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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Potter County Commissioners to launch ‘Project 2025’

A strategy to address two of the most serious challenges facing Potter County in the new decade will be unveiled at the next public meeting of the Board of Commissioners, slated for 11 am Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Gunzburger Building.

“Project 2025” is a blueprint to reverse the steady descent of the county’s population, coupled with the growing outmigration of young adults. These trends have serious implications for the future vitality and quality of life in Potter County.

Most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures reflect another 5-percent drop in population, from 17,462 in 2010 to 16,622 as of June 2019. At the same time, the county’s median age has gradually risen to 47 years, far above the statewide median of 41.

Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Paul Heimel and Barry Hayman have assigned two of their department heads, Planning Director Will Hunt and Community Development Director Ellen Russell, to develop and implement Project 2025.

Its lofty goal is to assemble stakeholders, conduct intensive research, and implement a strategy to reverse the population loss and median age growth by the end of 2025.
Some of the options are spelled out in the 2020-29 Countywide Comprehensive Plan. That document reflects input provided by hundreds of community leaders, business owners, conservation advocates, education and tourism officials, and others with an interest in the county’s future.

A website will be developed to serve as a clearinghouse for Project 2025. It will include progress reports, links to helpful resources and other features.

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT!! Been waiting to see something like this ever since Adelphia went ka-boom. Scary stats there. Let's do this!

Anonymous said...

Can't afford to live in Galeton with the high costs of their water/sewer bill lol

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see this but please don't pour tons if tax dollars into a consultant's pocket. Remember the Benesh Study for the "Coudersport Downtown Mission." That was all talk and no action. Galeton did the same thing, paid a ton of taxpayer money to consultant and then extorted them to change their findings to suit the political agenda of keeping the rediculous dam. This team is, Maybe will stop that BS and really get this done.

John Q Public said...

There is no "gain" for young people to stay in Potter County and raise a family any longer. The job prospects are Trucklite, Empereon, UPMC Cole, and Zitomedia sales. We are pushing kids to go to college instead of tech or trade schools and they can't afford to live on what these places pay if they stay here. So we have identified the problem....we will now dedicate resources toward it in the shape of 2 bodies and website using the "clearinghouse" buzz word to make it sound important. Maybe we need to get some of the local companies to step up and pay a little more and reach higher on the vine to pick their workers instead of scraping the bottom of the barrel and hiring uneducated local young adults with little ambition.

Anonymous said...

From reading these first few comments, it worries me that Negative Nellies will be jumping in to fly their white surrender flags. Mr. Public might want to become engaged in this through whatever communication channels they establish.

Anonymous said...

I read the comments from John Q three times. John seems to want us to keep our heads buried in the sand, insert Big Government into private sector employer payroll departments, and not engage people in working on these serious problems because we might use "buzz words." Was that your contribution to this discussion, John?

Anonymous said...

I for one want to thank the commissioners and their staff for this. Look at the charts. We need to stop talking and act.

Anonymous said...

12:07 you are missing some chapters in your history lesson when it comes to the epidemic of bringing in big city consultants to dazzle us hillbillies with their overpriced plans. Remember the crazy dream for the Austin Dam Park and the viewing tower, ha ha. Then came the studies of Denton Hill State Park which has been closed for probably 7 or 8 years so far and nothing. Here's another one, that Bry guy who showed up and sold his bill of goods to our towns . Galeton's folly is the latest one. They basically order the company to throw away the plan that makes sense and inject politics into it and try to hide it. And us taxpayers just shell out the money over and over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Let's push kids to go to tech/trade schools and learn a viable skill. When was the last time you tried to get a plumber or an electrician that wasn't booked up solid? The opportunity is there to make a great living; let's help the students find a trade that they like and can develop skill in to earn a decent living.

Anonymous said...

Well for one, quit raising the damn property taxes, local people are struggling to pay them let alone young families trying to move in.

Anominous said...

5:06 they have to keep raising the taxes so they can pay the consultants who charge a hundred thousand dollars to tell you something that you already know but is impossible to implement.

Anominous said...

2:12 then they would actually have to work. They don't want to do that. They go for a college degree so they can earn $100,000 a year and don't have to work. They get a government job and no one has a clue what they are doing, but they still get that paycheck. That's not possible in Potter County, or many other Counties and that's why they are gone.

Anonymous said...

It will keep going down until you change the flood There is a beautiful house on Main St in Roulette I know 2 people that wanted to buy it and the flood insurance was more than the mortage payment I have lived on Main St for 54 years and never got flooded not in 42 or 72 no one can afford the flood insurance the censes has gone way down Roulette needs a dike like all the other towns but can' afford it

Anonymous said...

One big problem is nepotism. All the young people living in Potter County didn't move in, they moved back - home. As long as you have the right last name, then you've got a big advantage for great jobs in the County. Teachers, family medicine, County jobs, etc. What's an incentive for a young person to want to relocate to Potter County, aside from already having roots there? Aside from the outdoors lifestyle, which promoting doesn't seem to be working. Tourism yes, relocation of new young folks, no.