6 episodes

Most people are aware of their local government. Some may even know their elected officials. But how many people understand the difference between what their municipality does and what their county does? How about infrastructure and services like roads, libraries, transit and recycling - how do those work? The PA Local podcast tries to shine a light on the workings of local government and the services that it provides with the taxes we all pay. If you want to know how local government is structured and how it functions, this podcast is for you.

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Most people are aware of their local government. Some may even know their elected officials. But how many people understand the difference between what their municipality does and what their county does? How about infrastructure and services like roads, libraries, transit and recycling - how do those work? The PA Local podcast tries to shine a light on the workings of local government and the services that it provides with the taxes we all pay. If you want to know how local government is structured and how it functions, this podcast is for you.

    Municipalities

    Municipalities

    Municipalities are the most local form of government because their offices and meetings are the closest to their constituents. In this episode we discuss the history, purpose, function, and limitations of Pennsylvania municipalities with Patton Township Manager Doug Erickson.

    • 33 min
    Recycling

    Recycling

    Recycling in Pennsylvania is a state-mandated responsibility that is managed at the local level. We talk with Pam Adams of the Centre Region Planning Agency about the structure and management of recycling in the Centre Region and its sustainability over time.

    • 28 min
    Libraries

    Libraries

    Libraries are among the last services available to everyone just for being residents. Cathi Alloway, the Director of Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, discusses the history of Pennsylvania libraries, their mission, and their relationship to local governments and the state.

    • 23 min
    Transit

    Transit

    When regions reach thresholds of population and density, they often provide transit. Transit receives funding from federal, state and local budgets but is managed locally. Louwana Oliva, General Manager of the Centre Area Transit Authority (CATA), discusses the strategic and operational challenges of providing regional public transit.

    • 23 min
    Transportation

    Transportation

    When federal funding is involved in a road project (which is almost always the case), federal law requires that funding to be managed by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or a Regional Planning Organization (RPO) representing the local community. Tom Zilla of the Centre Region Planning Agency, and lead planner for the Centre County MPO, discusses the structure and management of transportation projects at the local level.

    • 28 min
    Counties

    Counties

    Counties are the common denominators of local government. All states have counties of one form or another. Mike Pipe, Centre County Commissioner, joins us to discuss the role of counties in Pennsylvania and how their functions differ from what is provided by municipal government.

    • 27 min

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