Warren County Commissioner, Jeff Eggleston, announced his plans today to seek a second term as Commissioner in the upcoming May 21st Primary and November 5th General Elections of 2019.
Eggleston stated, “I feel confident in my ability to continue to produce positive results for the taxpayers of Warren County based on hard work and determination. We’ve accomplished much in the past three years, but I think we’ve just scratched the surface and I’m really looking forward to running, winning, and then building on our prior successes.”
When initially running in 2015, Commissioner Eggleston pushed for technology upgrades and online visibility. In his first year, he personally rebuilt the County’s website, saving taxpayers an estimated $10,000 in development costs, which increased traffic and accessibility. He worked with the Assessment Department to put all of the County’s Assessment data online, free of charge, so that citizens can track their property data without having to go to the Courthouse and pay for printouts. The website eventually won the County Commissioners Association Award for “Excellence in Websites” in the State of Pennsylvania.
In an effort to improve regional collaboration, Commissioner Eggleston created the Human Services Summit, the Marketing Taskforce, and the Redevelopment Taskforce, which brought the best and the brightest community-minded folks together to develop plans which will dramatically change service quality and delivery in Warren County.
As a part of the team that pitched Warren County as a location for the administrative offices of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, Eggleston assisted in both securing the college for Warren, PA, but also pushing for $100,000 of county investment which then pulled down over $1.5 million in state and regional grant dollars to redevelop Warren County in support of the College. This marks the first major, post-secondary educational investment in Warren County by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in over 40 years.
Most recently, Commissioner Eggleston was selected as the 2018 Pennsylvania “Outstanding Commissioner of the Year” by the County Commissioner’s Association of Pennsylvania, which is a prestigious award. Eggleston is the first Commissioner of Warren County to ever be given the award in its over 30-year history and was selected out of 180 executives in the Commonwealth.
In discussing the future Eggleston said, “I think we’ve built a great deal of momentum with the Marketing Taskforce and Redevelopment Taskforce, the Human Services Summit, and several other big projects which are setting the stage for even bigger projects and successes. This is a great time to be a citizen of Warren County, as there is an appetite for change and transitioning into the next phase of development within our community.”
Commissioner Eggleston’s Re-election platform includes:
- More strategic and long-range planning to further chart a course for success both economically and with vital services.
- Pushing Harrisburg and Washington D.C. for more investment in Warren County. We need “full-time” Commissioners that are going to be advocates for this great community and secure investments normally given to other municipalities.
- More community organization and collaboration. With limited resources, we need to come together and work in concert with each other. Our various
taskforceshave shown the positive impact collaboration can have.
- Continue focusing on mental health services, both in the community and in the prison system. Our needs are great and only with creativity and determination are we going to improve and expand those needed services.
- The opening of a comprehensive recycling center, where citizens can bring electronics, household hazardous chemicals, tires, and other difficult to recycle items while pushing for keeping our rivers, streams, and forests clean from trash and poisonous chemicals.
- More business recruitment and business expansion. We have strong businesses in Warren County that we need to collaborate with to help them grow. We also need to create a friendly environment for new businesses to develop and come and invest in Warren County.
“I believe in Warren County,” said Commissioner Eggleston in conclusion. “In rural Pennsylvania, it’s easy for folks to feel like their best days are behind them, but what I’ve seen in the past 3 years is what has been the hallmark of our community, which is a focus on hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. If we focus on that, I think we can do anything, and so that’s what I am going to do for the people of Warren County.”
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