Education opportunities key for region

RIDGWAY – House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4."We're not going to go out and build a lot of infrastructure, it's not about bricks and mortar," said Bob Esch, a McKean County industry representative for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.