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  • Family Service Honors Penn Community Bank as Corporate Citizen of the Year
  • More than 1,700 System Projects Completed to Enhance Natural Gas and Electric Service for PECO Customers
  • Colliers Launched Their Fall /Winter Issue of Colliers’ Insight Magazine
  • Jordan Yeager recognized as “Lawyers Among Us”

Family Service Honors Penn Community Bank as Corporate Citizen of the Year

Bucks County’s leading independent, mutual financial organization recognized for supporting nonprofit’s efforts to help all area residents achieve their full potential.

Penn Community Bank, Bucks County’s leading independent, mutual financial organization, has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by Family Service Association of Bucks County, a nonprofit that provides invaluable resources and assistance to those in need throughout Bucks County.

From left, Penn Community Bank EVP Chief Relationship Officer, Todd R. Hurley and President and CEO, Jeane Vidoni Coyle, accept the 2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year award from Family Service Association of Bucks County CEO, Audrey J. Tucker and Board President, Joseph C. Bondi. Penn Community Bank was honored with the award, which recognizes the support that the community-focused local bank has provided for nearly 20 years, at Family Service’s annual luncheon on November 9th at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland.

The award, which was presented at Family Service’s annual luncheon on Nov. 9 at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland, recognizes the support that the community-focused local bank has provided for nearly two decades. William P. Larkin, Jr., CPA, who is vice chairman of the Penn Community Bank board of directors, serves as treasurer of the Family Service board of directors, and Penn Community Bank acted as a sponsor for the organization’s 2017 Drive for Youth Golf Outing. Several bank team members also served on the fundraiser’s planning committee. 

“Penn Community Bank has changed the lives of generations of Bucks County residents and has helped us to build a stronger community,” said Family Service CEO Audrey J. Tucker. “Without their consistent commitment, we would not be able to provide ongoing support to teens at risk, families in need, or residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter. We are honored to recognize Penn Community Bank as our 2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year.”

With offices in Bristol, Langhorne, Doylestown, and Quakertown, Family Service aids nearly 30,000 people across Bucks County each year. While the organization may be best known for running the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, it also offers a wide variety of programs aimed at increasing opportunities for adults, protecting seniors, reducing substance use disorders, improving the lives of those with mental illness, preparing children for the future, and much more. 

“To be recognized by an organization such as Family Service is truly an honor,” said Penn Community Bank Chief Relationship Officer Todd R. Hurley. “The work that they do to combat homelessness, treat mental illness, empower children, educate parents, prevent suicide, and treat substance use disorders is admirable. Penn Community Bank is proud to support Family Service and to help the organization improve Bucks County, one family at a time.”

To learn more about Family Service, visit www.fsabc.org.

About Penn Community: Penn Community Bank holds more than $1.9 billion in assets, employs more than 300 people, and offers banking, lending, insurance and investments at 24 bank branches and two administrative centers throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania. As an independent, mutual financial institution, Penn Community Bank is not publicly traded and operates with its long-term mission in mind: to help businesses grow and prosper, to provide financial resources to individuals and families throughout their lifetimes, to strengthen the local economy, and to partner with local organizations to act as a catalyst for positive growth in every market it serves.


More than 1,700 System Projects Completed to Enhance Natural Gas and Electric Service for PECO Customers



PECO completed more than 1,700 projects to enhance natural gas and electric service for customers since April. These system enhancement projects are part of the company’s efforts to provide customers with safe and reliable energy services. The company invests more than $500 million each year to enhance its system infrastructure through preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades.

Through PECO’s System 2020 plan, the company is investing an additional $274 million through 2020 to install advanced equipment and reinforce the local electric system, making it more weather resistant and less vulnerable to storm damage.

“We work year-round to ensure safe and reliable natural gas and electric service for our customers by proactively monitoring our systems and identifying opportunities for improvement,” said Mike Innocenzo, senior vice president and COO. “Through these ongoing system investment initiatives, we continue to enhance our service to meet the energy needs of our customers.”

PECO completed more than 1,500 projects to ensure safe and reliable natural gas service for customers. This includes equipment inspections, repairs and replacements, and preventive maintenance on the company’s natural gas transmission and distribution system. From April through June, PECO inspected nearly 1,300 miles of natural gas main, completed more than 3,700 valve inspections and replaced more than 13 miles of natural gas main with plastic pipe, which enhances safety, is more durable and improves service.

PECO also completed more than 270 electric system projects since April, including seven System 2020 projects. Specifically, more than 43 corrective and preventive maintenance projects were completed. PECO continued to upgrade and install advanced equipment throughout the region, adding 19 new aerial devices called reclosers to its distribution system. When a problem occurs, like a fallen tree limb, lightning strike or vehicle accident, the recloser stops the flow of electricity on the line and automatically restores electricity if possible. There are more than 1,750 reclosers on PECO’s system, which prevented more than 173,500 sustained power interruptions for PECO customers from April through June.

To help prevent power outages caused by vegetation, PECO also installs reinforced tree-resistant aerial electric lines. These lines are stronger than traditional lines and can better withstand falling trees and tree limbs. PECO now has more than 21 miles installed across the service territory. Rigorous tree trimming also continues to limit the number of power outages caused by trees and other vegetation. As part of this work, PECO will invest about $41 million in vegetation management work around 3,400 miles of aerial electric lines in 2017.

PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO was named 2017 Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia by Forbes Magazine. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Colliers Launched Their Fall /Winter Issue of Colliers’ Insight Magazine

Colliers recently launched their Fall/Winter issue of Colliers’ Insight Magazine (this is a local publication written, designed, and published here in Philadelphia). They are calling it “The Future” issue, since each article revolves around the future of commercial real estate in many capacities. 

Colliers experts are providing solutions for their clients every day as they respond to changes occurring across all sectors of commercial real estate. One of the objectives of Insight is to highlight the trend that are driving our business across the tri-state region and share these dynamics with you, whether you own, lease, or manage real estate, so that you can plan for and adapt to the opportunities and challenges the markets present.

To view the entire publication, go to: www.colliers.com/en-us/philadelphia/insights/insight_magazine


Jordan Yeager recognized as “Lawyers Among Us”

Curtin & Heefner along with the Bucks County Bar Association celebrates attorneys recognized by The Bucks County Herald “Lawyers Among Us” awards! The awards recognize lawyers who exemplify the highest standards of commitment and contribution to the community and the profession.

Congratulations to Jordan Yeager who was named “Most Likely to Argue Before U.S. Supreme Court.”

Jordan Yeager chairs Curtin & Heefner’s Public Sector and Environmental practice groups. He represents local governments, environmental organizations, individuals, and community groups facing complex zoning and permitting issues. He was recognized for his intellect, creative advocacy and success in groundbreaking cases. His work has been credited with fundamentally revolutionizing environmental law in Pennsylvania, with ripple effects around the nation.

Yeager has been practicing law for 25 years. Prior to 2008, when he turned his focus to environmental, land use, and municipal law, Yeager had established a reputation as a highly skilled litigator. Earlier in his career, Yeager gained broad experience over a range of practice areas, including military law, family law, criminal and civil litigation, labor and employment law.

Yeager is the recipient of the Florence Neilson Environmental Leadership Award, is regularly honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and has been a frequent lecturer and published author.