Davin draws a crowd at Chamber luncheon

By on June 21, 2017
State Sen. Ryan Aument articulates a question to Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. at Brossman Business Complex June 15. Photo by Patrick Burns
State Sen. Ryan Aument articulates a question to Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. at Brossman Business Complex June 15. Photo by Patrick Burns

State Sen. Ryan Aument articulates a question to Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. at Brossman Business Complex June 15. Photo by Patrick Burns

A packed house attended the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon June 15 that featured Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development.

Davin spoke at Brossman Business Complex on a series of subjects including state funding for tourism, which a proposed state budget increases to $10 million from $3.9 million

Davin, an Allegheny County resident who admitted it was his first trip to Ephrata, began with a shot at Philadelphia Flyers fans’ hatred of Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby.

Many local dignitaries attended, including state Rep. Dave Zimmerman and Sen. Ryan Aument. Ephrata National Bank sponsored the lunch and Windstream Communications provided the space at the Brossman Business Complex.

Davin took questions and examined small-town initiatives similar to Ephrata’s Wenger Feed Mill Project; current guidelines which limit grants for hiring local community development organizations and the possible shift to hiring a countywide “downtown development” organizer — a discussion initiated by Ephrata Borough Manager Bob Thompson.

Other discussions included the need to attract younger work force to spur economic growth, promoting a severance tax on natural gas production, lowering property taxes, and other economic development issues.

  • Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Ephrata Cup golf outing is Wednesday July 26. This year’s event is held at noon at Galen Hall Golf Course & Restaurant in Wernersville.

The Ephrata Cup format features three unique types of play including a six-hole scramble, six-holes of “best shot,” and a six-hole alternate-shot format. Lunch and dinner are included with the tournament as well as, contests and special prizes, and an awards ceremony.

Golfers will compete for hole-in-one prizes on each of the par 3s, as well as closest to the pin contests, and longest and straightest drive. Trophies will be awarded to the top three foursomes with the lowest team scores, with the top team taking home the traveling Ephrata Cup trophy that they can display for the year.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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