SU is a ‘natural fit’ for I-81 Corridor Coalition: Sentinel News

November 23, 2009: Sentinel News

SU is a ‘natural fit’ for I-81 Corridor Coalition

by Joseph Cress

Excerpt:

Realtors have their catchphrase “location … location … location…” to describe the importance geography plays in making the transaction.

It is a comparison George Pomeroy can draw when talking about Shippensburg University serving as a future host site for the Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition.

“It seems a natural fit,” said Pomeroy, director of the University’s Center for Land Use, a think tank providing research, technical assistance and educational outreach to local communities throughout south-central Pennsylvania.

Shippensburg already hosts the Web site for the coalition which formed in September of 2007 when lawmakers and transportation officials from Pennsylvania and five other states agreed to come together to solve mutual problems they have with the highway.

The coalition has since organized into a steering committee and three program-track committees addressing issues of freight movement, the environment and local governance and economic development. It has stakeholders representing all levels of government along with such groups as the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association and others in transportation, the private sector and regional planning.

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