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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-780


[4 PA. CODE CH. 6]


[29 Pa.B. 2572]

Pennsylvania Rural Development Council

March 29, 1999

   Whereas, maintaining and expanding opportunities for rural communities and their residents is of great importance to all Pennsylvanians and is vital to the Commonwealth; and

   Whereas, the formation of State rural development councils has been encouraged by the Federal government in order to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal, State, local and other programs, services and actions affecting rural areas under Section 607(b) of the Rural Development Act of 1972 as amended by Section 759A of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996; and

   Whereas, the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council was originally constituted on April 6, 1992, through the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Department of Agriculture (the April 6, 1992, Memorandum of Understanding was subsequently superseded by an additional Memorandum of Understanding dated November 11, 1994); and

   Whereas, the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council was constituted to serve as a neutral forum where representatives of the private and nonprofit sectors and of all government agencies--local, State and Federal--can address issues of concern to the rural areas of the Commonwealth.

   Now, Therefore, I, Thomas J. Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby formally create within the Governor's Executive Offices, the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council (hereinafter referred to as the ''Council'') as an advocate for rural Pennsylvanians and do hereby order and direct as follows:

Ridge Signature

   Fiscal Note:  GOV 99-2. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A






6.11.Purposes and goals.
6.15.Relationship with other agencies.

§ 6.11.  Purposes and goals.

   The purposes and goals of the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council (Council) are to:

   (1)  Build and foster inclusive, collaborative partnerships and networks of diverse individuals and organizations to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal, State and other programs, services and actions affecting rural areas in this Commonwealth. To this end, the Council will serve as a liaison to Federal, State and local government agencies to ensure that programs affecting rural Pennsylvanians are effectively utilized and that benefits are available to all rural citizens.

   (2)  Foster expanded economic and social opportunities for this Commonwealth's rural residents. In this regard, the Council and its partners will identify opportunities for and impediments to the expansion and develop strategies for taking advantage of opportunities and overcoming impediments. The Council will develop, review and recommend policies to the Governor to promote expanded economic and social opportunities for rural Pennsylvania.

   (3)  Serve as a vehicle for collective advocacy on behalf of this Commonwealth's rural communities and their residents.

   (4)  Promote intergovernmental cooperation.

   (5)  Promote community-based problem-solving strategies which include the ideas, resources and expertise without regard to traditional distinctions among units, agencies or levels of government. Further, these strategies anticipate inclusion in the problem-solving process, individuals, organizations and agencies with contributions to make for the advancement of the common good.

   (6)  Advise the Governor, agencies, organizations and other entities on issues affecting rural communities and their residents.

   (7)  Serve as a resource for private and nonprofit organizations on rural issues, programs and available sources of technical and financial assistance.

§ 6.12.  Composition.

   (a)  The Pennsylvania Rural Development Council (Council) will be governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 30 members, with six each representing the private sector, the nonprofit sector, local government agencies, State government agencies and Federal government agencies. The Governor will consult with the Board of Directors prior to appointing an individual to serve as Executive Director of the Council. Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Members of the Board of Directors may continue to serve in their positions only so long as they are a member of the group from which they were chosen.

   (b)  The Executive Director will supervise and direct the staff of the Council and prepare an annual report on the Council's activities.

§ 6.13.  Responsibilities.

   (a)  The Board of Directors is authorized to:

   (1)  Recommend and implement the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council's (Council's) annual budget.

   (2)  Adopt an annual work plan.

   (3)  Adopt procedures and guidelines, consistent with the Commonwealth's Management Directives and policies, as may be necessary for the effective operation of the Council.

   (4)  Adopt statements on issues of concern to rural Pennsylvanians.

   (5)  Direct the work of the Executive Director and of the Council's committees, task forces and working groups.

   (6)  Take other actions necessary to carry out the purposes and goals of the Council.

   (b)  The Board of Directors is authorized to establish subcommittees, rules and procedures for the effective implementation of its functions consistent with this subchapter and with Commonwealth policy and procedure.

   (c)  The Council may conduct other activities necessary to carry out its purposes and goals.

§ 6.14.  Compensation.

   Members of the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council do not receive compensation for their services. The members may be reimbursed for actual travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy.

§ 6.15.  Relationship with other agencies.

   (a)  The Pennsylvania Rural Development Council (Council) will seek to develop good working relationships with Federal and local government agencies so that the Council's mission to promote intergovernmental cooperation and coordination may be achieved to the greatest extent possible.

   (b)  Agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall fully cooperate with and provide assistance as needed by the Council in performing its functions.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-780. Filed for public inspection May 14, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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