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Sen. Yudichak Reports

Geisinger Breaks Ground on $3.8M Facility in Downtown Nanticoke

Geisinger Groundbreaking

Sen. Yudichak, officials talk about impact of Geisinger on Nanticoke

Nearly ten years ago, a group of Nanticoke businessmen formed the South Valley Partnership and working with my office, City officials, and the members of the Nanticoke Municipal Authority – this partnership forged a vision that would revitalize downtown into a bustling college town and a vibrant health care services corridor.

Those visions are another step closer to becoming reality. Earlier this month, Geisinger Health System broke ground on a brand new, $3.8 million facility – featuring both adult and pediatric primary care services and on-site laboratory services – in downtown Nanticoke.  

I am excited for the city of Nanticoke and our local economy that Geisinger has made this decision to bring their national brand, investment and most importantly, new jobs that to downtown Nanticoke.  Geisinger Health System has invested more than $1 billion in capital projects and created more than 9,000 new jobs in just the past decade, making the health system one of the most significant businesses in Pennsylvania and one of its strongest economic engines.
We believed Nanticoke could become a hub of education and health care facilities that would attract jobs, businesses and people back to our downtown – and with the through the investment and pristine national reputation of Geisinger, Nanticoke is certainly becoming that hub we all envisioned.

$20M Development Announced for Downtown Hazleton

DBi Event

Sen. Yudichak speaks at Hazleton development announcment

In early November, I stood with Congressman Lou Barletta, State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), Mayor Joseph Yanuzzi and many other local and school officials to announce a $20 million development in downtown Hazleton.
As part of the plan, DBi Services, an international commercial and industrial service company operated by Hazleton's Neal and Paul DeAngelo brothers, will move its headquarters from Hazleton Heights to center-city. The DeAngelos have formed a partnership with George Hayden, owner of Hazleton Development Corporation, to remodel the former Hazleton National Bank building at Broad and Laurel Streets and the former Traders-Citizens Bank building at Broad and Wyoming Streets.

This important development plan is undoubtedly the largest in downtown Hazleton in decades and also includes building an addition to the existing parking garage on South Wyoming Street – making 230 parking spaces available just a block from the Traders building.

DBI Services employs 1,200 people and has offices across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East – and out of anywhere in the world, they have chosen to locate their corporate headquarters in downtown Hazleton.

PA Game CommissionOutdoor Updates: Hunting and Fishing

I would like to first wish all of our sportsmen and women safety and success in their pursuit of a deer over the remaining week and a half of deer season. Throughout Pennsylvania, and especially in our region, deer hunting is a long, proud family tradition and it also serves a critical need of our state by managing the deer population.

To further assist Pennsylvania sportsmen, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted access maps of seasonally open roads on state game lands at their website for the use of hunters and trappers. Providing hunters with access to the State Game Lands System is a Game Commission priority and there are more than 400 miles of roads opened seasonally on State Game Lands across the state.

While deer hunting is seasonal, fisherman can cast a line throughout the year and starting this Saturday, Dec. 1, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will sell three- and five-year fishing licenses marking the first time in its history that multi-year licenses will be offered by the commission.

The availability of multi-year fishing licenses was made possible by Senate Bill 1049, which unanimously passed both the Senate and House and was signed into law by the governor in June.

PA Fish & Boat CommissionA three-year license purchased this year will be valid through 2015. A five-year license will be valid through 2017. Customers who buy the multi-year licenses will save money by not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year. Anglers will also be able to purchase multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits, which will feature similar savings. More information about the new multi-year fishing licenses and the benefits of purchasing them is available on the PFBC website.

Those who purchase multi-year licenses will also be eligible for a number of rewards and other benefits, including a free online subscription to Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine, various offers from popular retailers, fishing equipment and discount coupons that can be used at sporting goods stores. 

Multi-year licenses will be available online at the PFBC Outdoor Shop, or from any of the more than 900 issuing agents in Pennsylvania.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline is December 31

Property Tax/Rent Rebate If you have not filed for the PA Property Tax & Rent Rebate Program, I want to remind you the deadline is December 31. If you are a Pennsylvanian age 65 and older, a person with a disability 18 and older, or a widow or widower age 50 and older, you may be eligible.

Income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can increase rebates to $975.
You can stop by any one of my district offices to get a claim form (PA-1000), receive help in completing your application, and check the status of your claim.

You may also check the status of claims online by clicking here or call 1-888-PATAXES. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

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