Yaw Re-Elected Chairman of Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board

HARRISBURG – The Center for Rural Pennsylvania today re-elected state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) to serve as Chairman of its 11 member Board of Directors.

The Center is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million rural residents.

“I am very humbled to be re-elected as Board Chairman and look forward to continuing the exemplary work of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania,” said Yaw.  “As a State Senator, I very much enjoy working to address the needs of rural residents throughout my district.

“Senator Yaw has been instrumental to the Center’s research and policy issue work,” said Barry Denk, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  “His hands on leadership, with the Board’s full involvement, has guided our work and raised public awareness on a number of matters critical to the Commonwealth.  From the public hearings and report on heroin and opioid abuse, and the research on expanding natural gas service in the Commonwealth, to testifying on the rural impact of the major rate increases with federal flood insurance program, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania has been at the fore front of timely public policy issues.”

“I look forward to our Center’s continuing work on behalf of the General Assembly and Pennsylvania’s 2.7 million rural citizens with Senator Yaw as our chairman,” Denk added.

Created in 1987 under Act 16, the Rural Revitalization Act, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania’s rural and small communities by:

  • sponsoring research projects to identify policy options for legislative and executive branch consideration and action;
  • collecting data on trends and conditions to understand the diversity of rural Pennsylvania;
  • publishing information and research results to inform and educate audiences about the diverse people and communities of rural Pennsylvania; and
  • participating in local, state and national forums on rural issues to present and learn from best practices.

To learn more about the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, click on www.rural.palegislature.us.


Rita Zielonis, (717) 787-3280

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