We were thrilled at the turnout for the Central Planning District kickoff meeting, which was held on January 27th, 2022! Thanks to strong participation and representation from Arona, Greensburg, Latrobe, Hempfield, New Stanton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Unity, Youngstown, and Youngwood, we were able to begin exploring the Planning District concept as it is laid out in Reimagining Our Westmoreland.
At the event, Planning and Development Director, Jason Rigone, welcomed municipal representatives and thanked them for their willingness and commitment to participate in the shared process. Westmoreland County Commissioners, Sean Kertes, Doug Chew, and Gina Cerilli Thrasher, showed their support for the process by attending the event. County commissioners commended local officials for their leadership in working together and emphasized the importance of local official participation in this process to better address common challenges across communities and to implement the comprehensive plan at the local level.
Deputy Director, Daniel Carpenter, presented a detailed look at the county's population and workforce challenges, common opportunities, and provided and overview of Reimagining Our Westmoreland’s over-arching goal, core objectives, and strategies.
Local government consultant, Susan Hockenberry, guided attendees through an ice breaker exercise to begin to understand how communities work together. Through this exercise, we learned that the communities of the Central Planning District are already working together by sharing services such as recreation, code enforcement, police, and emergency medical services.
If you missed the first meeting, that’s alright, you can view a previously recorded version of the presentation here. We encourage you to join us at the next meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022, at 6:00 PM at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N Main St, Greensburg, PA 15601. Municipal officials can RSVP here.