The South Central Assembly was established to help public and private sector organizations work together to enhance the quality of life for the communities and the citizens of south central Pennsylvania. The goals of the Assembly are:
A. To serve as a forum for discussion and debate on collaboration among and between government entities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector.
B. To provide services to government entities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector that further the mission of the Assembly.
C. To facilitate a future-focused planning perspective for the region as-a-whole, as well as for constituent areas within the region.
D. To study issues of importance to the region (and its constituent elements), to advance the mission of the Assembly.
E. Take any other action which may lawfully be undertaken by the Corporation in furtherance of these objectives, including sponsoring public meetings, workshops and seminars, the publication of newsletters and reports, and supporting legislation deemed necessary to achieve such objectives, provided, however, that the purposes and activities of the Corporation shall at all times be only those permitted by organizations approved by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1968.
In fulfilling its purpose, the Assembly will aim to:
(a) Provide a forum to identify and discuss core problems facing the region, and to work together to identify and recommend solutions;
(b) Provide educational, consulting, and research services to help governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector meet community needs and problems, foster cooperation, and improve the quality of life in the region;
(c) Help local governments improve service delivery and increase effective intergovernmental cooperation.
(d) Develop public / private/ nonprofit partnerships to address regional issues.
(e) Provide a forum for county and municipal planning agencies to address community planning and related issues on a regional basis.
(f) Help the public and private sector address core community development issues in an interrelated manner that considers the impacts of these concerns on the region, our communities, and our citizens as a whole through regional Issue committees which focus on:
a. Community Revitalization (including Agricultural Preservation, Community Planning, Growth and Preservation, Growth Management, Land Use, and Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation.)
b. Housing and Community Development
c. Local Government Innovation and Cooperation
d. Regional Summit
The Board may create additional Regional Issue Committees as necessary to meet core regional community development issues.