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Unlocking Pennsylvania’s Energy Potential under the Next Administration

While education was the main focus of Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s campaign platform, with a proposed five percent severance tax on natural gas as the funding mechanism, he and Gov. Tom Corbett vigorously debated whether the natural gas industry could absorb additional fees without cutting back operations in Pennsylvania.  The General Assembly passed a series of […]

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Small Business Regulatory Reform Act

Small Business Regulatory Reform Act
ERG Partner John Nikoloff joins Gov. Tom Corbett, and Representative Tina Pickett for the signing of the 1349 – the Small Business Regulatory Reform Act at Pennsylvania Precision Cast Parts in Lebanon. The bill, which ERG Partners lobbied for, ensures that government agencies consider the impact new regulations could have on small business when new regulations are being created. Bradford County Rep. Pickett was the prime sponsor of the legislation. At left is Andrew Miller, owner of PA Precision Cast Parts, which employs more than 175 workers.

Information provided by the Office of the Governor:
September 10, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett Monday ceremonially signed legislation that will protect small businesses from unnecessary red tape and costly mandates.

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ERG Partners Participates in Re-Opening of Client’s Expanded Transload Site, Made Possible through Rail Freight Assistance Program

D&I Silica, LLC’s Ribbon Cutting
ERG Partners was pleased to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony held this week to celebrate the expansion of client D&I Silica, LLC’s (D&I) Kittanning Transload Terminal in Western Pennsylvania. ERG Partner COO Tracy Wingenroth stands with D&I co-owner Arthur Stewart.

Kittanning, Pa – ERG Partners was pleased to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony held this week to celebrate the expansion of client D&I Silica, LLC’s (D&I) Kittanning Transload Terminal in Western Pennsylvania.

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ERG Partner Tracy Wingenroth Named One of Central PA’s Forty Under 40

Tracy WingenrothERG Partners is pleased to announce that Tracy Wingenroth has been honored as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2012 Forty Under 40 award recipients for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and community service. Tracy will be honored at an evening reception and awards program on October 10, 2012 at the Hilton Harrisburg from 6-9pm. This year marks the programs’ 18th anniversary.

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State Firemen Testify at House GOP Policy Committee Hearing

Firemen’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania (FASP), along with the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute (PFESI), provided testimony before the House Republican Policy CommitteeERG was pleased to help the state House Republican Policy Committee at a hearing to address issues facing the state’s volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. ERG Partners represents the Firemen’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania (FASP), which, along with the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute (PFESI), provided the committee with a 30,000 foot view of challenges plaguing the fire and emergency services community. The organizations also offered possible legislative solutions.

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Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) Hosts Local Officials

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) hosted local officials in Green Tree, Pennsylvania for a tour of Rook Yard.  Participants boarded a locomotive and witnessed firsthand the capacity constraints of train movements within the yard, as a result of increasing car volumes and the location of three new customers.

he Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) hosted local officials in Green Tree, Pennsylvania

Clockwise: Jonathan Chastek, Manager Economic & Industrial Development W≤ Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive; Bill Callison, President W≤ Alec Jarvis, Director of Law and Government Relations W≤ Tracy Wingenroth, ERG Partners, government affairs consultant to W≤ Matt Smith, State Representative; Wayne Fontana, State Senator; Dave Montz, Green Tree Borough Manager.

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SMC Business Councils Fall Legislative Reception

John Nikoloff is on the board of directors of SMC Business Councils. As such, he recently attended the SMC’s Fall Legislative Reception held in western PA. This event was a success for small businesses, as members had an opportunity to meet with state and federal officials and discuss issues impacting their businesses.


John Nikoloff with state Rep. Jim Marshall and Barbara McNees, President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and CFA board member.

John Nikoloff talks with a small manufacturer from western Pennsylvania, and state Auditor General Jack Wagner.
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Nikoloff Recognized for Exceptional Dedication, Vision and Advocacy by Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians

John Nikoloff, a founding partner and president of ERG Partners, a Harrisburg-based public affairs firm, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians for his exceptional “vision, dedication and advocacy which serves as the foundation of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP.” The award was presented during the Chapter’s annual Awards Dinner held in Hershey on December 5.

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