Senate hopeful unveils revitalization plan

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Farrell businessman Kyle Klaric, a Democratic candidate for state senator in the 50th District, has unveiled his plan to revitalize the economy of northwest Pennsylvania.
Klaric used a state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday at Greenville High School to discuss his proposal, calling on development groups to work together to develop economic opportunities that will create jobs.
There is too much "turfism" and political games evident in current economic development efforts, he said, noting that Mercer County has 11 industrial development corporations (IDCs) competing for state funds.
"There's no cohesiveness here," he said, calling for both a short-term and a long-term approach to development issues.
The various IDCs should pull together to form "an economic SWAT team" to meet with companies to find out what can be done to help them survive and expand as a short-term approach.
Development of appropriate job training programs and mapping out a joint strategy to lobby companies to come here can be devised for the long-term economic effort, he said.
Legislators need to fine-tune economic assistance programs so they can be adjusted to meet the needs of Pennsylvania's varied communities, he said.
Finally, tax relief, especially school property tax restructuring, is needed to spur an economic resurgence, he said.

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