At a meeting last week of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, county executive planning and development director Byron Stauffer highlighted several points of interest, including a updated on a number of funding opportunities to expand broadband in the county.
Stauffer, who also heads the Indiana County Development Corporation, said the county has received $ 1.5 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission and is working to get the project started with internet service providers. He also said his office would work with the state’s Department of Community Development on a request for a federal grant of $ 8.5 million and a separate $ 1 million block grant that will target low-income households. and moderate.
Stauffer also said there would be a public presentation Wednesday night for the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Program for Municipalities in the Indiana School District, and another meeting on Nov. 17.e of the Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program to discuss the next four years of transportation-related projects.
Finally, Stauffer broke the rather baffling news that Indiana County was the only one of the state’s 67 counties to operate according to the 2020 Census turnout projections. He said the county’s population had declined by around 5,000 people since 2010, but the enumerators were particularly challenged by the fact that the IUP did not run face-to-face classes for most of its students and therefore did not live in the county. His office is currently reviewing census data for Indiana County.