BY NANCY LOWRY
NEW CASTLE NEWS
New Fort is open for enterprise and can promote this utilizing billboards.
Members of the Citywide Growth Corp. yesterday agreed to start a marketing-advertising marketing campaign beginning with billboards alongside the busy Route 422 and 224 corridors.
The plan was proposed by board member Stan Magusiak.
Final month, the event company introduced that its web site — www.cdcncpa.org — developed by Richard Wurzbacher of Good Your Success, was arrange and working, and will direct potential builders and traders to the correct websites.
“How are you promoting the web site?” Magusiak requested on the growth’s assembly yesterday morning. He stated his spouse, who takes the bus to Pittsburgh, noticed site visitors and billboards alongside the best way. Magusiak recommended the town and group promote there to advertise the town. He additionally recommended printing brochures stating what the event group has to supply and putting them in native companies.
“We may promote New Fort and our web site. We’ve received the funds,” he stated.
“I like the thought,” stated chairman Tim Fulkerson, noting that each routes are closely traveled. Different billboard websites had been additionally proposed, with probably the most seen indicators recognized on State Avenue, Wilmington Highway and close to the Sheetz station in Shenango Township.
The board agreed to look into the price of acquiring a billboard and different promoting avenues.
Fulkerson requested if Wurzbacher may design a board utilizing the group’s brand and web site.
Different prospects might be The New Fort Information; or asking Adam Weitsman, proprietor of Ben Weitsman metallic recycler, to promote the event company on his digital signal; and on a digital “Welcome to New Fort” signal quickly to be positioned within the metropolis.
“The zoning board should approve the signal,” Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo stated.
Board members additionally had been inspired to evaluation the brand new web site and make suggestions for its enchancment.
The group additionally mentioned with Tom Hardy of Palo Alto Companions LLC of Pittsburgh a Most important Avenue research he was employed to do for New Fort. By way of a phone connection, Hardy spoke of his progress with the research.
In March, metropolis council agreed to pay $9,000 for the research, to be accomplished by July.
Fulkerson additionally reported on the states of the Cooper-Butler constructing at 114 E. Washington St.
He stated the constructing is within the arms of the Lawrence County commissioners, who run the county land financial institution.
“One of many county commissioners has decided that he needs to pursue saving the constructing, though the engineering report stated it must be torn down,” Fulkerson stated.
“I had hoped we (the event company) may get possession of the constructing then pursue a grant to demolish it,” Fulkerson stated. “However I really feel we gained’t get possession so we should always drop it and permit the county to do what it needs.”
He added that no motion has been taken on the constructing for greater than a month, permitting it to additional deteriorate and “a jungle” is rising behind the construction.
Fulkerson additionally reported that he met lately with Gov. Tom Wolf who spoke of Restore Pennsylvania, a plan that will impose a residual tax which he stated could be paid by recipients of pure fuel drilled in Pennsylvania. Proceeds, Fulkerson stated he was instructed, would go towards eradicating blight and bettering infrastructures in western Pennsylvania.
“I used to be instructed the town may apply for funds for use to do massive blight eradication tasks,” he stated. “Think about what the mayor may do with $1 million? He may change the entire look of the town.”
Fulkerson urged board members to develop into conversant in this system and to put in writing to state legislators urging them to assist Lawrence County and New Fort by supporting the measure.
“The governor stated he’s on his personal on this, that there’s little assist within the state legislature who don’t need to tax the fuel corporations,” Fulkerson stated.
Fulkerson stated Wolf estimated that $three billion to $four billion might be generated from the tax over 4 to 5 years.
Ed Fosnaught of the Pennsylvania Division of Neighborhood and Financial Growth, estimated $56 billion might be generated by the measure.