This is a Pre-Conference Workshop to be held on August 8th from Noon to 4 PM at Penn State’s Civil Engineering Lodge on the lake in Stone Valley, just about 20 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of the State College area (Directions).  It’s a beautiful, scenic facility, with a forest covered outdoor recreational area that is going to make a great place to have the Workshop. Conference attendees will be expected to drive or carpool out to the Lodge to attend the Workshop. We are expecting to take full advantage of the great outdoors during this venue.

Advocacy in the AMR Communities across PA and the Utilization of Social Media to Reach our AMR Community.”

Advocacy. What is it? Why do it? Lobbying. What is allowable? What’s the difference?  How do we as an AMR Community advocate for our concerns and needs as opposed to lobbying?  We’ll be taking a look at what’s going on now in PA related to our work and what steps should we take to stay pro-active and not reactive to the rules, regulations, legislation, and laws that continuously work their way down the halls of the Capital Building in Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 8th – Civil Engineering Lodge on the lake in Stone Valley

11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Setup and Registration
12:30 – 1:30 Mark Critz, Insights to Advocacy from a Former Congressman
1:30 – 2:30 Cindy Leonard, Social Media and other Tools for Advocacy
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 Andy McAllister, Current Issues and Topics regarding AMR
3:45 — 5:00 Workshop Wrap-up and Outdoor Time

About the Speakers…

Mark Critz, President, Mark Critz LLC, Vice President National Sales-Print & Copy Center, and former US Congressman for the PA’s 12th Congressional District (2010-2013), that stretched from Johnstown, to the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Critz will be speaking on how community groups can develop general strategies for speaking with local elected and government officials on how they can become more familiar with local restoration and remediation work of AMD across PA. Mr. Critz was also the District Director for the late Congressman, John Murtha.  He is an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis University and the Co-Host of “Congressional Insights” on Union Edge Radio.

Cindy Leonard, Consultant Team Leader from the Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management at Robert Morris University will present on Social Media outlets in detail to assist groups with reaching larger audiences to support their causes, events, programs, and needs of their communities as they relate to their respective watersheds.

Andy McAllister, WPCAMR Regional Coordinator, will wrap up the workshop with Current Issues and Topics related to Abandoned Mine Reclamation in Pennsylvania and Beyond.

About the Facility…

The Lodge will be available to us from 11 AM to 5 PM with the Program taking place from Noon til 4 PM.  We encourage you to take advantage of this scenic location, make use of the hiking trails (trail map) and/or stop by the Shavers Creek Environmental Center on the way back to State College.  We will not be providing transportation from or to the Ramada.


The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is sponsoring the Pre-Conference Workshop and all costs associated with the facility. There will be a $10 fee to cover the costs of refreshments and materials that is a part of the off-site registration.


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