Four Shamokin industrial development and civic leaders and four from Kulpmont yesterday attended the opening session of the fifth annual Pennsylvania Industrial Development Clinic sponsored by the state Department of Commerce.
The two-day conference, which ended today, was co-sponsored by the state Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce executives and the Pennsylvania Chapter, Society of Industrial engineers.
Attending from Shamokin were Edward P. Barr, secretary of Shamokin-Coal Township Chamber of Commerce; C.Q. McWilliams, president, and Malcom Farrow III, vice president, Shamokin Area Industrial Corporation, and Dr. John M. Konopka, executive director, Pennsylvania Anthracite Park Authority.
Kulpmont Industrial Development Committee was represented by Leonard Wydra, president; Raymond Pauzer, secretary; John Clauser, treasurer, and Joseph Lanciano, director.
William L. Batt, Jr., new administrator of the Area Redevelopment Administration, was principal speaker at yesterday’s session. Batt told community representatives the success of the $394 million depressed areas bill as a job-creating program, hinges on the initiative shown by local areas in reacting to its provisions.
The law makes areas of substantial and persistent unemployment eligible for loans and grants through the federal government to attract industry and to retrain jobless workers, Batt said. The administrator warned that each local community would have to exhaust all other resources for help, both public and private, before any appeal would be considered by the federal government.