Ela Group, Inc. Promotes Thomas W. Devenney, P.E. to Director: Water/Wastewater Engineering

ELA Group, Inc., Engineers and Landscape Architects, of Lititz, State College and Butler, PA promotes Thomas W. Devenney, P.E. of Lancaster to Director: Water/Wastewater Engineering. Devenney will be overseeing and coordinating the Water/Wastewater Engineering Department’s efforts and continue his responsibilities for water and wastewater engineering design and project management.

Mount Nittany Medical Center Submits Sketch Plan for Upcoming Expansion

The future of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s upcoming expansion project became a bit clearer this week following a presentation of a sketch plan by the developers.

Mount Nittany Health representatives and project developers appeared before the College Township Planning Commission on Tuesday to discuss plans for a 10-floor, 300,000-square-foot addition to the medical center. The presentation of sketch plans, intended to garner feedback before the submission of a final land development plan, shed new light on key details for the proposed expansion.

SEDA-COG Announces New Fiscal Controller

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is pleased to announce that Jamie Carnes, a 5-year staffer, has been promoted to Fiscal Controller.

Carnes began her career in finance over ten years ago, gaining experience in financial statement preparation, general ledger activity, and capital spending management. Her career with SEDA-COG began with her role as a Finance Analyst, where she served several different departments.

Throughout Carnes’s career, she is especially proud to have worked on correcting and updating outdated and inefficient policies and procedures. “In previous positions, I felt my work only benefited larger corporations. At SEDA-COG, I feel our work in the organization has a much more direct impact on our local communities and the individuals who reside there,” Carnes said.

One of Carnes’ major goals includes supporting the varied programs that SEDA-COG provides.
“I look forward to the opportunities this position offers to grow and advance my accounting knowledge. I am grateful for my experience that will enable me to continue to provide support to the many diverse programs that SEDA-COG provides,” Carnes said.

SEDA-COG Executive Director Kim Wheeler said Carnes is well equipped to take on the larger role.
“Jamie’s experience in the world of finance and the guidance and training she was able to receive from her predecessor, Bo Hornberger, has made her the perfect person to take on this endeavor. I believe that under her financial direction and management, SEDA-COG will continue to make a major difference in our local communities for generations to come,” Wheeler said.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Lycoming College in 2011.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

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Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County launches 2023 National Civics Bee

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 National Civics Bee, a statewide initiative to encourage middle-school students to showcase and grow their understanding of, and their appreciation for, the rights and duties of American citizenship.

The Chamber, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is hosting the Bee in Centre County.

Middle-school students from public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to take part in a 500- word essay competition. Judges will then select 20 essay winners, who will test their civics knowledge by competing in a live quiz event. The live event will be held April 17 in Centre County. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $1,000 for the first-place winner.