Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, will conduct the first-ever Pennsylvania Women Veterans Symposium in Gettysburg, March 8 through 10.
The event will feature important guest speakers as well as breakout sessions on a variety of topics of particular interest to women veterans.
The event will take place at the Wyndham Hotel, and will kick off with a welcome reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8.
General sessions and breakout sessions will be held on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday morning, March 10.
Presentations will focus on women’s health-care and wellness, support for employment, legal and justice outreach, entrepreneurship, transitioning from crisis to wellbeing and more. Fitness sessions, the Mobile Veterans Center, health fair, and vendor and exhibitor tables will be available.
Meals and lodging will be provided free of charge for the weekend. The registration fee is $10 for female veterans and guests are welcome.
For more information, click here.
DCED Lowers Rates for Business Loan Programs
The Department of Community and Economic Development recently announced lower interest rates for five business loan programs to encourage new economic growth and job creation.
The slashed rates are one of the key recommendations made in a report by the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council, which outlined 15 key recommendations, including the need to improve access to capital for Pennsylvania businesses.
DCED lowered the interest rates for the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund, the Small Business First Program, the Pollution Prevention Assistance Program and the Export Financing Program from 2.75 percent to 1.50 percent.
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority also approved lowering its interest rates to 1.50 percent. PIDA and DCED will also waive its fees charged to the borrowers. The new rates will initially be in place for applications received through March 31, 2013. For more information on the programs, click the links above.
DCNR Open Grant Announcement
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for recreation and conservation grants through April 10. Grant assistance from DCNR helps communities and organizations plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, trails, and protect critical conservation areas and watersheds.
The 2013 DCNR grant program encourages applications that advance local conservation and recreation vision and implement Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and DCNR's Strategic Plan.
All applications must be submitted electronically through the Environmental eGrants System. All grant information, project guidance documents, program policies and application instructions are available on the site. For assistance with the System, please call DCNR’s Grants Customer Service Center at 1-800-326-7734 or email DCNR-Grants@pa.gov.
Specific priorities for grant proposals include: the planning and development of improvements to existing park and recreation facilities that incorporate green features; trail development projects that close gaps in major statewide greenways and regionally significant trails; projects that help communities become bicycle and pedestrian friendly; land conservation projects that protect critical habitat, forested watersheds, wetlands, and riparian corridors; projects that connect youth to nature such as natural play areas, community parks that feature green amenities particularly in urban areas; projects that enhance water trails and improve public river access; and projects identified by regional partnerships that promote outdoor recreation and conservation of natural and heritage resources through plan implementation, education, and training.
Water Company Offers Scholarships
Pennsylvania American Water is accepting applications for its 2013 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide college scholarship assistance to students who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry.
The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science, which are crucial to the water and wastewater business.
The company will award scholarships of $2,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program’s application process. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Students must currently live in one of Pennsylvania American Water’s service areas. (Students can attend college outside of the company’s service territory)
- Students must plan to attend a two or four-year college or technical school.
- Students must plan to study environmental science, environmental engineering, biology or chemistry.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive their awards in May. Family members of Pennsylvania American Water employees are not eligible.
Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and must be postmarked by Feb. 28, 2013.