Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health Center

first_img December 23, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health Center Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed an $11 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund development of a federally qualified health center in Lewistown. The tax credits will be used for the construction of a three-story, 45,000 square foot facility that will be used to expand access to healthcare for residents in the region.“The goal of this project is to address the need for healthcare in underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties,” said Governor Wolf. “Of course, there also will be economic benefits connected with the construction and operation of this new medical facility. So the region will see multiple benefits stemming from this new construction.”The Primary Health Network will be the anchor tenant of the facility, using the new building to provide primary and specialty healthcare services, including dental and behavioral care. Additionally, one third of the building will be leased to Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare organizations.The health center’s service area includes federally designated medically underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties experiencing a shortage of primary health care and mental health professionals. The new facility will address these shortages for low-income people, giving them better access for such things as oral healthcare, misalignment of teeth, mental health screenings, and treatment for depression and anxiety.“New Markets Tax Credits help to address gaps in financing and enable projects that might otherwise become stalled to move forward to construction,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “This is a very worthwhile project that will produce benefits now and for years to come.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.The developer for the project is Keystone Health Care Development Services, which has experience executing New Markets Tax Credit deals. The nonprofit developer has completed two prior NMTC-financed developments in Punxsutawney and Sharon.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of these tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.About the Primary Health NetworkPHN began as a small community health center in 1984 and has since grown to include more than 45 service facilities located throughout 16 counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Data and statistics often hide the real picture

first_imgLocalNews Data and statistics often hide the real picture by: – August 9, 2011 Dr. Francis Severin, Head of UWI Open Campus.Head of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus in Dominica, Dr. Francis Severin, told a youth symposium yesterday that data and statistics in relation to crime and violence often hides the real picture.Dr. Severin was one of the facilitators of a “Youth and Violence” Symposium for youths from across the Caribbean Region including Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent, Jamaica, and Dominica.“Very often data and statistics tend to hide the real picture, because indeed there is a dark side of crime. Whether there is; and that sounds clichéd, there is one murder or two murders, or one aggravated assault, or one forcible rape someone, in fact several people by the multiplying effect, are impacted negatively. And therefore what statistics and data can tend to do is to trivialize and minimize the emotional impact, the socio-economic impact, the sensibility of well-being that people experience,” he said.Dr. Severin noted that while some may be of the view that the rate of crime in Dominica is not as bad as in neighboring islands, we need to be more sensitive to those who have been affected by them.“Quite often articulated sometimes in radio programmes where people call to say oh well Dominica or Grenada is not as bad as St. Lucia or Jamaica and so on and so forth. That to me is being extremely rude to those people who have been victimized by crime and other violent acts.”Dr. Severin is of the view that statistics tends to ‘shroud the human element that is affected by crime and violence.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Windies fight back to share honours on opening day

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand, (CMC) – West Indies twice fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand, to steal a share of the honours on the opening day at Seddon Park here Saturday.Opting to bowl first, the Caribbean side managed to limit the Black Caps to 286 for seven, ensuring that none of their top batsmen surived long enough to inflict irreparable damage.Left-handed opener Jeet Raval top-scored with 84 and the in-form Colin de Grandhomme slammed an aggressive 58 while captain Kane Williamson got 43.A couple other batsmen got starts but the Windies snuffed them out before they flourished.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel recovered from a poor start to end with three for 79 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 37.Raval ensured the Kiwis had a strong start anchoring 65 for the first wicket with Tom Latham who made 22 and a further 89 for the second wicket with Williamson.With the Windies seamers too full in length, Raval and Latham played positively and had gathered 47 runs in the first hour with ease.However, West Indies finally got the breakthrough half-hour before the interval when Latham entangled himself with an attempted pull at a short one from Cummins and edged a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.Raval, unbeaten on 44, and Williamson saw New Zealand to lunch on 87 for one, before extending their partnership following the resumption to put West Indies on the back foot.The left-handed Raval faced 157 balls and struck 15 boundaries while Williamson counted five fours off 96 deliveries.They kept West Indies without success in the first hour and were threatening to end the session without being separated when the visitors struck twice in quick succession.The right-handed Williamson tried to turn an innocuous leg-side delivery from Cummins and was taken by Dowrich, 25 minutes before tea.And Raval followed three overs later, caught low down by Dowrich, nicking one that Gabriel got to shape away.Left with the task of rebuilding at 173 for three at tea, New Zealand were dealt another blow in the third over following the resumption when Ross Taylor (16) attempted to cut one too close to him from pacer Kemar Roach, and top-edged a catch to Dowrich who pouched it on the second attempt.When left-hander Henry Nicholls (13) was lbw three overs later, missing one angled in, to give debutant left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer his first Test wicket, New Zealand were slumping 189 for five.However, de Grandhomme arrived to repair the damage for the Kiwis, fuelling a 76-run, sixth wicket stand with Mitchell Santner who scored 24.The right-handed de Grandhomme, coming off a maiden hundred in the first Test in Wellinglast week, continued where he left off as he dominated the Windies bowling.He belted five fours and four sixes, including two off Roston Chase in the part-time off-spinner’s 12th over which leaked 19 runs.De Grandhomme raised his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he clobbered stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite over the ropes at backward square in the final hour.The Black Caps were romping towards the finish at 265 without further loss when Gabriel struck twice in quick succession, to engineer yet another Windies fight back.Firstly, he bowled Santner middle stump with the second delivery with the second new ball, about half-hour before the close, before claiming the prized wicket of de Grandhomme – bowled with a full length delivery.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings Raval c Dowrich b Gabriel 84  Latham c Dowrich b Cummins 22  Williamson c Dowrich b Cummins 43  Taylor c Dowrich b Roach 16  Nicholls lbw b Reifer 13  Santner b Gabriel 24  de Grandhomme b Gabriel                 58  Blundell not out 12  Wagner not out 1   Extras                     (nb-10 w-3)               13  Total                      (for 7 wickets, 87 overs) 286 Fall of wickets: 1-65 T. Latham,2-154 K. Williamson,3-159 J. Raval,4-186 R. Taylor,5-189 H. Nicholls,6-265 M. Santner,7-275 C. de GrandhommeTo bat: T. Southee, T. BoultBowling:  S. Gabriel  20 – 3 – 83 – 3(nb-5 w-1),K. Roach 19 – 7 – 45 – 1(nb-1),M. Cummins 16 – 4 – 33 – 2(nb-4 w-2), R. Chase  12 – 1 – 78 – 0,               Reifer 17 – 8 – 36 – 1,K. Brathwaite 3 – 0 – 11 – 0.last_img read more