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Working together in an informal setting of open discussion with questions and answer periods, the G7 Summit Conference covered three days of topics of shared interest to the seven participating municipalities.

Scottdale, along with Mt. Pleasant and Connellsville, was one of the three original towns to take part in the first G Conference held three years ago and borough Manager Angelo Pallone said he feels the conferences are a great source of interest and aid to the town of Scottdale.

“I thought this year's was really good,” Pallone said of the three-day event held at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Camp. “I got a lot out of it and I have a lot to take back with me.”

One of the sessions featured the continuing of inter-municipal agreements, which is something the towns have been doing on an informal basis through the sharing of equipment and services.

“The inter-municipal agreements are a great thing for all of us,” Pallone said. “We have already saved money with them in the past.”

Pallone said he thinks that the idea of the seven now joining together for even more inter-municipal opportunities is a great thing that could be a benefit to all.

“We just need to cooperate with each other and work together,” Pallone said.

Pallone also stated he was impressed with how other neighboring communities carried out some of their services and how they handled issues and concerns.

“It's always so interesting to hear how other towns do things,” Pallone said. “I was really impressed with the way that Youngwood is doing their recycling program.”

The event this year welcomed town representatives from Scottdale, Connellsville, Everson, Mt. Pleasant, South Connellsville, New Stanton and Youngwood.

“What we can accomplish and what we have accomplished here is amazing to me,” said event cofounder and Mt. Pleasant borough Manager Jeff Landy. “We are small towns and boroughs that can now work together to achieve big things. The sky is the limit if we can work together for things that will be of benefit to each of our communities.”

“I am really pleased with this year,” Pallone said. “We all gathered together and talked about a number of things at no cost to our taxpayers and these are things that could actually save our taxpayers money. I really feel good about the outcome and I feel that we all acquired a vast amount of knowledge. This is a good thing for us to do.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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