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On the 'Watch List': The new Latrobe Community Revitalization Program business incubator

| Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Nicole O'Barto-Trainer, left, converses with Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford Dec. 20, 2017, during a tour of O'Barto-Trainer's new mental health counseling office at the Center for Enterpreneurship and Job Development, a new business incubator in Latrobe.
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Nicole O'Barto-Trainer, left, converses with Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford Dec. 20, 2017, during a tour of O'Barto-Trainer's new mental health counseling office at the Center for Enterpreneurship and Job Development, a new business incubator in Latrobe.

All should wish well for this effort — in partnership with Saint Vincent College's Small Business Development Center — to help startup and spinoff companies achieve self-sufficiency and move to other downtown Latrobe locations. It's doing so with free rent, Wi-Fi and support services for 11 office spaces. But as there's an $87,000 state Rural Business Enterprise grant involved, taxpayers need to see a return on their investment — and the incubator needs to be accountable to them.

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