MACKEYVILLE – Clinton County Economic Partnership CEO Mike Flanagan provided a brief update on the proposed Renovo Energy Center at the organization’s annual meeting.
Flanagan said center officials and potential investors were in Lock Haven and Renovo last week to meet with local and state officials. “REC is pursuing plans to locate a power station in the former Renovo industrial park”, said Flanagan.
Flanagan is cautiously optimistic about the future of the plant.
The somewhat controversial project was approved in May by the Ministry of Environmental Protection after seven years of work.
Demolition and construction could possibly begin later this year, according to previous reports.
The estimated $ 850 million project could bring around 500 workers to the site and take more than two years to build. Twenty-five percent of these jobs could become permanent.
The project is supported by Renovo City Council, Clinton County Commissioners, Renovo Community Trade Association, State Representative Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton / Center) and State Senator Cris Dush (R-Jefferson).
Flanagan also announced the cancellation of the partnership’s annual dinner and holiday party.
Dinner usually takes place in October and the holiday party is scheduled for December. Both events draw large crowds and, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the decision has been made to cancel for this year.
Those present unanimously re-elected four incumbents to the partnership’s board of directors for a term of three years each.
The Town of Lock Haven will be represented by Councilor Steve Stevenson. Councilor Rick Conklin attended the meeting in Stevenson’s place due to another obligation on Wednesday night. Bobby Maguire will represent Big Woods Land Company; Stella A’s Bar & Grill is represented by Louis Anastos; and individual member Jim Hanna were re-elected. Hanna was unable to attend the meeting held at the Clinton County Fair Grounds in Mackeyville.
Chamber and Tourism Director Julie Brennan presented her own updates during the meeting.
Brennan told members that the Clinton County annual tourism and recreation grant program was able to award a total of $ 50,000 in grants to 16 different nonprofits and local municipalities.
The program is made possible through collaboration with the Clinton County Planning Office and commissioners, Brennan said.
Brennan noted that her office continues to try to attract small groups to meetings and rallies in the county.
She also highlighted a variety of events planned for this fall.
“Autumn is always an extremely busy time and we hope that a number of key events will occur”, Brennan said.
Upcoming events include:
– The Ross Library book sale runs until Saturday, September 18.
– The Boulder Beast Trail Challenge scheduled for Saturday September 18th.
– Truckers 4 Hope scheduled for September 25-27.
– Pine Creek Seed Farm, from Avis, will be offering a 10 acre corn maze every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.
– Spook Haven will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
– Brews in the Barn is scheduled for Saturday October 2.
– Clinton County SPCA Pet Extravaganza scheduled for October 2nd.
– Flaming Foliage Festival scheduled for October 8-10.
– The Christmas Craft Festival in the Barns is scheduled for October 16-17.
– Reunion at Lock Haven University October 21-24.
– Hooskow Chainsaw Carving Festival from October 28 to 30.
April Bittner, Leadership and Business Zone Coordinator, provided an update on the 2021-2022 Clinton County Leadership Class.
Bittner said 16 participants have been accepted into the program and the 22nd year will begin with an opening retreat on September 17-18.