The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission held its annual meeting Nov. 1 at the Wysox Fire Hall, with almost 100 invited guests.

The meeting agenda included program highlights across the agency’s community, economic, transportation and workforce development programs.

The keynote speaker for the meeting, Mansfield University president Dr. Charles E. Patterson, described the University’s renewed efforts to become an active and committed community partner while touting the significant increase in enrollment and development of new offerings.

“Our freshman class is the largest in years and breaks a downward trend. Our applications for next year show great promise for future classes,” Patterson said.

The staff presentation touched on the accomplishments and highlights of the agency’s efforts including its loan, export, training, procurement and internship programs, all of which focus on the needs of area businesses.

“We had a strong year across the board beyond our traditional efforts with a new program and expanding others,” said Frank Thompson, deputy director. “We introduced the What’s So Cool about Manufacturing video contest in which junior high students create videos showcasing local manufacturers and career opportunities.”

Also highlighted were the NTRPDC career coaches, who work in 15 schools across the region, connecting students with career opportunities. Some coaches are now working additional days.

“The success of our coaches is evident from the increasing buy-in and commitment of the school districts,” said Melissa Fleming, deputy director. “We have several schools which are committing resources to the expansion of the program.”

NTRPDC is a local development district serving Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties. For more information, visit its website at northerntier.org.