The Bucks County Commissioners are expected to soon vote on plans for the extensive renovation of the courthouse in Doylestown. Commissioner Chair, Rob Loughery says when the courts move to the new justice center, due to open later this year, the County wants to bring offices located around Bucks back into the Courthouse.
“We’ve got to do some renovations to that building and some upgrades. The building is 50 years old. It will help us improve on energy efficiencies.”
Most of the work on the current courthouse will wait until the Justice Center opens its door.
The Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners says 2014 will be a busy year. Josh Shapiro told WNPV that investments in roads and parks are needed. He also says the county will expand social services opportunities.
“The Human Services Program, commonly referred to as the Navigate Program, where we’ve gotten our human services employees out in the community and poor communities around Montgomery County, the will expanding and growing.”
Shapiro says the county plans to roll out a program to address veteran homelessness and a new economic development approach.
Prosecutors asked for a long prison term for 50 year old, Colleen LaRose, also know as Jihad Jane. But on Monday, a Federal Judge sentenced the Pennsburgh, Montgomery County woman to a 10 year prison term for providing material support to terrorists. LaRose admitted to an online plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist. The plot was never carried out. LaRose plead guilty in 2009. she has already served four years.
Univest’s Chief Economist Gary Wolfer sees some god news for 2014. Wolfer says natural gas reserves put the country in the best position for energy that it’s been in for generations. But employment numbers seem to be lagging and might remain higher that we were used to seeing prior to the market crash in 2008.
“Unemployment remains very problematic. We saw a nice drop in the unemployment rate in the 3rd quarter, going from 7.3 to 7 percent. Some analysis indicates that there is a structural issue with unemployment, specifically, the fact that there’s many workers still unemployed with their skill rapidly eroding.”
Wolfer says there could still be some potholes along the way, but he expects an improving economy next year.