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Van Horn takes Letterkenny helm

June 07, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The acting executive director of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority had the "acting" removed from his title Monday by the authority's board of directors.

John Van Horn, 41, of Chambersburg, was unanimously elected to lead the authority, succeeding Pam Gaudiose, who resigned in March to pursue other business interests.

"John, in the minds of the Personnel Committee, has a tremendous grasp of where we want to go with LIDA," said Board Member John Redding, who headed up the selection process.

Before being named acting executive director in March, Van Horn had been the authority's program facilities manager. Redding said his salary was set at $67,000 a year.

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Van Horn will continue the work of turning 1,500 acres of Letterkenny Army Depot into the Cumberland Valley Business Park. The land is being transferred from the Army to the authority as a result of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to downsize the facility.

The new director said his priorities will include "preparing land for real estate sales and development and marketing to bring new business and employment to our area."

"I think things have been moving pretty rapidly as far as the existing facilities go," according to Van Horn. "I think it will go slower as we develop raw land."

That includes a Keystone Opportunity Zone designated earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Almost 300 acres of mostly undeveloped land has been set aside as a tax-exempt zone for companies wanting to move onto the depot.

Van Horn joined the authority in 1996. Prior to that he had been the Concrete Division Manager for Valley Quarries Inc. in Chambersburg.

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