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Federal budget sequestration sapping regional grant dollars

May 22, 2013

Photo by Colin Deppen – North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric M. Bridges, left, and James Thomas, Cameron County Commissioner, at Wednesday's meeting of the board in which they discussed threats posed to the largely grants-driven organization by the federal budget sequester cuts in Washington D.C.

Ripple effects of the federal budget sequester in Washington D.C. are already being felt in our area with everything from schools to public legal defenders bracing for, or already experiencing, funding cuts. But the latest blow has been dealt to the North Central Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission, a largely grants-driven regional program in charge of distributing governmental funds to area communities, industry, economic growth, workforce quality, and business opportunity.

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