McALISTERVILLE - State Senator Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, was the guest speaker at the annual Juniata Business and Industry Inc. meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Bread of Life Restaurant in McAlisterville.
Senator Corman praised the efforts of the JBI and their efforts to attract more business to come to the Juniata Valley.
"It's always good to have a partnership to get business to come here," he said.
State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, addresses the annual meeting of Juniata Business and Industry Inc. Thursday at the Bread of Life Restaurant in McAlisterville.
Sentinel photo by SARAH?DAVIS
Senator Corman also stressed that economic development in Pennsylvania is just as, if not more, important than that of social issues.
"I've always tried to take the economic approach to things. If you are doing well economically, it minimizes a lot of the social problems," he said.
Senator Corman also talked about his belief that big money shouldn't be spent on the bureaucracy.
"When you are putting money into the bureaucracy you are not putting money in the local store down the street," he said.
During the regular meeting, three members, Ed Singer, Mike Kramer, and Jeff Brown, were elected to the board for three-year terms. President Mark Partner spoke about the new board.
"We now have a really diverse and hard-working board," he said.
Dane Walters, the marketing director of JBI, talked at length about the past year, and explained how it was one of the most active he's seen.
"I've been with JBI for 12 years and this past year has been extremely active. It's been a very good year," he said.
Walters also talked about three new business that were purchasing lots in the Juniata Industrial Park. Hampton Machinery purchased one lot and will break ground on their building this Spring. Country View Family Farm, a division of Hatfield Farms, bought two lots in the industrial park. Last Spring, Prebuild Homes went out of business, and Harber Farm Equipment is taking over the lot they occupied.
Walters mentioned that the JBI is also looking to expand its reach.
"We are going to start trying to locate ground and start preliminary procedures to build another industrial park," he said.
Walters said that anyone who knows of any land available is asked to contact JBI.
The JBI office is located at 287 East Industrial Drive, Suite 101, Mifflintown.