Governor's Council on Rural Affairs

The City of St. Marys is pleased to announce the appointment of City Manager Joseph Fleming as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Affairs. Manager Fleming was recommended by the Pennsylvania Municipal League and nominated by the PA Department of Agriculture. He was notified of his appointment by the Governor on July 7, 2022. He will serve a two-year term. He is looking forward to giving our area a voice in Harrisburg on the issues we face as a rural community. The board is comprised of 30 members representing the private sector, non-profits, local, state, and federal government. The board will act as a liaison and advocate for rural communities.

Governor's Council on Rural Affairs Objectives

a . Seek to 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 Pennsylvania. To this end, the

Council shall 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.

b. Foster expanded economic and social opportunities for

Pennsylvania’s rural residents. In this regard, the Council and its partners

shall identify opportunities for and impediments to such expansion and develop

strategies for taking advantage of opportunities and overcoming impediments.

The Council shall develop, review, and recommend policies to the Governor to

promote expanded economic and social opportunities for rural Pennsylvania.

c . Serve as a vehicle for collective advocacy on behalf of

Pennsylvania’s rural communities and their residents.

d . Promote intergovernmental cooperation.

e. Promote community-based problem-solving strategies which

include all 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, all

individuals, organizations, and agencies with contributions to make for the

advancement of the common good.

f. Advise the Governor, agencies, organizations, and other

entities on issues affecting rural communities and their residents.

g . Serve as a resource for private and nonprofit

organizations on rural issues, programs, and available sources of technical and

financial assistance