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The building, constructed in the early ...
The building, constructed in the early 20th century at Hickory and Fifth streets, is an ideal location for the incubator, said Steve Bartos, director of the Northumberland County Planning Department.
Establishing an energy incubator is one of the first steps in the implementation of the county's FUTURES (Fossil Underwriting Technology to Utilize Renewable Energy Sources) program, which was unveiled at a press conference Oct. 1.
Through FUTURES, the county hopes to use revenue from coal royalties, which is growing because of global demand for anthracite, to help alternative energy producers build in Northumberland County, particularly on expansive empty coal lands in the eastern end.
Despite its age, the four-story General Cigar building has a working sprinkler system, three-phase electrical wiring, a freight elevator, a loading dock and off-street parking in the basement.
Its proximity to Interstate 81 is another bonus, as is its location along Hickory Street, one of the nicer residential streets in the borough, Bartos
And it's just a few miles away from the Coal Township-SEEDCO Industrial Park.
"This is a beautiful open space that is ready," he
said during a tour of the facility on Thursday.
"It will enhance our ability to attract new business to the area."
Family Home Medical operates on the first floor, and Kindermusik on the second, but the rest of the building is empty, Bartos
hopes for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the factory in the spring, but there are no specifics as of yet on funding to develop the site, or whether the county would lease or purchase the building.
State and federal sources, however, are being studied, and private venture capitalists from Pennsylvania, the nation and abroad have shown interest in providing start-up funds, Bartos
Interest is building
The building would house offices available at low rent costs for new and already established energy companies.
Through the incubator, new ideas will be encouraged and a synergy of teamwork and collaboration will be created amid the cooperation of state, county and local government, businesses, financial and higher education institutes, Bartos
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Steve Bartos, director of the Northumberland County Planing Department, speaks at this afternoon's press conference details FUTURES.
Steve Bartos as fifth ...
Steve Bartos as fifth candidate for representative of 107th district
by justin strawser (staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steve Bartos, renewable/alternative energy coordinator for the 107th district on economic and energy development, announced his candidacy for Belfanti's seat Friday.
has been working closely with Belfanti
since January 2009.
put a lot of thought into running for the seat, seeking the advice of friends and family, and came to a final decision early Friday.
"One of the key considerations was my wife and children having supported me, and they felt it was an appropriate time to run for office," said Bartos
also discussed the possibility of running with Belfanti
before the representative announced his
"I told him that I would not run if he
sons would be running," said Bartos
works closely with Belfanti
, it was Zalar who received the longtime lawmaker's endorsement.
"I respect Bob very much," Bartos
a good friend and has been a very supportive boss over the past year.
never once ever doubted me or not provided support for the projects I worked on."
hasn't endorsed Bartos
has done a great job.
"I have nothing disparaging to say about Steve
," said Belfanti
Rep. Belfanti explained that instead of resigning or being dismissed, Bartos
would be taking a leave of absence from his
position until the primaries to avoid accusations of using state time to avoid being accused of using state time or having access to Belfanti's constituent files.
win the primary election, he
would have to step down.
would work to bring him back on the staff.
will outline a detailed plan he
believes will bring jobs to the 107th District, which includes Montour County and parts of Columbia and Northumberland counties.
"The lower anthracite region has been blessed with great natural resources and talented people," he
"In a time when clean and abundant energy is so highly valued in the United States and around the world, there is no reason why we cannot make this region and the 107th District an important hub for new jobs that will keep our homes, our communities and our children enjoying the blessings of life here for generations to come.
As a candidate in this race, I have already laid out a clear, detailed plan for bringing more jobs to the 107th District."
Using jobs as the foundation of his
also wants to make sure that the state legislature sets education, and care of Pennsylvania's senior citizens as top priorities.
"These are very difficult times for everyone and the only way that we will overcome them is to realize our obligations and commitments to one another," he
"That means our children must have access to a quality education, and we must keep faith to the promises made to our senior citizens and veterans."
explained the region couldn't afford to keep sending away the best and brightest minds, but should invest in the younger generation like earlier generations have done in the past.
"We want to recreate a region where communities can once again prosper, citizens can enjoy the small-town feel of our area and create wealth for everyone willing to work and make these changes a reality.
"Our seniors and veterans deserve a world where there many efforts on our behalf also create a secure financial future for them and they hold a place of honor in the community for all they have contributed allowing the dream to continue for them into their golden years."
Bartos was born and raised in Mount Carmel Township and educated at Mount Carmel Area High School.
He received a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Kutztown University, and attended both Texas A&M University and Oak Ridge University of Tennessee formaster studies in health physics.
In addition to his position in Belfanti's office, Bartos is also the director of Keystone Energy Technology Enterprise Center (KETEC), a nonprofit organization created to promote alternative energy development in the lower anthracite region.
Bartos served two terms with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and was a senior advisor on environmental safety issues at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C.
He was also a senior advisor for DOE at Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the Galileo, Ulysses and Cassini spacecraft launches.
He is a member of the Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel Knights of Columbus, Clover Hose Fire Company and Mount Carmel Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Steve Bartos as fifth candidate for representative of 107th district
Steve Bartos hired as ...
Steve Bartos hired as Shamokin city clerk
SHAMOKIN - Steve Bartos, president of the Mount Carmel-based Keystone Energy Technology Enterprise Center (KETEC) Board of Directors and former Northumberland County planning director, was hired Tuesday night as the new clerk for the City of Shamokin.
, who will receive a salary of $35,000, will replace Dave Kinder, whose resignation becomes effective Friday.
Voting to hire Bartos during a brief special meeting were Mayor George Rozinskie and Councilmen R. Craig Rhoades and William Strausser.
Bartos, who was fired by the county commissioners for insubordination in January 2009, has served as interim director of KETEC, a starting business incubator.
He is the former alternative/green energy coordinator for the Lower Anthracite Region who unsuccessfully ran for state representative in the 107th District in the Democratic primary in May 2010.
City Clerk: Stephen Bartos
47 East Lincoln Street
Shamokin, PA 17872
Telephone: (570) 644-0876 Fax: (570) 648-0948