Erie economic development chief has a ‘passion’ for community service

Kevin Flowers
 
| Erie Times-News
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Debra Smith never thought about making history.

When Smith began working for the city of Erie as an employment and training accountant in December 1985, the Erie native and Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate was happy to have found a steady job working with numbers.

She figured that her time with city government would eventually lead to a career as a certified public accountant. 

Later, she began crunching the numbers for a number of city economic and community development initiatives, and that’s when things changed. 

Smith started to comprehend the humanity represented in those ledgers, reports and spreadsheets — and realized she wanted to do even more. 

“I was dealing with Community

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101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov - Getty Images
Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you

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Business, community donations help Columbia County fund new K-9

$5,000 from Didion helps department meet $40K funding goal
Didion Representatives with a new K-9
Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Stage, Captain Jason Kocovsky, Deputy Derek Jesko, and K9 Artus

Didion representatives: Derrick Clark, Mark Nehls, Riley Didion

PORTAGE, Wis. — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be able to fund another K-9 team thanks to donations from the community, according to a news release.

Didion, a dry corn mill and ethanol-alcohol facility in Cambria, said Thursday it donated $5,000 to support the sheriff’s office efforts to add a fourth K-9 unit to their team. Didion said the donation helped push the sheriff’s office over its goal of $20,000, which also now allows for a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous local business.

According to the release, the cost to purchase a police dog is about $40,000,

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Community Banks of Colorado, a division of NBH Bank named the SBA’s Start Up and Job Creation …

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DENVER, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Community Banks of Colorado, a division of NBH Bank(the “Bank”) is honored to be recognized in 2020 as Start Up and Job Creation Lender of the Year as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado District Office’s Annual Awards.

“At NBH Bank, we believe the entrepreneurial spirit is the foundation of our communities, and we utilize SBA loans to provide responsible financing that supports that spirit. This award is really a testament to the vision and hard work of our clients, without whom this honor would not be possible,” said Mark Abell, SBA Division Director at NBH Bank.

The Bank was selected to receive this award based on the number of loans it made in the special categories of job creation and

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