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successful dairy farmer, Erick Coolidge has served as a county commissioner in
rural Pennsylvania, overseeing all aspects of county government and
successfully turning around the county’s financial position.
Erick began his tenure in 1996, he inherited an $8 million deficit.
Today, the county has a balanced budget, with no tax increases implemented in the last six
years. Thanks to a non-budgeted oil and gas impact fee, they have reinvested
$16 million over five years in various capital improvements, including an
enhanced prison, regional emergency management system (EMS), a new hangar at
the airport and historical document storage facility.
A six-term commissioner,
Erick represents Pennsylvania on the National Association of Counties and
serves on the agriculture committee and as a member of the Rural Action Caucus.
A past President and Board Chairman of the County Commissioners Association of
Pennsylvania, he was recognized by his peers as Commissioner of the Year in
2008 for his years of service.
wife and sons, Erick runs a 700-acre, 240-head operation, Le-Ma-Re farm. The
farm was first selected as a Dairy of Distinction Farm in 1990, an honor it has since received annually. The farm has also been recognized as a Century Farm
settled in the early 1840s. In 2010, the family received the Pride in Dairylea
Award, one of only three of the cooperative’s 3,000 members to earn this
represents five generations of production agriculture in Coolidge Hallow, and
farming is our way of life,” Erick says. “I hope to have shared with my family
while working the land with the animals to pass the choice on to the sixth
on his years of dairy industry service, Erick is most proud of his accomplishments
as vice-chairman of the Dairy Industry Advisory Council. He was appointed to that position by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on the recommendation of
six congressmen. The council of 17 brought together a diverse cross-section of
the U.S. dairy industry to determine common and inclusive issues as they relate
to dairy policy recommendations. Erick also is a past president of the Center
for Dairy Excellence and leads committees of the Pennsylvania Conservation
Board and Wellsboro Electric Company.
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