November 2013 — Money: A Big Piece of the Puzzle
Take it to the Bank: Year of Growth, Change for Financial Institutions — A lot has happened in Butler County’s banking landscape during the past year, including mergers, acquisitions and resignations.
Finding Funding: SBA has Busy Year; Smallest Businesses Particularly Active — It takes money to make money, and a look at the financial industry during the past year shows lending remains steady at both the national and local levels.
Shale Session: State, Industry Reps Discuss Act 13’s Impact, Future — Many state and energy industry officials agree shale gas development in Pennsylvania is well on its way to being managed correctly through the implementation of Act 13, which amended the state’s oil and gas rules and has already generated and distributed more than $406 million statewide.
In the Money: Gas Industry Touts Economic Stats Related to Drilling — In Butler County, the natural gas industry means big money, bringing in large amounts in the form of capital investments, taxes and wealth.
Piece of the Puzzle: A Look at Advantages of Hybrid Annuities — Financial services professional Jay Shaffer writes about some of the advantages of annuities, specifically those with a fixed index.
Learning to Work: Butler County Education Summit Focuses on Jobs — Educators and company representatives met at Butler Memorial Hospital on Nov. 15 for the inaugural Butler County Education Summit, discussing many issues in education, including the disconnect between technical training and high school learning.
Cropping Up: SRU Panel Discusses Benefits, Impact of Local Farms — Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator sponsored a “Buy Organic, Buy Local” event Nov. 11, focusing on farms and the advantages they bring to the communities they serve.
Remaking Main Street: Butler Downtown Marks Accomplishments, Looks Ahead — The redevelopment group Butler Downtown celebrated another year’s efforts and looked ahead to 2014 during its annual public meeting.
Breaking Good: Ceremony Marks Start of New Hotel in City — A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of a project that will bring business back to the block at the corner of East Jefferson and South McKean streets in Butler.
Standing Out: Butler Health System Wins State Compliance Award — The Butler Health System is the first two-time recipient of the state’s Excellence in Health Care Compliance Award.
The Butler County Young Professionals, an affiliate of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, held its third annual membership recruitment mixer Nov. 12 at The Chop Shop in Butler.