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PSATS Provides American Rescue Plan Resources, Revenue Loss Calculator

Townships looking for the latest on the American Rescue Plan (ARP) can find it on PSATS’ new American Rescue Plan webpage, accessible at in the red bar. Township officials can find the latest guidance, links to important U.S. Treasury…

PennDOT Outlines Next Steps in Major Bridge P3 Initiative

The state Department of Transportation has announced a timeline for moving forward with its Major Bridge P3 Initiative as the public involvement and environmental review processes continue on candidate bridges. PennDOT is inviting three teams to submit competing proposals to…

PennDOT Accepting Comments on Long-Range Freight Plans

The state Department of Transportation is now accepting comments on its draft 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan and draft Freight Movement Plan. Comments are being accepted until October 19. Click here to view the plans. Comment forms are available here.  

Reminder: National Award Honors Small-Town Civic Volunteers

Townships depend on civic volunteers, especially firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, and on residents to serve on volunteer boards, commissions, and committees. If your township has a population under 25,000, you can nominate outstanding civic volunteers through the national…

Census Releases Additional Files; October Township News to Highlight Results

The U.S. Census Bureau has released additional results for the 2020 Census in easier-to-use formats. This is the same data released in August. To view the newly released data, and for guidance on how to access it, click here.  If…

Pension Aid Amounts for 2021 Released

The Office of Auditor General has released the 2021 pension state aid unit values. The adjusted unit value for 2021 is $4,657.4852, and the revised unit value is $4,797.2826. State aid will be transferred via ACH payment to municipalities on…

PA Unemployment Rate at 6.4% in August       

The state Department of Labor and Industry has announced that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for August was 6.4%, down from 6.5% in July, while the national unemployment rate is 5.2%. Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased by 7,000 in August,…

Pa. COVID-19 Percent Positivity Rates Drops; Minor Cases by County Now Available

32,795 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,380,364. The commonwealth continues to rank 36th in cases per 100,000 nationally, with Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alaska now making up the top…

IFO Report Shows Inflation Slowing, Increased Rental Rates

The Independent Fiscal Office released its Monthly Economic Update, which features August Consumer Price Index data for the Philadelphia metro region at a 4.6% inflation rate down from 4.9% in June. Cars, energy and healthcare costs are growing at a slower rate than before.  The…

Economic Council to Hold Briefing on Resource Recovery for Northeast U.S.

The International Economic Development Council is hosting a virtual economic recover briefing on Friday, September 24, from 1-5 p.m., for Mid-Atlantic communities affected by Tropical Storm Ida. Participants will hear from federal and state partners, as well as disaster recovery specialists. Click here for more.  
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