Centre County Commissioners
 
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Our Team. Fighting for Us.

four years ago, Mike Pipe and Mark Higgins ran together as a team to build a county government that we can trust and rely on.

Thanks to your support, Mike and Mark have been able to bring historic investments and reforms to Centre County. With the help of citizens, other elected officials, and over 550 County employees, Centre County has seen:

  • Record investments in our transportation infrastructure

  • Improved training facilities for our first responders

  • More grants to help local entrepreneurs and businesses

  • Increased government transparency

  • Enhanced services for seniors

  • More than $2 million invested in County libraries

  • … and more!

All without a single property tax increase.

 
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“As Chairman of the

Board of Commissioners, I’ve been focused on bringing people together to work on the challenges facing Centre County. To find solutions, we must have the patience necessary to find common ground. I’m more interested in having an honest discussion about the issues, than scoring political points. Over the past three years, our Board has had its disagreements - which is absolutely healthy in a democracy - but we’ve done so without being disagreeable - a welcome change from the divisiveness of Harrisburg and Washington.”

— Commissioner Mike Pipe

Mike has served on the board of commissioners since 2012, and as Chair of the Board since 2016.

In 2004 he moved to Centre County to attend Penn State, where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in political science. During his time at Penn State and after graduation, Mike worked as an assistant manager at a restaurant in downtown State College.

In his first term, Mike successfully worked to upgrade the county 9-1-1 system, allow residents to register to vote online, and made government more transparent by upgrading the county website.

In January 2016, Mike was sworn in as Chair of the Board of Commissioners after earning a record number of votes on November 3, 2015.

Mike is an active member of both the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the National Association of Counties where he serves on numerous Boards and Committees.

In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Mike to serve on Pennsylvania’s Workforce Development Board. He also, serves as Centre County’s representative on the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board.

Mike is a graduate of Leadership Centre County (‘14) and a graduate of the National Association of Counties' County Leadership Institute (‘15).

Mike lives in Boalsburg with his wife Ashley, daughter Brenna, and Keira the beagle.

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“Supporting and

highlighting local entrepreneurs and small businesses who create family-sustaining jobs in our community has been a top priority for me since joining the board. I’m proud of our efforts to strengthen our economy by working with all of our local chambers of commerce, supporting local startups through County-supported incubators and creating grants to help companies grow in Centre County.”

— Commissioner Mark Higgins

Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins, lives in State College and has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2016.

Prior to joining the Board, Mark successfully helped businesses complete turnarounds for most of his career. His guidance has helped save and create hundreds of jobs for nearly all of his clients.

Wishing to utilize his business background to benefit the residents of Centre County, Mark ran for Commissioner in 2015 on an economic development and entrepreneurship support platform. Since taking office, Mark has helped open three business incubators in Centre County, in Bellefonte, Penns Valley, and Philipsburg - all three involving public-private partnerships.

Working with Commissioner Pipe, fellow elected officials, and County staff, he has helped to save the taxpayers of Centre County millions of dollars through bond refinancing, energy saving projects, changes in health care coverage, and contract negotiations.

Mark currently serves on 32 authorities, boards, and commissions at the County, State, and National level. Three of his boards include oversight of job creation in Central Pennsylvania.

Mark is honored to represent the citizens of Centre County and is asking for their support to continue fighting for them as their Commissioner.