Contract with Cornplanter project manager gets OK

From staff reports

The Venango County Economic Development Authority approved a contract with Imperial Construction Services, which will act as project manager for the pre-construction of the Cornplanter Square project in Oil City.

Bids for the first phase of Cornplanter Square (the former Mellon Bank building) were opened Nov. 16 and are being reviewed. The first phase of renovation consists of selective demolition and environmental abatement and roof replacement.

Economic Development Director Emily Lewis said the panel will soon be advertising for the position of entrepreneurship program manager, which was approved at the authority’s Tuesday’s meeting.

The Economic Development Authority recently acquired a grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission for $150,000 to go toward developing an entrepreneurial academy, which Venango County Commissioner Tim Brooks expects to be launched at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Training for the academy will be scheduled for half the school day, similar to Venango Technology Center, for high school juniors and seniors interested in business entrepreneurship.

Clarion University has agreed to provide space for the EAcademy at its Venango Campus.