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Posted by: | Posted on: April 21, 2021

In the market for… five-a-day

first_img== by bakery consultant Wayne Caddy ==The five-a-day recommendation on fruit and vegetables is important to both the food industry and to consumers. It makes sense and is easy to understand. So if consumers have a good awareness and understanding of five-a-day, can bakers target incremental sales with products specifically designed at achieving at least one of them?Ingredients that could contribute to a consumer’s five-a-day target include some basic raw materials, which are readily available and probably already used within your bakery, such as raisins, sultanas, currants, dates, figs, apricots and prunes. All of these can go towards five-a-day. Typically, a five-a-day portion for vine fruits is one heaped tablespoon or approximately 25g per portion. Fresh, frozen, canned or chilled fruit purée or pulps can be used in dough or batter. These can give great flavour and impart softness in products.Secondary raw materials can be used to complement the overall perception of consuming five-a-day. Flour is obviously not part of five-a-day, due to the starch content, but it is the fundamental base of a product. It is fine to use white wheat flour as long as the content of fruit is at around 25% of a 100g serving. Wholemeal or malted wheat flours can also be used if required and can enhance perceptions of ’health’. Fats are usually seen as the sticking point to ’health’ in bakery products, but olive oil, given its healthier connotations, can be used and is particularly well-suited in bread dough.If using oil in batters, use rapeseed oil or pomace oil – basically a lighter olive oil that does not impart too much flavour. Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat and is full of anti-oxidative content, which is good for the heart.Natural sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup, can also enhance a healthier product. Incorporate blends of grains and seeds into your products; oats, barley, rye, flax seed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed and millet, to name but a few. Grains and seeds are a great source of vitamins and protein that generate distinctive flavour and texture.Watch out for my five-a-day recipe ideas, coming soon in British Baker.Top tips for five-a-day:? Target five-a-day bakery products around ’grazing’ or lunchbox opportunities? Focus on familiar products, which your consumer can easily identify? Keep the flavour combinations simple and not too complex? Healthier and indulgent is the key? Tell your consumer the benefits through point-of-sale.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 21, 2021

Bakers report positive sales over festive season

first_imgHigh street bakers have reported a largely positive festive perfor-mance, with a full trading week between Christmas and New Year and the mild weather aiding sales.Pie and sandwich retailer Bradley’s Bakery, in Ashton-Under-Lyne said it doubled its orders on Christmas Eve. Co-owner Mark Bradley said: “We’ve had a phenomenal Christmas our busiest ever. We sold 700 pork pies on Christmas Eve and, in the three days leading up to Christmas, we took just short of £10,000 at our one shop.” Bradley put the increased sales down to the bakery’s work on promoting itself over the past 12 months. “We’ve invested a lot of time in promotional work, and networking with other local businesses for example. We’ve also done a few tasting nights, which have been very successful.”Chris Pocklington, owner of Pocklingtons Bakery in Lincoln-shire said: “Total sales for the three months to Christmas were up by 15% on last year. However, margins were squeezed due to raw material price increases, which could not be wholly passed on to customers.”Mike Holling, retail sales director, Birds of Derby, and chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, said the retail chain experienced very satisfactory trading, with its busiest day on Christmas Eve. “Customers left it until the last minute to buy as fresh as possible,” he said. “Sales of our novelty lines rose from just short of £7,000 in 2010 to almost £14,000 this year.”Meanwhile, Angie Townsend, owner of The Tiny Cake Company, said her Christmas cake pops “went down a storm” online and in the retail outlets it supplies. “Stockists also increased orders for our hand-decorated mini Christmas cakes,” she added.Bakery also performed well in the major multiples. Waitrose saw 53% more Christmas puddings sold than last year. Its total mince pie sales were up by more than a third, with 2.4 million sold by Christmas Eve. Sainsbury’s also had a record-breaking Christmas, with its Taste the Difference range up by 10% over the quarter. Morrisons achieved record customers numbers at Christmas and The Co-operative also saw mince pie sales rise up 12%.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2021

Tomlin to teach, lecture at College

first_imgSaint Mary’s College staff announced last Friday they are excited to welcome actress and comedian Lily Tomlin to the Moreau Center for the Arts on September 27th.   Tomlin replaced actress Sigourney Weaver as this year’s Margaret Hill Endowed visiting artist. “Ms. Weaver was asked to be in a movie at the last minute,” Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations at Saint Mary’s College, said. However, she said she is excited that Tomlin agreed to fill Weaver’s space. Tomlin has starred in a number of films including “Nine to Five,” “Flirting with Disaster” and “I Heart Huckabees.” Her television career includes work on such shows as “Desperate Housewives,” and “The West Wing,” and she was the infamous voice of Miss Frizzle on the children’s show “The Magic School Bus.” Tomlin also works alongside last year’s visiting artist, Glenn Close, on the television series “Damages.” Tomlin’s career successes include a number of Tony, Peabody, and Emmy awards, as well as a Grammy award.     Emily Schmitt, a theater major said she is excited to work with Tomlin. Tomlin will teach a master class to the theater majors at Saint Mary’s, according to Schmitt. “She’s going to help us work on our character sketches and help us develop a more believable person on stage,” she said. Theater major Eva Cavadini is also looking forward to the master class. “I’m eager to learn whatever she has to offer me. As a young actress, I’m always learning new things,” Cavadini said. “This is a good opportunity for anyone who has a passion for acting.” While some girls may be nervous to work with the actress, Cavadini said, “I’m more eager rather than nervous to work with her, after all, she is a person just like anyone else.” In addition, Tomlin will dine with theater majors that evening. Schmitt is excited for this opportunity, as it will provide one-on-one time between the actress and the students. “I am really excited and feel fortunate that Saint Mary’s gives us the opportunity to work and converse with such a talented and well-known artist,” Schmitt said. That evening at 7:30 p.m., Tomlin will hold a public lecture in O’Laughlin Auditorium of the Moreau Center for the Arts, which all students are encouraged to attend. Bridget Gartenmayer, a political science major, said, “Although I am not a theater major, I am still really excited to attend Tomlin’s lecture. It’s an opportunity to hear a dominant figure in the media world speak, and I’m going to take it.” The event is free to all Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students and faculty. However, tickets are still required to attend the event.  Tickets are available at the Moreau Box Office. The event is also open to the general public with tickets costing $14 online or $13 at the window.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2021

Notre Dame, SMC communities evaluate opportunities, efforts for low socioeconomic students

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first part in a series exploring the experiences of low socioeconomic students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.From 2001 to 2014, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients at Notre Dame increased from 8 percent to 11 percent of the student body. At Saint Mary’s, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients decreased from 25 percent in 2009 to between 22 and 23 percent in 2018. Pell Grant recipients are awarded a federal scholarship based on financial need, and colleges often use the percentage of Pell students to measure the number of low socioeconomic status students enrolled.Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said while Notre Dame’s percentage increased at the same rate as its peer institutions, the University still lags behind in enrollment of low-socioeconomic status students.Claire Kopischke | The Observer “The numbers are the numbers and while we can show we’re growing, we’re not up to most of the other schools yet,” Bishop said. “Why aren’t [we] there now? It takes time. Do [we] mean to get up there? Yes.”The University is a need-blind admission school, meaning that it does not consider a student’s financial background during the admissions process. In 2010, the University implemented an “enrollment management model” to recruit a more diverse pool of applicants and attract those who might otherwise feel that the University was out of their reach, Bishop said.“We are starting to contact students as early as seventh and eighth grade, and we put a high priority on low-income or U.S. students of color or first [generation students], because those are not the natural groups that, even [in their] junior or senior year, assume that they should apply to a top-end school,” Bishop said. “You have to be more inviting, you have to get out there and contact them more.” As part of its efforts to achieve this goal, Bishop said the University pairs with a number of Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), such as QuestBridge, Cristo Rey and KIPP, to identify and attract students.Sophomore and QuestBridge liaison Eric Kim said he first discovered Notre Dame through QuestBridge, an organization that partners with schools who provide extensive financial aid packages to low-socioeconomic status students.  “There are approximately 40 partner colleges, which means they will offer a financial package or scholarship that resembles a full ride,” Kim said. “Notre Dame is on that list, which is how I found out about the school. Not to generalize, but a lot of the scholars have not heard about Notre Dame when they apply, so it’s never on our radar, whether it’s because we’re not good enough, it’s not in our culture [or] we live in a family that hasn’t been exposed to Notre Dame, such as myself. These schools are just never on our radar, even if we have qualifications to be at these schools.”While QuestBridge does not provide any financial aid towards student tuition, it helps connect low-socioeconomic status students with the resources they need, Kim said.Kim described QuestBridge’s senior year program as “a long, arduous application process.” Students first complete a QuestBridge application, and the organization selects a pool of finalists. As finalists, students can choose up to 12 colleges from QuestBridge’s partner schools, and apply to be matched with the schools through QuestBridge.“If you get matched, you get a financial aid package that resembles a full ride, plus a stipend, depending on the college,” Kim said. “A few students here have stipends so they can go back home. It really depends on the financial aid office at each school. If you get matched with multiple schools, that’s where their ranking system comes in. … The match process is a binding one to the highest-ranking one you’re matched with.”Bishop said in addition to working with schools such as QuestBridge, the University has also focused on its financial aid, increasing its aid budget by 44 percent over the past seven years.In the 2017-2018 school year, 99 percent of Saint Mary’s students received some sort of financial aid from the College. Beginning in 2018, 100 percent of incoming students will receive some sort of financial assistance, Saint Mary’s director of financial aid Kathleen Brown said. “In the past, not every student would receive a merit scholarship, but beginning this past year admission changed how they award scholarships and now every admitted student receives some type of award from the admission office,” Brown said. “So that award is not based on need, that’s based on a combination of their high school curriculum, their GPA, and their test score on either the ACT or SAT.” Brown said she encourages students to apply for small and local scholarships to aid them in financing their education.“There are a lot of free scholarship searches on the Internet, but because they’re on the Internet everyone in the world is applying for them and often the small local ones that perhaps don’t post their scholarships on the Internet — perhaps they don’t have the tech savvy to do so — they have a much smaller applicant pool and students have much better odds of winning them,” Brown said. Although finding local scholarships can be difficult for students, Brown said she recommends students speak with high school guidance counselors for information on locating them. “A lot of high schools have award ceremonies right before graduation, where the high school counselor will collect information where all of their high school seniors have won scholarships,” Brown said. “So if a student goes back to that counselor, that counselor usually knows what organizations have given students scholarships.”An additional resource Brown feels Saint Mary’s students should be aware of, she said, is the emergency fund for personal needs.“[The emergency fund] is for financial emergencies not related to paying your bill at Saint Mary’s,” Brown said. “Any student that is having any sort of a personal emergency that they feel they need funding for should go to Karen Johnson to see if she might be able to help them with some of that funding.”To further increase the number of low-socioeconomic students at Notre Dame, Bishop said the University is working to create a $1 billion endowment to fund student scholarships. Currently, the University would need to raise approximately $300 million in endowment to increase the percentage of students with incomes below $60,000 from 11 percent to over 15 percent, Bishop said. To raise that figure to 20 percent, the University would need to raise $700 million in endowment.To date, the University has raised over $580 million in pledges. However, Bishop said, this does not mean all of the money is available to use. “Some of that money has been raised and received and it’s given us more money to fund,” Bishop said. “Others are promises that, over a period of time, that donor has identified when the money will be given … so it’s in all different levels of readiness to help fund.”Bishop said the University does not currently have the funds to increase the number of low-socioeconomic status students as quickly as schools like Princeton University, which increased its Pell student enrollment from 7 percent to 23 percent between 2001 and this year. However, Bishop said he remains optimistic when considering Notre Dame’s progress.“Do we have all the money right now, lined up, to be as aggressive as Princeton and the other schools? No, we do not,” he said. “Are we getting more money each year? Yes. Do we need to show progress each year and report it? Yes. And then you guys can judge each year if we’re making enough progress or not.”Senior News Writer Megan Valley and News Writer Mary Bernard contributed to this story.Tags: Don Bishop, financial aid, income, low socioeconomic studentslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2021

Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

first_imgOn Nov. 11, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will induct former Georgia Rep. Richard Royal and pioneering Georgia soybean specialist John Woodruff into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.The celebration will be part of the college’s alumni awards ceremony and banquet at the Classic Center in downtown Athens, Georgia. The public is invited to attend but tickets are required.The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize individuals who made extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness in Georgia.“I would like to congratulate the new inductees into the Ag Hall of Fame,” said Elliott Marsh, president of the CAES Alumni Association. “The 2016 inductees are outstanding additions and join a group of notable women and men who have helped to enhance agriculture in Georgia and throughout the world.”Inductees are nominated by members of the public and selected by the awards committee of the college’s alumni association. Those nominated must possess impeccable character, outstanding leadership, noteworthy contributions to Georgia’s agricultural landscape, and recognition for achievements in agriculture as well as other areas.Former inductees include agricultural history makers such as D.W. Brooks, founder of Goldkist; J.W. Fanning, former UGA vice-president for public service and J. Phil Campbell, founding director of Cooperative Extension in Georgia.This year’s winners — Royal and Woodruff — have their own long list of accolades.Advocate for Georgia agricultureDuring his 25 years in the Georgia General Assembly, Royal earned a reputation as an advocate for agriculture. He helped to develop policies that supported Georgia farmers.Royal was first elected to the Georgia House in 1983 from the 171st District, which included Mitchell and Colquitt counties. He served as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means and on the Appropriations and Natural Resources and Environment committees. Royal helped to craft the Conservation Use Valuation Assessment law for Georgia. CUVA allows agricultural or forest lands to be placed in a covenant for a lower ad valorem rate.Even after retirement, Royal continued to play a role in crafting a law to create the Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE.) GATE was created in 2011 and expanded Georgia sales tax exemptions for all agricultural inputs. This law gave agriculture the same status granted to other industries. Royal was also instrumental in securing the funding for UGA’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park, a state-of-the-art irrigation research and education center in Camilla, Georgia.Soybean PioneerThe soybean industry in Georgia and worldwide has seen increasing yields thanks to the work of John Woodruff, a pioneering University of Georgia Extension soybean agronomist. He has long been recognized as one of the top soybean specialists in the nation. Woodruff developed computer programs to assist county agents and farmers in selecting the best possible variety for individual fields and farms.Woodruff’s research helped Georgia soybean producers in creating higher yields and higher profits. In 2014, Woodruff adapted the early season soybean production system from Mississippi and Arkansas and worked with a soybean grower to produce 116 bushels per acre. This was the first time a 100+ bushel per acre yield had been achieved in Georgia. Woodruff has also helped developing countries such as Haiti, Kenya and Tanzania produce higher yields to help combat their growing hunger rate.In addition to recognizing Royal and Woodruff, the ceremony and banquet will honor alumni award winners.This year, the CAES Award of Excellence will be presented to D. Wayne Akins Jr., Chief Retail Banking Officer of Synovus Bank, Charles Hubert Bronson Jr., former Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Dr. Beverly Lynn Sparks, former UGA Associate Dean for Cooperative Extension, and R. Lowry Weyman Hunt, Jr. (Whitey), a sixth-generation Morgan County farmer.Luke Lanier, assistant vice president of Metter Bank; Allison Perkins, UGA Cooperative Extension county agent for Bartow County; and Cliff Riner, coordinator of the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, will receive CAES Young Alumni Achievement awards.For more information about the ways that alumni of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have shaped the world visit alumni.caes.uga.edu/events/.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 19, 2020

Family Law Section’s advocacy handbook in its second printing

first_imgThe Family Law Section’s “Bounds of Advocacy” handbook is proving to be a legal best-seller in Florida, albeit a free one.The section has handed out almost 5,000 of the booklets and is ordering another 3,000.“The general thrust of it is that marital and family law is different from other forms of litigation, and it needs to be handled differently,” said Richard West, immediate past chair of the section. He helped assemble the handbook and is now actively working on its distribution.“Marital and family law takes place in this heightened emotion atmosphere that is not present in other litigation,” West added. “It involves children, and there are requirements [after the end of the case] for continued contact between the parties.”The handbook, he said, is a recognition that the minimum standards of ethical conduct contained in Florida Bar rules are insufficient for many family law cases, and that it’s possible for a litigant to win the legal battle, but lose the emotional and financial war.West pointed to a recent study that showed children of divorce were more likely to drop out of college than other students, which shows the far-reaching monetary and personal impacts.One reason for that statistic, he said, is acrimonious and lengthy court battles can drain family resources.“We often say to our clients, ‘We can easily spend what amounts to your kids’ college education on this fight,’” West said.Consequently, the handbook also promotes the “concept of constructive advocacy,” he said. “You want to leave your clients and their families better than you found them, or at a minimum as the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘First do no harm.’”As the handbook itself says, “Combative, discourteous, abrasive, ‘hard ball’ conduct by family lawyers is inconsistent with both their obligations to effectively represent their clients and their role as problem-solvers. Good family lawyers can be cordial and friendly without diminishing effective advocacy on behalf of their clients. In fact, candor, courtesy, and cooperation facilitate faster, less costly, and mutually acceptable resolution of disputes, reduce stress for lawyers, staff, and clients, reduce waste of judicial resources, and generate respect for the court system, the individual attorney, and the profession as a whole.”That last point is an important consideration, West said, as many people will have their only contact with the legal system through involvement in family law cases.The handbook, approved by the section’s executive council last June, was drafted over a two-year period by a committee headed by family lawyer Stephen Sessums of Tampa and which included former Bar President James Fox Miller. Other members include 11th Circuit Judge Judith Kreeger, Sixth Circuit Judge John C. Lenderman, Fifth Circuit Judge Raymond T. McNeal, Second District Court of Appeal Judge Stevan Northcutt, and First Circuit Judge Kenneth L. Williams, as well as Professor Robert Atkinson of the Florida State University College of Law, and attorneys Melinda P. Gamot, Ky M. Koch, Carroll Lee McCauley, and West.Since its approval, the committee and section have been concentrating on disseminating the “Bounds of Advocacy.” West said that includes sending a copy to every family court judge in the state, encouraging law schools to teach its principles, and presenting it at various lawyer meetings and seminars around the state. Presentations have also been made to the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section and the Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Copies of “Bounds of Advocacy” can be viewed and downloaded for free from the section’s Web site, http://www.familylawfla.org/. For more information or to get printed copies, contact section coordinator Debby Beck at (850) 561-5650. Family Law Section’s advocacy handbook in its second printing June 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Family Law Section’s advocacy handbook in its second printinglast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2020

3 ways to learn more every day

first_imgFor students, the summer is now over. For you professionals, school’s out forever. But just because you’re no longer enrolled in college, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new every day. Here are 3 ways you can keep learning even though you’re no longer in school.Always read: Maybe you wanna learn how to change the spark plugs in your ’92 Ford Ranger, maybe you want to find out what’s so cool about that Alexander Hamilton fella, or maybe you just want to find out what happens in the next installment of your favorite adventure series. It really doesn’t matter what it is, just keep reading. You’re giving your brain a workout and you’re teaching yourself something along the way.Be smart with your apps: If you’re like me, when you have to kill a minute at a red light or you’re stuck waiting on an oil change, you’re probably looking at Instagram, Facebook, or ESPN. Instead of making those your go-to apps, why not check out something like iTunes U or Duolingo. These apps can teach you all kinds of things you don’t know, including a new language! Bury those social apps in a folder and make them harder to access when you’ve got a few minutes to kill.Be a social networker: I’m not talking about Twitter or Snapchat. I mean be social. And get better at networking. When you’re having discussions with others, you’re always learning. Whether someone has a like-minded viewpoint or not, they probably have something to say that has value to you. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2020

7 CXOs opine on the member experience

first_imgThe expansion of digital offerings and the growing expectations of consumers who use them puts unprecedented pressure on credit unions to keep up with competition or risk irrelevancy.It’s great for credit unions to offer better rates, of course, but in today’s low-rate environment, service experience is where cooperatives can really step apart from the pack. That experience, however, must go beyond knowing when to say “please” and “thank you” at the teller line.A better service experience involves understanding with what the member struggles and meeting that need, whether it be protecting them from fraud, helping them establish a budget, or making banking easy regardless of their chosen channel.To create a truly superior user experience, credit unions must focus on what the consumer sees, thinks, and feels in every encounter and every transaction. To tackle this imperative, a new executive role has emerged — that of the CXO, or chief experience officer. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Champions League setback as Atletico report two positive coronavirus cases

first_img“We also request the utmost respect over the identity of the two positive cases.”The team were due to travel to Portugal on Monday for the closing stages of the Champions League which is being held in Lisbon as a precaution against COVID-19 rather than risk having teams travelling across Europe for home-and-away ties.The self-contained eight-team tournament will be staged behind closed doors, starting on Wednesday with the final set for Lisbon on August 23. Spanish side Atletico Madrid on Sunday reported two positive coronavirus tests, just four days before they face Leipzig in Portugal for a place in the Champions League semi-finals.”On Saturday, all members of the first team and the club’s party to Lisbon underwent tests as required by UEFA protocols to participate in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” said a club statement.”Among the results known today, two positives have appeared and they are self-isolating in their respective homes.” Local quarantines Spain has so far been one of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with 310,000 registered infections and 28,500 deaths.Although most sports have returned from a months-long lockdown caused by the virus, there are concerns that numbers of cases are beginning to rise again.In recent days, Spain has seen local quarantines imposed in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Aragon.Protective face masks have been made compulsory in several busy areas, especially in the Madrid region.Last month, Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid announced forward Mariano Diaz had tested positive for COVID-19.Sevilla, meanwhile, reported an unnamed player had also contracted the illness.Real have since been knocked out of the Champions League but Sevilla are still involved in the Europa League.They play English side Wolves in their quarter-final in Duisburg, Germany, on Tuesday.The Champions League had been put on hold since March because of the virus with the last-16 stage only completed on Friday and Saturday.In their statement on Sunday, Atletico were keen to reassure football authorities, explaining that they had followed a very strict protocol even after the end of La Liga season on July 19. Weekly tests were carried out on July 26 and August 2.For its ‘Final Eight’ tournament in Portugal, UEFA has planned strict protocols — each team will have to provide test results before travelling to the country, and will be tested again on the eve of their first match.Each positive test will require the individual to self-isolate. It was not revealed whether the two positive cases involved players or backroom staff.Atletico said UEFA as well as the Spanish and Portuguese football and health authorities have been informed and that a fresh round of tests will be carried out on the squad and support team.They admitted this could mean last-minute changes to travel schedules as well as accommodation plans in the Portuguese capital. “The club will coordinate the new schedules with UEFA and as soon as there is a new plan it will be made public,” added the statement. Topics :last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project January 12, 2018 Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1 million in funding to help transform a historic and underutilized downtown Scranton building into a vibrant, valuable office that will help revitalize the downtown and bring workers into the city.The funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, will help create the new Lackawanna County Government Center at the historic Globe building on Wyoming Avenue, bringing this piece of Scranton history back into use and allowing Lackawanna County to consolidate its government office footprint. Renovations to the building began in late summer 2017 and are expected to be completed this year.“I am proud to be here to announce my administration’s investment in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “This targeted investment will help to revitalize downtown Scranton and bring workers into the city, while repurposing a historic building.Governor Wolf was joined for the announcement and tour of the project by Senator John Blake, Representative Marty Flynn, Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.“I am excited to be here today to stand and work as one – with Governor Wolf, Senator Blake and our County Commissioners – on a project that is going to consolidate services for our residents, save our taxpayers money, return a former government building to the tax rolls and to grow business in our downtown,” Rep. Flynn said.“I sincerely appreciate Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to bringing state investment back to Northeastern Pennsylvania and specifically into the heart of downtown Scranton,” Sen. Blake said. “This state investment reduces the amount of debt Lackawanna County will have to incur to complete the consolidation of services at the former Globe Store. That means less debt service obligations on local taxpayers who will also benefit from more efficient access to county services. The state investment in this project will also serve as a catalyst for additional revitalization in Scranton’s core business district.”“Lackawanna County shares my goals of greater government efficiency, better government services, and the revitalization of our local communities, and this project dovetails with my GO-TIME initiative, which has already helped save over 217 million dollars in taxpayer money,” Governor Wolf said.“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into more livable places to work and live.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more