The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 7, 2013

Business briefs 03/08/2013


Foundation receives grant for screenings

Conemaugh Health Foundation has received a $25,000 grant for prevention screenings.

The $25,000 award by the Edwards Lifesciences Fund will be used to expand Conemaugh’s diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention program, with an emphasis on diverse and underserved patients in rural areas, the foundation said in a news release.

This is the eighth consecutive year the Conemaugh foundation received an award. Of more than 200 grant recipients, only 50 received the maximum $25,000.

Screenings highlight the risks from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.

Health board seeking advance drilling notice

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Board of Health wants natural gas companies to provide 24-hour advance notice before drilling starts.

The board passed the recommendation unanimously Wednesday night. Authorities say they want the advance notice so air pollution can be monitored at drill sites.

Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County.

The requirement covers shale gas extraction, including well drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The county recently approved a long-term contract for gas drilling on thousands of acres of land around the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The plan must still be approved by the Allegheny County Council and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

State audit targets regional jobs program

OIL CITY – Findings from a state audit of a regional job development program in northwestern Pennsylvania are expected soon in response to concerns expressed by local officials about how it is managed.

The Oil City Derrick reported Thursday that a Forest County commissioner, Robert Snyder, said he’s been informed the state auditor general’s examination of the Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board and a related entity may soon be complete.

The paper said local government officials sought audits, saying they had questions about the board and the Regional Center for Workforce Excellence.

Venango County Commissioner Bonnie Summers said a federal programmatic audit is expected to begin once the state auditor general’s audit is finished.

The six-county board was established by a 1998 federal law and has a $15 million annual budget.

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