American Refining Group’s Bob Esch told the panel what a community college would mean to the area.
"This regional community college will provide our business and industries a sustainable workforce with the necessary skills to support profitable business growth and contribute to the economic well-being of our communities," Esch said.
The legislation that would help to create a community college initiative in the region was introduced by Senator Joe Scarnati. State Rep. Marty Causer has introduced a similar bill in the house.
The 11-county region also includes Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, counties.