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Fayette Chamber of Commerce Building
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Uniontown, PA 15401
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Telephone: 814-634-4390

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711 Logan Place, Confluence, PA 15424 
Open the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 814-634-4390 

Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center
15 Sherman Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Open the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Telephone: 814-634-4390
Dowling’s 2020 Vision Summit Concludes with House Transportation Committee Roundtable Discussion
10/5/2018
UNIONTOWN – Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) concluded his 2020 Vision Summit with a roundtable discussion at the Ohiopyle Visitor Center with the House Transportation Committee; Rachel Duda, representative of PennDOT; Ann Nemanic, executive director of Laurel Highlands Visitor Center and Ken Bisbee, manager of Ohiopyle State Park on the topic of green streets and scenic byway programs.

“Ohiopyle has continued to make an economic impact here in Fayette County, bringing in local money as well as new money to the county, and thereby the Commonwealth,” said Dowling. “With that said, other attractions are limited in their ability to grow and expand. More and improved infrastructure is needed.”

Duda spoke of residents’ love for bringing their families to Ohiopyle and the multi-modal project that is currently underway there.

“I live in Fayette County, and I can tell you, when residents have company, they bring them to Ohiopyle,” Duda said. “The multi-modal project we are beginning this November, while on the fast track, began with a study. During this process, the district spent significant time with the community – understanding its needs, its concerns and its wants. In the end, we have a $12.4 million project, projected for completion in 2020. The design eliminates several conflict points, greatly improves pedestrian and boater safety and creates additional parking.”

Nemanic continued by adding,“The Laurel Highlands is a legacy brand. Just last night the LHVB celebrated 60 years of being the region’s Tourist Promotion Agency. This region hits on four key points of tourism and visitor attraction: outdoor recreation; history and culture; classic amusements; and health and wellness – connecting nature to health – walking, biking, hiking, etc. Visitors bring $9 billion to the region and Ohiopyle is the No.1 attraction. The Laurel Highlands is a drive-to destination being located within 23 percent of the U.S. population. Visitors are attracted from eight major metropolitan areas: New York City, Detroit, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Columbus and Cleveland. In the past year, the outfitters in Ohiopyle tested a new area with marketing grant – Indianapolis – and it paid off.”

Bisbee discussed the continued success that Ohiopyle State Park has been seeing over time.

“Ohiopyle State Park is the largest state park in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources system,” said Bisbee. “It is a year-round facility hosting 1.3 million to 1.5 million visitors annually. It is also a destination for visitors from all over the United States and Canada.”

Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), chairman of the House Transportation Committee, concluded the discussion saying, “I want to thank everyone for their valuable input. The information we gathered will help us craft legislation that will lead to smarter and more efficient transportation systems.”

After the roundtable discussion, the House Transportation Committee toured Ohiopyle’s multi-modal project by PennDOT and DCNR officials.

Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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