PA Lt. Gov. Schweiker Receives 2001 Founder's Award During Annual Convention of Pennsylvania Township Supervisors

Lt. Gov. Schweiker Recognized `For His Strong Advocacy

For Local Government at the State Level'



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Office of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor

    HERSHEY, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker today received the 2001 Founder's Award
 as he kicked off the 79th annual state convention of the Pennsylvania State
 Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).  PSATS members selected Lt. Gov.
 Schweiker as the award recipient for his ongoing commitment to the 1,457
 townships across the Commonwealth.
     "We are proud to honor one of our own in Lt. Gov. Schweiker for his many
 contributions to local government, including his hands-on leadership and work
 with the Governor's Center for Local Government Services," said R. Keith Hite,
 PSATS Executive Director.
     "A former township supervisor in Bucks County, Lt. Gov. Schweiker has
 never forgotten his roots, remaining a strong advocate for local government at
 the state level."
     More than 4.6 million Pennsylvanians live in townships -- the largest
 percentage of the four types of municipal government in Pennsylvania.
     "Like my partner, Tom Ridge, last year's recipient, I'm also honored and
 humbled to receive the Founder's Award, for it is symbolic of the good working
 relationship our Administration has crafted with local government over the
 past six years," Lt. Gov. Schweiker said.
     "These are `history making' times in the New Pennsylvania.  And whether
 it's creating new jobs, enhancing public safety, or making sure our
 Commonwealth grows greener and smarter, our local government partners have
 stood beside us on the front lines in successfully building the `New
 Pennsylvania.'  For that, Gov. Ridge and I are grateful."
     A former township supervisor and county commissioner in his native Bucks
 County, Lt. Gov. Schweiker is the "state's voice for local governments" --
 chairing the state's Local Government Advisory Committee and taking a leading
 role in such critical areas as land use, technology and economic development,
 and launching the Governor's Center for Local Government Services.
     The Center acts as a "one-stop shop" for the state's 2,568 local
 governments and is unique to Pennsylvania.  Given super-agency status, it
 provides local governments access to all state agencies under the Governor's
 jurisdiction.
     In its less than five years in existence, the Center has privatized
 municipal training, conducted statewide forums on regional police, volunteer
 fire services and land use, and spearheaded statewide Census 2000 awareness
 efforts.
     The Center responds to more than 60,000 calls annually on a toll-free
 number and more than 25,000 requests for technical assistance.  The Center has
 expanded its website to further ease the access to information supporting
 effective, efficient local government.
     Named for PSATS founder H.A. "Cappy" Thomson, the Founder's Award
 recognizes individuals or groups whose outstanding efforts on behalf of local
 governments have resulted in significant benefits to townships.
     In addition to Gov. Ridge last year, past recipients of the Founder's
 Award include Kim Coon, former Director of the Governor's Center for Local
 Government Services, 1999; Gov. Dick Thornburgh, 1987; and the late Sen. John
 Heinz (R-PA), 1980.
 
     CONTACT:  Dave Hixson of the Office of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor,
 717-787-3300.
 
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SOURCE Office of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
    HERSHEY, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker today received the 2001 Founder's Award
 as he kicked off the 79th annual state convention of the Pennsylvania State
 Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).  PSATS members selected Lt. Gov.
 Schweiker as the award recipient for his ongoing commitment to the 1,457
 townships across the Commonwealth.
     "We are proud to honor one of our own in Lt. Gov. Schweiker for his many
 contributions to local government, including his hands-on leadership and work
 with the Governor's Center for Local Government Services," said R. Keith Hite,
 PSATS Executive Director.
     "A former township supervisor in Bucks County, Lt. Gov. Schweiker has
 never forgotten his roots, remaining a strong advocate for local government at
 the state level."
     More than 4.6 million Pennsylvanians live in townships -- the largest
 percentage of the four types of municipal government in Pennsylvania.
     "Like my partner, Tom Ridge, last year's recipient, I'm also honored and
 humbled to receive the Founder's Award, for it is symbolic of the good working
 relationship our Administration has crafted with local government over the
 past six years," Lt. Gov. Schweiker said.
     "These are `history making' times in the New Pennsylvania.  And whether
 it's creating new jobs, enhancing public safety, or making sure our
 Commonwealth grows greener and smarter, our local government partners have
 stood beside us on the front lines in successfully building the `New
 Pennsylvania.'  For that, Gov. Ridge and I are grateful."
     A former township supervisor and county commissioner in his native Bucks
 County, Lt. Gov. Schweiker is the "state's voice for local governments" --
 chairing the state's Local Government Advisory Committee and taking a leading
 role in such critical areas as land use, technology and economic development,
 and launching the Governor's Center for Local Government Services.
     The Center acts as a "one-stop shop" for the state's 2,568 local
 governments and is unique to Pennsylvania.  Given super-agency status, it
 provides local governments access to all state agencies under the Governor's
 jurisdiction.
     In its less than five years in existence, the Center has privatized
 municipal training, conducted statewide forums on regional police, volunteer
 fire services and land use, and spearheaded statewide Census 2000 awareness
 efforts.
     The Center responds to more than 60,000 calls annually on a toll-free
 number and more than 25,000 requests for technical assistance.  The Center has
 expanded its website to further ease the access to information supporting
 effective, efficient local government.
     Named for PSATS founder H.A. "Cappy" Thomson, the Founder's Award
 recognizes individuals or groups whose outstanding efforts on behalf of local
 governments have resulted in significant benefits to townships.
     In addition to Gov. Ridge last year, past recipients of the Founder's
 Award include Kim Coon, former Director of the Governor's Center for Local
 Government Services, 1999; Gov. Dick Thornburgh, 1987; and the late Sen. John
 Heinz (R-PA), 1980.
 
     CONTACT:  Dave Hixson of the Office of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor,
 717-787-3300.
 
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