Governor Wolf Announces Investments Supporting Seven Economic Development Projects in York County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Investments Supporting Seven Economic Development Projects in York County September 25, 2018 Economy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recent approval of funding to support seven economic development projects throughout York County, including the revitalization of historic buildings, libraries, streetscape improvements, increased pedestrian access and trails, and the expansion of job creation opportunities.“I have worked hard to ensure that when the state is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into stronger communities where residents want to work and live,” said Governor Wolf.The recently approved York County projects are:Redevelopment Authority of the County of York was approved for a $1.4 million grant for the revitalization of 34 Frederick St., a historic building in downtown Hanover. The first floor will be completely transformed to house an upscale restaurant. The second floor will become 14 market-rate housing units. The alley beside the building will be vacated by the borough to accommodate al fresco seating and exterior beautification of a block that is under-occupied and in desperate need of investment.Keystone Kidspace was approved for a $2 million grant to reuse the historic York Armory located at 369 N. George St. in downtown York. The Armory will be reinvented as a dynamic and accessible program and gathering space. The significant site improvements will provide access to the Rail Trail, enhance the streetscape, and connect visitors with the Codorus Creek.Magnesita Refractories Company was approved for a $3 million grant for the construction of a new facility and related infrastructure to house and operate the new crushing equipment, including concrete foundations and structural steel for Magnesita’s York facility.York County Industrial Development Authority was approved for a $2 million grant to support the complete rebuilding of the original Yorktowne Hotel. Interior rooms will be reconstructed; lobby, ballrooms and public areas will be refinished and restored. All utilities and systems will be replaced, and the project will be brought to current codes with the addition of ADA compliant ingress and egress as well as sprinklers and alarm systems. Back-of-house areas will be brought to current standards and codes. A rear plaza will be developed which will allow for safe and compliant guest drop off and loading. Zion Church will be tied in as part of the campus development.York County Economic Alliance was approved for a $5 million grant for the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative which seeks to create pedestrian access and greenways along the Codorus Creek channel in the City of York. This would be accomplished by the construction of streambank stabilized improvements and replacements that will improve and protect the infrastructure elements to better manage storm water thus improving the ecological health of the Codorus Creek Watershed. New pedestrian trails and points of access to reconnect the residents of the City of York to the Codorus is a primary goal.York County Libraries was approved for a $1 million grant to renovate Martin Library by updating public restrooms, replacing decades-old sliding doors in the children’s department, and completing building weatherization, interior renovations and space design enhancements. Also, Kreutz Creek Valley Library will acquire donated land from Hellam Township for construction of a new library building and Kaltreider-Benfer Library will double the size of the existing facility by building on the adjacent concrete pad area to create space for the children’s library, teen center, and private study area.Previously announced in this year, the Fortress Initiative was approved for $6 million to support a community revitalization and economic development project in York County known as The York Plan 2.0 Innovation District in the northwest corner of the city, part of a larger project to revitalize this area into a manufacturing, technology, history, arts, and education district.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rolls-Royce pays $25 million to Petrobras in bribery settlement

first_imgBrazilian oil giant Petrobras has received R$81 million as part of Rolls-Royce’s settlement with the Brazilian authorities related to the Lava Jato bribery scandal.Petrobras said on Monday that it received the R$81 million ($24.7M) settlement from the British company last Friday, October 27.According to multiple sources, Rolls-Royce entered into settlements with authorities in the UK, the USA, and Brazil over bribery allegations back in January. At the time, the total settlement with all parties stood at a figure of around £671 million ($813 million).Breaking it down, around $170 million went to the U.S. Department of Justice, $25 million to Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal (MPF), and over $600 million to Britain’s Serious Fraud Office.Petrobras added on Monday that the UK engineering giant entered into a settlement agreement with the MPF under Operation Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash) to receive leniency.The agreement with Rolls-Royce includes the return of the company’s net profit on six contracts for the supply of goods and services to Petrobras. It also includes the full amount paid as commission to subcontractors and the payment of a fine in accordance with the law.The Brazilian company received another R$5.8 million from two other settlements. Namely, R$1.7 million was returned by former director Nestor Cerveró and R$4.1 million by the former president of Transpetro, Sérgio Machado.Since the beginning of Operation Lava Jato, total reimbursement exceeds R$800 million ($244.6M).Petrobras also said that it would continue to take legal action against companies and individuals, including former employees and politicians, who caused the company financial damage and tainted the company’s image.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Packers offseason guide 2020: Key free agents, team needs, targets, salary cap & draft picks

first_imgAlthough a healthy Sternberger and an improved Allen Lazard can boost the receiving corps away from Davante Adams, Rodgers doesn’t have enough reliable non-running back targets. The Packers need to settle on a bona fide No. 2 and a top slot option, especially with Geronmio Allison going into free agency.Rodgers has David Bakhtiari still protecting his blind side at left tackle, but right tackle is a concern with aging Bryan Bulaga (soon to be 31) going into free agency along with swing backup Jason Spriggs and veteran reserve Jared Veldheer (33).There is some outside noise that the clock is ticking on the 36-year-old Rodgers’ career, when in reality, in the current NFL landscape, he has several high-quality years left. He has had a couple off years because of limited support, but last year restored confidence that the window for him to get a Super Bowl ring has been reopened. Now it’s time to help put him back over the top.Packers free agents 2020Here’s a look at the Packers’ key unrestricted, unsigned players for next season:WR Geronimo AllisonTE Marcedes LewisOT Bryan BulagaOT Jason SpriggsOT Jared VeldheerILB Blake MartinezILB B.J. GoodsonOLB Kyler FackrellCB Tramon WilliamsS ibraheim CampbellWhile the Packers weigh how to address wide receiver and offensive tackle, they have concerns between and behind the Smiths. Gary is a bit of a wild card in terms of whether he fits best inside or outside. Martinez has been solid and productive, which should get him a big deal on the open market, but the Packers won’t splurge on him.The depth will need to be replenished everywhere else in the back seven.Packers salary cap spaceThe Packers are limited with about $20 million left under the cap, putting them in the bottom 10 in the NFL.The easiest targets to cut and create more cap space, thanks to Sternberger and Jenkins, are tight end Jimmy Graham ($8 million) and guard Lane Taylor ($4 million). The Packers experienced a terrific offseason last year by being more aggressive in NFL free agency. General manager Brian Gutekunst’s moves to support rookie coach Matt Fleur, especially defensively, sparked the team to a 13-3 season after going 6-9-1 the year prior.The unrelated “Smith Brothers” were a sensation, as both Z’Darius and Preston delivered as massive edge-rush signings and locker-room leaders. Adrian Amos and rookie first-rounder Darnell Savage made safety a strength, too. Gutekunst also hit on second-round guard Elgton Jenkins, and both first-round linebacker Rashan Gary and fourth-round tight end Jace Sternberger are in line to be much bigger contributors in 2020. Packers team needsWide receiver: The Packers can’t afford not to keep looking for upgrades for Rodgers.Offensive tackle: The right side must be addressed to complement Bakhtiari.Defensive line: The Packers need more punch around Kenny Clark.Linebacker: They have a need for speed and better quickness for coverage.Tight end: With Graham and Lewis on the way out, they need an in-line complement to Sternberger.Defensive back: The Packers could use a reserve who can toggle between backup safety and subpackage corner.Packers free agent targetsGreen Bay won’t be able to go nuts in free agency again this year, but Gutekunst can still make some effective bargain moves. If there’s a big splash, however, it could be either tackle Jack Conklin or tight end Austin Hooper.At wide receiver, viable cheaper targets are Rashard Higgins (younger but a bit unproven) and Emmanuel Sanders (established but older). For right tackle, Darryl Williams is a potential replacement. At defensive end, they can take a 3-4 reclamation shot at Derek Wolfe.To help at defensive back, Brian Poole and Mackensie Alexander have some nickel appeal in relation to the budget.Packers draft picks 2020Round 1, Pick No. 30Round 2, Pick No. 62Round 3, Pick No. 94Round 4, Pick No. 136Round 5, Pick No. 175Round 6, Pick No. 192 (from Oakland Raiders)Round 6, Pick N0. 208 (from Tennessee Titans)Round 6, Pick No. 209Round 7, Pick No. 236 (From Buffalo Bills through Cleveland BrownsRound 7, Pick No. 242 (From Baltimore Ravens)NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Packers get stronger with a defensive playmaker The Packers didn’t get any compensatory picks, but it’s impressive how Gutekunst still has 10 selections even though five come in the final two rounds.In the first round, wide receiver, linebacker and offensive tackle should all get consideration, because the best player available at that point can line up nicely. It might be wise for Green Bay to try again with multiple wideouts in the draft despite the limited returns when Gutekunst took three in his first draft as GM in 2018. There’s a drop-off at linebacker after Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray and LSU’s Patrick Queen, so either would be a nice strike to top the draft. Tackle, like wideout, features more high-quality depth in this class. Receivers who would fit nicely with the Packers in various capacities are Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr., Baylor’s Denzel Mims, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool. At tackle, Washington’s Trey Adams and TCU’s Lucas Niang are good non-first round considerations. (Getty Images) Now the Packers need a strong encore of personnel moves to maintain their edge in the NFC North and remain in the mix for a conference title. Sporting News takes a deep dive into the Packers’ to-do list through NFL free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.NFL FREE AGENCY 2020: Ranking top 50 playersPackers’ top priority: Help Aaron Rodgers moreRodgers had one of the signature lines early in the Packers’ turnaround last season: “We’ve got a defense.”Reinforcing that side of the ball for coordinator Mike Pettine gave Green Bay a strong foundation, taking major pressure off Rodgers and allowing the team to have a more prolific complementary rushing attack led by Aaron Jones. Now it’s Rodgers’ turn to receive some help. (Getty Images) read more