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    Dustin Best

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    Carla Stilson

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    Paul Takac

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

Campaign Website Facebook: @BestCollegeTownship
Date of Birth August 27, 1983
Education M.S. Biotechnology B.S. Biology A.A.S Nanotechnology
Qualifications Leadership, Values, Vision. Quality Professional, Veteran & National Guard Member, Penn State and Lock Haven Alum, Family-man, Avid Outdoorsman.
Facebook @BestCollegeTownship
It all begins and is centered with Vision: To be the Centre region leader in sustainable economic development, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

To accomplish this these three lines of effort, we must consider the following practices: 1. Economic development • Invest in small business, keep what we have and attract more. Lean on local “downtown” atmospheres • Sustain existing larger commercial business • Attract more innovative companies and small industrial, such as renewable energy and sustainability businesses 2. Environmental stewardship • Invest and promote in renewable energy-this is the future of both a healthy earth and a thriving economy (commercial business, small business, residential)-Green building codes, etc. • Reduce waste, continue to work with the COG on education and easier ways to recycle, etc. • Preserve open space and offer incentive to do so 3. Community • Develop a Township Vision and community mission • Continue to foster a relationship to the Penn State. Lean on the expertise available right next door for solutions to issues. • Transparency and improve access to ordinances. Where does all our tax money go. It isn’t easy to find our ordinances and comply as a good citizen. • Work better and more consistently with our neighboring municipalities • Offer solutions to issues and make resources available

Date of Birth March 30, 1966
Education Diploma, State College Area High School; Bachelor of Science, Operations Management; Minor, Business Logistics, Pennsylvania State University
Qualifications Retired First Sergeant, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Previous Member, College Township Zoning Hearing Board; Previous Commissioner, College Township Planning Commission; Current Councilman, College Township Council; Current Commissioner, Centre County Planning Commission
One of the many projects I've had the honor of participating with my Council peers on is the development of a draft Mission Statement for College Township: "To protect and enhance quality of life, while facilitating responsible growth and maintaining harmony between rural and urban areas, in an efficient and responsible manner for all its citizens."

This Mission Statement is supported by a number of goals that help focus my and, hopefully, the Township's efforts. Of those, my top three priorities of the six currently proposed are: to promote economic (re)development activities that increase citizen access to quality work opportunities while maintaining the Township's tax base; to insure the availability and access to adequate and affordable housing for every resident; and to facilitate Township growth while protecting and preserving the environment and maximizing the use of public infrastructure.

None of the above can occur in exclusion of any of the others. To accomplish them will require good communication to ensure our elected and appointed officials understand the wants, desires and needs of those they represent. With that understanding, sound planning principles must be employed to chart the path forward via zoning, ordinances, policies, etc. Finally, the path will require leadership to make the tough and sometimes unpopular decisions to keep the Township moving forward without sacrificing what we hold dear today.
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Date of Birth 09/29/1982
Education B.S. Secondary Education- English & Communications, Penn State University
Qualifications 6 years on College Township Council
Facebook Carla Stilson for College Township Council
An elected official’s priorities often come out as “sticking points” that they bring up repeatedly, whatever issue comes across their desk. My top three are the following: 1) Communication and Readability. It’s our responsibility to provide information via a variety of media. That information, as well as our rules and regulations, should be clear, concise, and at an 8th-grade reading level. 2) Connection. I constantly seek ways to connect spaces so people can experience their community without relying on cars. College Township has a great start in this regard, but there remain many opportunities to improve. 3) Affordability. The mean household income in our township has been outpacing the state average for decades, which means many of our most valuable community members can no longer afford to live in our community. I am always looking at how our decisions will affect our neighbors who don’t have flexibility in their budgets.
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Date of Birth April 25, 1965
Education B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo M.A. Southern Methodist University M.S. Maryland University of Integrative Health
Qualifications Successful 30+ career in business and education. Long time resident of College Township and the Centre Region.
Twitter @Paul4CollegeTwp
In College Township we must strike the right balance between economic growth and quality of life for those who live and work here. Out of date zoning and ordinances must be updated and modernized to encourage desirable development. Residents already face significant impacts, such as increased residential traffic, from recent development that must also be addressed.

Additionally, I support the development of a comprehensive College Township Land Use plan to guide future decision-making.

Finally, I will make it a priority to increase Township Council’s communication and engagement with the community. Not only will I promote the Township's social media communication strategy, I plan to focus on proactive outreach and improved responsiveness to ensure that all stakeholders are heard.

To address these and other issues I will leverage the values, skills, and experience gained over a successful 30+ year career in business and education in order to partner with residents, business owners, and community organizations as we navigate this time of significant challenge and great opportunity.