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On February 15, President Trump signed into law (H.J.Res.31), a 1,165-page, $333 billion spending package for FY 2019. The omnibus package includes appropriations bills for the following seven agencies: U.S.

FY 2019 spending complete as president signs omnibus funding bill

On February 13, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee introduced a series of four draft bills aimed at addressing homelessness and the shortage of affordable housing. If enacted, the four bills would make new investments in federal housing programs, expand eligibility for U.S.

New legislation to combat homelessness introduced in U.S. House

Photo: Members of the Public Health Department participate in a break-out group at Alameda County’s Public Health Workshop in April 2018.

Getting Started on Preparing for Climate Change: Alameda County’s Adaptation Workshops Guide


Since the launch of WalkWorks ChesCo!, in April 2017, CHESTER COUNTY residents have registered more than four billion steps in the program. The program is designed to promote, educate and empower county residents to adopt a healthier lifestyle one step at a time. It started as a response to the national Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. Participants in the program stayed motivated by 18 competitions.

Pictured (l-r): Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell; Ashley Orr, Chester County Health Department, Jeanne Casner, director, Chester County Health Department, Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone; and Erin Brown, Chester County Health Department.

News from Across the Nation - Feb. 18, 2019

While some can talk about “best practices,” others know how to walk the walk as well. In 2018, GFOA recognized nine governments, including three county governments, for translating GFOA recommendations into practice.

Best Practices in Action

What would cause a generally logical and competent HR Doctor and his beautiful wife Charlotte to trade in their well-functioning truck and van, purchased only four years earlier, for new vehicles at the same time?  Certainly, it was not for the sole purpose of making the Toyota dealer ecstatically happy, although that was likely one of the resul

Safer Cars – Safer Careers

On February 12, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) announced ten appointees to its National Advisory Council (NAC), including three officials representing county governments.

County officials announced as appointees to FEMA's National Advisory Council

The Stepping Up Four Key Measures Case Studies serve as a quick reference to the strategies highlighted in this series and share suggested sub-measures associated with each of these measures to help counties better collect and analyze their data.

Stepping Up Four Key Measures Case Studies

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced up to $902.5 million in available funds through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program.

Apply now: U.S. Department of Transportation awarding up to $902.5 million in grant funding for infrastructure improvement projects

Old Morgantown Ramada Inn property to house non-profits that address homelessness Wednesday, Monongalia County commissioners discussed the future of the old Ramada Inn property located on Scott Avenue in Morgantown. 
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Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Morgan County Courts will open on a two hour delay today, Wednesday, February 20, due to weather conditions.
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The wild, wonderful, complex, misunderstood image of West Virginia (Daily Mail WV) In December 2002, thousands of Mountaineer fans hopped onto I-77 South, called by some the “Hillbilly Highway.” Destination: the first ever Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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February 19, 1943: Aerospace Engineer and Author Homer Hickam Born Author Homer Hickam Jr. was born in Coalwood on February 19, 1943. After serving in Vietnam, he worked for NASA for 17 years as an aerospace engineer.
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05 October 2018
We just held our 2018 Fall Board Meeting of WVACo at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg - Wood ...
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