Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces $2.5 Million Investment in Agriculture, Tourism Projects

Mar 15, 2006, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell said
 today that new investments in Pennsylvania's tourism and agriculture
 industries will benefit hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, help re-establish
 Conneaut Lake Park in Crawford County as a tourist destination, and create a
 coal mining museum.
     "Pennsylvania's economy continues to grow, but it is not happening by
 accident," said Governor Rendell.  "We are making strategic investments in key
 industries to provide new opportunities, improve our economic competitiveness,
 and support the revitalization of our communities.
     "Agriculture and tourism are two of our most important industries and
 these projects will have an impact across the state.  Nearly one million
 people work in agriculture and nearly 460,000 work in tourism.  From the
 development of a new tourist destination in Berks County to the creation of a
 digester facility in Blair and Bedford counties, our investments and economic
 policies are driving Pennsylvania in the right direction."
     The projects, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will
 receive a total of $2.5 million.  Since last year, the CFA has approved more
 than $25 million for 170 projects throughout the commonwealth.
     The $150 million First Industries Fund is a vital part of the Governor's
 economic stimulus package, and is administered by the Commonwealth Financing
 Authority.  The program provides grants, loans and loan guarantees to
 businesses in the agriculture and tourism industries.
     The following tourism projects received grants approved by the CFA:
 
     Berks County
     Freymoyer Farm will receive a $75,900 planning grant to transform its
 120-acre tree farm into an overnight lodging and commercial wingshooting
 operation for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and tourists.  The facility will
 offer various activities including upland bird and dear hunting, guided fly-
 fishing and instruction, escorted birding and hiking, and float trips on the
 Schuylkill River.  The funds will be used for economic feasibility studies,
 habitat restoration and design, architecture, zoning, engineering and
 marketing strategies.
 
     Crawford County
     The Economic Progress Alliance will receive a $175,000 planning grant to
 develop a master plan to re-establish Conneaut Lake Park as a premier tourism
 destination.  Located in Sadsbury and Summit townships, the project will
 entail using professional service providers to enhance the tourist experience.
 Funds will be used for a development plan, including facility and
 infrastructure assessments, financial and operational assessments, a legal
 review, engineering pre-design, and site analyses.  The total planning costs
 is estimated at $175,000.
 
     Greene County
     The United Mine Workers Career Centers Inc. will receive a $175,000
 planning grant for a feasibility study for the development of Coal Heritage
 Park in Washington Township on the Old Gateway Mine Portal.  The goal is to
 create a nationally recognized coal mining museum and heritage park for both
 educational and entertainment purposes.  The funds will be used to address
 market, organizational, technical and financial issues during the development
 process.  The total planning costs are estimated at $275,000.
 
     Tourism-related entities are eligible for grants of up to $175,000 for
 predevelopment and feasibility studies.  Loans are available for costs
 incurred through historic, heritage, cultural, sporting, amusement, nature,
 outdoor recreational or retail destination projects in Pennsylvania;
 associated hospitality and restaurant establishments; businesses that develop
 and market travel packages; and public/private partnerships formed to enhance
 or optimize the use of state-owned parks and state game lands.  Applicants
 also have access to loan guarantees up to $2.5 million, or 50 percent of their
 outstanding project costs, whichever is less.
 
     The following agriculture project received a planning grant approved by
 the CFA:
 
     Blair and Bedford Counties
     The Cove Area Regional Digester Project will receive a $75,500 planning
 grant to conduct a wastewater handling and disposal analysis and a site
 development study for a digester to be built in North Woodbury Township.  Upon
 completion, the digester will treat, process and dewater manure to produce a
 viable product that could be used for bedding, greenhouse potting soil and
 soiling amendments.  The funds will be used to determine the feasibility of
 developing the project in the selected site.  The entire project cost is
 estimated at $20 million.
 
     Agriculture and agriculture-related projects may include production
 agriculture, agribusiness, the wholesale or retail sale of farm commodities,
 farmers' markets, energy-related activities impacting production agriculture
 or agribusiness, and activities which implement best management practices
 related to agricultural waste and waste byproducts.  Grants up to $175,000 are
 available to fund predevelopment and feasibility studies.  Loans up to
 $5 million can be used for agriculture and agriculture-related project costs.
 Applicants will also have access to loan guarantees up to $2.5 million, or
 50 percent of their outstanding project costs, whichever is less.
 
     The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects
 from programs created by Governor Rendell's economic stimulus package.  The
 CFA oversees the First Industries Fund, Business in Our Sites, the Tax
 Increment Financing Guarantee, New PA Venture Capital Investment, New
 Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee, Building PA, PennWorks, and the Second Stage
 Loan programs.
     For guidelines and more information on the First Industries Fund and other
 economic stimulus programs, visit http://www.newPA.com, or call 1-866-GO-NEWPA
 (1-866-466-3972).
 
     The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses.  To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a list of loans approved by DCED and ratified by
 the CFA.  First Industries Fund loans will be provided through the Small
 Business First Program (SBF) or the Machinery & Equipment Loan Fund (MELF).
 
 
     FIRST INDUSTRIES FUND -- AGRICULTURE LOANS (RATIFIED)
 
     Beanie's Chuck Wagon    For Beanie's Chuck Wagon,    Leacock      $414,909
                             a producer of mustards,      Township     (MELF)
                             glazes, dressings, sauces,   (Lancaster)
                             etc., to purchase processing
                             equipment.
 
     Trail Nurseries, LLC &  For Trail Nurseries, a       Dover        $200,000
     Harmony Grove Growers,  wholesale nursery            Township     (SBF)
     LLC                     specializing in high-quality (York)
                             annuals, to be used for land
                             and building acquisition,
                             building renovations and
                             related costs to expand
                             operations.
 
     Matson Lumber Company   For Matson Lumber Company,   Brookville   $200,000
                             a manufacturer of forest     Borough      (SBF)
                             products, to purchase and    (Jefferson)
                             install an energy-efficient
                             and environmentally friendly
                             high-tech dry-kiln broiler
                             system.
 
     Cherry Crest Farm, LLC  For Cherry Crest Farm, LLC,  Paradise     $200,000
                             a beef cattle, broiler       Township     (SBF)
                             producing and agri-tourism   (Lancaster)
                             promoting farm, for the
                             purchase of a neighboring
                             89-acre farm.
 
     Donna Hoffman Farm      For Donna Hoffman Farm,      Douglass     $180,000
                             a goat meat farm, to         Township     (SBF)
                             purchase a 10-acre farm      (Montgomery)
                             consisting of a barn,
                             residence, pasture and
                             wooded lot.
 
     Bleacher Farms, LLC     For Bleacher Farms, LLC,     Millersville $179,000
                             a crop and egg producing     Borough      (MELF)
                             farm, as well as a custom    (Lancaster)
                             machine forging operation,
                             to purchase machinery and
                             equipment for the farming
                             operation.
 
     LaMar Troup dba         For By-A-Damsite Farms,      McClure      $165,000
     By-A-Damsite Farms      a producer of farm           Borough      (SBF)
                             commodities, to purchase     (Snyder)
                             115 acres of farmland.
 
     Queens Farm             For Queens Farm, an organic  Sadsbury     $160,000
                             vegetable farm, to purchase  Township     (SBF)
                             34.2 acres of additional     (Chester)
                             land.
 
     Robert H. & Karen K.    For the Robert H. & Karen K. Lower        $160,000
     Gochenaur, III Farm     Gochenaur, III Farm, a       Chanceford   (SBF)
                             turkey and dairy heifer      Township
                             farm, to construct a hog     (York)
                             barn in order to expand the
                             farm activities to include
                             a swine operation.
 
     Del Grosso Foods, Inc.  For Del Grosso Foods, Inc.,  Antis        $150,000
                             a tomato sauce, salsa &      Township     (SBF)
                             meatball producer, to        (Blair)
                             purchase new equipment to
                             keep up with increased
                             consumer demand.
 
     Hasch Daal Farms        For Hasch Daal Farms, a row  Greenwich     $12,175
                             crop, beef cattle, and hay   Township      (MELF)
                             farm, to purchase machinery  (Berks)
                             and equipment for farming
                             operations.
 
     CONTACT:  Kate Philips, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor,
 +1-717-783-1116; or Kevin Ortiz (DCED), +1-717-783-1132
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell said
 today that new investments in Pennsylvania's tourism and agriculture
 industries will benefit hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, help re-establish
 Conneaut Lake Park in Crawford County as a tourist destination, and create a
 coal mining museum.
     "Pennsylvania's economy continues to grow, but it is not happening by
 accident," said Governor Rendell.  "We are making strategic investments in key
 industries to provide new opportunities, improve our economic competitiveness,
 and support the revitalization of our communities.
     "Agriculture and tourism are two of our most important industries and
 these projects will have an impact across the state.  Nearly one million
 people work in agriculture and nearly 460,000 work in tourism.  From the
 development of a new tourist destination in Berks County to the creation of a
 digester facility in Blair and Bedford counties, our investments and economic
 policies are driving Pennsylvania in the right direction."
     The projects, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will
 receive a total of $2.5 million.  Since last year, the CFA has approved more
 than $25 million for 170 projects throughout the commonwealth.
     The $150 million First Industries Fund is a vital part of the Governor's
 economic stimulus package, and is administered by the Commonwealth Financing
 Authority.  The program provides grants, loans and loan guarantees to
 businesses in the agriculture and tourism industries.
     The following tourism projects received grants approved by the CFA:
 
     Berks County
     Freymoyer Farm will receive a $75,900 planning grant to transform its
 120-acre tree farm into an overnight lodging and commercial wingshooting
 operation for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and tourists.  The facility will
 offer various activities including upland bird and dear hunting, guided fly-
 fishing and instruction, escorted birding and hiking, and float trips on the
 Schuylkill River.  The funds will be used for economic feasibility studies,
 habitat restoration and design, architecture, zoning, engineering and
 marketing strategies.
 
     Crawford County
     The Economic Progress Alliance will receive a $175,000 planning grant to
 develop a master plan to re-establish Conneaut Lake Park as a premier tourism
 destination.  Located in Sadsbury and Summit townships, the project will
 entail using professional service providers to enhance the tourist experience.
 Funds will be used for a development plan, including facility and
 infrastructure assessments, financial and operational assessments, a legal
 review, engineering pre-design, and site analyses.  The total planning costs
 is estimated at $175,000.
 
     Greene County
     The United Mine Workers Career Centers Inc. will receive a $175,000
 planning grant for a feasibility study for the development of Coal Heritage
 Park in Washington Township on the Old Gateway Mine Portal.  The goal is to
 create a nationally recognized coal mining museum and heritage park for both
 educational and entertainment purposes.  The funds will be used to address
 market, organizational, technical and financial issues during the development
 process.  The total planning costs are estimated at $275,000.
 
     Tourism-related entities are eligible for grants of up to $175,000 for
 predevelopment and feasibility studies.  Loans are available for costs
 incurred through historic, heritage, cultural, sporting, amusement, nature,
 outdoor recreational or retail destination projects in Pennsylvania;
 associated hospitality and restaurant establishments; businesses that develop
 and market travel packages; and public/private partnerships formed to enhance
 or optimize the use of state-owned parks and state game lands.  Applicants
 also have access to loan guarantees up to $2.5 million, or 50 percent of their
 outstanding project costs, whichever is less.
 
     The following agriculture project received a planning grant approved by
 the CFA:
 
     Blair and Bedford Counties
     The Cove Area Regional Digester Project will receive a $75,500 planning
 grant to conduct a wastewater handling and disposal analysis and a site
 development study for a digester to be built in North Woodbury Township.  Upon
 completion, the digester will treat, process and dewater manure to produce a
 viable product that could be used for bedding, greenhouse potting soil and
 soiling amendments.  The funds will be used to determine the feasibility of
 developing the project in the selected site.  The entire project cost is
 estimated at $20 million.
 
     Agriculture and agriculture-related projects may include production
 agriculture, agribusiness, the wholesale or retail sale of farm commodities,
 farmers' markets, energy-related activities impacting production agriculture
 or agribusiness, and activities which implement best management practices
 related to agricultural waste and waste byproducts.  Grants up to $175,000 are
 available to fund predevelopment and feasibility studies.  Loans up to
 $5 million can be used for agriculture and agriculture-related project costs.
 Applicants will also have access to loan guarantees up to $2.5 million, or
 50 percent of their outstanding project costs, whichever is less.
 
     The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects
 from programs created by Governor Rendell's economic stimulus package.  The
 CFA oversees the First Industries Fund, Business in Our Sites, the Tax
 Increment Financing Guarantee, New PA Venture Capital Investment, New
 Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee, Building PA, PennWorks, and the Second Stage
 Loan programs.
     For guidelines and more information on the First Industries Fund and other
 economic stimulus programs, visit http://www.newPA.com, or call 1-866-GO-NEWPA
 (1-866-466-3972).
 
     The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses.  To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a list of loans approved by DCED and ratified by
 the CFA.  First Industries Fund loans will be provided through the Small
 Business First Program (SBF) or the Machinery & Equipment Loan Fund (MELF).
 
 
     FIRST INDUSTRIES FUND -- AGRICULTURE LOANS (RATIFIED)
 
     Beanie's Chuck Wagon    For Beanie's Chuck Wagon,    Leacock      $414,909
                             a producer of mustards,      Township     (MELF)
                             glazes, dressings, sauces,   (Lancaster)
                             etc., to purchase processing
                             equipment.
 
     Trail Nurseries, LLC &  For Trail Nurseries, a       Dover        $200,000
     Harmony Grove Growers,  wholesale nursery            Township     (SBF)
     LLC                     specializing in high-quality (York)
                             annuals, to be used for land
                             and building acquisition,
                             building renovations and
                             related costs to expand
                             operations.
 
     Matson Lumber Company   For Matson Lumber Company,   Brookville   $200,000
                             a manufacturer of forest     Borough      (SBF)
                             products, to purchase and    (Jefferson)
                             install an energy-efficient
                             and environmentally friendly
                             high-tech dry-kiln broiler
                             system.
 
     Cherry Crest Farm, LLC  For Cherry Crest Farm, LLC,  Paradise     $200,000
                             a beef cattle, broiler       Township     (SBF)
                             producing and agri-tourism   (Lancaster)
                             promoting farm, for the
                             purchase of a neighboring
                             89-acre farm.
 
     Donna Hoffman Farm      For Donna Hoffman Farm,      Douglass     $180,000
                             a goat meat farm, to         Township     (SBF)
                             purchase a 10-acre farm      (Montgomery)
                             consisting of a barn,
                             residence, pasture and
                             wooded lot.
 
     Bleacher Farms, LLC     For Bleacher Farms, LLC,     Millersville $179,000
                             a crop and egg producing     Borough      (MELF)
                             farm, as well as a custom    (Lancaster)
                             machine forging operation,
                             to purchase machinery and
                             equipment for the farming
                             operation.
 
     LaMar Troup dba         For By-A-Damsite Farms,      McClure      $165,000
     By-A-Damsite Farms      a producer of farm           Borough      (SBF)
                             commodities, to purchase     (Snyder)
                             115 acres of farmland.
 
     Queens Farm             For Queens Farm, an organic  Sadsbury     $160,000
                             vegetable farm, to purchase  Township     (SBF)
                             34.2 acres of additional     (Chester)
                             land.
 
     Robert H. & Karen K.    For the Robert H. & Karen K. Lower        $160,000
     Gochenaur, III Farm     Gochenaur, III Farm, a       Chanceford   (SBF)
                             turkey and dairy heifer      Township
                             farm, to construct a hog     (York)
                             barn in order to expand the
                             farm activities to include
                             a swine operation.
 
     Del Grosso Foods, Inc.  For Del Grosso Foods, Inc.,  Antis        $150,000
                             a tomato sauce, salsa &      Township     (SBF)
                             meatball producer, to        (Blair)
                             purchase new equipment to
                             keep up with increased
                             consumer demand.
 
     Hasch Daal Farms        For Hasch Daal Farms, a row  Greenwich     $12,175
                             crop, beef cattle, and hay   Township      (MELF)
                             farm, to purchase machinery  (Berks)
                             and equipment for farming
                             operations.
 
     CONTACT:  Kate Philips, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor,
 +1-717-783-1116; or Kevin Ortiz (DCED), +1-717-783-1132
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor