ITEC talks continue

Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, announced Wednesday that productive talks are still ongoing regarding the entity's Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] facility situated on the campus along Montmorenci Road."Something that we've been dealing with for quite a while and certainly something I've been focused on on pretty much a daily basis is ultimately our status in our conversations with respect to the disposition of our former training facility across the parking lot," Bridges said. "The discussions and conversations that we've been having have evolved and we've had consideration from one of our human and social service partners in the community in Dickinson Mental Health Center, as they've expressed interest and consideration in the possible acquisition of the facility."The executive director reported that numerous conversations have taken place between him and Dickinson CEO Jack Goga, as well as other major players within the human and social service entity. "They've come to look at the facility probably a dozen times and conversations are occurring," Bridges said. "The bulk of our time right now is spent trying to expedite the decision-making process and we're all looking at our needs. "There are obviously some costs and projections associated with this so they have to do the diligence to get a feel for what the potential impact is going to be, and what the costs will be."While no official deal has been brought to the table, Bridges indicated Wednesday morning that commission officials have put together a statement outlining their requests for the facility and that the process is continuing.For more on this story, see the Oct. 29 edition of The Daily Press.