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Volume 12 Issue 25
   December 14, 2017
An e-newsletter of the
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
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Census Bureau Data Released
The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual installment of demographic and socio-economic data for every community in the United States. These estimates provide data for all Pennsylvania counties, municipalities, and other geographic areas down to the census block-group level regardless of population size.

High median household incomes were sustained in the southeast region of the state in counties like Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware during 2012 to 2016. Some counties in the northern part of the state (e.g. Bradford, Tioga, Sullivan) experienced increases in their median household incomes while a few counties in South Central Pennsylvania like Cumberland, Dauphin, and York had lower incomes since the last non-overlapping five-year estimates (2007-2011).

Migration into the commonwealth by residents of other states decreased in a majority of counties during 2012 to 2016 when compared to 2007-2011 estimates. Some of the largest decreases in migration from other states occurred in northern and western counties like Tioga, Wayne, Indiana, and Elk. Migration from abroad increased in most counties with Centre and Philadelphia Counties remaining popular destinations for residents from abroad.

Visit here for the full brief to read more about Pennsylvania's counties and trends in educational attainment, single-mother families and healthcare.  
Population Through the Ages
The new Population Through the Ages report notes that Pennsylvania's elderly population (age 65 and over) grew at 20 times the rate of Pennsylvania's general population from 2010 to 2016. Persons age 65 years and over accounted for 17.4 percent of Pennsylvania's population in 2016, up from 15.6 percent in 2010. Visit here to read more. Be sure to explore the nationwide State and County Detailed Population Estimates dashboard at the end of the report.  
DEP Grant Applications Being Accepted January 1
The Department of Environmental Protection announced a request for applications effective January 1, 2018 from counties for grant assistance for municipal solid waste planning and household hazardous waste education.

Potential applicants are required to meet with their regional planning and recycling coordinator prior to submitting an application for funding consideration. Applications must be submitted electronically here

Questions regarding the electronic submission of these grants should be directed to the DCED's customer service line at (800) 379-7448 or Questions on the notice should be directed to Mark Vottero at  
Environmental Excellence Award
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applicants for the 2018 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. DEP encourages you to apply or nominate others to submit an application for the 2018 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Award is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization, and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship. If selected, award recipients will be invited to attend an awards banquet in spring of 2018. Applications and additional information can be found on the DEP website. Questions regarding the award or application should be directed to DEP via email at or by phone at (717) 705-3769.  
Digital Fingerprinting Transition
In order to work or volunteer with children, certain people are required to obtain clearances, including fingerprinting, and the commonwealth is transitioning to a new vendor for digital fingerprinting, IDEMIA.

In order to pre-register for a FBI background check and/or find a fingerprinting location, applicants must access Once registered, individuals may walk in during a location's posted hours of operation, but scheduling an appointment may lead to lesser/no wait times.

IDEMIA uses service codes when identifying the authorized purpose for why an applicant is being fingerprinted to ensure applicants are processed for the correct purpose and agency. Service codes under the Department of Human Services can be found at by clicking on Get a Clearance.  
Visit features information to help you and your community be informed, be prepared and be involved. The December issue of the ReadyPA Monthly highlights the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's feature on winter driving which includes tips to help properly navigate winter roads. The issue also features safety tips for holiday trees, lights, and candles.
SHCC Emergency Guide Link Available
The Fundamentals of Preparing for and Surviving an Emergency at Home, prepared by the Safety, Health and Consumer Council, explains how to prepare an emergency kit and deal with floods, fires, power outages, winter storms and more. Use it as a resource and share with constituents and family.  
Health and Justice Forum
The 2018 NACo Health and Justice Forum is being held January 17-19, 2018 in Shelby County, Tennessee. This event will bring together county leaders from across the country to learn from each other and experts on prevention, intervention and reentry issues.

Session topics will include childhood development and lifelong impacts, substance abuse and mental health issues, data sharing between jails and community service providers, paving a path to successful community reintegration and much more.  
CCAP CEL Applications Open
CCAP is pleased to present the 2018 Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program to help county officials develop a professional culture for county government.

Strong leadership is essential to county success and future growth. The CEL Program offers county commissioners or council members, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors in Pennsylvania's 67 counties the opportunity to be immersed in an intensive leadership curriculum which will enhance personal and professional growth. The program features curriculum including managerial versatility, interpersonal dynamics, crisis communication, media management, problem solving, decision making and more.

The two and a half-day intensive program will be held at the CCAP office in Harrisburg on June 13 - 15, 2018. We invite you to explore this exciting educational opportunity offered exclusively by CCAP. Participation is available to one eligible person per county per year, with a maximum of 16 participants per year. Application is required by January 15, 2018 to be considered for participation in the June 2018 session.

More detailed information and an application are available on the CEL homepage or brochure (PDF) and application (PDF).  
New CCAP Associate Members
Please join CCAP in welcoming new associate members.

Consulting, Law
Employees are your most important asset, as well as the most difficult and costly part of your operation. We act as trusted advisors to counties on effective personnel management and employment issues from recruitment to separation, labor negotiations, grievance and interest arbitration, employment litigation and training. We represent so many counties because we have the best, most experienced lawyers. We are The Leader in the Public Sector, and we look forward to partnering with you.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, is a plaintiffs class action law firm with more than 90 lawyers in diverse practice areas whose underlying mission is to protect those harmed by illegal corporate behavior. Cohen Milstein's Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice has developed extensive expertise from its experience as counsel for investors in some of the most significant securities fraud cases over the past 40 plus years, recovering billions of dollars in assets for investors.

ConstituentON™ Back Office is a lead-component of ConstituentON™ Technology (COT). COT was founded in 2010. ConstituentON™ Back Office was developed specifically for elected officials, staff, governmental departments and legislative bodies. ConstituentON™ Back Office web-based solutions meet the demands of elected officials and their staff to provide their constituents the most effective and efficient response and communication software in the industry. Unlimited users and departments.

Elections, Technology 
Election Systems & Software's visionary approach to election equipment, software and solutions has helped improve the voting experience throughout North America for nearly 40 years. We are committed to developing integrated voting solutions that improve the marketplace and are flexible enough to meet multiple jurisdictions' needs and voter preferences.
Consulting, Energy
Provident Energy Consulting assists governmental energy consumers in identifying and implementing approaches to reduce and control energy costs, as well as to better understand the issues in the deregulated energy marketplace. A PA PUC Licensed Energy Supplier, Provident provides full consulting services toward analyzing energy needs; evaluating proposals from reputable suppliers; assisting in contract execution; and preparing annual budgets.  
CCAP Events
For a complete listing of upcoming events refer to the CCAP website.
NACo Webinars
Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:
Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit
Job Postings
As counties notify us of current vacancies we post them on CCAP's website and list them below.
Additional information on each posting can be found by clicking on the name of the vacancy you are interested in. To submit a job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage. For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.
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