Grant to Promote Environmental Education, Business Expansion

A significant state grant will promote local environmental education activities while providing an expansion opportunity for a major Indiana County employer, according to Senator Don White and Representative Dave Reed.

The Indiana County Board of Commissioners was awarded a $925,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to cover about half of the estimated costs for a new Indiana County Conservation District Office & Environmental Education Center in the Windy Ridge Business & Technology Park in White Township.

Diamond Pharmacy, one of Indiana County’s largest employers, has expressed an interest in expanding into the space in the Commerce Park building that the Conservation District will be vacating once its new building is completed.

“This RACP grant is truly a win-win for our community. The Conservation District will get a new facility and the opportunity to expand the type and scope of environmental education programs it offers to the community,” said Senator White. “Once the Conservation District moves out, Diamond Pharmacy is ready to move into that space. This project fulfills multiple needs for two key members of our community.”

“This is a great investment by the Commonwealth in Indiana County,” said Representative Reed. “The new state-of-the-art education center will offer a number of benefits to our community and provide new partnership opportunities with our local schools. Hopefully this is a sign of bigger and better things to come.

Contact: Joe Pittman
Mark J. Zilner, COO, Diamond Pharmacy:
Adam Cotchen, Indiana Co. Conservation District: