2016: Making County Government Work Again
In 2015 I ran on the promise of bringing people together to solve the problems facing Centre County. Last year we took major steps towards making county government work again.
With a new majority on the Board of Commissioners my colleagues and I passed promised ethics reforms, made key hires at the county, invested in economic development, improved human services and provided timely disaster relief when flooding struck the Bald Eagle Valley.
Here are some of the highlights from 2016:
- Enacted ethics reforms banning campaigning in county workplaces and increasing transparency.- Invested in economic development, including the opening of a small business incubator in Philipsburg and funded one in Bellefonte (opening in 2017).- Improved human services with the opening of the expanded Centre Region Senior Center, record funding for county libraries and purchasing affordable housing.- Passed a county budget with no tax increases on time and hired key county employees.- Facilitated record voter turnout during general election.- Took monumental steps to fight back against heroin and opioids in our community, including implementing a drug court in Centre County.
In 2016, Centre County Government showed what’s possible when we work together to solve our problems. Thank you for your support this past year and I look forward to our continued progress in 2017!
Commissioner Michael Pipe