nonprofits, a free webinar hosted by SCORE of Central PA on Thursday, July 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Register Now!


 

Posted 6/24/20

- A new State Grant program for small businesses is preparing to launch, and we are encouraging businesses interested in applying to prepare now. Guidelines are being finalized for the recently announced ‘COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance Program.’ Here’s what we know so far: the program will provide grants ranging from $5000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19, and it targets businesses with fewer than 25 employees and less than $1M in annual gross revenue. Full guidelines are expected to be available by this Friday, June 26, and the application window for the first round of funding is expected to open this coming Tuesday, June 30. The application period will be open only for 10 business days, so we are encouraging people to look at the information available right now and start preparing to apply (applications will still be accepted after the initial window closes, but will be considered for future rounds of funding to be announced at a later date).

The PA Department of Community & Economic Development oversees the new program, but the funds are being administered through the state’s network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). An organization called The Progress Fund is the CDFI that will accept grant applications from businesses in Clinton County, as well as other counties in the central and western part of the state. The Progress Fund website currently lists background on the new grant program and highlights who is eligible, how you can prepare an application, and how to apply. Use the following link to get to The Progress Fund’s website page for the program: https://www.progressfund.org/grants-for-small-businesses/.

Another informational website for prospective applicants has been created by the statewide CDFI Network that is administering the program: https://pabusinessgrants.com/. The site also allows you to sign up to be included on a mailing list to receive information about the program.

The PA Wilds Center, which helps promote tourism-related businesses in the PA Wilds Region (which includes Clinton County), also encourages businesses to apply. “We are encouraging outfitters, lodges, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, B&Bs, retailers, makers, craft ag food producers, creative services companies and other small Main Street type businesses in the PA Wilds that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns to apply to this program,” says Ta Enos, PA Wilds Center Founder and CEO. “PA Wilds Center has teamed up with The Progress Fund, the CDFI serving the PA Wilds region, to get COVID grant funds into the important tourism economy of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Tourism is a $1.8B industry that makes up 11 percent of the regional economy and has been impacted due to closures and restrictions on travel, as highlighted in the Center’s recent white paper.”

Related webinar tomorrow, June 25 at 11am: State Senator Jay Costa will host a virtual townhall on these soon-to-be-available grants for small businesses. Experts from CFDIs will explain the program, followed by a live Q & A session. MEETING LINK (ID: 824 9607 4340 / password: 0suY1!g$g).

- The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury updated their rule for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness. For those who may be interested, there are still funds available through this program, which is administered through local lenders. For more information on the PPP, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also offers updated guidance on both PPP Loan Forgiveness, as well as the Main Street Lending Program:

  • Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness- Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
  •  Guide To The Main Street Lending Program - The MSLP will provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. This guide outlines how businesses can check eligibility and what they need to do to get ready to apply.

- PennDOT has issued an update on two bridge replacements along Route 150 in Beech Creek, noting that traffic pattern changes will begin tomorrow, June 25. Click Here for PennDOT news release.

- If you are looking to get out of the house but avoid large crowds, consider taking a local Mountain Laurel Driving Tour. Developed by the Partnership’s Visitors Bureau in collaboration with DCNR’s Sproul Forestry Office, this approximate 60-mile driving tour takes you through some beautiful sections of the county during what currently is peak time for the bloom of our state flower. Click here for driving tour directions.

If you are out and about, you can help track the state’s wild turkey populations by reporting turkey sightings to the PA Game Commission. The Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey opens July 1 and will run through August. The two-month window follows the current national standard used by all state wildlife agencies, providing comparable data across the wild turkey’s entire range. Turkey sighting reports can be made through the Game Commission’s mobile app or on the agency’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov. Read more on the process here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=403.

Upcoming Webinar:

- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations, including nonprofits, to assess their current and future operations. The COVID-19 and Nonprofits - Impacts and Actions live webinar hosted by Penn State Extension tomorrow, June 25 at 3:00 p.m., will provide information relative to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and potentially will have, on nonprofit organizations. The program will also cover items that nonprofits should consider and potentially act on now and in the future. Visit the Event Website for More Details


Posted 6/23/20

- PA Govermor Tom Wolf has released updated Frequently Asked Questions for businesses operating during the COVID-19 disaster emergency. Updates of note include face shields, mask requirements, and temperature screening. UPDATED FAQS

The Governor today said research confirms the importance of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 and he confirmed that Pennsylvanians are required to wear masks when entering any business in all counties in both yellow and green phases of reopening. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-masks-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19/.

The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements and additional safety parameters for both employees and customers.

- The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced more than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases have been identified and monitored to date through the contact tracing efforts of 500 trained contact tracers throughout the state, including 130 state health nurses. These efforts include the support from the six county health departments and four municipal health departments who have primary responsibility for all efforts inside their jurisdiction.

- The PA Insurance Department today issued a notice to insurers highlighting inappropriate billing practices. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Insurance-Details.aspx?newsid=430.

- Governor Wolf says the state has reduced prison population by a record-setting 3,471 since March 1 and prevented an outbreak of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-pennsylvania-reduced-prison-population-by-record-setting-3471-since-march-1/.

Meanwhile, the Governor is thanking food banks, farmers, volunteers and others across the state for helping to feed Pennsylvania families during the pandemic. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-thanks-pennsylvanias-food-banks-for-helping-those-in-need/.

- PA CareerLink® Clinton County next Tuesday will kick off a new virtual program aimed at allowing job seekers a chance to ‘Get To Know’ local employers. In our update yesterday, we listed correct dates, but incorrect days for the initial sessions, which are scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 and July 1 featuring First Quality. The Get to Know information sessions feature employers discussing their business, an overview of work at the business and available positions, benefits and perks. Attendees will gain insight into what the business is looking for in their employees and have a chance to ask questions. Click Here for the Get to Know session flyer, and for more on the new program contact PA CareerLink representative Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- PA CareerLink is currently enrolling new participants between the ages of 16 to 24 in their ‘YES to the Future’ Out of School Youth Program. The program assists young people with employment and educational goals, offering opportunities such as Paid Internships, Career Exploration, and Job Shadowing. Eligible individuals receive one on one support and guidance throughout their enrollment as well as follow up services to assist them after they have met their goals. Click Here for the Yes to the Future flyer or contact Yes to the Future Career Counselor Tammy Swortwood-Hoffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-380-3806.

- The Salvation Army in Lock Haven will soon be resuming a number of their programs, but with changes, including the More than Bread lunch program, their feeding program for those in need, and their annual bookbag distribution for youth in grades K-12. Click Here for specifics.

- When the CARES Act was passed back in late March, much attention was paid to the relief given to small businesses by the Paycheck Protection Program. But another, lesser-known part of the bill is also providing for many small-business owners who are smart enough to take advantage of a significant opportunity. That portion has to do with a loan program from the Small Business Administration. The program, called Section 7(a), has been in existence for many years. And like the Paycheck Protection Program, it's delivered through the SBA's member lenders. But, unlike PPP, this is not a grant program. It's a loan that can be used for purchasing equipment and real estate, and even to acquire another company. Or it can be used just for working capital. Because the loans are backed by the SBA, bankers can provide this crucial type of financing for small businesses that otherwise wouldn't be able to receive the help. Now, thanks to the CARES Act, these loans are even more enticing. That's because for any Section 7(a) loan closed before Sept. 27, 2020, the CARES Act provides for the forgiveness of the first six months of both principal and interest payments, plus any related fees, for the borrower. In real terms, it means that a small-business owner can save about $33,000 on a $500,000 loan. To qualify for this loan — that lets you borrow as much as $5 million — you must have fewer than 500 employees or less than $7.5 million in average annual receipts. You must operate as a for-profit business, be based in the United States, and not be delinquent on any debt (such as taxes) owed to the government. Read More in this newspaper report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

- In non-COVID-19-related news, Centre County Republican Kerry Benninghoff was elected on Monday as the majority leader in the GOP-controlled PA House of Representatives. Benninghoff, 58, has served as majority whip in the House since last year. He is in his 24th year of service in the House. Prior to his election as whip, Benninghoff served two terms as Republican Policy Committee chairman for two terms as well as chaired the finance and state government committees. He succeeds floor leader Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, who was elevated on Monday to become speaker and now presides over the chamber. The mid-term caucus elections were triggered by former House Speaker Mike Turzai's mid-term resignation on June 15 from his House seat to take a job as general counsel at Peoples, a Pittsburgh-based gas utility. Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion County, was elected to serve as majority whip to fill the vacancy created by Benninghoff's election as majority leader. Oberlander had been serving as majority policy committee chairwoman. These newly elected leaders will serve for the remainder of the legislative session, which ends in November. With Benninghoff's election, that means Centre County will now have two members of its delegation in majority leader positions. Sen. Jake Corman is the majority leader in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Upcoming Webinars:

   If you received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan, you are invited to join the Penn State Extension for the Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Wrap-Up live webinar tomorrow, June 24, at 12 noon, to learn the latest guidance on how to apply for loan forgiveness and what documentation is needed for your application. This webinar will walk participants through the forgiveness application process and will include up to date information to assist you in completing your Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness application. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor hosts a compliance assistance webinar next Tuesday, June 30 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss how the Department is helping workers and employers by reducing regulatory burdens and making it easier to understand and comply with the law. REGISTER

Posted 6/22/20

Clinton County Updates:

- The Clinton County Economic Partnership invites members and guests to join us for the annual summertime picnic! It’ll be a much-needed afternoon of casual networking on Wednesday, August 5, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds. Click Here to sign up for the picnic, and you can also check out picnic sponsorship opportunities!

- The Partnership wants to “Spotlight” your business. As part of our local recovery efforts, we are highlighting member businesses on Facebook. The ‘Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight’ features information and photos of your business on both the CCEP and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook page. Click Here for the CCEP COVID-19 Member Spotlight form so we can help promote your business!

- Leadership Clinton County continues to accept applications for the new LCC class that will begin in September. The July 1 deadline for applications has been extended until July 15, so if you have an employee or know someone who could benefit from this program, encourage them to apply! Operated through the Partnership, Leadership Clinton County is for people interested in making a difference in the community and developing their personal leadership potential. Established in 2000, some 250 area residents have completed the program, with the current class to graduate next month. Click here for more on LCC and to apply.

- PA CareerLink® Clinton County has announced a new virtual program aimed at allowing job seekers a chance to ‘Get To Know’ local employers. The Get to Know information sessions feature employers discussing their business, an overview of work at the business and available positions, benefits and perks. Attendees will gain insight into what the business is looking for in their employees and have a chance to ask questions. The first Get To Know sessions, featuring First Quality, will be next Wednesday and Thursday, June 30 and July 1. Click Here for the Get to Know session flyer, and for more on the new program contact PA CareerLink representative Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- PennDOT today announced that a culvert replacement project over Little Plum Run is slated for early July. The project will necessitate the closure of Weaver Hill Road, Dunnstable Township, at the culvert site, starting July 6, and a detour will be in place during the work. Click Here for the PennDOT news release and map of the project site/detour.

Statewide Updates:

- The PA Department of Environmental Protection today announced a new online permit application tool to assist businesses. The new tool, OnBase-DEP Upload Form, will allow applicants to submit applications for all DEP authorizations. Learn more: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21828&typeid=1.

- The state’s Independent Fiscal Office this week provided a clearer fiscal picture as Pennsylvania gradually reopens, and economic experts are paying close attention to revenue collections in the coming weeks and months to get a fuller picture of Pennsylvania's post-pandemic economic recovery. Read more in this article from the PA Chamber: https://www.pachamber.org/media/3127/IFO_Provides_Clearer_Fiscal_Picture_of_PA/

- While county-level unemployment figures for May aren’t expected out until next week, there continues to be signs of a recovering Pennsylvania economy. Click Here for the Jobless rate article and more on statewide unemployment statistics.

- PennDOT is reminding customers that beginning today, any customer in need of an appointment for a skills test, including motorcycle skills tests, may now schedule online by visiting www.dmv.pa.gov or by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=743.

Upcoming Webinars:

- Penn State Extension hosts a webinar, Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Building Resilience, covering how coping with the current situation can support the development of skills for dealing with future challenges. Tuesday, Jun. 23, at 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Visit the Event Website for More Details

- A PA Chamber webinar: More counties are now in the 'green' phase of the county-by-county re-opening plan than not. While this is great news as it signals that most businesses are able to get up and running – albeit with safety protocols in place – many employers still have questions about what the "green" phase actually means for them, how they can protect themselves from a legal standpoint, and what to expect in the coming weeks and months. As part of the PA Chamber’s "Bringing PA Back" initiative, the PA Chamber hosts a free webinar with answers to employers' most pressing questions, with insight from legal experts and leading officials at the Department of Community and Economic Development. The What the Green Phase of Re-Opening Means webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m. this Thursday, June 25.  Register Today 


Posted 6/19/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 12 more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic next Friday, June 26. They include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. When that happens next week, all counties with the exception of Lebanon County will be in the green reopening phase. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-12-more-counties-to-go-green-on-june-26/.

The Governor Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine last night signed amended green phase orders for the 8 counties that moved to green today, June 19. Currently, 54 counties are in the green reopening phase.

- Clinton County continued to see a slight improvement in employment numbers issued today by the state Department of Labor and Industry. The continued unemployment insurance claims filed by county residents declined for the sixth straight week during the time of the coronavirus, with 1,960 on the continued claims list for the week ending June 13,  down 40 from a week prior.  Of the 1,960, 53%  were females, 21% were in the food/accommodations sector, and 22% were ages 25 to 34. The high mark throughout the virus period took place during the week ending May 2, when 3,211 were on the continued claim rolls.

Regarding initial weekly claims, 92 residents filed for the first time, up from the 80 for the week ending June 6. Of the 92,  55% were male, 24% came from the warehousing/transportation sector, and 24% were between the ages of 45 to 54.  The high initial claims number came during the week ending April 4 with 1,049 residents filing for jobless benefits.

Partnership President Mike Flanagan said, “The good news is that the continued claim numbers continue to go down but we are still some 1,000 or more above what the numbers were pre-virus and pre-shutdown. Also, having 92 people file for an initial claim in the middle of June probably goes against historical trends, but these are different times. Nevertheless it appears many are or have been going back to work since the continued claims are down some 1,250 people since its peak in early April.”

Labor & Industry released the state’s unemployment rate for May, which checked in at 13.1%, three full points down from April’s reading. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=465. The local area data for the month of May is expected to be released on or around June 30. The April unemployment rate for Clinton County was 16.6%, the highest since 1983, and more than double the March reading of 7.9%.

- The City of Lock Haven continues to “Open the Downtown” this afternoon and tomorrow, part of an effort to permit restaurants and retailers to do business on the sidewalks and parking spaces in front of their businesses. Main Street between Jay and Grove Streets closes to vehicle traffic this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. until tomorrow, Saturday night at 9:00. A portable stage at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets will feature several bands (weather permitting), including Private Stock tonight at 6pm, sponsored by the Texas Restaurant and Stella A’s Bar & Grill. Saturday, Gino Lundy will play at 5:00 p.m. followed by Jason Dumm at 7:00 p.m. For more, visit www.lockhavenpa.gov.

The City’s Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series will begin next Friday, June 26, with the group Big Willy playing at the Main/Grove Streets stage. Click Here for the Summer Concert Schedule.

- Tonight marks the Season Opener at the Clinton County Speedway out at the Fairgrounds in Mackeyville. Race organizers are hoping the weather cooperates for Limited Late Models, Pro Stocks, 600 Micro Sprints, 270 Micro Sprints and the 4 Cylinders events. Gates open at 5:15, with racing at 7:30 p.m. For more on the Speedway, visit www.ClintonCountySpeedway.com.

- Millbrook Playhouse tonight premieres a virtual performance of the comedy ‘Leading Ladies’ at 7:30 p.m. The show will be available for viewing through 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, June 21. Millbrook is requesting a $10 donation to view the performance to help cover costs of the production and support the Playhouse, which had to postpone its regular summer season until next year due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more, call 570-748-8083 or visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

- The PA Department of Health has applied for a more than $301 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to strengthen state and local public health capacity in Pennsylvania. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=867.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health distributed the fifth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Today, 4,788 doses of medication were sent to 82 hospitals (including UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport, Geisinger Medical Center, and Mt. Nittany Medical Center in the region). Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=868.

- Amidst opposing views on whether Governor Wolf’s disaster declaration is still necessary, two more state officials today noted the importance of that declaration. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said the declaration helps Pennsylvanians get needed services. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=390. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) director Randy Padfield said the emergency declaration is needed to continue commonwealth response efforts and make state, county and local governments eligible for federal reimbursement of costs associated with the COVID-19 response. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PEMA-Details.aspx?newsid=141.

- The Internal Revenue Service today released information to help retirement plan participants affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus take advantage of the CARES Act provisions providing enhanced access to plan distributions and plan loans. Learn more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/relief-for-taxpayers-affected-by-covid-19-who-take-distributions-or-loans-from-retirement-plans.

- The Mill Hall Walmart continues to serve as one of more than 250 COVID-19 testing sites situated in Walmart parking lots across 31 states. To date, more than 83,000 people have been tested at those sites alone. The drive-through testing site allows people administer the tests themselves while in their vehicle and under observation of a healthcare professional. The local site is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 9am, and tests are by appointment only. People must qualify by meeting guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers, others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms. The Mill Hall site is operated through Quest Diagnostics. Click HERE for more information, or visit MyQuestCOVIDTest.com.

- For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors. This testing will provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Learn more: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html.

Over the next couple of weeks, American Red Cross Blood Drives are scheduled locally on June 29 at the Big Woods Bible Church on Hanna St. in Lock Haven, and on July 1 at the Porter Township Building along Spring Run Rd., Mill Hall. For a list of upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives near you, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.

- The PA Chamber hosts a free Health Insurance Benefits Webinar, Why Self-Insurance is Right for Your Company, on Tuesday, July 14, from 11:00 a.m. until noon. (The seminar will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. on August 13 and on September 10). The webinar will cover the advantages of the PA Chamber Insurance Benefits Consortium, a self-insurance program option for businesses with 20 or more enrolled employees.  Register Today  or register for either of the other webinar dates: August 13, 2020 or September 10, 2020.

- The City of Lock Haven invites all interested to a virtual public meeting slated for this coming Wednesday, June 24, at 5:00 p.m. as they continue to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, newly named Destination Lock Haven. City Planner Abbey Roberts is encouraging participation. “All of us have felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is important to channel our ‘lessons learned’ toward the future of our City.” Click Here for the invitation and details on how to participate.


Posted 6/18/20

- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this week announced a new "EZ" version of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application that's more borrower-friendly. An article in INC. magazine says the EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. The "EZ" application is not for everyone. Here's a rundown of EZ's eligibility requirements:

  • Borrowers who are self-employed and have no employees.
  • Borrowers who have employees, but did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees.
  • Borrowers who experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to Covid-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent.

For those eligible to use the EZ PPP loan forgiveness application: Click here to download the Paycheck Protection Program EZ Loan Forgiveness Application (06-16-2020) and Click here to download instructions for the Paycheck Protection Program EZ Loan Forgiveness Application.

For all others: Click here to download the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application (06-16-2020) and  Click here to download instructions for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application (06-16-2020).

- Another eight PA counties move from yellow to the green reopening phase at midnight tonight, and as of tomorrow, 54 of the state’s 67 counties will be in green (including Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties), with the remaining counties in the yellow phase. The Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines remaining restrictions for both phases.

Governor Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in both yellow and green phases of reopening. He said masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-mask-wearing-is-required-critical-to-stop-covid-19-spread/.

- As counties across Pennsylvania move into the green phase and teenagers begin summer employment, the PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is reminding Pennsylvanians that the state’s Child Labor Law limits working hours and the types of work that may be performed by minors. L&I is also urging businesses hiring minors to continue following COVID-19 social distancing and mitigation recommendations to ensure their health and safety. More information here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=887.

- L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today highlighted the importance of Governor Wolf's disaster declaration to help Pennsylvanians who are out of work get unemployment compensation benefits and reduce costs for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prematurely ending the disaster declaration, said Oleksiak, will increase the burden on workers and the employers who depend on them. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=463.

- In support of the local business recovery effort, the City of Lock Haven will again close off a section of Main Street to vehicle traffic tomorrow to open the street for more foot traffic and allow restaurants and retailers to bring their business out onto the sidewalk and street. Last Friday was the first for the new ‘Open the Streets for Business’ initiative, and, responding to input from local businesses, the City did make some minor adjustments to the original plan. Main Street between Jay and Grove Streets will now close at 3:00 p.m. Friday (instead of 9:00 a.m.) and remain closed through 9:00 p.m. Saturday. Click Here for a map of shows  and restaurants offering outdoor dining, as well as locations for free parking after 5:00 p.m. Friday (the City-owned lots and Courthouse Parking Lot). Partnership member Davis Insurance Agency, LLC, also invites Partnership members to use their lot at 208 East Church Street for parking that’s close to Main Street after 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Weather permitting, there will be several free concerts downtown this weekend on a portable stage at Main and Grove Streets. Partnership members and Main Street restaurants, the Texas Lunch and Stella A’s Bar & Grill are sponsoring the Friday 6:00 p.m. concert featuring the group Private Stock. On Saturday, Gino Lundy is slated for a 5:00 p.m. concert, followed by Jason Dumm at 7:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the City’s Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series kicks off next weekend, with a concert at the Main/Grove Streets stage Friday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. featuring the group Big Willy. On Sunday, rock band Black Star Sunrise will kick off the 6:30 p.m. floating stage concerts at the Corman Amphitheater along Jay Street. Visit the City’s website at www.lockhavenpa.gov for a full Summer Concert schedule.

- Millbrook Playhouse premieres a virtual performance of the comedy ‘Leading Ladies’ tomorrow, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. from the Playhouse’s website, www.MillbrookPlayhouse.org. The show will be available for viewing through 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Millbrook is requesting a $10 donation to view the performance to help cover costs of the production and support the Playhouse, which had to postpone its regular summer season until next year due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, call 570-748-8083 or visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

- The PA Department of General Services has announced the Pennsylvania Capitol building will reopen to the public with modified prevention protocols this coming Monday, June 22. The reopening follows Dauphin County moving to the green phase of the COVID-19 pandemic tomorrow. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DGS_details.aspx?newsid=145.

- PennDOT today alerted motorists that the Marsh Creek Road bridge over Route 1002 in Liberty Township (Romola), Centre County, will be closed starting this Tuesday, June 23, for repairs. A detour will be in place for the estimated three-month project. Click Here for the PennDOT news release for details.

- The PA State Police announced today that troopers made 22,139 driving-under-the-influence (DUI) arrests in 2019, a 10 percent increase from the number of DUI arrests (20,143) in 2018. In addition, troopers investigated 4,692 DUI-related crashes in 2019. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PA-State-Police-Details.aspx?newsid=548.

- Governor Wolf has signed into law House Bill 2502, now Act 35 of 2020, that requires the Department of State to publish a report on the June 2, 2020, primary election. The report will help identify any necessary changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code before the general election in November. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-signs-law-to-help-prepare-for-the-general-election/.


Posted 6/17/20

- Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today said Pennsylvania is one of three states recognized by the national Centers for Disease Control for successfully reducing the number of COVID-19 cases. Governor Wolf said Pennsylvania has had a downward trajectory of cases for more than 42 days. He also noted 24 states are seeing an increase in cases. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-pa-is-one-of-three-states-recognized-by-cdc-for-covid-19-reduction-success/.

The Department of Health today reported 335 additional positive cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 79,818. To date, 533,013 patients have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 6,319 total deaths attributed to COVID-19. Health Secretary Levine said about 75 percent of those who tested positive have recovered and she urged those people to donate plasma to help combat the virus.

- A revised Paycheck Protection Program application was released by the U.S. Treasury to reflect the recent legislative changes to the program. Click here to DOWNLOAD the new application. As a reminder, there is still funding available through this program, but applications will only be accepted through June 30, 2020.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has updated its four-page Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness. This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include:

  • Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
  • Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and
  • Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.

The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing businesses needed information during these challenging times. View their list of COVID-19 related resources:

- PA Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced his strong support for a new grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts and subsequent business closures. The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program (which is not yet accepting applications), is being overseen by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, with grants being issued by Community Development Financial Institutions. Read more on Torsella’s announcement: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/06-17-SB-Grant.html.

- Leadership Clinton County – a leadership development program run through the Partnership – is accepting applications for its innovative training program starting in September. The July 1 deadline for applications has been extended until July 15, so if you have an employee or know someone who could benefit from this program, don’t delay; people interested in making a difference in their community and developing their personal leadership potential are encouraged to apply. To date, some 250 area residents have completed the Leadership program, with the current class slated to graduate next month. Click Here for the Leadership Clinton County brochure for more about the program, and contact April Bittner at the Partnership, 570-748-5782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. You can also visit the Partnership website, www.ClintonCountyInfo.com, for more on LCC.

- PennDOT will begin applying high friction surface treatments at four sites in Clinton, Juniata and Mifflin counties starting this coming Monday, June 22. The project will improve skid resistance and enhance safety for motorists on the impacted routes. Monday’s work is to start in Juniata County. The project area in Clinton County is along Interstate 80 westbound, near the Carroll exit Clinton County rest area at mile marker 194. Click Here for the PennDOT news release for details.

- SDEA-COG is seeking participants from within the City of Lock Haven for an upcoming housing rehabilitation program, an initiative that supports homeowners as well as local contractors. Click Here for details.

- Governor Wolf today announced four universities – Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh, University of Pittsburgh, and Villanova – will receive $174,000 in new funding for COVID-19 response through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Challenge. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-four-universities-receive-funding-for-covid-19-response-through-manufacturing-innovation-challenge/.

- PA The Game Commission is extending its Wildlife on WiFi virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school closures. While schools are out for the summer, the need for virtual learning opportunities remains and the Game Commission is committed to connecting Pennsylvania residents to wildlife no matter where they are. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=402. To check out WoW, go to www.pgc.pa.gov and select “At Home Learning” under Quick Clicks. To schedule a WoW virtual field trip or inquire about any of the Game Commission’s educational resources, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Webinar: Penn State Extension presents a live webinar, COVID-19 and Nonprofits – Impacts and Actions, next Thursday, June 25 at 3pm. The session will provide information relative to the impacts the pandemic has had, and potentially will have, on nonprofit organizations. The program will also cover items that nonprofits should consider and potentially act on now and in the future. Register


Posted 6/16/20

- The U.S. Small Business Administration is again accepting new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and forgivable EIDL Advance program. Eligible businesses who are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000, which does not have to be repaid, and can also apply for an EIDL Loan. Click on the following link to get to the EIDL information on the SBAs website: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance, or click here to go directly to the EIDL Loan and Advance Application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/.

The initial EIDL funding through the federal CARES Act was quickly depleted and the SBA stopped accepting applications. Then, more recently, funds were allocated strictly for agricultural businesses. The new application round opened yesterday.

- The U.S. Federal Reserve has finalized guidelines for their ‘Main Street Lending Program’ to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is for businesses with 15,000 or fewer employees who had 2019 revenues of $5 billion or less, and requires minimum loans of $250,000. Loans through this program will go through eligible lenders. Read more here: https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/mainstreetlending.htm. (See webinar info below on this program)

The Fed has been accepting comment on the Main Street Lending Program for the past couple of months. In addition to finalizing guidelines for businesses, the Federal Reserve and the U. S. Department of Treasury are accepting comments through Monday, June 22, to expand the program to support lending to nonprofit organizations.

- New guidance reflecting the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act, titled “Interim Final Rule on Revisions to First Interim Final Rule,” was issued last week by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Treasury. Of note:

    • There is no 60% “cliff” that could have invalidated loan forgiveness
    • Borrowers can choose an 8-week period (if receiving the loan before June 5) or the 24-week period 
    • More guidance will be coming soon on loan forgiveness

(See webinar below on PPP forgiveness)

A reminder that the Paycheck Protection Program is slated to expire at the end of this month. Funds are still available through this program, so now is the time for small business owners to work with their preferred lender, or find a new lender at https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find to apply for their own PPP loan to help their business and their employees survive and thrive.

- There continues to be job opportunities in the area. PA CareerLink Clinton County provides this updated listing of local employers who have available positions, including: Bechdel Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Brodart Co.; Browns Hill Tavern; Clinton County Government; Curt’s Smokin’ Ribs; First Quality Hygienic; First Quality Products; First Quality Tissue; Full Body Health and Fitness Center, LLC; Goodwill Industries of North Central PA; Lock Haven Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Masters Excavating, LLC; Nutek Disposables, Inc.; SA Piper Logistics; Susque-View Home Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; VETFORCE, Inc.; Wayne Township; Wayne Township Landfill; Associates for Training & Development; Bayada Home Health Care; Caris Sub Shop; Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.; Community Resources for Independence; County Homemakers; ESS (aka Source4Teachers); Fulmer’s Personal Care Home; Imperial Renovators, Inc.; Industrial Trade Services; Interim Healthcare; Kohen Cleaning; My Home Care, LLC; Nicholas Meats; Nittany Mountain Trail Rides; OSL Retail Services, Inc.; PA Liquor Control Board; Powdr Woodward-PA, LLC Woodward Camp; Ragu, Inc.; Randy Auman Construction; RBR Transport Services; Roe-Ada Well Support, LLC; S and S Plumbing and Heating, Inc.; Tractor Supply Co.; TruGreen Lawncare; United States Census Bureau; Wolfe Coal and Excavating, Inc.

Employers with hiring needs can contact PA CareerLink® Clinton County representatives Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Bechdel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Job seekers who have questions on any job posting can also contact Gilmore or Bechdel.

- The Federal Reserve today said total industrial production increased 1.4 percent in May, as many factories resumed at least partial operations following suspensions related to COVID-19. Even so, total industrial production in May was 15.4 percent below its pre-pandemic level in February. Read more: https://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/g17/current/default.htm.

- Lock Haven University has announced ‘Return to The Haven’ reopening plans for the fall semester. The university is preparing to resume a more normal, but very modified, campus experience, that will include a mix of in-person, face-to-face and remote instruction. Click Here for the LHU news release.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf announced today that $157.5 million is now available for school health and safety grants to address COVID-19. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-157-5-million-now-available-for-school-health-and-safety-grants-to-address-covid-19/.

Meanwhile, First Lady Frances Wolf offered encouraging messages to children, parents, teachers, and caregivers through the release of a series of videos created in collaboration with Pennsylvania PBS titled #TogetherPennsylvania. See more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/first-lady-frances-wolf-partners-with-pennsylvania-pbs-to-deliver-encouraging-messages-to-children-and-caregivers/.

- Based on this past weekend’s initial success in closing off Lock Haven’s Main Street to vehicle traffic Friday and Saturday to allow for increased foot traffic to restaurants and retailers, the City is making a few revisions to better support businesses. The closure of Main Street between Jay and Vesper Streets and Grove Street between Main and Church Streets will now begin at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays (versus earlier in the day) and run until 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, through September 26. The street closure allows restaurants and retail shops to bring their business out onto the sidewalks and parking spaces. A stage at Grove and Main Streets is already hosting musicians offering free concerts and will also serve as the site of the Friday evening concerts for the City’s free outdoor summer concerts starting next Friday, June 26 (there will also be Sunday night concerts from the floating stage at the Corman Amphitheater beginning June 28).

During this period, parking is free in City parking lots beginning at 5pm on Fridays, and there’s space at the Courthouse Parking lot after 5pm Fridays. But if you are having trouble finding a spot, Partnership member Davis Insurance Agency, LLC, at 208 East Church Street also welcomes CCEP members to park in their parking lot as a convenient way to access the downtown!

- PennDOT has resumed road and bridge project activity, and today announced that work will begin this coming Monday, June 22, to replace the bridge over Long Run on Route 477 in the Rote/Salona area of Lamar Township. A detour – using Auction Road and Route 220 – will be in place during the project. Partnership member, Lock Haven-based Nestlerode Contracting Company, Inc., is the contractor for the project, which is expected to run through mid-November. Click Here for the PennDOT news release, which includes a detour map and photo of the existing bridge.

- The Internal Revenue Service today alerted nursing home and other care facilities that Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations providing the care. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-alert-economic-impact-payments-belong-to-recipient-not-nursing-homes-or-care-facilities.

- Governor Wolf today announced $40 million in CARES Act funding is available to address dairy industry relief and food security. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-40-million-in-cares-act-funding-available-to-address-dairy-industry-relief-food-security/.

- The PA Department of Human Services today outlined regulatory suspensions and operational adjustments permitted under Governor Wolf’s disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement said these flexibilities and waivers are necessary to ensure continuity of services and operations while keeping people served by and working in the health care and social services systems safe from COVID-19, and they remain in effect until notification is issued by DHS. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=554.

- The PA Game Commission today announced that licenses for the 2020-21 hunting and furtaking seasons go on sale this coming Monday, June 22. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=401.

At the same time, the PA Health Department today reminded Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent against tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, as some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of COVID-19. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=863.

Upcoming Webinars:

- The U.S. Chamber’s CO- hosts a live panel discussion tomorrow, June 17, at 2:00 p.m., with business owners and experts from around the country, focused on helping businesses create a successful marketing strategy to bring your customers back as you reopen. RSVP here.

Meanwhile, check out the U.S. Chamber’s guide on How to Effectively Communicate Your Reopening Plans to Customers. Reopening your business during a pandemic can seem daunting, but if you want to welcome back customers or clients with confidence, it’s up to you to make the first move. Check out this guide for effectively communicating your reopening plans to customers. 

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center hosts a free webinar this Thursday, June 18, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., with Sonia Smith with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Sonia will share details regarding the PPP Forgiveness application and best practices for working with lenders to achieve loan forgiveness. This workshop is essential for any small business that is considering applying for a PPP loan or who has already received one. Registration is required. For more information, visit https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/paycheck-protection-program-loan-forgiveness/

- The Federal Reserve will hold a webinar this Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. for internal and external legal counsel interested in learning about the Main Street Lending Program. The “Main Street Lending Program: Legal Forms and Agreements - Updates for Legal Counsel” is an opportunity for internal and external legal counsel to learn about the Main Street Lending Program’s legal documentation and to ask questions about the program to attorneys from the Federal Reserve. The session will discuss, among other things, the various legal documents associated with the program, factors relevant to a true sale analysis, and key issues raised by the certifications. Interested participants are encouraged to review the updated program term sheets, frequently asked questions and forms and agreements. Registration is now open at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/583/35399.


Posted 6/15/20

- Partnership President Mike Flanagan offers the following update on our local unemployment picture: Clinton County’s continued unemployment claims declined for the fifth week in a row during the pandemic, while new claims went up slightly. The PA Department of Labor and Industry reports that during the week ending June 6, 2020, Clinton County had 1,999 continued unemployment  claims, down from the 2,242 on the rolls the week prior. Of the 1,999, 50.2% are female, 18% are in the food and accommodations sector, and 23% of them are ages 25 to 34. On May 2, there was a high of 3,211 continued claims.

Clinton County had 80 workers seek initial claims during the week ending June 6, up slightly from the 76 listed the prior week. Of the 80, 66% were male, 16% were in the manufacturing field, and 24% of them were ages 25 to 34. April 4 saw 1,049 seek initial claims, the highest weekly total during the virus period.

Clinton County’s April unemployment rate was 16.6%, the highest in almost four decades, but ranked 31 out of the state’s 67 counties. The May county unemployment rate should be released at the end of June.

- As part of your business recovery, the Partnership is offering some FREE promotional advertising! We are highlighting our member businesses on Facebook as part of the ‘Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight.’ Information and photos of Partnership member businesses are posted on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages (check out these Facebook pages to see what we’ve done for other members). Click Here to for the CCEP COVID-19 Member Spotlight form to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business.

- Amidst ongoing shortages of cleaning supplies, Partnership member M&J Industrial Supply in Lock Haven has a wide range of products for local businesses, including a new, disinfectant wipe system. The system includes a case of six rolls (220 sheets per roll) of dry wipes and a dispenser. By simply adding ready-to-use disinfectant, you now have a wet wipe. M&J has various disinfectants, both concentrated and ready-to-use; hand sanitizer, dispensers, dispenser stands, face masks, infrared thermometers, and more. Contact M&J Industrial Supply at 570-748-3802.

- The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that estimated tax payments for tax year 2020, originally due April 15 and June 15, are now due July 15. This means that any individual or corporation that has a quarterly estimated tax payment due has until July 15 to make that payment without penalty. More here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-reminder-deadline-postponed-to-july-15-for-those-who-pay-estimated-taxes.

- The PA Wilds Center, of which the Partnership and Clinton County government are a part, today indicated that tourism-related businesses will be one of the areas of emphasis for a recently-announced small business grant program. Click Here for the PA Wilds Center news release for details.

​- The PA Insurance Department today announced the availability of a remote testing option for insurance license exams. Candidates can opt for remote testing beginning July 1, 2020. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Insurance-Details.aspx?newsid=429.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf announced today that beginning this Wednesday, June 17, nine more COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open in Walmart parking lots across the state, bringing the total to 19 sites at Walmart locations. The locations to begin testing this week include the parking lot at the Walmart Supercenter along North Atherton Street in State College. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-10-more-testing-sites-in-areas-with-limited-access/.

- Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today announced a partnership with General Healthcare Resources to assist with the state’s COVID-19 response with regard to congregate settings, particularly long-term care facilities. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=859.

- Governor Wolf today announced that people with intellectual disabilities and autism and the providers of support services for these vulnerable Pennsylvanians will receive $260 million in CARES Act funding to help continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-260-million-in-funding-to-help-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-and-autism-during-pandemic/.

- Saying social isolation is a leading factor contributing to the financial exploitation of older investors, the PA Department of Banking and Securities today reminded Pennsylvanians about signs of senior financial exploitation and ways to help prevent this type of abuse. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/banking_details.aspx?newsid=314.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to pull together guides and checklists to help businesses navigate the various loan programs available through the stimulus bill for small businesses, including:

Upcoming Webinars:

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center hosts Quick Connect Sessions Tuesday mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 am and organized around a theme. June themes are: 

  • June 16: Post Pandemic Marketing
  • June 23: Business Recovery Strategies
  • June 30: Customer Rediscovery

The SBDC continues to offer numerous webinars relating to COVID-19. Search All Offerings

- Penn State Extension hosts a live webinar, Preparing a COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Retail Food Establishments, from 10:30am-Noon, tomorrow, June 16, that will provide information on preparing a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

- Penn State Extension also hosts a live webinar, Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Substance Misuse in Times of Crisis, tomorrow, June 16, at 11:30am and again at 6:30pm, that will teach tips and techniques for healthy coping and sources of additional support. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

Non-Covid-19-Related News

- Governor Wolf today announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth’s economy. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-launches-new-policies-to-increase-diversity-among-state-contractors/


6/12/20

- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that eight more counties will move to the green phase of reopening next Friday, June 19, including Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike, and Schuylkill counties. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-eight-more-counties-going-green-on-june-19/.

The Governor and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine last night signed amended green phase orders for the 12 counties that moved to green today, June 12 (Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York). With these orders, there are now 46 counties in green (including Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties) and the state’s remaining 21 counties are in yellow. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/reopening-phase-orders-updated-to-include-12-additional-counties-moving-to-green-on-june-12/.

The Governor also said today that the steady decline in COVID-19 cases is an indicator that Pennsylvania’s measured, phased reopening plan is working, whereas some other states are seeing cases rise. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-states-measured-phased-reopening-plan-succeeding-as-other-states-see-cases-rise/.

- The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has put together a “Reopening Resources” page for museums, historical societies and preservation organizations as they begin to consider reopening in accordance with Governor Wolf's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan. The Reopening Resources page contains advice collected from organizations around the country and includes resources such as guidelines for managing collections after closures, sample reopening plans, discussions on community recovery and revitalization, visitor sentiments as a result of COVID-19, and much more. Click here for more information: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PHMC-Details.aspx?newsid=370.

- STEP, the community action agency serving Clinton and Lycoming counties, today provided an update on services, noting that STEP’s facilities (such as senior centers) will be opening for customers by appointment only, starting Monday, June 15. STEP Transportation is now scheduling customers for trips to banks and businesses that are open, and STEP Head Start is now enrolling children for the 2020-21 school year. Click Here for the STEP Update.

- The PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) continues to reopen state park and forest operations. While state parks have been open, facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts opened statewide today, June 12; state beaches reopened last weekend; and pools, including the pool at Hyner Run State Park, is slated to reopen tomorrow, June 13.

Meanwhile, DCNR is also recommending a few resources to explore your local environment while staying close to home:

- Millbrook Playhouse today announced it will feature a virtual musical, ‘Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies’ premiering next Friday, June 19 and running through June 21. The performance will star some favorite Millbrook actors. For more, visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Penn State Extension hosts a Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Wrap-Up live webinar June 24 at Noon, aimed at businesses who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Learn the latest guidance on how to apply for loan forgiveness and what documentation is needed for your application. This webinar will walk participants through the forgiveness application process and will include up to date information to assist you in completing your Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness application. Visit the Event Website for More Details.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations, including nonprofits, to assess their current and future operations. The COVID-19 and Nonprofits - Impacts and Actions live webinar hosted by Penn State Extension at 3:00 p.m. on June 25 will provide information relative to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and potentially will have, on nonprofit organizations. The program will also cover items that nonprofits should consider and potentially act on now and in the future. Visit the Event Website for More Details

• The Penn State Small Business Development Center will host a webinar series, R3: Designing a Resiliency Roadmap for the next 30/60/90 Days, beginning June 29 at 9:00 a.m. Resiliency is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and the global pandemic and economic shut down have certainly required small business owners to respond and adapt in rapid time. To help businesses navigate the next several months, the Penn State SBDC developed R3, a guided three-month program to help businesses develop their roadmap to better business operations. This 4-part series in Small Business Resiliency will address small business Re-evaluation, Recovery, and Regeneration strategies in the introductory workshop followed by 3 check-ins at the 30-60-90 day marks. The R3 program will give business leaders a chance to learn from experts, network with other businesses, and create a new way of doing business. Meeting Times: 

  • Monday June 29th 9:00 am – noon 
  • Monday July 27th 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Monday August 24th 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Monday September 28th 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Register Here


6/11/20

- The PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) today released guidelines and the application process for the recently announced COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program. The state has allocated $225 million for COVID-19 relief to small businesses, which will be disbursed through the state’s network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The funds will be distributed in three ways: Main Street Business Revitalization Program: $100 million; Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program: $100 million; Loan payment deferment and loss reserve: $25 million.

The PA Wilds Center, of which the Partnership and the County are a part, is working with The Progress Fund . Click Here for view the news release regarding the new program.

DCED also announced today that new funding is available to 60 Pennsylvania counties under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant. Clinton is among the eligible counties, and the County Commissioners are reviewing program specifics and intend to apply for funding. Read more on the state’s announcement here: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-announces-new-covid-19-funding-available-for-pennsylvania-counties/.

- The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is offering PHC CARES, an emergency relief fund for humanities organizations facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of up to $10,000 are available and no match funding is required. Applications are due by this coming Monday, June 15. Details here.

- The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance for employers whose employees forgo sick, vacation or personal leave because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-provides-guidance-on-employer-leave-based-donation-programs-that-aid-victims-of-the-covid-19-pandemic.

- As the July 15 tax-filing deadline − postponed from April 15 − draws near, the IR is reminding all taxpayers who have yet to file their 2019 federal tax return to file electronically now, choose direct deposit for their refund, or pay any tax owed electronically. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-reminder-deadline-postponed-to-july-15-for-those-who-pay-estimated-taxes.

To help borrowers recover from the ongoing COVID crisis without having to deal with the consequences of student loan delinquency and default as well, PA Treasurer Joe Torsella has announced that the five-month PA budget package, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on May 29, provides relief for borrowers of private student loans that are owned by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Borrowers of PA Forward Student Loan Program, Keystone Extra loans, and MedBest loans will automatically receive relief. Read more: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/06-11-PHEAA.html.

- Lock Haven University President Robert Pignatello today updated the campus community on several initiatives, noting the University continues to plan for how to safely open campus for the fall semester. He noted enrollment projections look promising, and said he plans to announce tomorrow, several University actions focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. Click Here for the LHU update.

- The City of Lock Haven earlier this week announced its annual Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series will take place this year. Last night, they announced the series will begin Friday, June 26, and include a line-up of 16 concerts, split between a downtown stage at Main and Grove Streets and concerts from the floating stage at the Corman Amphitheater along Jay Street. Click Here to view the Concert Series news release for details and the concert schedule.

Schlesinger Communications, Inc. (WSQV/WBPZ Radio) in Lock Haven, is staging a "Think Big Shop Small" radio campaign to promote locally owned, locally operated small businesses throughout Clinton County. For more information, contact the radio station at 570-748-5782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced a one-month extension of the temporary Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) and reminded Pennsylvanians of other assistance programs that remain available as the commonwealth reopens and Pennsylvanians recover from economic challenges caused by COVID-19. More details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=550.

- The Department of Human Services today also announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for its new Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP). The RRHCP is designed to directly support COVID-19 readiness and response in long-term residential care facilities, improve infection prevention, and facilitate continuity of care and other services provided by long-term care facilities in a manner that mitigates risk of spread of COVID-19 to staff or residents. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=551.

- And, DHS Secretary Teresa Miller urged Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant in the shared responsibility to keep all children safe and prevent child abuse. DHS administers ChildLine, which is a 24/7 hotline available to anyone concerned for the safety or well-being of a child. To report a concern, call 1-800-932-0313. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=879.


Posted 6/10/20

- The Clinton County Economic Partnership today released information on its recent survey of members regarding the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. Partnership President Mike Flanagan says despite unprecedented times, many businesses remain optimistic about the future. Click Here for the news release on the survey results.

- The Partnership wants to support your business. We are highlighting our member businesses on Facebook as part of the ‘Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight.’ We are posting information and photos of Partnership member businesses on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages. Click Here for the CCEP COVID-19 Member Spotlight form to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today released updated guidance for several sectors, including:

- In response to efforts this week by the Pennsylvania legislature to adopt a resolution to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration, Governor Wolf today said the legislature cannot end the disaster declaration unilaterally. He also said the existing disaster declaration is separate from the Secretary of Health’s business guideline orders. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-outlines-impacts-of-ending-disaster-declaration/.

- As per PA Department of Health guidelines, businesses conducting in-person operations or serving the public are required to make employees and customers aware of the guidance provided by the Commonwealth to keep people at their establishment safe. Businesses must print, sign, and post the “COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses” flyer on their premises (choose one: 8.5" x 11" Sign  | 8.5" x 14" Sign).

- The Internal Revenue Service yesterday issued what they are calling a COVID-19 Tax Tip, outlining who qualifies for which new employer tax credit. See that information here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/28fcd37?reqfrom=share.

- The Federal Reserve today said it is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. Read more here: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200610a.htm.

- We are glad to note the Roxy Theatre in downtown Lock Haven will reopen for business this Friday, June 12, with movies in all three theatres starting at 7:00 p.m. Seating will be limited and there will be restrictions in place. Visit www.roxymovies.com for a list of movies and show times.

- We are also happy to pass along an announcement today that the Ross Library in Lock Haven will reopen more fully to patrons as of next Friday, June 19. The first and second floors will be open to the public with some restrictions. Click Here for the news release and visit www.rosslibrary.org for more on library services.

- COVID-19 Resources (Green Phase Guidance):

Additional Resources:

Webinars and Training:

  • Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association ServSafe classes are now available through HRFoodSafe. View the ServSafe calendar to find a class near you. 
  • Inc. magazine offers an informational article: The Main Street Lending Program will launch within days, and it just got more attractive for smaller companies.
  • Penn State Extension hosts a live webinar, Preparing a COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Retail Food Establishments, this coming Tuesday, Jun. 16, at 10:30 a.m. that will provide information on preparing a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

Posted 6/9/20

- It’s a new date, but the same great networking event! The Partnership plans to host its annual summer picnic, now set for Wednesday, August 5, at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds. Click Here for the Picnic Registration Form to sign up!

- Leadership Clinton County – a leadership development program run through the Partnership – is accepting applications until July 1 for its innovative training program starting in September. Do you have an employee or someone you know who could benefit from the program? People interested in making a difference in their community and developing their personal leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Click Here for brochure for more on Leadership Clinton County, and contact April Bittner at 570-748-5782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. People can also visit the Partnership web site, www.clintoncountyinfo.com, for more on Leadership Clinton County.

- Businesses within the City of Lock Haven looking for funds to help in the recovery from impacts due to COVID-19 have until this Thursday, June 11, to apply for a grant through the City’s CDBG-CV program. The initial deadline to apply was this past Friday, however, the City extended the deadline to June 11. Click Here for the CDBG-CV grant application. The Penn State Small Business Development Center is available to assist with the application. Interested businesses can contact SBDC local Business Consultant Tom Keiffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions on the City’s CDBG-CV grant program, contact City Planner Abbey Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-893-5903. Grant information is also available on the City’s website at lockhavenpa.gov/cdbg-cv-wave-1.

- The City of Lock Haven is taking a number of other measures to support local businesses, including closing Main Street to vehicle traffic Fridays and Saturdays to allow for restaurants and retailers to move operations outdoors and allow for more foot traffic in the downtown business district. The City today also announced that the free outdoor summer concert series will begin later this month, with the Friday night concerts moved to a stage at Main and Grove Streets. Click Here for the news release for details on both initiatives.

- The PA Treasury and the Department of Labor & Industry today announced that, starting today, the state will pay Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments by debit card to provide faster and more secure payments. Pennsylvania Treasury To Pay PUA Payments By Debit Card Moving Forward. Details here: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/06-09-PUA-Payments.html.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf announced today that beginning tomorrow, June 10, five more COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open in Walmart parking lots across the state, including the Walmart Supercenter parking lot at 167 Hogan Blvd, Mill Hall. The sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. to test up to 50 registered patients daily. Registration is required one day in advance. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-additional-covid-19-testing-sites-opening-in-areas-with-limited-access/.

- The PA Department of Health today issued an order requiring that all hospitals take additional steps to further protect their staff and patients from COVID-19. The order requires all hospitals to develop, implement and adhere to safety measures by Monday, June 15. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=854.

- The Wolf Administration is urging the public to consider how COVID-19 could change or alter emergency preparedness plans leading into summer, when people face the threat of severe weather that comes with warmer weather. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PEMA-Details.aspx?newsid=140.

- The PA Insurance Department today released guidance to Pennsylvania businesses damaged during the civil unrest across the state. The information is intended to assist business owners identify what is generally covered by understanding the terms in their policies and how and when to file claims. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Insurance-Details.aspx?newsid=428.

- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday issued a news release noting that the continuing COVID-19 national emergency warrants the extension and modification of their Emergency Declaration. Click here for the news release for details.

Additional Resources and Webinars:

- Penn State Extension hosts a live webinar, Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors, Wednesday, June 10, at 12 Noon, that will walk participants through requirements and documentation necessary to apply for loan forgiveness under the Federal CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

- The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosts this Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work Webinar, Coronavirus and the Law, Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m. Some of the thorniest issues employers face during the coronavirus pandemic involve the legal system, ranging from concerns about liability to fears of insolvency. This week’s episode of Path Forward is designed to give businesses valuable insights into how COVID-19 is impacting the courts, and why that matters to every for-profit and non-profit organization in the country. Webinar leaders will also discuss how the legal system is adapting to unprecedented stresses, and what that means for you, your organization, and the broader economy.REGISTER

- An informational article from Inc. magazine: When you reopen your business, here's how to handle customers who refuse to follow safety rules.


Posted 6/8/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $225 million grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. NOTE from the Partnership: Guidelines for this grant program are still being developed, so no application exists at this point. According to the state, the funds will be distributed to lending agencies designated as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funds in the form of grants. We have spoken with representatives of The Progress Fund, the CDFI that covers our area, and will work with them to announce funding guidelines once they are available. Read the Governor’s news release here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-225-million-grant-program-for-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/.

- President Donald Trump on Friday signed House Resolution 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, to amend the small business forgivable loan program known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.pachamber.org/media/3113/Paycheck_Protection_Program_Flexibility_Act_Signed/. The new Act allows for important changes to the PPP. Read a National Restaurant Association summary of bill changes.

To date, Pennsylvania small businesses have received more than $20 billion in Paycheck Protection Program benefits. NOTE: June 30 is the final day to be issued a PPP loan (you can only be issued one PPP loan). 

- The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to guard against tax fraud and other financial scams related to COVID-19. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-against-covid-19-fraud-other-financial-schemes. Coronavirus-related (COVID-19) scams should be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or submitted through the NCDF Web Complaint Form.

Meanwhile, both state and federal prosecutors are offering the following advice due to scams associated with unemployment compensation:

  • If you receive a paper check for unemployment benefits in the mail but did not file for assistance, do not cash the check.
  • Did you receive a direct deposit for unemployment benefits even though you didn’t apply? Again, don’t use the funds. The labor department website offers instructions for returning the money.
  • Victims should report suspected identity theft to the labor department. A form is available on the department’s website. Identity theft and fraud can also be reported to the labor department’s fraud hotline: 800-692-7469.

- Governor Wolf today announced that the state has launched an enhanced dashboard to pull Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 data and information together to inform Pennsylvanians. The dashboard further enhances data on demographics of cases, demographics of deaths and the reopening status. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-enhanced-dashboard-launched-that-highlights-demographic-testing-and-reopening-data/. To see the Department of Health Coronavirus Dashboard, including data specific to Clinton County, click here: VIEW

- The Wolf Administration today issued a universal testing order requiring all nursing homes to complete initial baseline testing no later than July 24. Additionally, the department issued updated testing guidance to all long-term care facilities through the Health Alert Network. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=849.

As of today, 16,167 of Pennsylvania’s reported 75,943 cases of COVID-19 involve residents of nursing and personal care homes, and 2,807 cases involve nursing and personal care home employees. Of the 5,953 deaths from COVID-19 in the state, 4,094 were residents living in nursing or personal care facilities. 

- The state today announced it has selected a health care emergency preparedness vendor to assist in preparations for a fall resurgence of COVID-19. Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) of Philadelphia is the vendor, effective July 8, 2020. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=852.

- The PIAA says it's working with the state on guidelines for resuming high school sports. There will be significant changes, however. In a Friday news release, though, the PIAA outlined some “return-to-play policies” that come after PA K-12 schools were given the go-ahead for in-person learning as of July 1. At that time, high school sports “may engage in voluntary out-of-season activities,” and the PIAA previously said it will follow Pennsylvania reopening guidelines from Gov. Wolf. Read more: https://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/PIAA%20Press%20Release%20-%20Return%20to%20Play%20-%20June%205,%202020.pdf.

- We are sad to note that the long-standing Pennsylvania State Fleming Foliage Festival in Renovo will not be held this year, due to uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus. The Flaming Foliage Committee made the tough decision yesterday, but also said they planned to meet next month to discuss whether some type of scaled-down version of the weekend could still take place. We hope that is the case. Click Here for the news release.

Upcoming Webinars:

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center hosts Quick Connect Sessions; Tuesday mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 am and organized around a theme. June themes are: 

  • June 9: Covid UC Guidelines for Business Owners
  • June 16: Post Pandemic Marketing
  • June 23: Business Recovery Strategies
  • June 30: Customer Rediscovery

The SBDC continues to offer numerous webinars relating to COVID-19. Search All Offerings

- Penn State Extension hosts, Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Grief, Loss, and COVID-19, a live webinar tomorrow, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., to help people understand grief and recognize what we are experiencing individually and collectively to help us cope as we move through these challenging times. Visit the Event Website for More Details or Register Now.

- CO- a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts CO- Blueprint: Reopening Your Business, on Wednesday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Click here to register.

- Comcast Business Class is also offering a number of webinars to keep businesses moving. Search Offerings

- The PA Department of Community & Economic Development today issued the following reopening information. (The Partnership has previously offered this data in part as it has been issued, however, this flyer puts the details all in one place, so we wanted to provide it again): 

NON- COVID-19 Related News of Note:

- PennDOT has announced that tomorrow, June 9, a contractor working for PPL will replace utility lines across Route 220 near the Quenshukeny intersection in Woodward Township, Lycoming County. The work is scheduled to take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Motorists traveling in both directions may experience a brief road closure as lines are pulled across the roadway. Work is expected to be completed Tuesday, June 9, weather permitting. Motorists should be alert, expect delays, and drive with caution through the work zone.

- As part of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Awareness Week, the PA Department of Environmental Protection today launched a new storymap, Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities, that shares tips for reducing nutrient and sediment runoff pollution and shows the benefits of improving water quality in Pennsylvania’s part of the watershed. All or part of 43 counties, including Clinton, are in the watershed. Read more: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21825&typeid=1


Posted 6/5/20

- Clinton County, as of today, is one of 34 Pennsylvania counties now in the state’s green reopening phase. And Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon announced the remaining 33 counties are now in the yellow phase, with 12 of those counties slated to move from yellow to green next Friday, June 12. Read more on today’s announcement here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-12-more-counties-going-green-on-june-12/, and view Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, which outlines any remaining restrictions for counties that are either yellow or green.

As all counties in the state are now out of the red stay-at-home phase, Governor Wolf noted that the state continues to see a decline in new cases of COVID-19, and an estimated 70 percent of those infected have recovered. Nearly 75,000 Pennsylvanians have to-date tested positive for COVID-19, and the virus has resulted in 5,886 deaths.

Asked what “phase” is next after green, the Governor said his administration is working to establish guidelines for what he called our ‘new normal’ way of life, which he says will likely include the need for precautions such as masking and social distancing should there be a resurgence of the virus when flu season returns in the fall…likely before there will be a vaccine or the ability to carry out universal testing.

- The PA departments of Health and Human Services today issued guidance for nursing homes, personal care homes, and other long-term and congregate care facilities as counties enter the green phase of the state’s reopening process. To further prevent outbreaks within these vulnerable populations, ongoing restrictions in long-term and congregate care facilities will remain in place at least 28 days after the respective facility’s county enters the green phase. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=844.

- Today is the deadline for businesses located within the City of Lock Haven to submit application information to be considered for a CDBG-CV grant. The City plans to offer grants to Lock Haven businesses through Community Development Block Grant funding generated through the federal CARES Act. Applications should be submitted to City Planner & Development Coordinator Abigail Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- The U.S. Senate this week passed the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act, which fundamentally changes PPP forgiveness criteria by easing certain forgiveness requirements to the favor of PPP loan recipients. The measure now goes to the president for his signature. Read a summary of the provisions in the act: National Restaurant Association summary of bill changes. Inc. magazine also summarizes the changes that would occur through this reform bill: Click Here for the PPP Reform Bill file for details.

- Another federal loan program, the Main Street Lending Program, is being met with skepticism even before it opens. Read more here: https://www.inc.com/diana-ransom/main-street-lending-program-credit-markets.html?utm_source=incthismorning.

- The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund – a non-profit with the simple mission of saving as many of Pennsylvania’s small businesses as possible – is now accepting applications for a forgivable loan of $3,000. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to qualify. LEARN MORE. (Source: the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association)

- The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced that 133 more companies have been approved for funding in the final disbursement of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). Over the course of the program, nearly $61 million was awarded to businesses across Pennsylvania. In total, 745 businesses were approved for loans totaling $60,722,641. View a list of approved projects (new projects are highlighted in yellow). Read more: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-approves-10-8-million-in-new-covid-19-working-capital-access-program-funding/.

- Great idea all the way around! The Wayne Township Landfill/Clinton County Solid Waste Authority is giving their employees some well-deserved recognition and, at the same time, supporting area restaurants. Earlier this year, the 80 employees at the Landfill surpassed two years without a lost-time accident, a tremendous accomplishment. Landfill manager Jay Alexander says the COVID-19 pandemic set in and WTL didn’t get a chance to recognize the achievement. Fast forward a couple months as our community tries to come out on the other side of this pandemic, and the discussion shifted to “how can we do something for the employees and something for the community all in the same motion,” says Alexander. So, Landfill employees were polled and asked where they like to take their family for a nice meal. The responses were narrowed down to nine locally-owned restaurants and the Landfill is now purchasing 80 $100 gift cards from those businesses to present to their employees. Says Alexander, “Our hopes are that this will help a little bit for these locally owned shops to have some extra cash flow when they need it…and reward our folks with a nice dinner with their family, compliments of the Wayne Township Landfill.” Congratulations to the WTL team for an awesome safety milestone!

- We are glad to pass along word that the Piper Aviation Museum in Lock Haven will reopen this Monday, June 8, at 9:00 a.m. Click Here for the news releases.

- The PA Attorney General’s office says it has received more than 5,000 complaints from Pennsylvanians reporting price hikes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any instance of price gouging should be reported to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read more here: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/ag-shapiro-price-gouging-complaints-top-5000-tips/.

- The PA Department of Human Services today announced that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are now able to purchase groceries online through participating retailers. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=549.

- The PA Game Commission today reopened the last of its closed shooting ranges in counties upgraded to the yellow reopening phase, and all region offices will be reopened as of this Monday, June 8. The agency’s Harrisburg headquarters will remain closed to the public until further notice. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=400.


Posted 6/4/20

- On the eve of Clinton County’s transition to the state’s “green” reopening phase, the Clinton County Community Coalition – made up of government and community leaders – this afternoon issued a message encouraging county businesses and residents to move forward with care, respect and caution. Click Here for the ‘Clinton County Community Coalition - Going Green news release’ for more.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today signed amended reopening phase orders to include 10 additional counties moving to yellow and 16 counties (including Clinton County) to green tomorrow, June 5. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/reopening-phase-orders-updated-to-include-10-additional-counties-moving-to-yellow-and-16-to-green-on-june-5/.

- Governor Wolf today said $50 million in grants will be available to support fire and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively affected by COVID-19. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-50-million-in-grants-available-to-support-fire-and-ems-companies-negatively-affected-by-covid-19/.

​- The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) says the phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities continues tomorrow, June 5, in southeast and northeast Pennsylvania. Facilities in 19 state parks will reopen as counties currently in the red phase move to the yellow reopening phase. In addition, all of the state’s 58 state park beaches will be open for swimming (with restrictions) as of Saturday, June 6 – including the beach at nearby Bald Eagle State Park. Swimming pools in state parks will remain closed through next Friday, June 12, and some pools in yellow and green phase counties will reopen on June 13. Locally, the swimming pool at Hyner Run State Park is slated to reopen (also with restrictions) on Saturday, June 13, 11am-7pm, weather permitting. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=656.

- Online news source Northcentralpa.com reported today that Little Leagues in Clinton and Lycoming counties have been given guidance to prepare for summer play. Click Here for a news report.

- With construction activities, including bridge and highway work, back on track, PennDOT announced today that preliminary work to replace a pair of bridges along Route 150 in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, is set to begin this coming Monday, June 8. One spans Peters Hollow about two miles east of Beech Creek and the other spans a tributary of Bald Eagle Creek about one mile east of Beech Creek. Replacing them will allow PennDOT to remove the structures from Clinton County’s list of bridges in poor condition. Click Here to read the PennDOT news release for details.

- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that 176 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in counties designated in the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will resume limited in-store public access beginning tomorrow, June 5. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=578.

A new national survey finds that most businesses have reopened, but owners expect a slow return to normal. According to the poll taken by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, most entrepreneurs have their companies back up and running, but few are expecting it'll be business as usual anytime soon.

   While eight in 10 small businesses in the U.S. have fully or partially reopened, owners expect the effects of the coronavirus pandemic to stick around: 55 percent say that it will be six months to a year before the economic climate returns to "normal." That's according to a poll on the impact of the coronavirus on small businesses released Wednesday​ by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. The online survey of approximately 500 U.S. business owners, the latest in a monthly series, took place between May 21 and 27.

   This latest survey, "not surprisingly, looks different from the two prior ones, in both good and optimistic ways--and ways that ought to inform public policymaking going forward," says Neil Bradley, executive vice president of the Chamber. Bradley calls the figure on reopening "good news," but says the long-term outlook for recovery is concerning. 

   The level of optimism varied by location. Among businesses in the West, 77 percent said they are anxious about having to close again or stay closed because of a potential second wave of the coronavirus, compared with 74 percent in the Northeast, 62 percent in the Midwest, and 55 percent in the South.

   Overall, more than half of small businesses that lost employees due to the pandemic said they hope to rehire them in the next six months. Meanwhile, eight in 10 business owners surveyed said they are planning to make changes to promote safety in their workplaces. Roughly 40 percent of respondents said they will require employees to wear protective equipment and customers to stand six feet away from one another. Nearly half plan to increase their cleaning or disinfection efforts.

- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging's Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman announced it is partnering with AARP Pennsylvania to offer communication devices to long-term care facilities that will help residents increase contact with their family and friends. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/aging_details.aspx?newsid=260.

- The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will decrease for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2020. More here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/interest-rates-decrease-for-the-third-quarter-of-2020.

Non-COVID-19 News of Note….

- The PA Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled three public hearings this month on proposed regulations to reduce air pollution from existing shale gas drilling, processing and pipelines. The draft regulation, aimed at reining in emissions of volatile organic compounds and climate changing greenhouse gases, would require additional emissions controls at all of the approximately 11,500 existing unconventional natural gas well sites and connecting infrastructure, including compressor stations. In addition to limiting VOCs, the regulations would, according to the DEP, have a "co-benefit of reducing methane emissions." The virtual hearings are scheduled for June 23 at 6 p.m., June 24 at 2 p.m. and June 25 at 6 p.m. The DEP will accept additional comments through July 27. "This regulation is part of Gov. Wolf's Methane Reduction Strategy, which is an important part of fighting climate change in Pennsylvania," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, in a news release. "By utilizing reasonable pollution controls we can reduce air pollution from gas wells and related infrastructure and improve air quality." The proposed regulation would reduce air pollution by 4,404 tons per year of VOCs and 75,603 tons per year of methane. Read more here: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21824&typeid=1.

- Pennsylvania’s spring gobbler season closed this past Saturday, May 30, and the state Game Commission is reminding hunters to send in all turkey harvest reports. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=399.

 

Posted 6/3/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today renewed the 90-day disaster declaration he originally signed on March 6 following announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The declaration was set to expire tomorrow, June 4. He also announced he would allow the amended stay-at-home order (for counties still in the red phase) to expire at midnight June 4. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-renews-covid-19-disaster-declaration-for-state-response-and-recovery-stay-at-home-order-ends-june-4/.

- The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today said elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases may resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1 under a phased reopening approach that first requires schools to develop health and safety plans based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state Department of Health (DOH). PDE also released guidance that allows postsecondary institutions and adult basic education programs, effective this Friday, June 5, to begin in-person instruction immediately following the development of a health and safety plan outlining strategies for safe operations. The preliminary documents follow Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, which has been updated to reflect the new guidance. The two guidance documents released today provide a list of decisions that schools need to consider prior to reopening. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=870. 

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry is hosting a live virtual town hall from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 4, to share information about Pennsylvania's regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). People can livestream the program online at https://access.live/PAlabor. There will also be limited participation available by phone at 1-833-380-0719. More details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=461.

- Governor Wolf today announced that the Department of Health reached its COVID-19 testing goal last month, and continues to increase testing in several regions. One of the new testing sites that will open as of this Friday is at the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1015 N Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-department-of-health-reaches-covid-19-testing-goal-in-may-continues-to-increase-testing-in-several-regions/.

- Supplementing guidance issued by Governor Tom Wolf for businesses in the restaurant industry and to facilitate outdoor dining and service, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced an expedited approval process for licensees wishing to temporarily extend their licensed premises to include additional outdoor areas. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=576.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry announced that PA CareerLink® offices are increasing virtual services and offering limited in-person appointments for job seekers and employers in counties in the green reopening phase. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=460. NOTE: The PA CareerLink Clinton County office has not yet reopened. To reach a Clinton County CareerLink representative, contact Jennifer Shultz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-291-7745.

- The PA Department of Health today released an update to the dental health care guidance as part of the commonwealth’s phased COVID-19 reopening plan. This guidance allows dental health care providers the ability to safely provide oral healthcare, including routine cleanings. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=841.

- The PA Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) recently issued updated reopening guidance for recreation and park facilities. It should be noted that guidelines for Pennsylvania continue to evolve, and, where the PRPS Reopening Guidelines differ with local regulations or future definitive state guidance, PRPS defers to those authorities. Click Here for the PRPS Reopening Guide. 

- The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee has put together a quick overview of Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriations that are now part of the state’s 2020-21 Fiscal  Code. The overview, which we received compliments of SEDA-COG, highlights the funds that are available by department and for what industry segment. Click Here for the Coronavirus Relief Fund Appropriations details.

- The IRS today announced the federal government has processed 150-million economic impact payments, and reminded many low-income Americans who don’t usually file tax returns to register for a payment by October 15. Read more here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/159-million-economic-impact-payments-processed-low-income-people-and-others-who-arent-required-to-file-tax-returns-can-quickly-register-for-payment-with-irs-non-filers-tool.

- PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported that yesterday's primary election in Pennsylvania ran smoothly despite unprecedented challenges in the weeks and months before the voting. See more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=388.

- PennDOT’s tourism services office today announced that the state’s 14 Keystone Welcome Centers will reopen this Saturday, June 6, at noon. The Welcome Centers are strategically located just inside the state boundaries and carry a wealth of tourism-related information for travelers, including brochures from the Partnership’s Clinton County Visitors Bureau.

- The Department of Health last week held its first regional contract tracing meeting in southwestern PA. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=839.Additional Resources: - An article by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lists six questions businesses should ask their employees as they return to work. Read more here:

- Penn State Extension Webinar: June 25, 2020, COVID-19 and Nonprofits - Impacts and Actions  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations, including nonprofits, to assess their current and future operations. The COVID-19 and Nonprofits - Impacts and Actions live webinar will provide information relative to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and potentially will have, on nonprofit organizations. The program will also cover items that nonprofits should consider and potentially act on now and in the future.

- Penn State Extension Webinar: July 9, 2020, Getting Connected with Nonprofits - Services and Opportunities Nonprofits play an important role in assisting people, organizations, and the community as a whole--especially in times of emergency and adversity. The Getting Connected with Nonprofits - Services and Opportunities live webinar will provide an overview of the purpose and makeup of nonprofits, the types of goods and services they provide, the various means to get connected with those services, and opportunities that exist for serving as a volunteer.


Posted 6/2/20

- Clinton County’s unemployment rate was impacted greatly by the Covid-19 pandemic as the county registered a 16.6% unemployment rate for April 2020, the  highest in almost four decades. The PA Department of Labor & Industry, in numbers released today, estimated that 2,900 county residents were out of work in April, resulting in the doubling of the county unemployment rate from March, which had a 7.3% reading. One year ago in April 2019, the unemployment rate was 5.0% in Clinton County.

The April 2020 numbers are the highest locally since an 18.3% unemployment reading in September 1983. The last time the Clinton County figures hit double digits was some 25 years ago when the July 1995 numbers were 11.3%. Every county in the area had a double digit unemployment rate for April 2020, including Centre County’s 10.4% and Lycoming County’s 17.5%. The highest unemployment number in the region was Cameron County’s 24.7%. The state unemployment rate for April was 15.1%, and the national reading was 14.7%.

“The numbers are very high, especially considering that most of the county’s manufacturing sector have kept its employees working through the pandemic,” said Mike Flanagan, Clinton County Economic Partnership President & CEO. “It is hard to believe that just two months prior in February, we had a reading that was more than 10 points below the April figure. The good news is that the initial unemployment insurance claims continue to drop on a weekly basis and we are headed to the green reopening phase that hopefully means more people back to work.”

- The PA Department of Human Services today released a Frequently Asked Questions guide for families in need of child care and parents with children that will be returning to a child care facility in counties moving to the yellow or green phase of reopening. Read more here https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=869 or Click Here for Child Care FAQs for parents.

- PennDOT) announced today that driver's skills test, including motorcycle skills test, will resume at reopened Driver License Centers as of today. For more, click here: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=739.

- More than 260 seniors will graduate from Keystone Central School District tonight during virtual ceremonies. Both Central Mountain High School and Bucktail Area High School will offer virtual graduation ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. People can watch the ceremonies via a link on the school district’s website, www.kcsd.us. Congratulations and best wishes to the CMHS and BAHS Classes of 2020!

Meanwhile, Keystone Central School District today offered information on plans and preparations for the reopening of schools that include a collaboration with Lock Haven Catholic School and the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School. Click Here for KSCD news release.

- Exercise your right to vote today! Polling locations across Clinton County – all 34 precincts – are open until 8:00 p.m. as people cast their ballots in the Pennsylvania Primary Election. For voters using a mail-in ballot, that completed ballot must returned to the Clinton County Piper Building in Lock Haven by 8:00 p.m. today. While the building remains closed to the public, there is a drop-off box at the front entrance for the ballots. County Voter Registration Director Maria Boileau this afternoon said, of the 3,589 mail-in ballots issued, 2,770 voters have so far returned those ballots, or about 77 percent. If you applied for but did not receive a mail-in ballot, Boileau says you can go to your regular polling place to vote in person. Poll workers are ensuring social distancing and cleaning after every voter.

- As Clinton County transitions from the yellow to the green reopening phase, the Clinton County Economic Partnership continues to highlight our member businesses on Facebook. As part of the “Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight” we are posting information and photos of Partnership member businesses on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages. Click Here to complete the CCEP Covid-19 Member Spotlight form to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business.

- Late last week, the legislature approved and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf several bills to fund government operations as the 2020-21 Fiscal Year approaches, along with legislation that appropriates a substantial portion of the federal CARES act dollars allocated to Pennsylvania. Read more in this article from the PA Chamber of Business & Industry: https://www.pachamber.org/media/3105/Five_Month_Budget_Federal_Spending_Bill_Enacted/.

- The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has announced new guidance for projects within the basin that are regulated as consumptive use, as well as providing flexibility with some water usage fees. Learn more: https://www.srbc.net/about/news/news-release.html?id=1224.

​- The PA Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association today reminded Pennsylvanians of the importance of getting back on track with regularly scheduled pet vaccinations and boosters. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=931.

- Partnership members are invited to participate in the second “Back to Business” virtual meeting hosted by Geisinger, this Thursday, June 4, at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will feature three Geisinger representatives – Dr. Stanley Martin, Director of Infectious Diseases; Allison Hess, Vice President of Health Innovations; and Brion Lieberman, Vice President of Human Resources – who will offer information and respond to questions from the business community. You can pre-register for the meeting and submit questions for the panel at: Go.geisinger.org/BackToBusiness. You can access Geisinger resources for businesses at www.geisinger.com/businessresources.

Posted 6/1/20

- The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue today reported less-than-anticipated collections in May, due, they said, to moving due dates for various taxes and reduced economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Revenue-Details.aspx?newsid=317.

- The federal Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance covering COVID-19 employer information for office buildings. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html.

- Supplementing guidance issued by Governor Tom Wolf for businesses in the restaurant industry, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Friday issued additional information for licensees operating in counties that have transitioned into the green phase of COVID-19 recovery and reopening, informing them of permissible and impermissible activities.  More details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=575.

- Do you need help navigating the PPP loan forgiveness process? In this 15-minute video, Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, walks you through all the essential steps, including forgiveness calculations and repayment terms: PPP Loan Forgiveness: A Step-By-Step Explainer.

You can also download the U.S. Chamber’s step-by-step guide to PPP loan forgiveness here: https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-ppp-loan-forgiveness.

- Lock Haven University president Robert Pignatello Friday provided an update on the University and efforts to safety plan for the fall semester. Click Here for his comments.

- The Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Lock Haven today reopened for business, having been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Manager Rachel Harkey says the facility is welcoming guests, and she expressed appreciation for peoples’ patience during the closure. For information, contact the Fairfield at 570-748-1580 or www.marriott.com.

- Fierce & Fit Nutrition recently relocated to 201 East Church Street, Lock Haven, and today is celebrating their store opening. The shop has a dual purpose – offering nutritional shakes and teas as well as coaching people to better fitness. Click Here for photo, which includes, seated, Fierce & Fit Nutrition owner Aprie Bower-Brennan with her husband Justin and daughter Brianna at her right, and fitness coaches Tiffany Bowman and Jennifer Young on her left. For more, go to www.Facebook.com/FierceAndFitNutrition.

- North Central Sight Services in Williamsport is offering more specifics on the hand sanitizer and disposable masks they have available for sale. Click Here for flyer. To purchase, call 866-320-2580 or email sales at ncsight.org.

- Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and Aging Secretaries today highlighted efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Of the 72,282  Pennsylvanians who have tested positive for COVID-19, 28% are ages 65 or older. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=837.

- The PA Department of Agriculture has received approval to continue operating the Disaster Household Distribution program, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), to provide food to Pennsylvanians adversely affected by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Originally approved by the USDA on March 27, the Disaster Household Distribution program, set to expire the end of May, has been approved through June 25. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=930.

- The PA Department of Health today warned Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants of potential scams and cautioned them not to disclose their personal information without verifying the identity of the caller. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=835.

Upcoming Webinars:

- Quick Connect Sessions, Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Attend a free “Quick Connect” session with the Small Business Development Center to speak with a business consultant. Each week an experienced business consultant is on hand to address answers related to a specific topic. June topics are:

  • June 2:  Reopening Tips

    • June 9:  Covid UC Guidelines for Business Owners

       • June 16: Post Pandemic Marketing

       • June 23: Business Recovery Strategies

       • June 30: Customer Rediscovery

Register here to receive the session access information, then log-in any time between 8:30 and 9:30 am on the day of the event.

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center is co-hosting a free webinar ‘Preparing Foodservice establishments to Reopen’ tomorrow, June 2, at 2pm. Click Here for flyer, or click here to register: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26832.

- Penn State Extension hosts a webinar, Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Emotional Overload, providing information on strategies to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, including the practice of self-directed cognitive behavioral therapy. Sessions will be held tomorrow, June 2, at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Register Now

- The Penn State SBDC hosts, The First Step to Small Business Success, next Tuesday, June 9 - Entrepreneurs across the country are launching innovative products and services that positively impact the health, well-being, and happiness of others. Do you have an idea that could make a difference? If so, attend this free webinar to learn about the process of starting a business. Learn more

- The PA Chamber hosts, Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors, a live webinar that will walk you through requirements and documentation necessary to apply for loan forgiveness under the Federal CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program, next Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2020, at 12:00 noon. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

- Penn State Extension hosts, Refining the Retail New Normal, recorded Webinar Series. Click on the following topics for details.

Additional Resources:

- The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing businesses needed information during this difficult time. Click on the following links for more:


Posted 5/29/20

- The Clinton County Commissioners today expressed support for our county moving into the green reopening phase next week. Click Here for a news release from the county, which encourages Clinton Countians to continue to support local businesses and notes that the county is working to establish a process for county buildings and departments to transition from yellow to green. The news release also highlights the state’s green phase order and associated guidance and restrictions.

- Clinton and Lycoming counties are among 16 Pennsylvania counties that will be next to move into the “Green” reopening phase next Friday, June 5. Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon made the announcement as the state continues a phased reopening. A total of 18 counties – including Centre, Clearfield, Cameron, Potter – were among the first to move into the green phase today, while another eight counties moved from the red to the yellow phase. The remaining red phase counties are expected to move to yellow by next Friday. As of today, nearly 71,000 people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has claimed 5,464 lives in the state. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-state-continues-phased-reopening-with-16-more-counties-set-to-go-green-on-june-5/.

- The City of Lock Haven is working on several fronts to support local businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • The City plans to offer grants to Lock Haven businesses through Community Development Block Grant funding generated through the federal CARES Act. Businesses within the City limits can click here for the CDBG-CV application to seek the grant funding. Because CDBG-CV funds can be used for a number of purposes, the City is using the application process to help determine need from local businesses. Applications should be submitted by next Friday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m. to City Planner & Development Coordinator Abigail Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As part of the process, the City will host a virtual public hearing this coming Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. to get input on use of the CDBG-CV funds. The public hearing will be live streamed on the “Lock Haven City” Facebook page and the City of Lock Haven PA YouTube Channel.
  • The City has also received the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a special loan program – through its existing Commercial Revolving Loan Program – to help businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This program offers loans of up to $50,000 at a 1% interest rate to businesses within the City, with payments deferred for 6 months. Click Here for the COVID-19 Commercial Loan Program guidelines. Loans will be offered until December of this year, at which time the City will review the needs of the community. Abigail Roberts is also the contact for this program: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 570-893-5903. Applications should also be submitted to Roberts by email or by mail to 20 East Church Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745.
  • City of Lock Haven officials are also paving the way (once our area enters the green reopening phase) to close off key sections of the downtown business district to vehicle traffic to encourage more foot traffic. Pending approval from PennDOT, the City plans to close off Main Street between Jay and Vesper Streets, as well as Grove Street between Water and Church Street, every Friday and Saturday through September to allow restaurants, for example, to offer outside seating on the sidewalk and street in front of their establishment, and other retailers outside floor space for shopping. The effort has support from the business community and is something communities across the state and beyond are interested in trying as a way to allow more people into their communities to help offset indoor seating and customer restrictions. People with questions on this effort can contact City Manager Greg Wilson at 570-893-5907 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Updated Construction Guidelines have been issued by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center for counties moving into the green phase. They note the following changes in moving from yellow to green:

  • There are no limitations to the number of workers on residential and commercial job sites.
  • Gatherings can now be up to 25 people. Social distancing should still be observed while gathering.
  • Workers may travel to the job site together, as long as the occupancy of the vehicle is limited to half the occupancy load and face asks are worn by the occupants.

Click here for more: Construction Guidance During COVID-19 FAQs. Note: These guidelines are fluid and under the purview of the Governor. Please always check Construction Guidance During COVID-19 FAQs for official guidance.

- Clinton County’s continued unemployment insurance claims are going down on a weekly basis. According to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, there were over 3,200 continued claims as of May 2, and three weeks later the number was down to 2,100. The food service/accommodations category accounted for 17% of the 2,100.  Also, weekly new claims continue to go down. Clinton County’s April unemployment number is expected to be announced June 2.

- The PA Treasury is taking steps to further safeguard funds intended for unemployed Pennsylvanians, at the request of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry (L&I). This is in response to widespread reporting of fraudulent activity in at least 8 states, including the Commonwealth, primarily focused on the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Starting today, the department will issue payments for all PUA-related claims by paper check, delivered to the claimant’s home address on file. This will include payments for PUA-associated Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) claims. No other form of unemployment compensation or associated FPUC payments will be affected, at this time. Read more here: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/05-28-RLS-PUA.html.

- As Pennsylvania continues to address public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Wolf today signed a state budget that will provide 12 months of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels and makes important investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the economy. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-budget-to-sustain-education-support-communities-amid-pandemic/.

- The PA Department of State today reminded Pennsylvania voters of Tuesday's absentee and mail-in ballot voting deadline and urged those planning to vote at the polls to follow recommended precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Absentee and mail-in ballots must be received in the county election office by 8 pm on Election Day, and as the election is just a few days away, the state is recommending that voters consider delivering their ballots in person to make sure they arrive in time to be counted. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=386. For questions about submitting absentee and mail-in ballots in Clinton County, contact the Voter Registration office at 570-893-4019.


Posted 5/29/20

- Attention businesses located within the City of Lock Haven: The City has received the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a special loan program – through its existing Commercial Revolving Loan Program – to help businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This program offers loans of up to $50,000 at a 1% interest rate to businesses within the City, with payments deferred for 6 months. Click Here for the COVID-19 Commercial Loan Program guidelines. Loans will be offered until December of this year, at which time the City will review the needs of the community. For questions contact City Planner & Development Coordinator Abigail Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 570-893-5903. Applications should also be submitted to Roberts by email or by mail to 20 East Church Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745. The County, through its Revolving Loan Fund program, recently offered a similar program.

- Keystone Central School District today announced that both Central Mountain High School and Bucktail Area High School will hold virtual graduation ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. this Tuesday, June 2. Our congratulations to the 237 soon-to-graduate seniors from Central Mountain and the 27 graduating seniors from Bucktail. Click Here for news release.

- The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week issued new and updated COVID-19 related guidance:

Additional CDC resources and guidance includes:

For more, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf announced today that additional shipments of COVID-19 testing supplies were distributed to hospitals across Pennsylvania this week. Since March 9, the PA Department of Health has distributed supplies to more than 60 hospitals, health care facilities, and county and municipal health departments to help test more than 67,000 patients. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-distributes-testing-supplies-to-hospitals-more-than-67000-patients-tested-since-march/.

- Clinton County Economic Partnership member North Central Sight Services in Williamsport has hand sanitizer and disposable masks for sale, with both small and large quantities available. Click Here for flyer. To purchase, call 866-320-2580 or email sales at ncsight.org.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) says it has free cloth masks available for the Food and Agriculture critical infrastructure sector. To aid in the recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency, PEMA has secured personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution to Pennsylvania’s Essential Food Businesses at no cost. Food Processors and Food Retailers operating within Pennsylvania are encouraged to complete a survey to request shipment. Complete the survey and submit a request here: www.pda.pa.gov/covid/pema_ppe_info.

- A shout-out to Partnership members Avenue 209 Coffee House in Lock Haven. Avenue 209 representatives Josh Grimes and Jared Conti were featured recently on a ‘The Wilds are Working’ interview hosted by the PA Wilds Center. They talked about their business, why they love Lock Haven, and how they have pivoted to try to successfully make it through current times.  Take 12 minutes and watch their interview here…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2z-KlxYqK8&feature=youtu.be&goal=0_087c158462-5b48e771c3-101492287&mc_cid=5b48e771c3&mc_eid=b33f23e17b

- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today said 60 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in counties designated in the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will resume limited in-store public access beginning tomorrow, May 29. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=574.

- The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced a phased opening of all state park swimming beaches and some pools in keeping with Governor Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health. Effective Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming. State park pools will remain closed through at least Friday, June 12, with most in designated yellow and green counties reopening Saturday, June 13. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=655.

- Business-Related Legislative Updates: 

  • According to news reports, Pennsylvania nursing homes, small businesses and counties would be among the biggest recipients of some of the federal stimulus money under a plan that the PA House Appropriations Committee was expected to consider this week. The plan proposes to distribute two-thirds of the state's $3.9 billion allotment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, money. Nursing homes would be one of the biggest beneficiaries in the plan's distribution of $2.6 billion, receiving over $600 million for test kits, personal protective equipment, and other expenses to support their operation. Other highlights of the proposal include $200 million for grants to small businesses, $600 million for county block grants, and nearly $260 million for the Intellectual Disabilities Community Waiver Program and Autism intervention services provided through the state Department of Human Services. The remaining $1.3 billion would be held in reserve until it becomes clear where more resources may be needed as the state continues to combat the disease, the news report says. But lawmakers wanted to get an initial portion of the money out to those on the front-line who are deeply affected by the pandemic. Nursing and personal care homes have been among the hardest hit by the disease. As of today, according to the Department of Health, 17,721 people at 600 nursing and personal care facilities in 44 counties tested positive for the coronavirus…a quarter of the state's cases to date. Out of the state's 5,279 COVID-19-related deaths, 3,501 – or two-thirds – occurred in residents of those facilities.
  • The PA House passed legislation that will establish community block grants for businesses with 100 employees or less. The funds must be distributed by July 15. The PA Senate is expected to pass this measure shortly.

- The PA Department of Human Services today reminded Pennsylvanians that assistance programs and support outlets are available to help ease the COVID-19 recovery period. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=545.

- The PA Department of State is offering accessible write-in ballots for voters with disabilities for this Tuesday’s primary election. For details, click here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=385.

- The PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has established a new educational grant program. PFBC is accepting applications for the R3 program (Recruiting new participants, Retaining existing participants, and Reactivating former participants), which will offer grants to support programs that contribute to the Commission’s efforts to increase the number of anglers and boaters in the state. More details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/fish-and-Boat-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=325.


Posted 5/27/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon issued more guidance for counties that will be moving into the green reopening phase, and guidance for restaurants/retail food service businesses and professional sports. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-issues-updated-green-phase-order-guidance-on-dining-and-professional-sports/.

The dining guidance allows outdoor eating, with restrictions, at establishments in counties in the yellow reopening phase, beginning next Friday, June 5. The new guidelines also allow, with limitations, indoor and outdoor dine-in services at restaurants and bars in counties in the green reopening phase. Click Here ‘Restaurant Industry Guidance’ for details.

- PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce will join U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson for a virtual town hall tonight to answer questions about the $16 billion available to Pennsylvania farms in direct relief payments, through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The town hall will be livestreamed on Facebook at 6pm. Read more at: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=928.

- In an unprecedented move, state legislators are advancing a five-month temporary, stop-gap budget that maintains current spending levels and meets the July 1 deadline for passing a state budget while buying time to figure out how deeply state revenues will be impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The proposed $25.8 million, no-new-taxes spending plan does, however, carry full-year funds for public schools and state-supported universities.

- Lock Haven University today announced planning is underway to develop a reopening strategy for fall, with a goal of announcing a decision on the fall semester in June. Click Here for LHU news release

- Keystone Central School District today provided a June update to their program of free meals for children. In addition to the breakfast and lunch meals the children are receiving now, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is partnering with the School District and will be serving ‘Farm to Family Food Boxes.’ Click Here for flyer.

- The Department of Human Services today released guidance for its providers (child care, long term care facilities, home & community-based services, behavioral health services, child welfare, and employment and training agencies) as counties enter the yellow phase stressing continued vigilance for mitigation efforts to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=544.

- General contractors are reminded of housing rehabilitation work opportunities through SEDA-COG’s Housing Rehab Program. Contractors are especially needed in Bloomsburg, Milton and Shamokin, however, SEDA-GOG also does housing rehabilitation work in Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, South Williamsport, Berwick, Mount Carmel and Sunbury, and in Juniata, Montour, Snyder and Sullivan counties. Housing rehabilitation bids typically range from $20,000 to $65,000, with timely payment to contractors. Contractor work may include structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/furnace, window replacement, radon mitigation, energy-related improvements, and, if they have certain certifications, lead-based paint mitigation. Read more here. Contact SEDA-COG’s Danielle King at 570-524-4491 ext. 7325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

​- PennDOT today extended expiration dates on driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through June 30,2020. More information here: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=736.

- PennDOT is slated to begin guide rail improvement work locally on Monday, June 1. The project will start along Interstate 80 at the eastern end of Clinton County and work westward, with traffic control and daytime lane closures. Click Here for news release for details.

- The River Valley Regional YMCA system, which includes the Lock Haven Area and Jersey Shore YMCAs, this week begins holding free outdoor group exercise classes for active ‘Y’ members. The first class, called a Mix n’ Mash, is scheduled for tonight at 6pm. Members can use the following link to register online: Register Here! 

River Valley is also looking for input as they prepare a reopening plan. Although no specific details have been finalized for reopening YMCA facilities, they are asking members to participate in a brief survey to better understand and take into consideration peoples’ questions and needs: Click Here For Survey!

- The Internal Revenue Service today issued a notice that Economic Impact Payments are being sent to nearly four million people via prepaid debit cards (instead of a check) that arrive in a plain envelope. The IRS also directed people to its website, IRS.gov, for responses to frequently asked questions. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-being-sent-by-prepaid-debit-cards-arrive-in-plain-envelope-irsgov-answers-frequently-asked-questions.

Additional Resources:

- The U.S. Treasury recently released Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidance documents. The following have been complied by the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association:

Of Note: If you offer an employee their job back and they refuse, you must inform the state unemployment office and provide proof of that to not be held responsible for that portion of the PPP loan.


Posted 5/26/20

- Please participate by tomorrow, May 27: The Clinton County Economic Partnership asks that you complete a brief survey to help in capturing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our business community. If you haven’t already, please take the survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Coronavirus-Economic-Impact-Survey.

- The Partnership is highlighting our member businesses on Facebook. As part of the “Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight” we are posting information and photos of Partnership member businesses on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages. Please complete the CCEP Covid-19 Member Spotlight form by Clicking Here to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business.

- PA CareerLink Clinton County is hosting virtual career information sessions for soon-to-graduate high school seniors. Employers participating in sessions tomorrow, May 27, include Clinton County Government; Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.: and First Quality. This Thursday, May 28, virtual sessions will feature the City of Lock Haven and the Wayne Township Landfill. Senior students will be able to join the sessions via Zoom, to learn about the employers and job opportunities with those businesses. Click Here for the CareerLink flyer or contact CareerLink’s Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meanwhile, First Quality will host a virtual Career Fair this Thursday, May 28 from 8-11am and 4-6pm for positions at its McElhattan operations. For career opportunities, visit www.joinFQ.com.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced that neighboring Centre County will be among the first counties in the state to move to the “green” reopening phase this Friday, May 29. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-thanks-pennsylvanians-for-continuing-to-do-their-part-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry is warning of COVID-19 unemployment scams and said Pennsylvanians should stay vigilant and report suspected fraud. Learn more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=458.

L&I also announced that their anti-fraud division had uncovered attempted scams, but none of the state’s L&I systems or data were breached. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=459.

- Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to work on economic recovery legislation. Two additional bills recently advanced from House committees that would help the economic recovery efforts. The House Finance Committee voted to send to H.B. 2497 to the House floor. This measure would exempt from state and local taxes federal Paycheck Protection Program loans that are forgiven and essentially converted from loans into grants. House Bill 2452, passed by the House Commerce Committee, would establish a $50 million small business grant program within the Department of Community & Economic Development to support employers impacted by the pandemic. Small business as defined in the legislation includes those businesses with less than $1.5 million in gross annual receipts each year and have fewer than 10 employees. Both bills now await further consideration by the full House.

- In preparation for Pennsylvania's presidential primary election next Tuesday, June 2, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at votesPA.com. At that site, citizens can:

Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm on June 2. Registered Democratic and Republican voters will elect their parties' nominees for:

  • President
  • U.S. Representative (Clinton County is part of the 12th Congressional District)
  • State Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer
  • State Representative (Clinton County is part of the 76th State House District)
  • State Senator in odd-numbered districts (including Clinton County, which is part of the 25th State Senate District)
  • Delegate and Alternate Delegate to National Convention (Democratic and Republican)

 Learn more at: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=384.

 - The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced sites where children can get free nutritious meals through the 2020 Summer Food Service Program. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=862.


Posted 5/22/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon announced that 17 counties will be the first to transition into the “green” reopening phase next Friday, May 29 (Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties are not included and remain in the “yellow” reopening phase). As of today, 49 counties are in the yellow phase, and as part of today’s update, the Governor said eight more counties will transition from red to yellow next Friday, with the rest of the state expected to move from red to yellow by June 5. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-adds-eight-counties-to-yellow-and-17-to-green-on-may-29-remainder-to-yellow-on-june-5/.

According to a report from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, worldwide cases of COVID-19 surpassed 5 million as of yesterday, with more than 330,000 deaths.

- With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the state today issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months. The PA Department of Health FAQs are available here, and you can read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-releases-summer-camp-and-recreation-guidance/.

- The state Department of Labor and Industry announced today that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the month of April was 15.1%, the highest state jobless rate  in almost four decades. The numbers take in the impact of the coronavirus and school/business closures. The rate increased 9.3 points over the March reading of 5.8%. Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force dropped by 91,000 over the month of April. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=457.

The county by county April unemployment rates are expected to be released by the Department on or about June 2. Clinton County’s March unemployment percentage was 7.9%.

- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has joined a bipartisan group of 39 Attorneys General in urging Congress to expand high speed internet access, saying broadband is critical for those studying, working, and seeking healthcare from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/attorney-general-shapiro-urges-congress-to-expand-high-speed-internet-access/.

- The PA Department of Health today said it will close the COVID-19 public testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, next Friday, May 29, and direct resources to higher need areas. More than 2,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 at the site since it opened on April 20. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=821.

- Governor Wolf has amended his executive order that suspends foreclosures and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendment specifies that the order only suspends evictions or foreclosures due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease, and does not affect proceedings for other issues, such as property damage or illegal activity. The Governor’s order is in effect until July 10. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-modifies-executive-order-on-foreclosure-and-eviction-suspensions/.

- The PA Department of Corrections today announced that, beginning this Tuesday, May 26, they will begin the demobilization (or reopening) process for state prisons and will use a system of five levels that is guided by the governor’s statewide reopening plans. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/corrections_details.aspx?newsid=463.

- The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released updated state-by-state figures for Economic Impact Payments. The information shows that 6,258,107 Pennsylvanians have received a total of $10,596,406,088. Learn more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-release-latest-state-by-state-economic-impact-payment-figures-for-may-22-2020.

- PA Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin will share details of the Wolf administration's phased county re-opening plan during the first of the PA Chamber's free, five-part "Bringing PA Back” webinar series next week. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, the webinar kicks off with Secretary Davin providing an overview of the red, yellow and green phase guidelines and the differences between the three; along with determinations that have been made regarding what businesses should remain open or be allowed to re-open; restrictions for work and social settings that are in place for each phase; and the latest guidelines from the state and Centers for Disease Control. Tuesday's webinar is the first of five online sessions that will prepare companies to re-open and safely welcome back employees and customers. For more information and to register for the "Bringing PA Back" webinar series, visit www.BringingPABack.com

- Penn State Extension hosts a free webinar, Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Emotional Overload, on June 2. Participants can join in at 11:30am or again at 6:30pm for the half-hour program that will offer strategies to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, including the practice of self-directed cognitive behavioral therapy. The webinar is the second of a five-part ‘Mental Wellness during COVID-19’ mini-series. Visit the Event Website for More Details.

- Governor Wolf has ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day and invited all Pennsylvanians to participate in this tribute. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-orders-us-commonwealth-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-memorial-day/.


Posted 5/21/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf says he plans to announce tomorrow, more counties that will be moving from the red to yellow reopening phase, and he added there’s hopes that some counties will be able to move from yellow to the less restrictive green phase. So far, 37 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are in the yellow phase, while another 12 will move from red to yellow as of midnight tonight. The remaining 18 counties are still in the red, stay-at-home phase.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis has launched an interactive dashboard for Weekly Unemployment Compensation Claims. The Weekly Unemployment Compensation Claims Dashboard provides an interactive look at the weekly reports located on the PA Unemployment Compensation Activity page. People can select a week-ending date, the type of claim (initial or continued), and an area (county or statewide). A breakdown of claims based on age group, gender, race/ethnicity, and industry sector will then be displayed. People can download the data via the toolbar located in the bottom right-hand corner of the dashboard.

- The national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released two resources to assist states in reopening. One summarizes the CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the response to COVID-19. The second resource is a set of health considerations to be used by schools, institutes of higher education, summer camps, youth sports organizations, and restaurants and bars. Noting these are not mandates, the CDC says the considerations are meant to supplement, not replace, any local and state health and safety laws, rules and regulations. READ MORE.

- Governor Wolf today signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The measure takes effect immediately. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-cocktails-to-go-bill/.

Meanwhile, 50 More Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will begin limited in-store public access in yellow-phase counties, starting tomorrow. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=572.

- The Pennsylvania State Police today announced that Governor Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits that expired on March 19, 2020 or later, have now been extended to July 31, 2020. The previous extension was set to expire May 30. The extension is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff's offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PA-State-Police-Details.aspx?newsid=547.

- The state will be awarding more than $9 million to non-profit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. The recipients of the 145 awards include food banks, soup kitchens and churches from across the commonwealth. The New Love Center, which is based out of Lycoming County and provides services in Clinton County, is listed as being eligible for $4,319. More here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-awards-9-6-million-in-grants-to-help-the-charitable-food-system/.

- The PA State Police and PennDOT today highlighted traffic safety as the state continues its phased reopening and in light of the upcoming holiday weekend. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=735.

- For those wanting to venture to nearby state parks and forests, DCNR this week introduced an interactive map where you can click on a specific county to see what state facilities are open or closed. See more: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/FacilitiesMap/Pages/default.aspx.

- The PA Game Commission today said it will reopen shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow reopening phase, including: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and York counties. For more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=396.

- Concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have, sadly, forced the cancellation of yet another fair. The Centre County Grange Fair Committee announced that the August 21-29, 2020 Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair will not be held. For more, go to www.grangefair.com.

In addition, Mill Hall Borough Council this week made the difficult decision to not open the Community Pool at Mill Hall this summer, amid COVID-19 concerns. For more, visit the Community Pool at Mill Hall Facebook page.

On a more positive note, two of Clinton County’s three libraries will reopen next week, with limitations. Annie Halenbake Ross Library in Lock Haven and Friendship Community Library in Beech Creek will reopen for pickup service, on Tuesday, May 26. There are renovations underway at the Renovo Area Library in Renovo, so that facility will reopen at a later date. Temporary hours for Ross are: Tuesdays 10am-7pm; Wednesdays 10am-4pm; Thursdays 10am-7pm; Friday and Saturdays 10am-4pm; Closed Sundays and Mondays. Friendship Community Library hours will be their regular Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7pm. Library Executive Director Tammy Garrison says patrons must call ahead or use a form on the library’s website, www.clintoncountylibraries.org to schedule an appointment for pickup of materials.

- On a non-COVID-19-related note, Clinton County will have a new state senator after the November election as 25th District State Senator Joe Scarnati has announced his retirement from political office at the end of his term. The Record newspaper’s Online newspaper, The Record-Online, will host a Virtual Town Hall tomorrow, Friday, May 22 at 7pm, featuring the three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the June 2 Primary Election, James Brown, Chris Dush, and John “Herm” Suplizio. To watch the forum, go to www.therecord-online.com. The Record plans to have a similar Town Hall event with the successful primary GOP candidate and the lone Democratic nominee, Margie Brown, prior to the November 3 General Election.


Posted 5/20/20

- The Clinton County Economic Partnership is asking your help in capturing the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on our business community. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Coronavirus-Economic-Impact-Survey. We appreciate your input and ask that you complete the survey by next Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

- The Partnership is also highlighting our member businesses on Facebook. The “Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight” was launched last week when we began posting information and photos of Partnership member businesses on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages. Click Here for the CCEP Covid-19 Member Spotlight form to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business. Working together is the best way to successfully get through these challenging times.

- PA Careerlink Clinton County is hosting virtual career information sessions for soon-to-graduate high school seniors. Students will be able to join the sessions via Zoom, an online meeting platform, to learn about local employers and job opportunities with those businesses. Employers participating in sessions next Wednesday, May 27, include Clinton County Government; Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.; and First Quality. On May 28, virtual career information sessions will feature the City of Lock Haven and the Wayne Township Landfill. Click here for the CareerLink flyer or contact CareerLink’s Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- The U.S. Chamber today published a new Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness. The document provides businesses with an easy-to-understand explanation of what they need to do to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans. Click here to download the guide. (Note: the guide will be updated as new guidance is issued by the Dept. of the Treasury).

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced the state will distribute $51 million in CARES Act funding to support child care providers. According to the state, this initial funding will reach nearly 7,000 child care centers, including $187,600 in funds that are earmarked for child care operations in Clinton County; $421,500 to Lycoming County; and $502,800 to  Centre County. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-state-to-distribute-51-million-in-cares-funding-to-support-child-care-providers/.

- The state has received federal approval to launch online grocery purchasing for SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) recipients during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=541.

- Upcoming Webinar: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Path Forward Program – Thursday, May 21 at 3pm. This week’s Path Forward program will feature conversations about social distancing, sanitization, and more methods for creating a healthy environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to register.


Posted 5/19/20

- The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Treasury have released the application form that businesses need to use to request loan forgiveness for their Paycheck Protection Program loan. The SBA says it will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. Read more here: PRESS RELEASE, and see the Application.

Meanwhile, two business articles offer some insight on the PPP loan forgiveness: Fox Business Article, plus an article from Inc. magazine saying the SBA loan forgiveness application just shed light on several long-standing questions about the PPP. 

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the real estate industry can conduct limited business transactions, effective immediately. Read more here, including guidance to operate and the Governor’s and Health Department’s amended business closure orders: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-real-estate-industry-may-conduct-limited-business-transactions-statewide/.- Governor Wolf today vetoed three bills related to the state’s response to COVID-19. Senate Bill 327 would have authorized counties to develop their own mitigation plans, while House Bills 2388 and 2412 would have allowed various industries to reopen in red phase counties. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-vetoes-sb-327-hb-2388-and-hb-2412/.

- Governor Wolf and state Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced Property Tax/Rent Rebates will arrive early to help seniors and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-treasurer-torsella-announce-property-tax-rent-rebates-arriving-early-to-help-seniors-others-during-covid-19-pandemic/.

- The state has today released data on COVID-19 cases by long-term care facilities (no Clinton County facilities were included on the list). Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=817. - The PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources today announced plans to reopen more state park and state forest facilities. State park and forest offices opened last Friday in Clinton and other counties that were the first to move into the state’s yellow reopening phase. Similar operations in the other yellow phase counties will open this Friday, May 22. Tent and RV camping also will open May 22. Facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts in most recent rounds of announced yellow counties will open June 12. More here:  https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=653.

- Governor Wolf today announced that PA food distributors will receive $50 million for the Farmers to Families Food Boxes program Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-pa-food-distributors-receive-50-million-for-farmers-to-families-food-boxes/.

Upcoming PA Chamber Webinar Series- Bringing PA Back: Business Readiness Webinar Series – May 26-29 - a free, five-part webinar series that will assist your company in navigating important regulations to guide you through a safe re-opening and help answer some of your critical questions.Part I: Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening
Part II: Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE 
Part III: HR Guidelines 
Part IV: Litigation and Liability Issues 
Part V: Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your BusinessUpon completion, your organization will receive a Course Completion Certificate which demonstrates that your company has attended all five parts (different people from your organization can attend different sessions) and has put forth a “good faith” effort to educate yourselves.  Register Today .

Posted 5/18/20

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry over the weekend launched a program for those who exhaust their unemployment compensation benefits. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program will provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=456.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of federal funding for COVID-19 testing and treatment for uninsured patients. Learn more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-federal-funding-available-for-covid-19-testing-and-treatment-for-uninsured-patients/.

- PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that Pennsylvania has been awarded $255,373, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to Food Bank Program, which will be distributed to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to reimburse farmers for costs associated with harvesting, packing, processing, and distributing donated agricultural surplus. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=925.​- PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in state forests will open tomorrow, May 19, several days ahead of the normal season to reduce opening weekend crowding and provide more opportunities for social distancing. Learn more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=652.

- Gov. Wolf today stressed the important roles of the PA Emergency Management Agency and National Guard in the state’s pandemic response. For more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-stresses-roles-of-pa-emergency-management-agency-national-guard-in-pandemic-response/.

- Partnership members are invited to participate in a UPMC & Clinton County Economic Partnership-hosted virtual ‘Back to Business’ Forum tomorrow, May 19, at 3pm. The forum will offer local input into reopening, repairing and restoring Clinton County’s economy and a COVID-19 update from UPMC. Special guests will be Clinton County Commissioners Miles Kessinger, Jeff Snyder and Angela Harding. The forum will be moderated by Partnership CEO Mike Flanagan and will allow for Q&A. To join the forum:

  • Download Microsoft Teams for free before the event

  • Click on this Link to Join on May 19 at 3 p.m. to join the UPMC/Clinton County Chamber Back to Business Forum

  • If you’re unable to join via video, call 412-447-5295 and use Conference ID: 513 998 322#

- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued decision tools for Business and Workplaces: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

The U.S. Chamber continues to create and update various informational guides and resources. We share with you the following:

- According to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) is now available in Pennsylvania. The program provides free N95 respirator decontamination to healthcare facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels. An eligible organization that wishes to use the system for N95 decontamination must register and enter into a use agreement with Battelle, at which time they will receive additional guidance regarding the types of N95s that are allowed and instructions for shipping and delivery. The service is available free of charge for use by eligible organizations – the federal government is absorbing 100% of the cost. The only cost to an eligible organization is for shipping to and from the site. For more, visit: https://www.battelle.org/inb/battelle-ccds-for-covid19-satellite-locations utm_source=email&utm_medium=respoder&utm_campaign=fy20-covid&utm_content=v1.

- The Internal Revenue Service today began using phone operators to answer questions about economic impact payments. Learn more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-adds-phone-operators-to-answer-economic-impact-payment-questions.- Today is the deadline to register to vote if you want to participate in Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary election. You can check your status at www.votesPA.com, then register or update your existing voter registration information using the state’s Online Voter Registration (OVR) website. For the first time, voters will be able to Vote by mail-in ballot without having to provide a reason. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is next Tuesday, May 26. For more information, contact the Clinton County Elections Office at 570-893-4019 or click here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=383. As of today, the County Elections Office reports that more than 3,000 people have applied for a mail-in ballot. Clinton County currently has 20,791 registered voters. Upcoming Webinars:- Central Keystone Valley HR Professionals (formerly Human Resources Association of Centre County) hosts a free webinar, Bringing Employees Back…a Legal Perspective, this Wednesday, May 20, at 11am. Attorney Amy McAndrew, director of legal and compliance services with the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, will offer guidance and suggestions on best ‘return to work’ practices from a legal perspective.Preregistration is required at https://hracc.shrm.org/events/2020/05/bringing-employees-back-legal-perspective-webinar. - The Small Business Development Center at Penn State hosts no-cost “Quick Connect Sessions” – on demand coaching for small business owners to get immediate answers to questions related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, and projecting for growth, at 1pm this Wednesday and next, May 20 and 27. Click here for Event Details and Registration. For other SBDC offerings, visit https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/.- The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosts a Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work webinar, Social Distancing, Sanitization, and More: How to Create a Healthy Environment for Your Employees and Customers, this Thursday, May 21, at 3pm. Register Now.Additional Resources:- The U.S. Chamber continues to provide their perspective on COVID-19 business matters. Following are short videos on reopening considerations for business, as well as the latest on stimulus opportunities for business:


Posted 5/15/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon announced that 12 more counties will move into the state’s yellow phase of reopening next Friday, May 22. Last Friday, 24 counties – including Clinton – moved into the yellow phase, and they were joined today by 13 more counties, leaving 18 counties still in the red phase. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-12-more-counties-to-move-to-yellow-phase-on-may-22/.

- As a follow-up to an initial economic impact survey issued two months ago, the Clinton County Economic Partnership is again asking your help in capturing the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had and continues to have on our business community.  Please take a few moments to complete a brief survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Coronavirus-Economic-Impact-Survey. We appreciate your input and ask that you complete the survey by May 27, 2020.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CO— (a U.S. Chamber Business Resource) have released a step-by-step guide for small businesses detailing how they should approach reopening once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted: Ready to Reopen A Playbook for Your Small Business.

Every business will face tremendous challenges as we begin to recover from this pandemic. This essential guide outlines several objectives and obstacles that businesses will need to prepare for, detailing how businesses can:

  • Gather information and best practices
  • Prioritize safety
  • Make a plan
  • Communicate 
  • Execute
  • Be ready to adapt to any obstacle
  • Respond and pivot strategy accordingly

This guide is part of the U.S. Chamber’s new Reopening Business Digital Resource Center which contains new resources for business owners across America as they prepare to return to work, including:

  • Employee Screening Questionnaire: The new six-question sample questionnaire is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state-issued questionnaires. It includes questions to ask employees when they initially return to work as well as questions to ask employees weekly and daily.
  • Compilation of Industry-Specific Guides: The reopening process will vary by sector. From restaurants and retailers to hair salons and gyms, the site includes eight sector-specific guidance from some of the nation’s leading industry associations and government sources. More will be added as they become available.
  • State-Specific Health Guidelines: Since how and when businesses reopen will vary considerably by state, the resources center also features an interactive map and state-specific information to help businesses navigate different public health guidelines.

For additional U.S. Chamber-developed information, including available guides, research, and resources, visit uschamber.com/coronavirus.

​- State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today highlighted the department's efforts to reduce food waste and decrease stress on our food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also outlined steps Pennsylvanians can take at home to reduce food waste, and connect with organizations across the commonwealth working to recover food and distribute to those in need. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=924.

- The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission today announced that their historical sites and museums will remain closed to the public until the counties in which they are located enter the green phase of the Governor’s reopening plan. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/PHMC-Details.aspx?newsid=369.


Posted 5/14/20

- As part of the effort to help rebuild our local economy, the Economic Partnership is highlighting local businesses on Facebook. The “Support Clinton County Business! Member Spotlight” was launched yesterday when we began posting information and photos of Partnership member businesses on both the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Clinton County Visitors Bureau Facebook pages. Click Here for CCEP Covid-19 Member Spotlight form to give us some quick information so we can help promote your business. Working together is the best way to successfully get through these challenging times.

- The Federal Reserve Board today issued a report on the economic well-being of U.S. households, which shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news release from the Federal Reserve also include a video that offers highlights of the report. Learn more: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/other20200514a.htm.

- 25th District State Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, whose district includes Clinton County, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman of neighboring Centre County last night issued a news release about four Senate Bills that they say are designed to protect lives and livelihoods. Click Here for more on the proposed reopening legislation.

- The Department of Agriculture today outlined the order of enforcement actions that would be taken against restaurants offering dine-in services to patrons in violation of Governor Tom Wolf's March 19 business closure order. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=922.

- The state today launched a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program to ease utility costs for Pennsylvanians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=537.

- What are the most pressing needs in our community and how can we best meets those needs, are always important questions, and now even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. STEP, Inc., the community action agency serving people in Clinton and Lycoming counties, is asking those who have not yet done so, to complete their Community Needs Assessment by tomorrow, May 16. Clinton County residents can complete the survey here; Lycoming County residents here.

- Special thanks to The Collision Center in Lock Haven, which is offering a June special for local emergency response heroes on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. First responders -- firefighters, EMTs police and emergency personnel – are able to have the interior of their personal vehicles cleaned. The Collision Center is offering the cleaning at no cost. First responders can call 570-748-MEND (6363) to schedule an appointment.

- Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which recognizes law enforcement officials. Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the coronavirus. All Pennsylvanians invited to participate in tomorrow’s tribute and are additionally encouraged to shine blue lights to honor law enforcement officials.


Posted 5/13/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state will receive $523 million in one-time federal emergency funds to support schools. Starting today, school districts can apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive their allocation of the funding. The proposed allocation for local schools includes $1,206,952 for Keystone Central School District; $105,001 for Sugar Valley Rural Charter School; and $399,044 for Jersey Shore Area School District. Click here for more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-receives-523-million-in-one-time-federal-emergency-funds-to-support-schools/.

- PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is seeking federal stimulus support from Congress for Pennsylvania’s agriculture and food industries. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=921.

Secretary Redding, meanwhile, today reminded people of the importance of practicing respect when patronizing businesses. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=920.

- Amidst continued concerns and uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus, the Clinton County Fair Board last night made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Clinton County Fair, which had been scheduled for August 1-8. The Board issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that the Clinton County Fair Board has decided to cancel the 2020, 48th annual Clinton County Fair. The decision is based on the restrictions from the state of social distancing, limitations of groups and strict cleaning guidelines.”

In an effort to continue to support local youth, the Fair Board said it is discussing an online Junior Livestock Sale.

In the meantime, all fair-sponsored events, including the weekly Farmers Market that had been scheduled to begin this month at the fairgrounds, are cancelled until further notice. For pulling and speedway events, people are asked to refer to the websites and Facebook pages of those organizations -- the Clinton County Tractor Pullers Association (CCTPA of PA on Facebook) and the Clinton County Speedway, website www.clintoncountyspeedway.com or Facebook Clinton County Speedway.

- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) today highlighted plans for reopening state park and state forest facilities, including reopening park and forest district offices, as well was tent and RV camping, this Friday, May 15, in the counties in the ‘yellow’ reopening phase….which includes Clinton County. In addition, The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park will open this Friday (facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts in those same counties are slated to open June 12). Read more.

- National Safe Boating Week begins this Saturday, May 16, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission and DCNR are taking the opportunity to promote boating safety, including encouraging people to consider how their boating activities could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=651.

- The PA Department of Community & Economic Development today announced more funds have been awarded to businesses through the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program. Read more: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-provides-funding-assistance-to-additional-pennsylvania-businesses/.

- The U.S. Treasury has released its second round report on the Paycheck Protection Program. It indicates that, nationwide, 2,571,167 loans totaling $188,943,588,568 have been approved through 5,463 lenders. In Pennsylvania, 81,093 loans totaling $5,740,697,808 were approved in this latest round of funding announcements. READ REPORT.

- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Smucker will co-host a virtual panel discussion on the issue of safely reopening Pennsylvania’s economy tomorrow, May 14, at 10am. You can stream the roundtable via Senator Toomey’s YouTube page. Panelists include Steve Massini, CEO, Penn State Health (Hershey); Reverend Georgette Morgan-Thomas, Owner, American Hats LLC; Joshua Parsons, Chairman of the Lancaster County Commissioners; and Tonia Ulsh, Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Mountz Jewelers.

- PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro today issued a Child Abuse Alert, urging Pennsylvanians to report suspected instances of child abuse as data suggests there could be a surge in unreported cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/child-abuse-alert-surge-in-unreported-abuse-expected/.

- The PA Department of Human Services is reminding Pennsylvanians struggling with mental health and substance use disorders that help is available. People needing help can access a toll-free Support & Referral Helpline that offers round-the-clock support at 1-855-284-2494. Click here for more information: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=536.

Meanwhile, the Department today also reminded people that online services are available for those on public assistance. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=535.

- As more counties move into the yellow reopening phase, more services are reopening. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced today that 155 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will begin limited in-store public access as 13 more counties move into the ‘yellow’ reopening phase this Friday. Details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=571.

The PA Game Commission will open more shooting ranges and its Southwest Region Office this Friday, May 15, in conjunction with more counties moving into the yellow phase. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=393.

- The Clinton County Voter Registration/Elections Office is seeking Poll Workers for Primary Election Day, June 2. Workers are needed in several precincts, including Porter Township, Lamar Township, Crawford Township, and the City of Lock Haven. Poll Workers are compensated and training is provided. Click Here for a description of duties and an application. For questions, contact Director of Voter Registration Maria Boileau at 570-893-4019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Business Resources from the U.S. Chamber:

  • A playbook for reopening your business - a guide to walk people through the steps businesses will have to take to reopen as restrictions are lifted across the country. Use this playbook as a starting point to help you plan and prepare for the ‘new normal.’
  • State-by-state reopening guidean interactive state map (with accompanying guides) to help track business reopening guidelines across each state and provide the latest information on reopening to America’s employers.
  • Pandemic-inspired business trends that are here to stay - working from home, curbside pickups, upgraded sanitation procedures: Many things are changing the business landscape during the coronavirus pandemic. And many of these changes – these 10 in particular – are likely to endure even after COVID-19 is behind us.

Posted 5/13/20

The SBDC today begins a series of no-cost webinars called “Quick Connect Sessions” – on demand coaching for small business owners to get immediate answers to questions related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, and projecting for growth. Today’s Quick Connect Session will be held at 1:00 p.m, with additional Quick Connect Sessions scheduled for 1pm on May 20 and 27. Click here for Event Details and Registration.

For other SBDC offerings, visit https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/.


Posted 5/12/20

- As part of the effort to help rebuild our local economy, the Economic Partnership plans to highlight our member businesses on Facebook. We’d like to get some quick information from you to help in that promotion. Click Here to complete the Member Spotlight Form and get it back to us as soon as you can. We’ll use that information to tell people about your products and services. Working together is the best way to successfully get through these challenging times.

- PennDOT today announced they will use existing photos for Driver License and Identification Card renewals. More details here:https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=729.

- The PA Department of Health says it continues to fight COVID-19 in nursing homes through testing, education and resources. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=806.

- The PA Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) today issued Recreation and Park Facility Reopening Guidelines. PRPS called the guidelines “advice to assist park owners and stewards to comply with guidance from the PA Dept. of Health and Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, especially where specific recreation and park directives remain undefined.” They further cautioned, “Certain of these recommendations may differ with local regulations or future definitive state guidance when issued; and PRPS defers to those authorities.”  Download Document(CCEP Note: It is the Partnership’s understanding that details of the “Green” Phase and specific guidelines for businesses under that phase, have not been determined or finalized, so the information in this document should not be taken as official guidance from the state). 

- The Wayne Township Landfill today announced that Curbside Recycling collection in Clinton County will resume this coming Monday, May 18. The Landfill asks that curbside recycling participants place their recyclables at the curb on their scheduled day. If someone in a household has been sick, is quarantined or has tested positive for COVID-19, they are being asked to throw away any recyclables. The Landfill reopened to the general public on April 28. There was no interruption in Landfill service at community recycling drop-off locations, which accept recyclables including newspaper, office paper, junk mail, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and tin cans, and corrugated cardboard.

- From the PA Chamber: With businesses gradually starting to re-open across the Commonwealth, employers have multiple questions about how to safely welcome back employers and customers and operate in the “new normal.” The PA Chamber is hosting webinars in the coming weeks that will help to address these questions and provide guidance on how to lead their companies through the COVID-19 era and into a prosperous future.

For details on these and other PA Chamber webinars and events, visit our website.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to host their weekly National Small Business Town Hall this Friday, May 15, at noon, with a focus on helping business owners navigate the aid available to them. Click here to: Register for 5.15 Town Hall. To listen to last week’s discussion, Click here to view the recording.

- Inc., an online business magazine, has been working with the U.S. Chamber to offer a number of business resources. We’ve picked out several that might be of interest:


Posted 5/11/20

- Clinton County businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have until tomorrow, May 12, to seek a local loan through a program offered through the County Commissioners in conjunction with the county revolving loan fund board, the Clinton County Economic Partnership and SEDA-COG. Under program guidelines, no payments are due in the first six months of the new loan program, which is part of the existing Clinton County Revolving Loan Fund. The loan will be amortized over three years and the interest rate is anticipated to be 2.5%. Loan fund requests are expected to range from $5,000 to $25,000, with the ability to go higher in special circumstances. The total available is approximately $350,000. Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses. SEDA-COG will review applications and make recommendations to the county revolving loan board, which then will make recommendations to the county commissioners. For more information or an application, contact Mike Flanagan of the Clinton County Economic Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-748-5782. SEDA-COG’s John Reichard can also be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- In response to commissioners in some PA counties still in the “red” stay-at-home phase who say they want to open their counties back up, Governor Wolf today urged Pennsylvanians to stay the course and follow the law. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-to-pennsylvania-we-must-stay-the-course-we-must-follow-the-law/.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department today also issued a warning of risks and increased liability with non-compliance of business closure orders, for counties in both the red and yellow phases. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Insurance-Details.aspx?newsid=427.

- The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has released information about approved business exemptions associated with the Coronavirus, including a map of approved exemptions by county. Click here for details: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-releases-information-regarding-approved-business-exemptions/.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry is advising that anyone who receives a denial of their unemployment compensation claim after the time for appeal has expired and believes the denial was incorrect, may still file an appeal. For more, click here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=455.

- PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro today issued a consumer alert, encouraging Pennsylvanians to check their credit more often during the COVID-19 emergency. Read more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/consumer-alerts/shapiro-issues-consumer-alert-check-your-credit-more-often-through-covid-19-emergency/.

- The PA Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health are encouraging owners/operators of buildings closed for extended periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic to flush water systems prior to reopening. More here: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21822&typeid=1.

- Additional PennDOT Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties reopened as of this past Saturday, adhering to the state’s restrictions on work and social interaction. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=727.

Meanwhile, PennDOT is also opening additional rest areas across the state. Click Here for a map that shows the Carroll rest areas along Interstate-80 in Clinton County remain closed. Those east- and west-bound rest areas are expected to be closed for another four weeks to allow for completion of a water service tank replacement, a project that was delayed due to closures associated with the pandemic.

- The PA Department of Human Services today announced support for child care providers as they transition to reopening. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=850.

- Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded voters that they have their choice of voting by mail-in ballot or going to their polling place on June 2, primary election day. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=382.

- The State Game Commission says 2019-20 shooting-range permits will remain valid for an additional two months after their printed expiration date to make up for lost opportunity from the agency closing ranges in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=392.

- The Internal Revenue Service’s Economic Impact Payment Information Center continues to update information. Recently-added questions and answers on the site address how to return an economic impact payment, whether the IRS will contact you about your payment, and how to handle a payment mistakenly sent to a deceased individual. For more, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center.

- Our two leading health care organizations locally – UPMC and Geisinger – last week hosted virtual informational updates for the local business community that focused on safely getting businesses back up and running. As a follow-up, both UPMC and Geisinger have developed guides to support a safe reopening process:

- The Partnership received word this afternoon that the 2020 Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week program – an outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial learning initiative for high school students – has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. PFEW has taken place for more than 40 years, most recently at both Lycoming and Penn colleges, with financial support from businesses in our area and across the state. Click Here for the PFEW update on this program.


Posted 5/8/20

- Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon announced that 13 additional counties in the state will move to the ‘yellow’ phase of reopening as of next Friday, May 15. View more details here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-13-counties-will-move-to-yellow-phase-of-reopening-on-may-15/.

Meanwhile, the Governor and PA Health Secretary Rachel Levine last night updated their orders governing the 24 counties – including Clinton County – that today moved into the yellow phase of reopening, and they extended the ‘red’ stay-at-home order for the state’s remaining 43 counties until June 4. The initial orders had been set to expire last night, so the extension was a necessary action. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-take-actions-on-stay-at-home-orders-issue-yellow-phase-orders/.

- The PA Department of Health has issued a ‘Safety Procedures for Business’ poster that Life Sustaining Businesses in all counties, as well as Non-Life Sustaining Businesses who have opened in the yellow phase counties, are required to sign and display.  Click Here for flyer.

- For up-to-date COVID-19 resources for businesses, communities and local governments, visit the following PA Department of Community & Economic Development webpage: https://dced.pa.gov/resources/.

- The Health Department today released revised dental health care guidance for treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=800.

- The PA Department of Human Services today launched an Emergency Assistance Program to help low-income families amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Details are here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=529.

- The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service today released updated state-by-state figures for Economic Impact Payments, with approximately 130 million individuals receiving payments worth more than $200 billion in the program’s first four weeks. The number for Pennsylvania shows 5,215,824 Economic Impact Payments made, totaling $8,821,284,132. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-release-latest-state-by-state-economic-impact-payment-figures.

Meanwhile, Treasury and the IRS today urged people to use the Get My Payment tool by noon Wednesday, May 13, for a chance to get a quicker delivery of their Economic Impact Payments. More details here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/act-by-wednesday-for-chance-to-get-quicker-economic-impact-payment-timeline-for-payments-continues-to-accelerate.

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center is hosting several virtual workshops this month, including “Quick Connect” sessions during which businesses can get an immediate answer to questions related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, and projecting for growth. The first Quick Connect session will be held Wednesday, May 13 at 1pm. Details and registration for these no-cost sessions are found here: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/.

- The PA Chamber Educational Foundation hosts a free webinar, Creating Organizational Focus in Unknown Environments, at 11am on May 14. Designed for business owners and C-level executives, this webinar will help leaders consider their approach to directing and motivating their companies in the Coronavirus era.  Register Today 


Posted 5/7/20

- UPDATE:  PA Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced that eligible self-employed, independent contractors and others not normally eligible to apply for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing back-dated claims. Claims should be filed through the state’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website. Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=454.

- The Partnership today offered public testimony in support of efforts by the Clinton County Commissioners to establish a local grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, using emergency Community Development Block Grant funds that are slated to come to Clinton County as part of the federal CARES Act. The Clinton County Planning Office currently is establishing guidelines for the grant program and is expected to submit information to the state in mid-June for approval, after which the grant program will be formally announced. The County program will be for businesses situated outside the City of Lock Haven, which receives separate CDBG funding.

- The state’s document that offers Guidance for Businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be updated. The full guidelines are posted here, or you can Click Here for the most recent version of this document, updated as of yesterday. Businesses that have questions about whether this guidance applies to them should contact the PA Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Meanwhile, there’s also a file of frequently asked questions related to the Governor's Executive Order mandating closures for COVID-19 mitigation, which is also updated regularly (as of today): https://www.scribd.com/document/452553495/UPDATED-9-00-AM-May-7-2020-Life-Sustaining-Business-FAQs.

- The Central PA Chapter of SCORE is offering to assist businesses and non-profit organizations in Clinton County in developing a strategy for resuming operations that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Based out of State College, the local SCORE chapter’s service area includes Clinton as well as Centre, Mifflin, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties. SCORE is made up of ‘mentors’ who are retired and current members of the business community who offer no cost, one-on-one assistance and support. Click Here for more information.

- We have received word through Gearhart Herr Insurance in Lock Haven that the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner has approved temporary changes to Workers Compensation (WC) insurance premiums due to COVID-19 that may result in premium reductions for businesses. All workers compensation policies are rated based on yearly payroll totals and separated into various class codes. If you have employees working from home, the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau that oversees PA Workers Comp is allowing businesses to place their payroll into the cheapest class code, clerical (code 0953). This may save you money as the rate for this class code is very inexpensive. Also, if you have furloughed workers (you paid them but they did not perform any duties), you may exclude this payroll from your WC audit (use class code 1212). Businesses should remember this when audited at the end of the policy. Contact your insurance agent if you have questions.

- The Internal Revenue Service today issued a reminder that three new credits are available to many businesses hit by COVID-19. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-three-new-credits-are-available-to-many-businesses-hit-by-covid-19.

- PA Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced measures to protect Pennsylvanians from foreclosures and evictions through July 10. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-attorney-general-shapiro-announce-protections-from-foreclosures-and-evictions-through-july-10/.

- The Wolf Administration this week outlined food assistance programs available for Pennsylvanians to enroll in to get them through current COVID-19-induced tough times. More details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=919.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s office today announced it has received federal approval to launch a food access program for students during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=846.

- Governor Wolf last night signed an executive order to afford health care practitioners protection against liability for good faith actions taken in response to the call to supplement the health care provider workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-executive-order-to-provide-civil-immunity-for-health-care-providers/.

In response to the Governor’s order, the PA Chamber of Business & Industry says the state needs to go further to protect all businesses. Click here to read the PA Chamber statement.

- The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the availability of $1.5 billion in CARES Act funds to aid communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click Here for details.

- Lock Haven University President Robert Pignatello continues to offer updates on LHU’s response to COVID-19 and future plans. Click Here for the latest.

- River Valley Regional YMCA CEO Chad Eberhart today offered an update on what moving into the ‘yellow’ phase means for RVR YMCA’s, including the Lock Haven Y. Click Here for more.

- The Woolrich Company Store in Woolrich – a shopping destination for people near and far – will be among the local businesses reopening tomorrow as Clinton and surrounding counties transition into the ‘yellow’ phase of the state’s reopening stages. The store will resume normal operating hours – weekdays and Saturdays 10am to 6pm, and Sundays noon to 5pm. Businesses – whether they have been open during the pandemic or are just reopening – are still being asked to use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so for the time being, the Woolrich Store will require all customers to wear masks.

- Penn State Extension hosts a townhall-style webinar, Empty Shelves at the Store? Food System Disruptions and COVID-19, at noon on May 14. Penn State faculty and extension specialists explain what’s happening with the food supply chain, share tools and resources for how and where to buy food from PA farmers, and discuss what local producers and markets are doing to operate safely during the pandemic. Visit the Event Website for More Details.


Posted 5/6/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf today announced plans to create a Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to support the safe reopening and recovery of the state’s economy. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-outlines-plans-to-create-commonwealth-civilian-coronavirus-corps-to-support-fall-covid-19-recovery-efforts/.

- The Clinton County Commissioners – during a Facebook public hearing tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock – are seeking input on how emergency funds coming from the federal CARES Act to local governments via the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will be used locally. The County anticipates receiving more than $160,000 in CDBG-CV funds to help support local response to the impact of the coronavirus. One of the eligible uses for the funds is business assistance programs, which could include grants or loans for local businesses. Tomorrow, May 7, at 10:00 a.m., the Commissioners will host a virtual public hearing via the Clinton County Government Facebook page to accept public comment on the funding. If you feel grants or loans for local business would be a good use of these funds, please make your thoughts known, either during this public hearing or in writing to the County Commissioners.

- According to an article today by Inc., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says business owners trying to reopen will need more government support in the way of money and relief from liability. Read more here: U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Chamber president Gene Barr this week outlined a set of initiatives designed to safely re-open the business sector and jumpstart the coronavirus stalled state economy. Barr noted policies that he said were critical to the successful relaunching of the Pennsylvania economy, including providing some form of safe harbor to businesses against coronavirus-related liability as well as business friendly public policies. Barr stressed that the goal of the chamber's initiative is to promote economic recovery. "It's incredible thinking about this year ...that less than two months ago we had a vibrant economy that we literally slammed the brakes on and stopped this economy" Barr said. "Now the goal is again to take a look at what we need to do to reopen safely....and find out what we need to do to get people to reinvest and invest perhaps for the first time in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." He advocated a policy that would establish a safe harbor for the business sector to protect businesses from liability. Barr said the policy should be narrow, targeted and temporary. "We are hearing from members who say, 'I could do everything right. I could follow all protection, follow all the guidelines and could still be hit with a lawsuit," Barr said. "We are already seeing trial lawyers on social media trying to find clients to bring litigation. That is a real problem. We have people expressing reservations about bringing their business back because they don't want to have to say, 'I did everything right and still got sued." Since the March 15 order that shuttered the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians have filed for regular unemployment compensation as the economy has taken a behemoth hit with thousands of businesses being forced to shutter. Read More

- New guidance for several programs under the CARES Act was released in the last week as the federal government worked out more details. The U.S. Travel Association has updated their fact sheets to reflect this new guidance:

  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program portal has reopened, but the Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently only accepting applications from agricultural businesses. Reference the U.S. Travel EIDL factsheet for more.
  • The Federal Reserve announced changes to the scope and eligibility for its Main Street Lending Program that will allow larger businesses to participate. Reference the U.S. Travel Exchange Stabilization Fund factsheet and the Federal Reserve website for more information.
  • The SBA released updated guidance on how seasonal businesses should calculate costs for the Paycheck Protection Program. Click here for the U.S. Travel PPP factsheet.

- Governor Wolf today announced a program to provide free N95 respirator decontamination to healthcare facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-free-n95-decontamination-system-for-healthcare-facilities-first-responders-now-available/.

- The Wolf Administration this week applied for $523 million in federal Emergency Funds to support schools across the state, including Keystone Central School District. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=842.

- PA Wine & Good Spirits stores in Clinton County and in the other counties slated to move into the state’s “yellow” phase this Friday will resume limited, in-store public access beginning this Friday. Read details: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=570.

Upcoming Webinars:

- National Small Business Town Hall, virtual event Friday, May 7 at noon, hosted by the U.S. Chamber and Inc. REGISTER TO ATTEND

- Strategies to Maintain Your Healthcare Costs Due to COVID-19, May 7, at 1:00 p.m. A free webinar hosted by the PA Chamber.  Register Today 


Posted 5/5/20

- As part of its new initiative to help businesses safely re-open their facilities and jumpstart the economy, the PA Chamber today announced the launch of the 'Bringing PA Back' website. The website features critical information for employers, including: guidance from trusted sources on workplace readiness – such as cleaning and safety standards; employment opportunities; industry-specific guidance; and policy recommendations that will help to revive Pennsylvania's economy. The website includes a map of the Commonwealth – identifying which phase of the re-opening process each county is currently in – along with an overview of the state's guidance for each phase.

- Pennsylvania’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, will host a virtual roundtable “Gradually and Safely Re-Opening the Economy” at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 6. People can stream and listen in via Senator Toomey’s YouTube page. Among Toomey’s guests will be Steven Shapiro with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mark McClellan with Duke University, and Paul Romer, New York University.

- Geisinger hosts a ‘Back to Business: Working through COVID19’ virtual discussion on preparing our businesses – tomorrow, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. Hosted in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce (including the Partnership) in Geisinger’s service region, this session will feature Geisinger President & CEO Jaewon Ryu; Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer Dr. J. Edward Hartle; and Vice President of Health & Wellness Allison Hess. Registration is requested and is being coordinated through the Scranton Chamber. Click here to register: https://weblink.scrantonchamber.com/events/BACK-TO-BUSINESS-Working-through-COVID19-Virtual-discussion-on-preparing-our-businesses-4108/details.

- There continues to be job opportunities in northcentral PA. PA CareerLink Clinton County provides an updated listing of local employers who have available positions, including: Air Parts of Lock Haven, Inc.; Avery Dennison Performance Polymers; Bechdel Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Brodart Co.; Browns Hill Tavern; Clinton County Government (Department of Emergency Services dispatcher trainees and Clinton County Corrections Officer positions); First Quality Hygienic; First Quality Products; First Quality Tissue; Lock Haven Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Nutek Disposables, Inc.; Quality Inn of Lamar; SA Piper Logistics; Susque-View Home Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; VETFORCE, Inc.; Wayne Township; Wayne Township Landfill; Anderson Merchandisers, LP; Associates for Training & Development; Bayada Home Health Care; Caris Sub Shop; Community Resources for Independence; Community Services Group (CSG); ESS (aka Source4Teachers); Fulmer’s Personal Care Home; Interim Healthcare; Kohen Cleaning; Lowe’s Home Center, Inc.; My Home Care, LLC; Nicholas Meats; Novitex; OSL Retail Services, Inc.; RBR Transport Services; Roe-Ada Well Support, LLC; TDS Telecommunications Corp.; Todd’s Auto Body; Tractor Supply Co.; TruGreen Lawncare; United States Census; Wal Mart; and Weis.

Employers with hiring needs can contact PA CareerLink® Clinton County representatives Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Bechdel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Job seekers who have questions on any job posting can also contact Gilmore or Bechdel.

- The PA Department of Community and Economic Development today announced that 173 companies in 39 counties have received $14 million in funding during the third round of the state’s COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). To date, more than $37 million has been awarded from a fund of $61 million the state has made available to provide loans to small  businesses. The state continues to review submitted applications for approval (the application process was closed several weeks ago when requests exceeded available funds) and is working to disburse more CWCA funds. Information on future awardees will be released as it becomes available. Read more: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-provides-relief-to-hundreds-of-additional-businesses/.

- Veteran Community Initiatives – a Johnstown-based organization that covers a 14-county region, including Clinton County – is launching a temporary program to assist veterans whose employment has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have established a Veteran Assistance Care Program and will distribute a one-time award of $100 to up to 200 affected veterans on a first-come, first-served basis. Click Here for the news release.

- PA Treasurer Joe Torsella is calling on financial institutions to waive fees and offsets on stimulus checks. Read more: https://www.patreasury.gov/newsroom/archive/2020/05-04-Stimulus-Fees.html.

- PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro today urged businesses to honor their promised refund policies for customers who had their trips and events cancelled due to COVID-19 closures. Read more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/covid-19/ag-shapiro-travel-event-refund-policies-must-be-honored-during-covid-19-emergency/

- The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania has released a Landlord Toolkit to provide a framework of tools and resources for small- and large-scale landlords as they face rental income losses and general uncertainty. The toolkit includes:

  • A template of a letter to be sent to tenants discussing ways in which you are reacting to COVID-19 pandemic and your process to work with tenants;
  • A template of a rental repayment plan that can be used to help create an agreement with the tenant on how to pay rental arrearages and/or rent payments during the tenant’s financial hardship;
  • A series of fact sheets on the recent moratoriums for evictions and utility shutoffs; and
  • General resources for both landlords and tenants

In addition, the Housing Alliance will host a free webinar, "COVID 19: Immediate and Longer Term Strategies to Mitigate the Impact on Tenants and Landlords" tomorrow, May 6, at 1pmRegister here.

 - The state has canceled its annual spring Heavy Equipment Auction – typically held in May for municipalities and June for the general public – in response to COVID-19. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DGS_details.aspx?newsid=144.

- Millbrook Playhouse kicks off their 57th season this weekend with a Friday, May 8, virtual performance featuring the Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble. The 7pm performance, recommended for all ages, features nearly 25 young, local performers in the virtual children’s musical “The Show Must Go Online!” Visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org to stream the show at no cost. Donations are welcome to help cover costs associated with the performance and can be made by visiting www.millbrookplayhouse or calling 570-748-8083. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus, Millbrook postponed their regular season shows until next year, but is working on both virtual and in-person options for this season.

- In partnership with Google, the PA Small Business Development Center will host a free webinar on May 6 from noon to 1pm titled, Manage your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty. To register, visit: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26566.

- Penn State Extension hosts a free webinar, Strategies for Volunteer Management During a Crisis, at 6pm on May 20. Visit the Event Website for More Details.


Posted 5/4/20

- The Governor's Office this afternoon released additional guidance for businesses in the 24 counties – including Clinton County – that will move into the yellow phase this Friday, May 8. He encouraged all businesses, but especially those that were closed completely during the red phase under the state’s business closure orders, to ‘carefully review the guidance and commit to ensuring the health and safety of their employees and their communities.’ Click to review guidance.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry is saying their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is expected to be fully operational this week, and they are reminding people – the self-employed, independent contractors and others who would not normally be eligible for regular unemployment compensation – to apply for benefits at www.up.pa.gov/PUA. For the latest on PUA, click here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=452.

- The Pa. Office of Unemployment Compensation has updated its FAQ document for businesses to include information on when an employee refuses to return to work and “relief from charges” for businesses. Meanwhile, while legislation has been passed to ensure “relief from charges” to employers for employees collecting unemployment during the pandemic, computer systems have not yet been updated to stop the automatic mailing of the “relief from charges” form to employers. If you receive this notice, complete section E (Disaster) on the form.

- Additional Paycheck Protection Program details are starting to emerge from the U.S. Treasury Department with a recently updated FAQ document. Question #40 relates to loan forgiveness. More information is expected this week, according to the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association.

- The Internal Revenue Service has released a Questions & Answer document on the Employee Retention Tax Credit under the CARES Act. Click here: FAQs on the Employee Retention Credit.

- A reminder that Clinton County businesses impacted by the COVID-19 can seek a local loan through a program now being offered through the County Commissioners in conjunction with the county revolving loan fund board, the Clinton County Economic Partnership and SEDA-COG.

   Under the program guidelines, no payments are due in the first six months of the new loan program, which is part of the existing county revolving loan fund. The loan will amortized over three years and the interest rate is anticipated to be 2.5%. Loan fund requests are expected to be in the $5,000 to $25,000 range with the ability to go higher in special circumstances. The total available is approximately $350,000. The deadline to submit an application is May 12 or until the loan is exhausted.

   Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses. SEDA-COG will review applications and make recommendations to the county revolving loan board, which then makes a recommendation to the county commissioners.

   For more information or an application, contact Mike Flanagan of the Clinton County Economic Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 570-748-5782. SEDA-COG’s John Reichard can also be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Two health care leaders this week are hosting virtual forums specifically geared for businesses. We encourage Partnership members to take advantage of these informational opportunities:

  • UPMC Virtual ‘Back to Business’ Forum – Tuesday, May 5, 2pm – Specifically for businesses in Clinton and Lycoming counties, UPMC Infectious Disease medical director, Dr. Rutul Dalal, will talk about what’s known about COVID-19, how we can prevent the spread, and preventive measures needed in the workplace. There will be opportunity for Q&As. The session is hosted by the Partnership, the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber, and UPMC. Follow these steps to join:
  • Click here toDownload Microsoft Teamsfor free before the event.
  • Then click here to Join Meeting on May 5 at 2:00 p.m.
  • If you’re unable to join via video, you can call 412-447-5295 and use Conference ID: 851 064 116#
  • Geisinger ‘Back to Business: Working through COVID19’ virtual discussion on preparing our businesses – Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. Hosted by Geisinger in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce (including the Partnership) in their service region, this session will feature Geisinger representatives Jaewon Ryu, MD JD, President & Chief Executive Officer; J. Edward Hartle, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer; and Allison Hess, Vice President of Health & Wellness. Registration is requested and is being coordinated through the Scranton Chamber. Click here: https://weblink.scrantonchamber.com/events/BACK-TO-BUSINESS-Working-through-COVID19-Virtual-discussion-on-preparing-our-businesses-4108/details.

- As the reopening process begins, there will be new practices and guidelines to consider, many that involve the need for various cleaning supplies and personal protection items. Partnership member M&J Supply Company, Inc. in Lock Haven has a range of available products, including hand sanitizer (by the gallon and portable, and alcohol and non-alcohol based), dispensers, disinfectants, sanitizer sprays for cleaning purposes, gloves, surgical masks and face shields. They can deliver or items can be picked up. Contact M&J Supply at 570-748-3802 or 570-394-2209.   

- The PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced plans to begin reopening some state parks and state forest facilities, beginning this Friday, May 8. In our area and all counties moving into the ‘yellow’ phase, state park and forest facilities including offices, campgrounds, and the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle will be open to the public next Friday, May 15, however, cabins in these areas will not open until June 12. Campgrounds and cabins in all other state parks will remain closed. Read details here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=650.

- The United States Chamber of Commerce and Inc. continue to host weekly, National Small Business Town Hall webinars Fridays at noon. Commonly asked questions are put to a panel of business experts, who offer responses. We provide a breakdown of pertinent Q&As from this past Friday’s webinar, for your information:

Upcoming Webinars:

  • 5/5, 11 a.m. | Property Tax Relief: What you need to know | Hosted by the PA Restaurant & Lodging Assoc. |REGISTER
  • 5/6, 2:15 p.m. |What Recovery Looks Like | Hosted by Technomic | REGISTER
  • 5/7, 1 p.m. |Strategies to Maintain Your Healthcare Costs Due to COVID-19| Hosted by the PA Chamber | REGISTER
  • Penn State Extension hosts a webinar series: Refining the Retail New Normal. LEARN MORE and join on one or more of these dates:

May 6: Best Practices for the Future

May 8: Creating Safe and Clean Retail Interactions
May 15: The Customer Experience
May 19: Clean and Safe Point of Sale System Options


Posted 5/2/20

- On Monday, Governor Wolf’s administration is expected to release additional guidance for businesses in the 24 “yellow” phase counties (including Clinton County) that will be permitted to reopen on May 8. The guidance is being developed by various state agencies in collaboration with county representatives and will build upon safety orders already in place. The transition from the red ‘stay-at-home’ order phase to the yellow phase will allow for the easing of some but not all of the restrictions on work and social interaction.

 - As some Clinton County businesses begin to reopen May 8 – amidst the hope that others soon will be able to follow – there will be a ‘new normal’ to every operation big or small. We are very fortunate to live in an area served by two of the leading health care providers in the state, UPMC and Geisinger, both of which this coming week are offering information in support of local business. We encourage Partnership members to take advantage of these informational opportunities:

  • UPMC Virtual ‘Back to Business’ Forum – Tuesday, May 5, 2pm – Specifically for businesses in Clinton and Lycoming counties, UPMC Infectious Disease medical director, Dr. Rutul Dalal, will talk about what the phased-in approach to reopening means for our region. He will offer advice on how to properly reopen your business, and steps you can take to reassure both employees and customers that their safety is your priority. The session is hosted by the Partnership, the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber, and UPMC. Click Here for UPMC Save the Date flyer. Registration details will be available on Monday.
  • Geisinger ‘Back to Business: Working through COVID19’ virtual discussion on preparing our businesses – Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. Hosted by Geisinger in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce (including the Partnership) in their service region, this session will feature Geisinger representatives Jaewon Ryu, MD JD, President & Chief Executive Officer; J. Edward Hartle, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer; and Allison Hess, Vice President of Health & Wellness. Registration is requested and is being coordinated through the Scranton Chamber. Click here: https://weblink.scrantonchamber.com/events/BACK-TO-BUSINESS-Working-through-COVID19-Virtual-discussion-on-preparing-our-businesses-4108/details.

- PennDOT has announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Those scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020. READ MORE

- As anticipated, revenue collections for the state were down significantly last month, according to information released Friday by the PA Department of Revenue: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Revenue-Details.aspx?newsid=315.


Posted 5/1/20

- Clinton County residents will move into the yellow phase of the state’s COVID-19 recovery effort, beginning next Friday, May 8. That was the word today from Governor Tom Wolf and State Health Secretary Rachel Levine, who outlined a transition plan that will allow 24 counties, primarily those in the northcentral and northwestern regions of the state, to move into the yellow phase. The Governor emphasized that the transition to “yellow” means people in those counties will need to ‘proceed with caution.’ “Your actions will guide our future,” said Wolf, who said people must continue to social distance, refrain from large gatherings and more (Click Here for Coronavirus – Reopening Phases file for information on what is and what is not permitted during each phase). The Governor said people should recognize that outbreaks of the COVID-19 are still possible, noting every human contact is a chance for the virus to spread.

The Department of Health today issued updated Q&As on Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses, Click Here for file. Health Secretary Levine noted that the state is providing plans for contact tracing (a protocol used in investigating and mitigating cases of COVID-19) to the counties who will move into the yellow phase next Friday. She said the state also plans to ensure testing is both available and accessible for those counties. Levine said the state will rely on many local, state and federal partners for those efforts.

Read more on today’s announcement here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-reopening-of-24-counties-beginning-may-8/.

- The Clinton County Commissioners are seeking input on how emergency funds coming from the federal CARES Act to local governments via the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will be used locally. The County anticipates receiving $159,506 in what is being called CDBG-CV funds to help support local response to the impact of the coronavirus. One of the eligible uses for the funds is business assistance programs, which could include grants or loans for local businesses. On Thursday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m., the Commissioners will host a virtual public hearing via the Clinton County Government Facebook page to accept public comment on the funding.

- This Sunday, May 3, is "Bells Across Pennsylvania Day," a declaration by the Pennsylvania State Mayors' Association. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Pennsylvanians possessing bells, houses of worship and others are encouraged to join the three-minute bell ringing salute. The event was created to honor "hometown heroes" including first responders, healthcare workers, postal workers, grocery store and pharmacy employees, and others; to show solidarity between all Pennsylvanians across all municipalities; and as a demonstration of determination: a nonverbal declaration that Pennsylvanians will eventually prevail over COVID-19 and businesses and civic life will thrive once again.

In a show of support for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle and for our greater community, Lock Haven University’s Frederick’s carillon will be among the bells ringing for three minutes Sunday night.

- Lock Haven University has instituted several incentives – ranging from financial aid, to SAT requirements, to tuition – to help attract students to LHU this fall. Click Here for ‘LHU recruitment efforts’ news release for more.

- As Economic Impact Payments continue to be delivered to people across the country, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that their website, www.IRS.gov, includes answers to many common questions, including help in using two recently launched Economic Impact Payment tools. The IRS is regularly updating the Frequently Asked Questions on their ‘Economic Impact Payment’ tool and their ‘Get My Payment’ tool as more information becomes available. Quick links to the Frequently Asked Questions on IRS.gov:
   • Economic Impact Payments: www.irs.gov/eipfaq
   • Get My Payment tool: www.irs.gov/getmypaymentfaq

- We join many in noting our sadness that the 2020 Little League World Series has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. Our greater community truly enjoys the camaraderie, teamwork and sportsmanship our local teams display throughout their season…characteristics that extend to the World Series in South Williamsport. The notoriety and attention Little League brings to the region is also a real shot in the arm to our local economy. It is our hope that local Little League games will be able to be played this season.

Upcoming Webinars:

- Refining the Retail New Normal: Webinar Series. Join on one or more of the following dates:

                May 6: Best Practices for the Future

                May 8: Creating Safe and Clean Retail Interactions

                May 15: The Customer Experience

                May 19: Clean and Safe Point of Sale System Options

LEARN MORE on this no-cost series, hosted by Penn State Extension.

- Strategies to Maintain Your Healthcare Costs Due to COVID-19, May 7, at 1:00 p.m. A free webinar hosted by the PA Chamber.  Register Today 

- Penn State Extension is extending their free course offerings through May 10. Extension has been offering its more than 50 online courses free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out their online course catalog and register today. View Courses


Posted 4/30/20

- Governor Wolf tomorrow is expected to announce which counties and/or regions of the state can begin to emerge from the most restrictive Coronavirus guidelines beginning May 8. Pennsylvanians are expected to learn which counties will move into the ‘yellow’ phase of reopening. Friday is also when construction and a number of recreational activities are allowed to resume operations. Although the Governor’s office has not yet announced what time his remarks will occur tomorrow, You can watch online here on the Governor’s live stream site.

 - Businesses should be on the lookout for potential flooding as rain continues to fall in Clinton County and across the state. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says heavy rains may produce pockets of flash, urban and stream flooding late today into tonight, with rivers rising into the weekend. Click Here for AccuWeather Update that was provided by the Clinton County Department of Emergency Services.

- PA Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today offered suggestions to help people receive their unemployment benefits more quickly. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Labor-and-Industry-Details.aspx?newsid=451.

 Meanwhile, Click Here for a flyer from the PA CareerLink Clinton County highlighting Unemployment Compensation Benefits Information.

- Another loan program for small to medium-sized businesses created through the federal CARES Act is moving a step closer to reality. The Federal Reserve has been taking public comment on the Main Street Lending Program and today announced it is expanding the program’s scope and eligibility. While this program is not yet available, you can read more information here: https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200430a.htm.

- The PA Department of Environmental Protection is alerting businesses and homeowners not to flush items such as disinfecting wipes down toilets, saying non-flushable materials can be harmful for your sewage system and for sewage treatment facilities. Read more: https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21820&typeid=1.

- PennDOT today announced that highway and bridge construction projects will resume tomorrow, May 1. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=724.

- The state has announced nearly $324 million in funding to 31 hospitals across the Commonwealth, aimed at providing financial relief as those facilities combat the coronavirus. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-new-funding-awarded-to-assist-hospitals-across-pennsylvania/.

- Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Department has adopted a temporary food nutrition labeling policy that consumers will likely see in grocery stores. More here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=917.

- Applications are now being accepted for the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program, which provides assistance to registered nonprofit organizations such as food banks for the proper management and operation of food to reduce waste. Applications must be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) Electronic Single Application website. The application deadline is May 8. For questions people can contact the DCED Customer Service Center at 1-800-379-7448.

- As part of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 emergency, the PA Department of Aging says the state has received $34 million to support services authorized by the Older Americans Act. These services include home-delivered meals; in-home care services; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; and information and referral services. Read more: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/aging_details.aspx?newsid=254.


Posted 4/29/20

- The state this Friday plans to announce which areas of the state will be the first to begin to reopen following an unprecedented shutdown and stay-at-home period to reduce the threat of the Coronavirus. PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said officials will announce the first areas that will be allowed to enter the “yellow” zone (Click Here for ‘COVID-19 Reopening Phases’ flyer). Wolf Administration officials also plan to provide details on the state’s goals for coronavirus testing and contact tracing, factors they say will help them decide which counties and/or regions can begin to relax restrictions on May 8. In moving from the current “red” status to the yellow phase, many businesses would be allowed to call back employees to work, as long as they provide masks and ensure social distancing. Businesses including gyms, theaters, and schools would remain closed, and large gatherings would still be prohibited.

Meanwhile, beginning this Friday, May 1, certain recreational businesses across the state – including golf courses and private campgrounds – are permitted to resume operations as long as certain restrictions are in place. Clinton County businesses planning to reopen include:

  • Belles Springs Golf Course in Mackeyville - opening Friday (weather permitting). For tee times, www.bellessprings.com or 570-726-4222.
  • Clinton Country Club in Mill Hall will also open Friday (weather permitting). For tee times, www.clintoncountryclub.com or 570-748-2310.
  • Ponderosa Lodge 9-hole golf course, outside of Lock Haven (a private course open to the public with advance reservations) will open Saturday, May 2. Call 570-769-2771 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a tee time.
  • Holiday Pines Campground in Loganton opens Friday. For reservations, www.holidaypines.com or 570-725-2267.
  • Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork also opens Friday. For reservations, www.quietoaks.org or 570-923-2386.

- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry today released the March unemployment information for the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. The March 2020 unemployment rate for Clinton County  was 7.6%, up from the 5.9% reading in February. The March 2019 reading was 5.1%. There were an estimated 1,400 people unemployed in our county in March 2020, up from 1,100 the month before. Partnership CEO Mike Flanagan anticipates the rate will go higher based on the number of late March/April unemployment insurance claims as the coronavirus continues to hammer the economy. Pennsylvania’s statewide unemployment rate for March was 6.0%, up from 4.7% in February. The April 2020 employment figures are expected to be released in late May.

- Meanwhile, there continues to be issues with Pennsylvanians trying to file and receive Unemployment Compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry is now recommending that anyone who applied for Unemployment Compensation and requested a PIN # three weeks ago or longer, should request a new PIN.

To file an application for UC benefits:

  • Online: An online application can be filed using the Department of Labor & Industry’s secure website any time of the day, seven days a week.
  • Telephone: An application can be filed on the statewide unemployment compensation toll-free number, 1-888-313-7284.
  • Mail: A paper application can be mailed to a UC service center.

- On the other side of the unemployment coin, employers across the state are asking what they should do if an employee quits or refuses an offer to come back to work and opts instead to file for unemployment compensation. There continue to be reports of this scenario becoming more frequent, particularly following enactment of the federal $600 per week benefit UC enhancement. Pennsylvania Labor & Industry officials state that an individual who turns down work in order to apply for UC should not be eligible for benefits. CLICK HERE for more information or to report a refusal of work or use the state’s newly-created Refusal of Suitable Work form, UC-1921W, which employers should use to notify the state that suitable work was refused. Employers must notify the department within seven days of the offer by submitting the UC-1921W form online. Employers are also directed to CLICK HERE for more information or to report potential UC fraud.

- Governor Wolf and State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding this afternoon highlighted the state’s comprehensive efforts to ensure food security. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-highlights-comprehensive-food-security-efforts/.

- PPP & EIDL Updates: The U.S. Small Business Administration began accepting loan applications from financial institutions for the new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Monday. By Tuesday, the SBA had reportedly already approved more than 475,000 new loans worth over $52 billion. Business experts predict that the allotted money could be exhausted by today or Thursday, with business owners likely learning whether their applications got approved early next week. Meanwhile, a notice on the SBA website continues to state that the SBA is unable to accept new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. It’s reported the SBA is still working to address applications submitted during the original phase of the program to see if there will even be any funds remaining.

- R.S. Associates Insurance of Beech Creek is available to assist people who find themselves needing individual healthcare coverage, including those who may have lost coverage due to losing their job during the pandemic. Click Here for letter.

- Penn State Extension offers helpful guidelines for consumers shopping at farmers markets:

- Upcoming Webinars:

  • 5/5, 11 a.m. | PRLA | Property Tax Relief: What you need to know | REGISTER
  • 5/6, 2:15 p.m. | Technomic | What Recovery Looks Like | REGISTER
  • 5/7, 1 p.m. | PA Chamber | Strategies to Maintain Your Healthcare Costs Due to COVID-19 | REGISTER

Posted 4/28/20

- An announcement this week by Governor Wolf will allow people more options for outdoor activities. Beginning this Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds can reopen (marinas in state parks can open as early as next Friday, May 8, and campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through at least May 14). Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-announces-may-1-statewide-reopening-of-limited-outdoor-recreational-activities-to-help-pennsylvanians-maintain-positive-physical-mental-health/.

In response to that announcement, we are very pleased to note that Belles Springs Golf Course in Mackeyville and Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork are two local businesses planning to reopen this Friday. In addition, Governor Wolf had previously announced that construction activities could resume operations starting May 1, and state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said hospitals can resume some surgical procedures as long as they continue to be able to handle any surge in COVID-19 patients and protect non-COVID-19 patients from getting infected. Click on the following link for an updated list of businesses allowed to operate: https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-4-30pm-April-27-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance#fullscreen&from_embed

- Governor Wolf today announced immediate changes to the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program to help ensure food banks are adequately supplied to meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents. The changes include closing the current grant eligibility on May 8 so the state can review applications and deliver awards as soon as possible; expanding potential partners beyond retailers and wholesalers to include farms, processors and cooperatives; and removing pre-application meeting requirements. More information here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-expands-food-recovery-infrastructure-grants-to-help-the-charitable-food-system/.

- PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin this week announced that 160 companies in 43 counties have received $13.5 million in funding during the second round of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). In late March, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority authorized making $61 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Quickly, the program received more requests for funding than what was available and the application window was closed. Funds awarded under the program to-date total more than $23 million, with PIDA staff continuing to review submitted applications. Read more: https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-announces-second-round-of-state-funding-for-pennsylvania-businesses/.

- Voters across the state would normally be headed to the polls today, but the state’s Primary Election was postponed due to the coronavirus and is now scheduled for June 2, 2020. Clinton County director of Voter Registration/Elections Maria Boileau says eligible residents now have until May 18 to update their voter registration or register to vote. And, voters now have the option to vote by mail if they so choose. May 26 is the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot and Boileau says about 2,000 of Clinton County’s 20,500 registered voters have so far submitted applications. If voters feel comfortable voting by mail, Boileau says the county is encouraging them to get a mail-in ballot, which will reduce the number of people physically having to be at polling locations on election day. Go to www.VotesPA.com if you have the ability to apply online for a mail-in ballot; otherwise, contact the Clinton County Voter Registration Office at 570-893-4019 and they will either mail or email you an application. Boileau says the county has started mailing ballots to voters who requested absentee or mail-in ballots for the June 2 election. She added that, at this point, there are no plans to consolidate any of Clinton County’s polling locations.

- Remote notarization – when a personal appearance before a notary public is made via audiovisual communication or technology – has been temporarily authorized for all Pennsylvania notaries public, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Click on the following link for more information: https://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/NotaryServices/Documents/Update/Remote%20notarization%20SB%20841.pdf.

- Businesses interested in using PA Department of Health graphics regarding protective measures such as social distancing and hand washing can find information here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Social-Media.aspx

- The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently launched its new podcast, “Call of the Outdoors”, a series of episodes focused on wildlife, hunting, habitat and conservation hosted by Game Commission Marketing Director and world turkey calling champion Matt Morrett. The first three episodes, being released in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s statewide spring gobbler season, feature a few well-known turkey hunters: country music superstar Blake Shelton, “Bone Collector” founder Michael Waddell, and Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

  • Episode 1: “We are Hunters, Our Heritage is Deep,” featuring Bryan Burhans, available now.
  • Episode 2: “Getting the Next Generation’s Hands in the Dirt,” featuring Blake Shelton, available Thursday, April 30.
  • Episode 3: “Can’t Stop the Hunt,” featuring Michael Waddell, will be available May 7.

For more, go to: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Game-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=387.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Inc. continue to host weekly “National Town Hall for Small Business” webinars every Friday at Noon to discuss COVID-19 business updates and answer questions. Registration for the webinar is currently open.

- In partnership with Google, the PA Small Business Development Center will host a free webinar on May 6 from noon to 1pm titled, Manage your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty. To register, visit: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26566.


Posted 4/27/20

- The Clinton County Commissioners, in conjunction with the county revolving loan fund board, the Clinton County Economic Partnership and SEDA-COG, today announced a loan program to help county businesses impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

   Under the program guidelines, no payments are due in the first six months of the new loan program, which is part of the existing county revolving loan fund. The loan will amortized over three years and the interest rate is anticipated to be 2.5%. Loan fund requests are expected to be in the $5,000 to $25,000 range with the ability to go higher in special circumstances. The total available is approximately $350,000. The deadline to submit an application is May 12 or until the loan is exhausted.

   “We know there is a lot of pain with our local businesses as we all try to get through the coronavirus and we hope these loans can help some businesses at least in a small way,” said revolving loan board chairman Tim Horner. “We want to thank County Commissioners Miles Kessinger, Jeff Snyder and Angela Harding for being at the forefront of this loan fund concept, and we are thankful for the assistance of the Economic Partnership, SEDA-COG, the Economic Development Administration, and the support of the revolving loan board members.”

   Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses. SEDA-COG will review any applications and make recommendations to the county revolving loan board, which then makes a recommendation to the county commissioners.

   For more information or an application form, contact Mike Flanagan of the Clinton County Economic Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 570-748-5782 (leave a message if need be). SEDA-COG’s John Reichard can also be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- Financial institutions working to provide Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses can begin submitting applications  to the federal government starting today. The U.S. Small Business Administration said it would resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders as of 10:30 this morning. Meanwhile, according to a notice on the SBA website, the “SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.” Both programs last week received additional federal funding after the original allocation under CARES Act funding had been depleted.

- Governor Wolf this weekend offered more details on the criteria that will be used to determine when areas of the state will begin to reopen. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-elaborates-on-data-driven-reopening-standard/.

- As the Commonwealth works to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Chamber is working to help businesses re-open their facilities safely and jumpstart the economy through their initiative, "Bringing PA Back." As part of this effort, they want to hear from you. Your feedback is essential to helping guide employers in the right direction toward a smooth, responsible and safe transition back to work for themselves and their employees. You – the business community – are the experts on the challenges that face employers as the state looks to re-open. We encourage you to take a moment to highlight what challenges your business faces in re-opening and what can be done to help ease this process, by filling out the form on the PA Chamber website.

- Pennsylvanians who have lost their employer-provided health insurance coverage due to COVID-19 shutdowns are eligible to obtain health insurance through www.healthcare.gov. Though the open enrollment period has passed, loss of employer-provided insurance qualifies individuals for special exceptions. To check whether you are qualified for a special enrollment period, visit the eligibility screening tool located here.

- The IRS over the weekend announced it has enhanced the “Get My Payment” tool for people checking their eligibility to receive Economic Impact Payments. Read more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-enhances-get-my-payment-online-application-to-help-taxpayers

- The Wayne Township Landfill will open to the general public tomorrow, April 28, at 7:00 a.m. Landfill General Manager Jay Alexander says strict COVID-19 orders are to be adhered to, for example, all customers must wear masks. Normal Business Hours for the Landfill starting tomorrow will be: Weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Alexander outlined the following Landfill services:

  • Customers going to the Self-Dump area are asked to go to the scale-house.
  • Mulch customers should go to the Administration Building.
  • Brush and yard waste customers can go directly to the mulch area to unload without stopping at the office.
  • Commercial customers should notice no change in operation, although Alexander asks for some patience as everyone gets comfortable with the temporary new normal.

Alexander says Curbside Recycling will not be in operation until further notice. Drop off locations will continue to be serviced daily, accepting recyclables including newspaper, office paper, junk mail, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and tin cans, and corrugated cardboard. As a reminder, the WTL does not recycle glass bottles.

- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is expanding curbside pick-up service at its Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores, starting today. Some 565 stores across the state, including the Lock Haven and Renovo stores, now have the service. Last Monday, an initial 176 stores began accepting orders over the phone for curbside pick-up. Click here for store information: https://www.lcb.pa.gov/Consumers/Documents/Store_List_Phase_2.pdf.

Additional Resources:

- The Small Business Development Center continues to offer numerous webinars relating to COVID-19. The SBDC also hosts “Open Hours” this Wednesday, April 29, at 1pm, giving small businesses a chance to ask questions to a business consultant. Click here to Search All Offerings.

- Comcast Business Class is offering a number of live and on-demand webinars to keep businesses moving, including Keeping Cybercriminals at Bay – and Protecting Your Business During a Crisis on April 28; Restaurants Leverage Tech to Battle Disruption at 1pm on April 29; and Steering Your Business Through Crisis on April 30. Search Offerings

- The PA Chamber of Business & Industry hosts a free webinar, Strategies to Maintain Your Healthcare Costs Due to  COVID-19, on Thursday, May 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Register Today 

- The U.S. Chamber has been hosting weekly ‘Town Hall’ sessions during the pandemic to provide business updates. We wanted to pass along several of the video segments from Friday’s session, for your information:


Posted 4/24/20

- More small business aid is on the way after President Trump this afternoon signed his approval to a measure passed last night by Congress to provide $484 billion to replenish emergency loan and grant programs for small businesses, self-employed individuals and independent contractors. The measure includes an additional $310 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is being administered through local lenders, and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expects this new funding to go quickly because there were many applicants still in line when the initial funds ran out.

Here are step-by-step guides to apply for funding through PPP and EIDL:

The measure signed by the President today also includes an additional $75 billion for hospitals and community health centers, and another $25 billion to boost COVID-19 testing, divided between state and federal governments.

- For a quick overview of funding resources for small businesses through the CARES Act, Click Here for CARES Act Assistance Chart.

- With construction work allowed to resume in the Commonwealth next Friday, May 1, the Wolf administration has issued guidance for all construction businesses and employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

All business and employees in the construction industry must adhere to the Secretary of Health's order providing for business safety measures, which requires that every person present at a work site wear masks/face coverings unless they are unable for medical or safety reasons and requires that businesses establish protocols upon discovery that the business has been exposed to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. All construction projects must maintain proper social distancing and provide hand washing and sanitizing stations for workers, as well as cleaning and sanitizing protocols for high risk transmission areas. Businesses must identify a "pandemic safety officer" for each project or work site, or, for large scale construction projects, for each contractor at the site. Residential construction projects may not permit more than four individuals on the job site at any time, not including individuals who require temporary access to the site and are not directly engaged in the construction activity. For non-residential or commercial projects, the number of individuals permitted on enclosed portions of a project varies depending on the size of the enclosed site. Commercial construction firms should also strongly consider establishing a written safety plan for each work location containing site specific details for the implementation of this guidance to be shared with all employees and implemented and enforced by the pandemic safety officer. The full guidance document can be found HERE.

Businesses that have questions about whether this guidance applies to them may email the Department of Labor and Industry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- The U.S. Treasury and the IRS today said some 88 million Economic Impact Payments worth nearly $158 billion have been delivered to date. Some 3.7 million Pennsylvanians have received payments worth more than $6.6 million. Click Here for news release.

- The U.S. Department of Labor has announced it will begin enforcement of Families First Coronavirus Response Act violations.


- Due to the unprecedented situation the COVID-19 pandemic has created in the Commonwealth, two separate pieces of legislation are in the works to increase liability protections for businesses and health care professionals. State Senator Pat Stefano, R-Fayette, is introducing legislation to provide Pennsylvania employers with reasonable protection from target lawsuits related to the virus. More information on the highlights of the bill can be found here. The second bill is sponsored by Senator Michele Brooks, R-Crawford, and would provide immunity from liability for certain providers and facilities providing medical care to individuals with COVID-19. Additional information on the legislation can be found here. 

- As part of their ‘Bringing PA Back initiative,’ the PA Chamber is working to help employers find the resources they need for getting back to business.  In order to ensure they are opening safely and with protection for their employees, businesses will need personal protection equipment and commercial cleaning and disinfection services. If your organization makes or supplies any kind of personal protection equipment including face-shields and non-surgical masks, or if you provide cleaning and disinfection services, please fill out the following online form so other businesses can easily locate and contact you. Your services and contact information will be included on the Bringing PA Back website, which is currently in production, as a resource for businesses to utilize for these important services.

- SEDA-COG is offering assistance to municipalities if they need help setting up video meetings. Contact Scott Kramer, SEDA-COG Information Technologies specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- The American Red Cross has developed a free ‘Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19’ course that can be taken online in less than an hour. The course is designed to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 to build resilience and lend support to others during and after this time. The Red Cross invites people to take the course and share it with others: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/mental-health-first-aid-for-covid-19-online/.


Posted 4/23/20

- The state has created a directory to make it easier for businesses to find supplies related to the coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) says the business-to-business interchange directory was established after the state announced employers must provide masks for employees to wear while working at essential businesses. It is intended to connect organizations and businesses directly to manufacturers producing products and supplies related to the outbreak. Go to: https://dced.pa.gov/pennsylvania-covid-19-ppe-supplies-business-2-business-b2b-interchange-directory/.

 - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, a member of President Trump’s bipartisan “Opening Up America Again Congressional Group,” today released a conceptual framework for gradually reopening Pennsylvania’s economy, saying he looks forward to working with PA Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to address the challenges associated with a safe reopening. The Senator’s #PAStartsUpSafely framework provides for a three-phase, county-based approach to reopening Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Last night Governor Wolf made public his framework for gradually reopening the state economy beginning on May 8th,” said Toomey. “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, my staff and I have had regular contact with the governor and his team about several issues, including how we begin the process of returning to normal life. The governor’s proposal represents progress and it shares many similarities with my own plan. However, our plans do have several differences; my plan allows for the following:

  • With Pennsylvania’s health care systems not being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, most of the state should resume some level economic activity immediately
  • Provides counties with the flexibility to account for isolated statistical anomalies
  • Allows doctors and hospitals to resume elective procedures immediately - provided safety benchmarks are met
  • Expanded and improved testing for at-risk health care workers, including those in nursing homes

Added Toomey, “No one plan will account for all the variables that we must address to open Pennsylvania in a gradual and safe manner. I look forward to working with the Wolf administration on addressing these challenges.” A summary of the #PAStartsUpSafely framework is available here, and a full overview is available here.

- The PA Department of Agriculture this week outlined steps that need to be taken to secure food supplies and address food insecurities in Pennsylvania: View Online.

- The Wolf administration is boosting its efforts to get voters to cast their ballots for the June 2 primary election by mail, saying it would help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Visit www.VotesPA.com/MailBallot.

Additional Resources:

- Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association present a free webinar, Understanding the COVID-19 Payroll Protection Program and the Process for Small Business to Apply for a Loan, this Monday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m.   Register Today 

- Path Forward, a new online program from the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy.

When will it be safe to reopen? How do we protect employees and customers from the coronavirus? Where will my staff get COVID-19 tests? Masks? Gloves? Who’s going to pay for all this? Each episode features conversations between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark and experts with practical recommendations for businesses of all sizes. Path Forward events take place at 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. See more: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/path-forward.

- Resources through Penn State Extension:

  • The amount of information regarding COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Penn State Extension has developed a COVID-19 Resource Page, with links to information and articles on Prevention, Personal and Family Resources, Food Safety and Food Business Resources, Ag Industry Resources, Community, Nonprofit and Local Government Resources, and more. LINK: https://extension.psu.edu/coronavirus.
  • The Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory at Penn State remains open; however, they are operating at limited capacity. To allow laboratory staff to devote their efforts to meet critical needs, they request that only high priority samples be submitted at this time. These include agricultural samples associated with food/crop production and drinking water tests. While Extension offices are closed to the public, resources are still available to get your agricultural samples and drinking water tests to the lab. Soil tests can be mailed to the lab with payment using the online form (https://agsci.psu.edu/aasl/soil-testing/fertility/soil-fertility-submission-forms). Alternatively, soil and drinking water test kits can be requested directly from the lab (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.814-863-0841) and mailed to your address. 

Posted 4/23/20

- PA Governor Tom Wolf last night announced more details on his plans to reopen Pennsylvania, including saying that counties in Northcentral and Central PA could be among the first to begin emerging from restrictions put in place to combat the Coronavirus. Read more: press release.

The Governor’s office this morning issued more information on the reopening plan, found here.

- Meanwhile, the Governor also announced that construction work would be permitted to resume in the Commonwealth on May 1. This is a change from the administration's original directive of May 8. According to the PA Chamber, the issue of allowing construction work to proceed has been a hotly debated topic throughout the state's mitigation efforts. Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, has led the charge in calling for the restrictions to be lifted and had sponsored legislation, H.B. 2400, that would have allowed for work on construction projects to safely continue based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a press release issued by Turzai's office, the decision came after positive conversations between the Speaker and Governor. "Gov. Wolf and I had a positive discussion today," Turzai said in the statement. "He was open to the suggestion that construction activities could be done safely, allowing tradespersons to resume their important work – much of it seasonal. Working with him on this issue showed we can move forward together on fighting COVID-19, while rebuilding the economy." Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have exempted public and private construction projects from business closure orders.


Posted 4/22/20

- The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a $483 billion coronavirus aid package that would replenish funds for the currently-depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The measure now goes to the House for a vote, likely tomorrow. President Trump has pledged to sign the measure into law.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation yesterday received an overwhelming response upon opening applications for their ‘Save Small Business’ grant Fund. They received 15,000 applications shortly after the site went live, which led to technical difficulties for many who were attempting to apply, and the available funds were quickly depleted. Please view a letter from Carolyn Cawley, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, addressing the situation.

- The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania (HARP) grant program will begin accepting applications at midnight tonight (April 23). Funded by private, community and individual donations, HARP will distribute one-time individual grants of up to $500 to front-line hospitality industry employees. These emergency grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to the availability of funds. The program will accept the first 1,000 applications in this first round. Click here for more: https://www.prla.org/harp.html.

- The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association offers the following links to signs that may be helpful for businesses:

- The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday posted COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce. Use the following link, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/news_updates.html, then look under News & Updates.

- The U.S. Travel Association offers an informative series of questions and answers regarding the CARES Act: FAQ.

- We extend our gratitude to McDonald’s, who announced today it will provide free ‘thank-you meals’ to health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics “who are committed to our health and safety,” from today until May 5. Meals will be available in the drive thru or for carry out at not only our Clinton County McDonald’s locations in Lock Haven, Lamar and McElhattan, but across the country.

- As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today – in a way we could have never imagined – we pass along some positive options:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania State Parks are hosting the #EarthDay50 Pennsylvania Great Backyard BioBlitz to encourage Pennsylvania residents to record the life near their homes, in the backyard or just down the street and to add some species observations to a virtual science project.
  • The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation posted a special Earth Day 50 PA newsletter of news about how people all over Pennsylvania are celebrating Earth Day this week as well as activities you and your kids can do.
  • The Pennsylvania Game Commission provides a host of conservation and wildlife-themed educational resources and activities on their feature, Wildlife on Wifi.

Posted 4/21/20

- Congress appears poised this week to approve another round of funding – reported to total $470 billion – for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to reports, the new package is expected to add $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection (loan) Program facilitated through local lenders (the initial $349 billion in the PPP was allocated in just two weeks). The new round of funding is also expected to add $60 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (the initial funds for the EIDL program also have been exhausted). Another $100 billion is expected to help fund hospitals and Coronavirus testing.

This new funding, once authorized, also is expected to be used up quickly, as lenders across the country have accepted PPP loan applications they haven’t yet been able to submit to the U.S. Small Business Administration for approval. One potential bright spot, according to a report this morning from Inc., “Congress is expected to allocate $60 billion (in new PPP funds) for smaller banks – those with $50 billion in assets or less – which should help companies in rural locations and those located in historically economically distressed communities get funding.” On a similar note, the SBA stopped approving EIDL loan applications when those funds run out last week, yet has many more applications pending, so the new EIDL funding may also be used up quickly.

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry continues to work through issues with both its Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance systems. L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak says the state has surpassed 1.5 million unemployment claims filed since March 15, when the state rolled out Coronavirus mitigation efforts (by contrast, in the three weeks prior to March 13, the state logged 40,000 new unemployment claims). The department is urging affected Pennsylvanians to apply for benefits online. Oleksiak said most of the delays in processing unemployment claims have been due to volume.

Likewise, the new and separately-managed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program aimed at assisting those who traditionally would not be eligible to apply for unemployment compensation, has experienced system issues. The PUA portal opened this past weekend, with the state saying it processed 50,000 claims in the first two days. State officials say the new system may have erroneously told applicants they were ineligible for PUA and should instead apply for traditional unemployment. Today, the following update appeared on the PUA website:

 PUA System Alert Update - April 21

Eligibility Message:

Our PUA System has been corrected.  For individuals who believe they inaccurately received the PUA ineligibility message below, please try filing for PUA again via the button below.

The application will be effective the week you were first unemployed and is not based on the day you submit your PUA application.

If you still receive the below ineligibility message, then you may be eligible for regular unemployment compensation and are appropriately receiving this message that you are not eligible to apply for PUA at this time.

“Our records indicate you may be eligible for an unemployment insurance claim by going to uc.pa.gov or by contacting us. You are not eligible to file an unemployment insurance claim on this system.”

Additional guidance regarding how to fill out certain parts of the application will be provided in the near future. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with this new system. 

 Weekly Filings:

At this time, you WILL NOT proceed with weekly filings. This first stage is for initial application collection, only.  Please continue to check our website for updates on when the continued claims filing option becomes available after full system rollout occurs. 

Click on the following link to get to the PUA portal: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PUA.aspx.

Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order that was to expire April 30 has been extended to May 8, with Governor Wolf saying the state is working to ease some restrictions. Read more here: PRESS RELEASE.

Gov. Wolf yesterday also signed Senate Bill 841, now known as Act 15, which enables local governments to push back the due date for property taxes. Read more: PRESS RELEASEIn anticipation of this measure, the Clinton County Commissioners have extended the discount period for payment of 2020 Clinton County Real Estate taxes to August 31, 2020, and have extended the face value payment period until December 31, 2020, with no penalty. Note this is for the Clinton County real estate tax only; real estate payments to individual municipalities and Keystone Central School District are assessed separately.

- From pre-kindergarten education, to assistance for low-income citizens, to senior citizen programming, community action agency STEP, Inc., provides much-needed services to people in Clinton and Lycoming counties. The COVID-19 Crisis has posed some major challenges for our community and STEP would like to better understand what those are, to help plan alongside our partners for recovery. STEP is asking people to complete the following Community Needs Assessment. Click on your county of residence to take the survey: Lycoming   Clinton

- Sadly, but understandably, Millbrook Playhouse today announced it is moving the performances slated for its 2020 summer season to the summer of 2021, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. But the Playhouse said its 57th year will still feature a number of performances and special activities being planned for this fall and beyond, as well as a virtual Millbrook Youth Ensemble musical performance coming up on May 8. View the announcement here: https://millbrookplayhouse.org/season-2020-changes/.


Posted 4/20/20

- The PA Department of Health has published a Q&A document related to the mandated public health and safety measures now in place for businesses that continue to operate during the pandemic. That document can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber offers a summary on federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidance regarding workplace safety and Coronavirus exposure. It outlines what employers need to know about protecting their workers as they maintain or resume operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the summary.

- A reminder that the ‘Save Small Business Fund’ grant program begins accepting applications today starting at 3:00 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is offering grants of $5,000 to provide short-term relief to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. To be eligible, the business must employ between 3 and 30 people and be located in an economically vulnerable community (Clinton County locales fall under this category). Click here to learn more

- Congress this week is discussing additional funding for the federal stimulus measures aimed at supporting small businesses, specifically the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDA) programs. Clinton County’s congressional leader, 12th District Congressman Fred Keller, in his weekly newsletter, expressed support for additional funding for the PPP and EIDL loan programs, saying, “We know the best form of economic stimulus is a job. Small businesses choosing to remain open now and keep people hired will help our nation engage in a quick economic recovery once we defeat COVID-19. I stand at the ready to support additional funding for these crucial programs.”

While business owners anxiously await congressional action on approving new funds, the U.S. Small Business Administration has offered details on the number of businesses that have received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as the industries and locations that have gotten the most attention. As of April 16, the SBA has approved 1,661,367 loans split among 4,975 lenders. Roughly 74 percent of all loans were for $150,000 or less, and 13 percent were between $150,000 and $350,000. Pennsylvania ranked 6th among the top 10 states in PPP dollars approved. Click Here for the states and industries that received the most PPP funds.

- The Internal Revenue Service has launched an online portal to track economic impact payments and update bank account information so eligible individuals can receive their funds via direct deposit. Click HERE for that website.

- Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey on Friday was selected by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on the Congressional Oversight Commission. The Commission is a five person panel established by the CARES Act to focus specifically on the economic stabilization efforts of the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. The Commission has jurisdiction over $500 billion that the Treasury Department is empowered to spend on shoring up faltering businesses and industries.

"I appreciate Leader McConnell's confidence in appointing me to the Congressional Oversight Commission. The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are being entrusted with enormous resources and authority to stabilize the economy. As a commissioner, my goal will be to protect the taxpayers by ensuring those resources are used in an appropriate, equitable, and pro-growth manner," said Toomey.

- Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin has provided a update on activities amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the District’s educational plan through the end of the school year, the postponement of graduation until August, the targeting of a zero tax increase budget for 2020-2021, and hopes for the next school year. Click Here for details.

- The state-owned wine and spirits store in Lock Haven is among a number of state-run liquor stores that as of today are offering curbside pickup. According to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, participating stores are accepting orders via phone from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and payment must be done via credit card over the phone. Limited online orders continue to be available at finewineandgoodspirits.com.

Additional Resources:

- The Americas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers some valuable resources to help you protect your business. Click on the following link: Small Business Resiliency for information, including a Small Business Resiliency Guide, Business Resiliency Plan template, Emergency Procedures template, and more.

- As the Commonwealth works to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Chamber is helping businesses re-open their facilities safely and jumpstart the economy through the initiative, "Bringing PA Back."  As part of the kick off to this initiative, the PA Chamber is hosting a free, one-hour webinar this Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. to solicit feedback from leaders across Pennsylvania's broad-based business community regarding the specific economic needs in their communities. For more information and to register, visit the PA Chamber's website.

- The Penn State Small Business Development Center hosts ‘Open Office Hours’ this Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Get online with an experienced business consultant for assistance navigating COVID-19 disaster relief and resources. Arrive any time between 1-2 pm and a business consultant will answer your pressing questions in real time. Click here register: https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/open-office-hours-3/.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues its weekly ‘National Small Business Town Hall’ webinar this Friday, April 24, at noon. Hosted by the U.S. Chamber and Inc., these free, one-hour live webinars are designed to help small business owners stay informed about the resources available during the pandemic. RSVP to: events.inc.com/nationaltownhallevents


Posted 4/18/20

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry has opened its portal for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. PUA expands eligibility, allowing self-employed workers, independent contractors and others who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment, to apply for benefits. Go to: https://pua.benefits.uc.pa.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx.

We remind you that this is a new system. You could experience difficulties in completing the application process, not the least of which could be the result of the sheer numbers of people attempting to access the system.


Posted 4/17/20

- In his weekly COVID-19 update, PA Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon highlighted what he called his plan for “Relief, Reopening, Recovery,” asking Pennsylvanians to “Stay the Course” to help get past this crisis. While not setting any firm dates for relaxation of current state orders, the Governor provided his thoughts on what has to happen now and moving forward. Click Here for more

- In a press release issued today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry said it would soon be launching its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, designed to provide unemployment compensation to those who would not normally be eligible to apply. L&I encouraged people to prepare for the new program. Click Here for news release that highlights what the state will be looking for.

 - While Congress has yet to take action to authorize additional funding for the now-depleted Payroll Protection Program, business organizations – including the Pennsylvania Chamber and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – are expressing confidence that more funding will become available. The Chambers are encouraging small businesses interested in applying for a PPP loan to continue to talk with their local lender. Some financial institutions are continuing to accept PPP loan applications in anticipation of more funding becoming available. Whether they are or not, businesses are encouraged to continue to prepare for when applications would again be accepted.

- Lock Haven University this afternoon announced it will hold a virtual Graduation Celebration on May 9 for the Class of 2020. People can view the 11:00 a.m. event on the homepage of LHU’s website, www.lockhaven.edu. The University says it plans to hold a formal commencement ceremony later in the year, but no date has yet been scheduled.


Posted 4/17/20

- Governor Tom Wolf is scheduled to address all Pennsylvanians this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. about his Plan for PA. According to the PA Chamber, the announcement is expected to provide additional detail and insight into the administration's strategy as the Commonwealth moves through the COVID-19 crisis and begins to focus on recovery. The PA Chamber reports the governor's address can be viewed at www.governor.pa.gov/live.

- PA Health Secretary Rachel Levine this week signed an order with new requirements on, among other things, wearing masks at businesses that are still open. According to a PA Chamber report, the Department has clarified that the order applies to businesses where employees are interacting with the public. Life-sustaining businesses not directly serving the public should take proper precautions to protect themselves but are not required to follow the new guidelines.

- The Partnership yesterday participated in a Pennsylvania Chamber webinar featuring representatives from both the U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Labor & Industry. The state L&I officials gave an update on efforts to implement what they are calling the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which would grant unemployment compensation to the self-employed and others who normally would not be eligible for UC benefits. They said the state has been working with an external vendor and currently is testing the PUA system, which they hope to have available ‘any day now.’ The PUA will be a separate program from the state’s regular Unemployment Compensation. Information on the PUA program is available through the following link: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/PUA-FAQs.aspx.

- The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it is unable to accept new applications at this time for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, “based on available appropriations funding.” In short, both programs have run out of money. Regarding the EIDL program, the SBA says applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The SBA says it has approved 1,661,397 loans, under the Paycheck Protection Program, exhausting the program’s allotted $349 billion.

We encourage Partnership members to reach out to our Congressional leaders – U.S. Representative Fred Keller and U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey – who will need to authorize more funding for both programs in order for them to continue. Tell them we want Congress to immediately restore funding for the CARES Act small business loan and grant programs. They can be contacted through their websites at: www.keller.house.gov; www.toomey.senate.gov; and www.casey.senate.gov.

 - A reminder that the Federal Reserve’s new Main Street Lending Program could be a viable option for certain businesses. The Main Street Program (which is not yet available) will enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion. Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year. Firms that have taken advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program may also take out Main Street loans, which, like the PPP, will be originated through eligible local lenders. The Main Street program is currently being finalized. For more information, visit https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200409a.htm.

- Farms, processors, and other small food businesses in Pennsylvania impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply through April 24 for Emergency Ag Assistance Grants of up to $15,000. Click here for more information and to apply.

- The Partnership thanks local manufacturer Avery Dennison, who has temporarily converted a portion of its Bald Eagle Township adhesives operation to allow for the manufacture of hand sanitizer. Avery plans to distribute the high-demand product to local health care and emergency response personnel.

 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a new guide to help independent contractors and self-employed individuals secure funding under the CARES Act. The guide provides step-by-step assistance to help individuals understand eligibility requirements, borrowing limits, and appropriate use of funds under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. It also outlines the steps required to apply for Unemployment Compensation under a special program created by the CARES Act. The guide is available at uschamber.com/ICguide.

- From the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Unemployment Compensation:  Following is a link to Form 1921, which employers should complete and submit, within seven days, if an employee refuses to return to work. Form 1921.

- From PennDOT: For vehicle registrations, safety inspections, and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

 Additional Resources:

- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration offers an informational update on their response to the Coronavirus pandemic: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.


Posted 4/16/20

- Life-sustaining businesses that continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic have new work requirements under an order signed yesterday by PA Health Secretary Rachel Levine. The order, which took effect immediately and is enforceable as of 8:00 p.m. this Sunday, April 19, includes a number of employer requirements, such as providing masks for employees at work, staggering work schedules, cleaning protocols, and more. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-health-secretary-signs-order-providing-worker-safety-measures-to-combat-covid-19/.

- The Partnership realizes face masks are hard to come by during this crisis. We reached out to our members to check on availability and offer the following:

  • Advantage Sales, a Lock Haven-based e-commerce business, (570-748-8419), has face masks that can be ordered via this link: https://www.iconikal.com/face-masks.
  • Kauffman’s Store in Loganton has handkerchiefs/bandanas for sale. They can be reached at 570-725-3679.
  • M&J Supply Company, Inc., in Lock Haven, expects to have a supply of face masks next week. They can be reached at 570-748-3802 or 570-394-2209.

The PA Department of Health this week updated and issued guidance on masks, and the Centers for Disease Control also offers resources for creating your own mask.

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with founding partner Vistaprint, has launched the Save Small Business Fund, a grant program to provide assistance to small businesses owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities in the United States. The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative, a nationwide program to address small businesses’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery. The Foundation is launching the fund with support from Vistaprint and additional donations from supporting partners, Merck, S&P Global Foundation, and Travelers. Grant applications open this coming Monday, April 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. To qualify, applicants must employ between three and 20 people, be located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded weekly on a rapid and rolling basis until all funds have been disbursed. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund or apply for a grant, visit www.savesmallbusiness.com.

- As of Wednesday evening, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported more than 1,562,000 loan approvals had been made through the Paycheck Protection Program, totaling over $329 billion -- roughly 94 percent of the program’s $349 billion.

- The PA Department of Revenue has announced that in addition to extending tax filing and payment deadlines, the Commonwealth is also giving taxpayers more time and flexibility to meet their tax obligations and relief from a number of compliance actions. The Department has also extended a number of business tax deadlines, including moving the due date for corporations with tax returns due in May to August 14, 2020 and removing the requirement for some businesses to make prepayments of Sales and Use Tax for April, May and June 2020. Read more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-provides-relief-for-taxpayers-affected-by-covid-19-pandemic/.

Additional Resources:
- Penn State Extension continues to expand their online offerings with timely, relevant educational resources, including new webinars, courses, how-to videos, and articles. They have developed a one-stop shop for COVID-19 services and information, making it easy to locate information such as:

  • Prevention: Tips and best practices for handwashing, social distancing, and more to stay healthy.
       • Personal and Family Resources: Information on cooking from your pantry, budgeting, activities to do with your children, protecting yourself from scams, keeping mentally fit, and more.
       • Food Safety and Food Business Resources: Guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure for you, your employees and their families, and your customers throughout the food system.
       • Agriculture Industry Resources: Information for ag-specific operations. Is your pesticide license still valid? Find out here.
       • Business Resources: Help with business growth and development, marketing and market development, food systems, local foods, and financial management.
       • Community, Nonprofit, and Local Government Resources: Information and step-by-step help with public engagement, collaboration, and deliberative dialogue to help you continue to serve your communities during the crisis.

- Child care can still be available for life-sustaining personnel. Learn more from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning: https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-and-child-care/?wpdmdl=94233.

- The PA Public Utility Commission encourages awareness of the Telephone Discount Lifeline Program to consumers at risk of isolation during challenging times. See attached file.


Posted 4/15/20

- As of last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported more than 1,168,000 loan approvals for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), totaling over $286 billion, or roughly 77 percent of the program’s $349 billion. The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association today reported that, to date, 36,000 PPP loans have been approved in PA, totaling $9.9 billion. The SBA and U.S. Department of Treasury has an updated FAQ document on PPP.

- The IRS has released a free tracking tool so people can see how much money they’ll be getting from stimulus payments and checks related to the coronavirus pandemic and when it will arrive. The federal government has begun direct bank deposits to millions of Americans. However, those receiving paper checks, might not receive one until next month. Click here for the IRS website’s ‘Get My Payment’ portal to check the status of a payment, confirm payment type, and update your bank account/mailing address. Click here to visit the IRS’ economic impact payments website.

- Businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months, according to an announcement from Governor Wolf. READ RELEASE. The Department of Revenue is asking businesses to simply remit through e-tides the sales tax that they collected during the prior month. The due dates to remit sales tax will be April 20, May 20, and June 22, which follows the standard due dates for monthly filers who have no prepayment requirement. Click on the following link for Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs

- From Keystone Central School District: Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin yesterday said the District has moved into Phase 3 of its ‘Continuity of Education’ Plan to utilize remote learning resources through the end of the school year, which is slated for June 2. She noted that the District expects to provide information on Class of 2020 Activities and Graduation later this week. She also reported that the District has served more than 17,500 meals to children to date and will continue provide meals through June 30. Click on the following link for Covid-10 FAQs.

- Lock Haven University President Robert Pignatello today provided an update to his team on the impact the Coronavirus is having on our University. Click Here for his comments.

Additional Resources:

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put together a COVID-19 Rural Resource Guide that highlights available programs and resources for rural businesses, communities and residents. The guide covers: technical, training and management assistance; financial assistance; and state and local assistance. Go to: www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf.

- The Small Business Development Center continues to offer numerous webinars relating to COVID-19. Search All Offerings.

 - Comcast Business Class is offering a number of webinars to keep businesses moving. Search Offerings.

- Penn State Extension offers a seven-week ‘Living on a Few Acres’ Webinar Series for people who want to produce more of their own food on their property. Webinars are live on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm, and recordings will be available. There is no cost for the webinars, but registration is required.


Posted 4/14/20

- The PA Department of Labor & Industry has established a new online resource, the COVID-19 Job Portal, for businesses who are looking for employees. Click on this link: COVID-19 job portal.  People seeking employment can visit www.PAcareerlink.pa.gov and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see job openings. Perspective employees can select the “Apply Now” button for a listed position, which will lead to the employer’s website or email. If you are an employer that would like to be added to the site, submit information through the Employer Intake Form.

Locally, a number of employers have available positions listed through PA CareerLink® Clinton County, including: Air Parts of Lock Haven, Inc.; Avery Dennison Performance Polymers; Bechdel Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Clinton County Government (Department of Emergency Services dispatcher trainees and Clinton County Corrections Officer positions); First Quality Hygienic; First Quality Products; First Quality Tissue; Lock Haven Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Nutek Disposables, Inc.; SA Piper Logistics; Susque-View Home Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; VETFORCE, Inc.; Wayne Township; Wayne Township Landfill; Anderson Merchandisers, LP; Associates for Training & Development; Bayada Home Health Care; Caris Sub Shop; Community Resources for Independence; Community Services Group (CSG); Interim Healthcare; Lowe’s Home Center, Inc.; My Home Care, LLC; Novitex; OSL Retail Services, Inc.; RBR Transport Services; Roe-Ada Well Support, LLC; TDS Telecommunications Corp.; Todd’s Auto Body; Tractor Supply Co.; TruGreen Lawncare; United States Census; Wal Mart; Weis. Employers with hiring needs can contact PA CareerLink® Clinton County representatives Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Bechdel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Job seekers who have questions on any job posting can also contact Gilmore or Bechdel.

- The Internal Revenue Service has issued several updates:

- According to the latest reports, more than 66 percent of the federal Paycheck Protection Program’s $349 billion has been allocated. Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported that lenders had approved more than 959,000 paycheck protection loans, totaling over $232 billion. While it’s good news that the program is moving forward to get much-needed funds into the hands of businesses, it also points out the dire need for more federal funds to support programs like this.

- As everyone does their best to get through these unprecedented times, Governor Tom Wolf last night thanked Pennsylvanians for their sacrifices and discussed a staged approach to a return to normal. Click here for more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-thanks-pennsylvanians-for-sacrifices-during-the-2019-novel-coronavirus-pandemic/.


Posted 4/13/20

- Some hopeful news: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) reports that the state’s COVID-10 confirmed case total from yesterday (April 12) was the single lowest daily increase in cases since April 2. The COVID-19 daily growth rate for April 12-13 was 5.4 percent, compared to 20 percent on April 2.

- From the Pennsylvania Chamber: According to the most recent numbers released from the state Department of Labor and Industry, more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment since March 16. When the agency released these numbers, it also announced that it has been able to make payments on about half of those claims, and is bringing in more workers to help with receiving and processing the claims. This is by far the highest-ever period of filing UC claims that the agency has ever experienced – the next-highest period was in 2010, when more than 61,000 claims were filed in one week.

Meanwhile, the Department last Friday began sending out expanded federal unemployment compensation payments provided by the coronavirus (CARES) relief package approved by Congress. The measure temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, and officials said eligible people who filed bi-weekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular unemployment compensation payment could expect to see the additional money by mid-week this week. Unemployment compensation benefits have also been extended for an additional 13 weeks, and the one-week waiting period for filing for unemployment compensation as well as the job search and work registration requirements, have been temporarily waived.

- The Federal CARES Act also extended unemployment benefits to self-employed individuals and independent contractors -- individuals not normally eligible to apply. Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation system, however, has not yet finalized the process for what they are calling Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Click on the following link for more information: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx. Click on this link for Frequently Asked Questions on PUA: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/PUA-FAQs.aspx.

- The U.S. Federal Reserve last week took action to establish a new loan program called the Main Street Lending Program. While the program has not yet opened, it will (like the federal Payroll Protection loan program) be initiated through local lenders. Businesses with 1 to 10,000 employees would be eligible to apply, and the loans could be sought in conjunction with a Payroll Protection Program loan. Click on the following link to hear Neil Bradley of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce talk about this new Main Street Lending Program: https://www.inc.com/video/how-to-access-the-fed’s-new-main-street-lending-program.html.

- Efforts continue at many levels to address issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. The Pennsylvania House and Senate last week worked on several pieces of legislation of interest to the business community, including:

  • House Bill 2376: Allows retail stores to reopen if only one employee and one customer is allowed in the facility at a time. The bill passed the House State Government Committee along party lines and is now pending before the full House.
  • House Bill 2400: Allows construction to resume and requires adherence to social distancing and other CDC guidelines for mitigating spread. The legislation passed the House State Government Committee along party lines and is now pending before the full House.
  • Senate Bill 613: Directs the governor to implement within seven days a new system for determining whether a business is authorized to resume physical operations based on guidance from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The legislation passed the House Appropriations Committee along party lines and is now pending before the full House.
  • Senate Bill 1106: Adds COVID-19 to the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act, which provides full salary benefits to public first responders injured or disabled while performing official duties. The bill passed the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously and is now pending before the full Senate.

- The Internal Revenue Service reported over the weekend that the first COVID-19 economic support payments have been deposited into taxpayers’ bank accounts. Click on the following link for more: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

Additional Resources:

- PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro has released a new guide, Unemployment Rights & Resources – COVID-19, for residents impacted by the Coronavirus. The guide includes information on housing, paid, leave, unemployment compensation, late fees from banks, and more: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Unemployment-Rights-and-Resources-%E2%80%93-COVID-19.pdf

- A reminder that the PA 211 System continues to be available to provide round-the-clock social services information and support. For more, visit http://www.211.org/.


Posted 4/10/20

- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today sent a letter (Click Here for letter) to Congress, urging that additional funding be made available for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EDIL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), two COVID-19 loan programs critically important to small businesses.

We encourage you to make your thoughts known to our congressional leaders, including 12th District Congressman Fred Keller, and United States Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey. They can be contacted through their websites at:

          www.keller.house.gov

          www.toomey.senate.gov

          www.casey.senate.gov


Posted 4/10/20

- In an effort to provide the most current information on loan programs and other available financial resources, we offer the following links:

 As you prepare loan applications, exercise caution and be on the look-out for scammers, fraudsters, or suspicious activity. The IRS, SBA, and Secret Service have all issued warnings relating to scams and phishing attacks. 

- The government is expected to soon begin sending out relief checks to individuals/families as part of the federal response to the Coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission offers advice for avoiding scams associated with those payments: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/want-get-your-coronavirus-relief-check-scammers-do-too?utm_source=govdelivery

 - Unfortunately, scams are cropping up in numerous locations. The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, for example, issued an alert this week to its plan participants.

 - The Penn State Small Business Development Center offers virtual “Open Office Hours” Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. These no-cost sessions allow business owners an opportunity to participate in a session with SBDC consultants and get some of their questions answered quickly, or hear answers to questions other business owners may have. To participate, go to https://sbdc.psu.edu/events/open-office-hours-3/.

The SBDC also offers webinars relating to COVID-19: Search All Offerings.

- The Clinton County United Way has established the COVID-19 Clinton County Recovery Fund. This fund will be separate from the United Way’s ordinary campaign. The money raised will be used to support the partner agencies of the United Way who offer direct support assisting in Utility Payments, Rental Assistance, Housing Assistance, and Food and Basic Necessity Assistance particularly for those who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is suffering from this crisis, but some are economically suffering more than others, particularly Clinton County’s high population of people who live paycheck to paycheck. Many are now unemployed and struggling to figure out how they are going to pay their next bill or how they can buy weeks’ worth of groceries at a time. This new Recovery Fund may also be opened up to outside designees who provide direct assistance to the recovery of Clinton County through an application process still in development. To donate as an individual please visit the Clinton County United Way’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ClintonCountyUnitedWay or their website www.clintoncountyunitedway.org. If you’re a business or corporate sponsor interested in supporting the fund please reach out to Clinton County United Way Executive Director Ben Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- So many organizations and individuals throughout Clinton County are trying to ‘do their part’ as we all work together to get through this pandemic. Although the Lock Haven Area YMCA is currently closed, the facility is offering food through its Backpack Program every Thursday. Families in need can pull up in front of the ‘Y’ between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays to receive a bag of food, drink and snack items.

The six-facility River Valley Regional YMCA system, of which the Lock Haven Y is a part, is offering online classes (which to date have reached some 23,000 people). Visit www.rvrymca.org and click on the ‘Stay Healthy & Active at Home’ link for details.

And, the Lock Haven YMCA will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register to be a donor by contacting the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767 or https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.

From the Partnership team to all of our Partners…..our hope is that this Easter holiday weekend finds you, your families and your employees safe and healthy.


Updated 4/9/20

- Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin this afternoon shared the news release and video from PA Governor Tom Wolf, announcing that schools across Pennsylvania will remain closed through June 30, the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Superintendent Martin says the District’s Continuity of Education Plan will move into Phase 3 next week, as planned. The last day for Keystone Central students is expected to be June 2.

- Employers with hiring needs who would like to post available positions are encouraged to contact PA CareerLink® Clinton County representatives Dorie Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Bechdel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who are seeking employment opportunities can visit www.pacareerlink.pa.gov. For questions on any of the job postings, contact either Gilmore or Bechdel.

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced immediate measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19. Click Here for news release for details

- In an effort to source needed medical supplies for medical providers, emergency responders and health care professionals, Pennsylvania has established a Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal. The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the state of supplies available for purchase, allowing the state to more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania. Click here to access that Portal: Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Portal.

Meanwhile, Governor Wolf has signed an order to provide targeted distribution of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and supplies to hospitals across the state. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-order-to-provide-targeted-distribution-of-covid-19-ppe-and-supplies-to-hospitals/.

- Manufacturers are reminded that the state also has a PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal to help match manufacturers and distributors to fill specific supply chain needs to meet increasing demands for medical supplies and related products, assist manufacturers that have workforce needs or gaps and aid them in identifying skilled workers, and identify manufacturers that can pivot or innovate to fulfill the demand for medical supplies and related products. Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal.

- Governor Wolf is ordering state facilities, public buildings and grounds -- and invites all Pennsylvanians -- to fly flags at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-orders-flags-to-half-staff-to-honor-covid-19-victims/.


Posted 4/8/20 

- A reminder: starting this Friday, April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for funds under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The loan program, carried out through existing SBA-certified local lenders, provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The U.S. Treasury has issued additional guidance for Paycheck Protection Program. Click Here for the UPDATED – Small Business PPP Loan Guide. Click Here for a brief, updated program overview: Paycheck Protection Program Overview. In addition, click on the following link for the Treasury Department’s updated list of Frequently Asked Questions: PPP FAQs.

- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has provided guidance for building operators of essential businesses on what to do with HVAC systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be found here.

- If you know of/are a member of a faith-based organization, you are welcome to pass along the SBA COVID Faith Based FAQ file from the US Small Business Administration regarding faith-based organizations and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.


Posted 4/7/20 

-The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has committed $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts. Of the $1 million commitment, $250,000 will go to the American Red Cross as it continues to mobilize efforts to respond to the outbreak, and the remaining $750,000 will provide funding to nonprofits addressing direct needs in the communities across the entire Dominion Energy footprint.

     On behalf of Dominion Energy, it is my pleasure to inform you that the following organizations will be awarded Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation COVID-19 grants:

Clinton County:

  Kettle Creek Ambulance Association - $2,500 for the purchase of PPE for EMT’s and first responders

  Renovo Fire Department - $5,000 for the purchase of PPE for staff and patients

Westmoreland County:

  Westmoreland Regional Hospital - $5,000 to assist with emergency COVID-19 expenses

Clarion County:

  Clarion Hospital - $5,000 to assist with emergency COVID-19 expenses

     In addition, Dominion Energy is delivering 1,000 N95 masks to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to assist the Department in delivering needed supplies for its COVID-19 response.

     The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation makes grants available to non-profit organizations throughout the year.  Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grants are limited to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars.

     Organizations that would like to apply for grant funding can do so online by following this link: https://www.dominionenergy.com/company/community/dominion-energy-charitable-foundation/apply-for-a-grant.


Posted 4/7/2020

-The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission today opened the 2020 Trout Season statewide, ahead of the previously scheduled April 18 start. The Commission is encouraging people to fish close to home and notes that anglers must still abide by the state’s current social distancing guidelines while fishing and boating. Click Here for PFBC Trout Season announcement, and Fish & Boat COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

Meanwhile, several statewide outdoor recreation groups have established a helpful guide for enjoying outdoor spaces amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Click Here for ‘New Outdoor Etiquette’ file.

- Students attending Lock Haven University – as well as those in the 13 other universities in the State System of Higher Education -- will not be returning to in-person instruction until the fall semester at the earliest to slow the spread of the coronavirus, System Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein recently announced. Universities are spreading the word to students that the remote learning methods that have been put in place within the past couple of weeks will continue through the summer sessions. “We wanted support university leadership by providing them plenty of lead time to shift to remote learning for summer courses, and by doing this now, the State System universities provide students, faculty, and staff with a level of predictability so they know what to expect in the months to come,” Greenstein said.

- The PA Department of Human Services has a new, 24-hour Support & Referral Helpline to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety or other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Staffed by skilled and compassionate people, the Helpline can refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. The toll-free, round-the-clock support number is 1-855-284-2494.


Posted 4/6/20

- The PA Chamber of Business & Industry has developed a new guide to the paid sick and Family and Medical Leave Act programs created under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Click on the following link: NEW - Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs.

- With the on-going need for Personal Protective Equipment and other critical medical supplies, the PA Department of Community & Economic Development has launched a Manufacturing Call to Action portal to: match Pennsylvania manufacturers and distributors to fill specific supply chain needs to meet increasing demands for medical supplies and related products; assist PA manufacturers who have workforce needs or gaps and assist them with identifying skilled workers; and identify PA manufacturers who can pivot or innovate to fulfill the demand for medical supplies and related products. To get to the portal, go to: https://spportal.dot.pa.gov/ppeinventory/pages/mschain.aspx.

- PA Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine yesterday signed an order providing direction for maintaining and cleaning buildings for businesses authorized to maintain in-person operations. READ RELEASE | READ ORDER.

- PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro is urging people to be on the alert for scams, including those aimed at people signing up for unemployment compensation. Shapiro says fake unemployment-filing websites attempt to steal personal information or get data to sell. He urges residents to stay away from websites purporting to help people file unemployment claims. People should only apply for unemployment compensation online at www.uc.pa.gov. Those who see a website or email claiming to be a source for filing for unemployment outside of the state Department of Labor and Industry should report it to the Office of Attorney General at www.attorneygeneral.gov/scams.

Additional Resources:


Posted 4/3/20

- We want to make you aware of a news release issued today by First Quality, Clinton County’s largest employer, announcing their efforts in response to what our community, nation and world are facing with the Coronavirus. We thank them for all of their generous contributions to our greater community. Click on the following link to First Quality’s website to read the news release: 

https://www.firstquality.com/en/Content/press-releases/first-quality-makes-donations-in-support-of-pandemic-relief.


Posted 4/3/20

- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Clinton County. To date, 63 of the state’s 67 counties have confirmed cases of the virus. Governor Wolf today recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons, READ RELEASE, and the Department of Health issued guidance on homemade masks. The Department provides daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak on their website, www.health.pa.gov.

- The federal Paycheck Protection Program – which is being carried out through financial institutions – began today. We encourage businesses interested in this program to work with your local lender (Click Here for an updated list of area financial institutions). Applications for this program will be accepted through June 30, 2020, or until funds are exhausted.

Final guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program were issued just last night, so local lenders are working to quickly finalize details to address their customers’ needs. The program provides three scenarios for calculating maximum loan amounts depending on how long the business has been in operation and whether it is seasonal:

    • PPP Loan Calculator 1 — Non-seasonal & In business 2/15/19-6/30/19 (will apply to most businesses that operated in 2019) 
    • PPP Loan Calculator 2 — Non-seasonal & NOT in business 2/15/19-6/30/19 (will apply to new businesses)
    • PPP Loan Calculator 3 — Seasonal business (will apply to businesses that don't operate year-round)

- For information on the Paycheck Protection Program and other COVID-19-related funding options through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), click here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options.

- The state has announced a process for businesses wanting to request a temporary suspension of Regulatory Requirements and Permit Conditions. The PA Chamber of Business & Industry today noted that, under the Disaster Emergency Proclamation ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, the governor has the authority to suspend regulatory obligations and other legal obligations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses interested in seeking a temporary suspension of regulatory requirements/permit conditions should fill out this form and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those interested in a suspension of federal requirements should contact US EPA Region III and refer to the US EPA March 26, 2020 memorandum.

Additional Resources:

- The services of STEP, the community action agency serving Clinton and Lycoming counties, touches the lives of many local individuals and families. While STEP facilities are currently closed to customer walk-ins, most of the agency’s services – considered essential – continue to offer assistance. Click Here for details or visit www.stepcorp.org for up-to-date information.


Posted 4/2/20

- The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the federal CARES Act, begins tomorrow. The program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans through existing SBA-certified local lenders. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply through local lenders. These funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to make an appointment with your local lender as soon as possible.

The U.S. Treasury has issued additional guidance for Paycheck Protection Program. Click Here for the UPDATED – Small Business PPP Loan Guide. Click Here for a brief, updated program overview: Paycheck Protection Program Overview.

- The U.S. Chamber offers an updated guide for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) being administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click Here for the SBA EIDL Guide

- There’s also updated information on the Employee Retention Tax Credit for COVID-19 impacted employers. Click Here for the Emp. Retention Credit Guide.

- The state has closed the window to apply for a state-level grant, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA), designed to provide critical working capital financing to small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to SEDA-COG, the application window was closed because loan requests exceeded the $61 million available loan pool. Successfully submitted applications will be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PDIA) for approval, and successful applicants will then be notified by PIDA. Businesses who contacted SEDA-COG about the CWCA program will receive an email regarding the status of their inquiry and application. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 - A reminder: tomorrow, April 3, is the deadline for businesses to apply for an exemption to show they provide a life-sustaining service, according to Governor Wolf. To request a waiver, go to: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open.

Additional Resources:

- Click Here for a Coronavirus-related poster from the PA Department of Labor & Industry on how employees can keep themselves safe at work.

- Penn State Extension is offering more than 50 free courses from their online library during the month of April. For more information, go to: https://extension.psu.edu/shopby/online-courses.


Posted 4/1/20

- Today, the state announced it will stop accepting waiver applications from businesses wanting to be considered as a Life-Sustaining Business, as of this Friday, April 3, 2020.  Click Here for news release.


Posted 4/1/20

-  Governor Wolf announced that a “Stay-at-Home” order has been extended to every county in the state, through at least April 30, 2020, in an effort to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. In light of this order, the Partnership team is limited in our ability to communicate with members via mass email. We will continue to do our best to keep you up to date. We strongly encourage you to regularly visit this webpage for updates. You can reach us through our cell phones and emails (available the top of this page).

 - Click Here for the Stay-at-Home order guidelines.

- Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, established through the federal CARES Act, will start to be accepted this Friday, April 3, 2020. The program will be administered through local lenders, Click Here for a list of area financial institutions for your information. We ask your patience if you are attempting to secure a loan through this (and any other) program. Local financial lenders are still receiving direction from the U.S. Department of Treasury on specific guidelines. Our website post from earlier today provides links to program information and the application.

- The PA Liquor Control Board is offering limited online sales, and deliveries, of alcohol, starting today. Click Here for news release.


Posted 4/1/20

- NEW:  The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued new information for the Paycheck Protection Program, established through the federal CARES Act. The Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Click on the following link for initial guidance. You can also go to the U.S. Treasury webpage for additional information: https://home.treasury.gov/cares.

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be administered through local lenders. The federal government is working with financial institutions to finalize the application process, and applications could start being accepted in the next few days. Click on this link to Download the application. The Partnership is developing a list of local lenders who will be participating in this program and will pass that information along.

- As previously noted, applications are being accepted for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program being administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click here for the SBA EIDL portal.

- As employers begin to navigate the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a helpful FAQ document pertaining to the Employee Retention Tax Credit section of the law is now available.  Developed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the document answers a wide range of potential questions – including what types of businesses qualify for the credit, how it is calculated and the availability of the credit.  To view the FAQ document, click here.

- PennDOT has announced more than 60 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active across the state this week. Click Here for news release for details.

- Utilities serving Clinton County are supporting relief efforts. The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $500,000 to food banks and an additional $1.5 million in matching contributions to United Way agencies to assist with COVID-19 response efforts, including a $5,000 donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Mill Hall (Click Here for news release). The PPL Foundation has donated $500,000 to their Operation HELP program to help low-income customers pay heating bills (Click Here for news release).

Additional Resources: 

- SEDA-COG (the Lewisburg-based regional planning and development organization that serves Clinton and surrounding counties) has established a webpage highlighting available Coronavirus-related resources. Click here: https://seda-cog.org/covid-19/

- Pennsylvania has published a guide, “Responding to COVID-19,” which contains information about the orders, mitigation efforts, resources for individuals, schools and businesses. Click here: RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

- The U.S. Department of Labor offers information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Click on the following link for Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

- The Main Street America program has information on federal/national resources, Main Street resources and tools, available webinars and tip sheets. Click here: https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources#FederalandNationalResources


Posted 3/31/20

-Governor Wolf yesterday extended, until further notice, the closure period for non-life-sustaining businesses, as well as schools across the state. READ RELEASE.  We realize the hardships everyone is experiencing and have received questions from many businesses and organizations for information on the federal and state loan programs that are being established as a response to the Coronavirus. Please know that websites such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) are being overwhelmed with people trying to apply for loans. In addition, guidelines and requirements for at least one of the loan programs – the Paycheck Protection Program authorized under the CARES federal stimulus package signed into law this past Friday – have not yet been finalized. The U.S. Treasury is working with lending institutions to carry out this program. We will communicate the guidelines as soon as they become available.

- The PA Chamber of Business & Industry provides a good summary for businesses in response to the most asked questions:

What are the loans and financial resources being made available to small businesses?

- CLICK HERE for information and to apply for a federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $2 million, including a grant of up to $10,000 available within three days of a successful application. (Note from the Partnership: The ‘grant’ referred to here is called an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Apply for the Loan Advance here.)

- CLICK HERE for guidance on key business programs in the recently-passed federal financial recovery bill.

- CLICK HERE for an explanation of the Paycheck Protection Program to provide loans for small businesses.

- CLICK HERE for information on Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program to provide working capital financing to impacted small businesses.

Does Governor Wolf's business shutdown order affect my business?

- CLICK HERE for the most current list of exempt industries and HERE for a FAQ document developed by the Wolf administration.

- CLICK HERE to apply for a waiver if your business is subject to the shutdown.

What are the new paid leave mandates and unemployment compensation changes?

- CLICK HERE for brief summary from the U.S. Department of Labor.

- CLICK HERE for a FAQs document from the U.S. Department of Labor.

- CLICK HERE for a PA Chamber summary of both Pennsylvania and Federal changes to the unemployment compensation system.

NOTE from the Partnership:  There are benefits, requirements and restrictions associated with each of these government loan programs. We encourage you to assess your individual situation as you determine what programs could be most helpful to your business. You are welcome to reach out to the Partnership for support.

 

Additional Resources:

- The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center offers assistance to business owners who may be struggling with SBA loan applications. Use the following link to connect with an SBDC business consultant: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup

- To contact the U.S. SBA Customer Service Center, call 1-800-659-2955; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

- Coronavirus resources/posters/fact sheets for employers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html


Posted 3/30/20

The PA Department of Health has updated guidance (Click Here for Dept of Health UPDATED Business Guidanceand Frequently Asked Questions (Click Here for COVID-19 FAQ for Businessesdesigned for businesses to help your decision-making during this time. They have also developed a risk assessment tool you can use as a framework when making decisions about operations (Click Here for Risk Assessment Tool).

- Governor Wolf Friday signed several pieces of support legislation in response to the ongoing crisis:

-  House Bill 68 makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the PA Department of Labor & Industry to waive the one-week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency; provides automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose accounts would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency; and increases timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans.

- Senate Bill 751 waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, and ensures school employees are paid during the closure.

- Senate Bill 422 reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2.

- House Bill 1232 provides $50 million for the Wolf Administration to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services.

Meanwhile, the PA Department of State announced a series of temporary licensing waivers for health care workers. The state has streamlined the process for retired doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other health care workers, allowed out-of-state practitioners to practice in Pennsylvania, expanded telemedicine, and launched a portal to purchase supplies.

- The Keystone Central School District Tax Office has implemented a new due date of July 15, 2020 for 2019 Final Earned Income Tax (EIT) Returns. Any payments owed for 2019 Final EIT Returns can be paid, interest and penalty free, on or before July 15, 2020. Read more: www.go.kcsd.us/taxoffice. You can also click on the following link for additional Coronavirus-related information from KCSDFrequently Asked Questions Document

- Lock Haven University has established an Emergency Student Fund in response to the increased hardships their students are now facing. To support that effort, click on the following link: LHU Emergency Student Fund to help students stay enrolled and complete their degree. The fund addresses students’ immediate and greatest needs related to housing, transportation issues, food insecurity, insufficient technology and internet access, and online learning assistance.

- The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers continue to offer webinars covering how businesses and nonprofits can apply for federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. Click on the following link to register for the March 31 seminar https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26685.

- The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. Read more: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/all-news-details.aspx?newsid=719.

Additional Resources:

- Horizon Federal Credit Union offers small business support in response to Coronavirus: https://www.horizonfcu.org/horizon-cares/

- PennDOT operational changes due to COVID-19, and Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/coronavirus.aspx

- UPMC Coronavirus updates: https://www.upmc.com/coronavirus

- Geisinger Coronavirus updates: https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus

- Bucktail Medical Center Coronavirus updates: https://bucktailmedicalcenter.org


Posted 3/28/20

Governor Wolf this afternoon added neighboring Centre County to the list of Pennsylvania counties under a “stay-at-home” order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight and continues until at least April 6.

As of noon today, Centre County had 15 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the PA Department of Health. The county’s first case was confirmed on March 20.

Under the ‘stay-at-home’ order, residents are allowed to leave home only for allowable activities and essential travel. Click on the following link for “stay-at-home” order guidelines.

There are now reported cases of the Coronavirus in 56 Pennsylvania counties. As of noon today, the Department of Health had listed no cases of the virus in Clinton County.


Posted 3/28/20

- The federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was passed yesterday, paving the way for government assistance to businesses and nonprofits. As specifics are established over the next few days with financial lenders, we encourage you to take time now to Click Here and review the CARES Act Guide and Checklist prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It will help you determine if you are eligible, what information lenders will be looking for, how much you can borrow, and if the loan will be forgiven. 

Also, Click Here to view a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which provides information about the programs and initiatives that will be available.  

- The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is a state program administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that provides critical working capital financing to small businesses adversely impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Click Here to view the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Guidelines,


Posted 3/27/20

Use the following link for COVID-19 Guidance & Resources from the PA Office of Unemployment Compensation:  https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx.  Also Click Here to see Labor & Industry UC letter regarding delays to the UC filing process and how you can best help that process.

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a series of questions and answers on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act. FFCRA is designed to provide businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members: FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

In addition, the DOL Wage and Hour Division has released a NEW POSTER on the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This must be posted by April 1, 2020. Visit https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf to download the poster and post it at your workplace. Also, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions for frequently asked questions regarding the poster.

View the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for Coronavirus Tax Relief information:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of a new web portal that will expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies for Pennsylvania’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal was developed to source the most needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals. The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the state of supplies available for purchase and will allow the Commonwealth more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania.

Partnership member R.S. Associates Insurance in Beech Creek offers health insurance and other benefit options for employees facing layoffsClick Here for additional information.

Many local restaurants are open for business, offering options such as drive-thru, delivery and pick-up. Some others who have been closed are establishing to-go options and are working to reopen soon. Please support our Partnership recommended eating establishments: http://www.clintoncountyinfo.com/clinton-county-economic-partnership-visitors-bureau/dining. All area businesses need our support….now and as we move forward in our recovery from COVID-19.


Posted 3/26/20

The state has announced a new, low-interest loan program to help small businesses recover from COVID-19 mitigation efforts and restrictions. The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) offered through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will provide loans of up to $100,000 to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Click Here to view a Fact Sheet on the loan program. Locally, SEDA-COG is now accepting applications for small businesses for the Program. Download all of the documents at this link: https://seda-cog.org/covid-19/. For questions on completing the application documents emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As an additional resource, loan and grant programs for rural communities in Pennsylvania are offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.


Posted 3/25/20

Due to the high demand for information, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a Disaster Loan Training Webinar for Small Business. Use this link:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/282c5f7 to register. If you were unable to participate today or a webinar is full, see the attached list of links for repeat webinars scheduled through next week.

The Governor’s Office has updated the list of Life-Sustaining Businesses to include additional businesses that may operate. See attached listing.

We recommend communicating with groups that are key to your business (financial institutions, landlords, utilities, permitting and other state and federal regulatory agencies, etc.) to see if they can be of help during this time.

Looking ahead, the Partnership is supporting efforts by several state-level entities to gather suggestions on how to re-boot Pennsylvania when this crisis eases. Please email your thoughts/ideas to the Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For our hospitality-related member businesses, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association offers information and resources at www.prla.org/coronavirus.


Posted 3/23/20  As the nation works to flatten the spread of the Coronavirus, enforcement of the business closures ordered by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office went into effect today (Monday, March 23). The Governor has tasked the State Police with enforcement. Click Here for details.

Resources:

- A regularly updated guide from the state that includes information for businesses: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

 - COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for businesses and workers, from the PA Dept. of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Compensation: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

- The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association offers employer information regarding furloughs and layoffs. Click Here for details.

- The PA Chamber hosts a free webinar at 11:00 a.m. this Friday, March 27, titled 2020 Coronavirus and Business Next Steps and Best Practices REGISTER

Additional information:

• The Governor today announced that public schools across Pennsylvania will remain closed for two additional weeks, until at least April 6 (it had previously been through March 30).

• Lock Haven University is waiving SAT/ACT score requirements for prospective students seeking consideration for the Fall 2020 semester. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-484-2027. Meanwhile, current LHU students are continuing coursework via remote/online learning. Unfortunately, May graduation has been postponed.

• PA legislators and the Governor have reached an agreement to postpone the April 28 primary election to June 2, 2020.

• PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources today announced all facilities at state parks and forests will remain closed through April 30, including park and forest offices and visitor centers; restrooms; campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations; all reservable facilities; and all public programs, events and trainings. The public is still able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads and parking areas.

• The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is suspending evictions and foreclosures for 60 days. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA) has halted any foreclosure actions or evictions against any of its home loan customers who may be in default. This policy will remain in effect until impacts from the virus subside. During the health crisis, the agency will stop all negative credit reporting for its mortgage customers. PHFA has more than 60,000 home loan customers.

   PHFA also monitors more than 1,130 affordable housing communities that receive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC); owners of those buildings agree to keep rents lower for a period of 30 years or longer. A message was sent from PHFA to those building owners and managers, asking them to be understanding with renters who miss April rent payments or who are already facing eviction. LIHTC building managers were encouraged to waive late payment fees for those tenants who may have reduced hours or loss of employment caused by a business slowdown.


Posted 3/21/20  Late Friday, the Governor’s office announced it is delaying, until Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m., enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s directive that  non-life-sustaining businesses must close their physical locations to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

   • Click Here for an UPDATED listing (the State has made some revisions to what had originally been published) of what is and is not considered a Life Sustaining Business.

   • Click Here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Life Sustaining Businesses.

   • The DCED website also offers a link: Resources for Businesses affected by COVID-19. Go to the homepage, https://dced.pa.gov/.


Posted 3/21/20  This week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority authorized $40 million to the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The funding is to be combined with existing funds in PIDA’s Small Business First Program and be used to provide zero-interest loans to small businesses. A combined $60 million or more in loans will be made available to businesses with 10 or fewer full-time employees. Loans of up to $100,000 will be available to use as working capital. More details on this program and instructions for how small businesses can apply will be available as soon as they are established by PIDA.

- For employees facing layoffs, Click Here for a checklist of information (PA UC Filing Materials Checklist) people will need when filing for Unemployment Compensation.

The IRS has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15, giving all taxpayers and businesses an additional three months to file and make payments without interest or penalties.


Posted 3/20/20  Clinton County Government offices will be temporarily closed to the public, starting Monday, March 23, 2020. The County is providing phone numbers and emails for the public to use for needed services. Read more


Posted 3/20/20 Questions on the Governor’s order/How to obtain a waiver:  We have been fielding questions from businesses this morning regarding whether or not they are considered to be a "life-sustaining" business.  The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has set up two e-mails regarding this issue.

- We encourage employers with questions about whether their organization needs to close to contact DCED at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- The Department has also dedicated the following e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for businesses seeking an exemption to the order. A request for an exemption should include reasons why your business should remain open and how you plan to protect employees and the public.

We also recommend businesses check the Business Resources for Coronavirus page on the PA Chamber of Commerce website for more information on COVID-19, including a regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, as well as links to government updates.


Posted 3/20/20 Governor Wolf orders non-life-sustaining businesses to close  Read More


Posted 3/20/20  Support local business! Click here for a link to the Partnership’s Dining and Lodging Guide. Please note that conditions are evolving. We recommend contacting business directly for current operating hours. 


Posted 3/20/20

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Click Here

SBA Fact Sheet: Economic Injury Disaster Loans  Click Here


Posted 3/19/20  LOCAL resources (Clinton County Economic Partnership members) that may be helpful during this time.   Click Here


Posted  3/19/20  PA Governor Wolf this afternoon announced the availability of disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Read More


Posted  3/18/20  SBA updates criteria on states for requesting disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Small businesses across Pennsylvania can access disaster assistance loans once Gov. Tom Wolf approves an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.  SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Businesses can start to fill out the forms now online in anticipation of Wolf’s request. Once a declaration is made, businesses can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. To prepare for the online application, businesses are also encouraged to review the SBA Disaster Business Loan Application forms at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms.

For more information and updates, please sign up for emails at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USSBA_134

Up to date information on Current Declared Disasters is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/Index

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) can help direct and offer guidance to central Pennsylvania businesses. Please contact Doug Wilburn, director of Business Finance, at 570-524-4491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Posted  3/16/20  Pennsylvania’s “Shared-Work” Program. Offered through the state’s Office of Unemployment Compensation, the Shared-Work Program allows employers to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equally rather than laying off any employees. This allows employers to retain their workforce during a temporary slowdown and then quickly ramp up operations without the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new employees. It also protects your employees from the financial hardship of a full layoff. Read More


Posted  3/16/20  PA Chamber of Commerce – Business Resources for the Coronavirus

https://www.pachamber.org/coronavirus/

Coronavirus Toolkit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Posted  3/16/20  Resources/Informational Websites

Pennsylvania Department of Health(current information on the virus in PA)

U.S. Travel Association(virus emergency preparedness and response)

World Health Organization(workplace readiness regarding the virus)

U.S. Travel Association(virus emergency preparedness and response)


Posted   3/16/20   ServSafe – Steps for Food Service, Restaurant Readiness

Coronavirus What you Can Do

Cleaning-vs-Sanitizing

Handwashing 101 poster