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2012 MVEDP/PRC Annual Award Winners

MVEDP/PRC 2012 Award Winners 

The Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership and Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation held a combined Annual Awards Dinner on May 3, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at The Philips Hotel in Historic Downtown Philipsburg. This is the 24th year the MVEDP has been presenting awards and the 10th for the PRC. Eight awards were presented honoring outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the Moshannon Valley.

Main Street Design Committee Co-Chairperson and PRC Board President Walter Swoope presented two awards. First, the PRC Storefront Renovation Award which was presented to Retro Eatery and second, the Sandra Dewey Martin Historic Preservation Award to Chuck Moore of Kin-Ky, LLC for his preservation work on his building on East Presqueisle Street. This award was renamed in 2007 to honor former PRC President and Philipsburg Mayor, the late Sandra Dewey Martin.

Paul Springer presented the next award on behalf of the Main Street Promotion Committee. The Philipsburg Spirit Award went to Judy Sinclair for her efforts through the Moshannon Valley YMCA. Emily Gette-Doyle, Main Street Manager, presented the PRC’s Retail/Service Business of the Year Award on behalf of the Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee. The award went to Ryan Scaife, Owner of Game Changing Solutions. GCS's primary focus is to help companies and organizations align its marketing message with a consistent brand image. GCS services include marketing research and analysis, brand development, web and graphic design, marketing consultation, and supplier identification.

The final PRC award of the evening was the award for Volunteerism by an Organization. This award was presented by Karen Blair PRC and MVEDP Board member and chair of the Main Street Organization Committee. It was presented to the Moshannon Valley Veterans Committee for their thousands of hours of volunteer service.

MVEDP board member Jeff Herr presented the MVEDP award for Contribution to Quality Life to Relay For Life of the Moshannon Valley. The local Relay event started in Philipsburg in 2002. Each year they have about 350 volunteers and 20-25 teams participating. Since its beginning ten years ago the group has raised $633,986.

The MVEDP Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented by MVEDP Executive Director Stan LaFuria to Don Heaney and
Tracy Potter of Advanced Powder Products. APP specializes in custom powdered metal component fabrication, specifically metal injection molding and press sintering. Started in 2000, the business has gone from having no building and one employee to a 10,000 square foot facility employing 20 people.

John Shimko, President of the MVEDP Board of Directors, presented the evening’s final award, Employer of the Year, to Tim Fezell of County Markets. Fezell’s County Market has served the Punxsutawney area since 1983 and opened their Philipsburg location in 2010. They currently employ 55 people and have become highly involved with the community through various community and charitable organizations. The newly remodeled store also house Starr Hill Winery.

The eight award winners were presented beautiful plaques made by Front Street Jewelers in Philipsburg from the MVEDP and PRC. "We are extremely delighted to be able to recognize certain individuals who have made a positive difference in the Philipsburg/Moshannon Valley region," said John Shimko, President of the MVEDP. "A review of the list of award winners clearly indicates the importance of these people and organizations to this area," he said.

The Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission it is to further the economic development of the Moshannon Valley area by getting involved in real estate projects, housing improvements or other community development efforts. The Partnership works to stimulate job creation and job retention by working with existing businesses, entrepreneurs,
and companies that might be interested in locating to the Moshannon Valley.

The Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation, Inc. is a non-profit community development organization which supports the  development and enhancement of Philipsburg's business district and the preservation of historic areas, helping the community to flourish.

Contact: Stan LaFuria 814-342-2260 or slafuria@mvedp.org