The four candidates for Venango County commissioner responded to questions prepared by the Chamber’s Advocacy committee and moderated by Chamber leaders Trenton Moulin and Frank Hajduk at a forum on Tuesday, October 29.
Chip Abramovic, Sam Breene, Mike Dulaney, and Bonnie Summers, seated comfortably on the stage at Rhoades Auditorium at Clarion University – Venango, each shared their experience that qualifies them to manage the responsibility of more than 450 employees and a budget of $60 million. Each had similar views of a commissioner’s role in local economic development, most citing job growth as a priority.
Venango County, like rural communities throughout the country, has experience steady population decline, along with a rapidly aging community. When questioned about strategies to address this issue, the focus shared was on celebrating the benefits of living and doing business in Venango County, including a low cost of living, a high quality of life (specifically access to attractive outdoor activities), and proximity to larger business centers. All candidates echoed the need for a common vision and unity in planning for the future.
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This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.