The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 7, 2013

Commissioner touts Cambria’s progress

Justin Dennis
jdennis@tribdem.com

EBENSBURG — The Cambria County Farm Bureau held its annual spring meeting Thursday night at the Holy Name Church Hall along North Julian Street.

Cambria County Commissioner Doug Lengenfelder gave a presentation encompassing the past year’s triumphs, including information technology, energy and the advent of the recently proposed foreign trade zone.

The county is in the process of rolling out several new digital services as part of a “Five-Year Information Technology Management Plan,” designed to encourage use of new technology where it makes “fiscal sense”: Wi-Fi in the county courthouse, a new GIS mapping system that residents can reference online and a refreshed county website to house it all at www.cambriacountypa.gov.

“We are the first county of our size in the state of Pennsylvania to do something like this,” Lengenfelder said.

Lengenfelder also hinted at new foreign business involvement – Bulgarians, to be exact. It’s a door opened by the recently proposed foreign trade zone.

Lengenfelder said he could not comment on the nature of the agreement, save that he was “really excited.”

Energy-wise, the push to tap Marcellus and Utica shale resources is still strong in the commonwealth – and the number of those wells has gone from seven to 13 since last year.

Lengenfelder cited the county’s potential wind energy production as having overtaken coal.

According to Lengenfelder, coal currently accounts for 250 megawatts of power in Cambria County, compared with wind’s 285 megawatts.

“A lot of people don’t realize how our world is changing,” he said.

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