Newsmakers to Feature: SEDA-COG October 8, 2017

Hear the latest on flood resiliency and natural gas efforts – and what’s next, plus much more, by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) on the Newsmakers show on WBRE and WYOU, hosted by Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick.

It features Bill Seigel, SEDA-COG’s  executive director; Teri Provost, who heads up SEDA-COG’s flood resiliency effort; and Don Kiel, executive director of the SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative.

Along with his future vision, Seigel explains how SEDA-COG partners with local governments, businesses, and communities to help bolster the local economy and improve the quality of life.

Provost describes how SEDA-COG is empowering local communities to combat flood-related issues and prepare for flood insurance reform through its flood resiliency effort.

The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative is facilitating a collaborative effort to increase natural gas access for farms, industries, businesses, and residences. Kiel speaks about the goals and benefits of the cooperative.

Newsmakers  will air at 6:30 a.m. on WYOU and 11:30 a.m. on WBRE on Sunday, October. 8.



SEDA-COG has played an important role in the evolution of Central Pennsylvania, helping maintain the very qualities that make this region special.  Perhaps we can help you, your company, or your community.  Call us at 570-524-4491, or drop us a line at

                  Toll Free: 1-800-326-4086


SEDA-COG has been evaluating and solving home heating problems since 1976. Materials and labor are provided at no cost to those homeowners who qualify. 

SEDA-COG's Weatherization services are available in Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties.

Meet our Guests 

Bill Seigel is the executive director of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), a public economic and community development organization serving a core region of 11 central Pennsylvania counties and beyond.

The SEDA-COG veteran transitioned into the executive role on Oct. 1, 2017 when then-executive director Dennis Robinson retired after 44 years at SEDA-COG.

Seigel’s SEDA-COG tenure dates to March of 1981 when he was hired as the emergency medical service training coordinator. In 1983, he created the Furnace Retrofit Program. In July of that year, he began his longtime service in the Community Development Program as project coordinator. In September 2007, he became chief of that program. He became SEDA-COG’s assistant executive director on July 1, 2017.

At the helm of SEDA-COG’s Community Development Program over the last 35 years, Seigel has helped local communities realize over 1,000 public infrastructure and community facility projects. In fiscal year 2016-17, the department administered approximately 60 open projects on behalf of 41 local governments. Service area includes SEDA-COG’s 11-county region, plus Potter County.

Seigel has led the administration of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for 10 counties and 31 municipalities involving construction, oversight and grant administration for public works projects. Additionally, Seigel and staff provide CDBG training sessions for grant managers, contractors and engineering professionals seeking basic process, management, and compliance service training.

Defining moments in Seigel’s SEDA-COG career include:

· The Columbia County Flood Risk Management project which involves a mile-long flood wall that protects over 700 jobs at Autoneum North America Inc. and preserves the former Windsor Foods property for future use. It is the largest public works project in the county, and received the largest grant in the history of the Philadelphia Regional Office of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) at $15 million. It was dedicated in October 2016.

· Developing a Self-Help Assessment Tool for riverine communities to help them define and design flood resiliency strategies and better implement those strategies. The planning process is tested in the pilot community, Selinsgrove, and then replicated in five more communities: Milton, Danville, Bloomsburg, Newport, and Lewisburg.



Teri Provost is a program analyst of the Community Development Program at SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG).

During her 12-year career at SEDA-COG, which includes seven years with the Community Development Program, she has developed and managed numerous public works projects throughout the central Pennsylvania counties served by SEDA-COG.

She is the project administrator for a 10-unit Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and repetitive flood claims buyout in Lewisburg, Union County. She also administers three Hazard Mitigation Grant Program residential elevation projects – two are in Selinsgrove, Snyder County, and one is in Lewisburg.

Provost graduated with honors and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Clarion University in 2002.


Don Kiel was elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc., in July of 2016, and appointed Executive Director in December of 2016.  Mr. Kiel also serves as Senior Principal Program Planner for the SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) in Lewisburg, PA.  His professional specialty areas are program and project management, utilities, transportation, and geographic information systems.  He has 30 years of management and technical experience in public, private, and academic settings.  His skill sets include program and project management, planning, needs assessment and requirements definition, strategic planning, visioning and training, report writing and presentations, and teaching and research.


From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Kiel led two Regional Gas Utilization Initiative (RGUI) projects for SEDA-COG that identified key potential targeted investment areas for new natural gas infrastructure to help sustain existing and new economic activity in the 11 SEDA-COG member Counties in Pennsylvania.  These targeted areas form the basis for development and implementation of natural gas projects for the Cooperative.


Mr. Kiel also served in 2015-2016 as a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force Committee, which was tasked with preparing a recommendations report to promote safe and well-planned expansion of Pennsylvania's natural gas infrastructure. 

Mr. Kiel has also served as an online Instructor in Penn State University’s John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, Program Manager/Managing Member at Transcend Spatial Solutions, LLC (Sarasota, FL), and Senior Project Manager at GeoDecisions/Gannett Fleming, Inc. (State College, PA).

Mr. Kiel has a Master of Science degree in Geography from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Akron.


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