Rural Population Change

Rural Population Change

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Public Hearing: Pennsylvania Rural Population Change

What: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, Center staff, and other state and local officials and stakeholders, are holding a public hearing in Mercer County to address rural population change in light of the Center's recent population projections through 2050. Changes in Pennsylvania's population will likely affect a wide range of policy issues, including workforce availability, housing, healthcare, education, and transportation.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors
  • Senator Gene Yaw, Chair
  • Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Nancy Falvo, Pennsylvania Western University Clarion, Secretary
  • Mr. Stephen M. Brame, Governor's Representative, Treasurer
  • Senator Judy Schwank
  • Representative Dan Moul
  • Mr. Richard Esch, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Timothy Kelsey, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ms. Shannon M. Munro, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Dr. Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Susan Snelick, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
  • Mr. Darrin Youker, Governor's Representative

Expected Presenters:

  • Mark Critz, (Testimony) Western Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and Executive Director of the Rural Development Council
  • Jill Foys, (Testimony) Executive Director of the Northwest Commission
  • Thomas Kreiner, (Testimony) McKean County Commissioner
  • Albert "Chip" Abramovic, (Testimony) Venango County Commissioner, and Board Chair of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
  • Kate Brock, (Testimony) Executive Director of the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, and Leadership Elk and Cameron
  • Rod Wilt, (Testimony) Executive Director of the Penn-Northwest Development Corporation
  • Andrew Sokolski, (Testimony) Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Whirley Drink Works, and Member of Warren Worx
  • Amanda Hetrick, (Testimony) Superintendent of the Forest Area School District
  • Dr. Susan Traverso, (Testimony) President of Thiel College
  • Janice Walters, (Testimony) Interim Executive Director, and Chief Operating Officer of the Rural Health Redesign Center
  • Carol Duffy, (Testimony) McKean County Commissioner
  • Dan Wertz, (Testimony) McKean County Human Services Director

When: Wednesday, January 31, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Lutheran Heritage Room, Miller Student Center, Thiel College, Greenville, PA.
Livestream: and

Contact: Katie Park, Communications Manager, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, (717) 787-9555,

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania's nearly 3.4 million rural residents.


Katie Park, Communications Manager
Center for Rural Pennsylvania