HCBI members hear lodge/marina update

By Candy E. Price
Daily News Staff Writer

Raystown LakeThe board of directors of Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) heard an update on the proposed Terrace Mountain Lodge and Hawn’s Bridge Marina project during its monthly meeting Monday.

As many of you know, we are working on the Terrace Mountain project,” said HCBI executive director Amy Wise during the business development committee report.

Wise said landowner and developer Rod Roberts of Texas has “gotten back in touch with” HCBI.

“He will be traveling to Huntingdon Tuesday, March 2, through Thursday, March 24,” Wise said. “We have a series of meetings we will be putting together.”

The most notable thing for the board, Wise said, is HCBI, in conjunction with the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce and Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, will be hosting Roberts at a breakfast meeting at the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center Wednesday, March 23.

Wise added Roberts will be the speaker at the Huntingdon County Planning Commission’s annual dinner and will be meeting with local municipalities, the county commissioners and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. Wise said a public meeting is also in the works.

“As his schedule is finalized, I will get it out to you,” Wise said.

Also Monday, the board heard an update from a number of other HCBI committees.

For the membership committee, Tracey Cook said the annual campaign is “just shy of $30,000.”

“That’s about 70 percent of our financial goal,” Cook said.

She said the campaign has brought in an additional $6,700 from increases this year and there are 64 outstanding renewals.

“If we were to secure them, we would ... be just a little shy. If they do the increase, we should be able to exceed goal in the campaign,” Cook said. “We also have prospects we are focusing on and we’re doing an additional mailing.”

“Membership is doing a great job at getting these renewals together,” said board chair David Donnelly. “As with anything, the best way to do these types of promotions is through personal contact.”

In the loan review report, committee chair Randy Carper said the PIDA loan for Penn’s Peaceful Meadows LLC, an agribusiness venture in Todd Township, has been approved.

“The solicitor is working on loan documentation to close the loan,” Carper said.

Wise added the state Department of Community and Economic Development is pleased with the loan application.

Candy can be reached at cprice@huntingdondailynews.com.