U.S. Senator Bob Casey
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Key members of the Williamsport and Lycoming communities met with U.S. Senator Bob Casey at Lycoming College today, to discuss how the federal government can support sustainable economic development locally. Lycoming College President Kent Trachte, Ph.D, moderated the roundtable, which included Williamsport and Lycoming County officials and business owners who discussed the challenges they face in job growth and expanding their businesses, as well as issues surrounding healthcare, workforce development, infrastructure, transportation, federal taxes and number of related topics.
Casey’s recently proposed Community Economic Assistance Act was designed to help communities working through economic transitions and localized recessions.
“Today’s roundtable provided me with firsthand ammunition to take back to Washington as I continue to fight for a fair and comprehensive infrastructure bill, economic growth, and against ACA repeal and Medicaid block granting. Hearing directly from local officials and business leaders about the challenges they are facing is invaluable and I appreciate the time they spent with me,” said Casey.
Lycoming College President Kent Trachte, Ph.D., said, “We are grateful to the Senator for choosing Lycoming as the location for this important dialogue. The College is committed to contributing to the well-being of the Williamsport community and we make it a priority to concern ourselves with improving our own immediate neighborhood in the Old City area, as well as those neighborhoods less central to our campus.”
U.S. Senator Bob Casey spent the morning at Lycoming College discussing local economic development issues with a number of Williamsport and Lycoming County officials and business owners. From left to right: Jim Shilleen, Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Bonnie Katz, Williamsport Council member, Le Chocolat; Marshall Welch III, AutoTrakk and Lycoming College Trustee; Kim Wheeler, Lycoming County Planning; Kent Trachte, Lycoming College president; Senator Casey.