Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out and voted in yesterday's election. We have reached the end of a long journey in one of the most competitive races many people have ever seen in Ferguson Township. Earlier today I called Patty Stephens to congratulate her on running a successful campaign. She thanked me for being nice and making her experience of running for office positive. Today it's rather common for political campaigns to turn negative and for political opponents to engage in back and forth swipes that can leave many disgusted with one person, the other, or both. In my campaign, I didn't want to have any negative exchanges because I wanted to maintain a positive atmosphere within my neighborhood. No matter our differences, I strongly believe that together we are one community. Therefore, I thank Patty for making my campaign a positive experience as well.

I'd like to thank the 276 voters who came out to the polls yesterday for me, your support was greatly appreciated. While the results weren't what we were hoping for, there is still a pathway for all of us collectively to become involved in Ferguson Township. Many people have came forward encouraging me to continue in my role on the Planning Commission which helps advise the Board of Supervisors. The Township offers many ways for residents to volunteer in a variety of Township matters.

In addition, I would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign, including my family and my girlfriend Kara. I wouldn't have been able to have launched this campaign without the love and support of Kara and for that I can never thank her enough. It was wonderful to have meet hundreds of residents along the way. Everyone I meet was very open and welcoming, it's great to have all of you as neighbors.

Again thank you to everyone who supported me along the campaign trail.

 - Jeremie

Monday, November 4, 2019

Election Day Eve Message

Election Day is November 5th, the polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM. If you live in Ferguson Township Ward 3 Precincts 49 or 50, I would appreciate your support. Ward 3 consist of Park Forest, Park Hills, Overlook Heights, Northland, Cedar Knoll, College Heights North, and Vairo BLVD (500 & 300 blocks).

I would bring my knowledge and experience from the Township Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors as well as my career experience in human resources, customer service, and retail. I realize the importance of keeping you the residents first in my work. Through my career, I continue to build upon my problem solving skills from addressing routine issues to complex ones and I will put those skills to work as supervisor. Over the course of the past several months, I have visited every street in Ward 3 and had the wonderful opportunity to meet a lot of residents, their families, and even some furry friends along the way. I thank everyone who I've meet so much for sharing your questions, concerns, and kind remarks. The Board of Supervisors is a unique position in which residents vote our neighbors to represent our neighbors. I look forward to having the honor to represent you and work alongside as your next supervisor. Together as one community, lets make Ferguson Township the municipality of choice to live. Thank you again and please get out and vote tomorrow.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Board of Supervisors Response to Pine Hall Traditional Town Development

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors voted this past Monday to issue a statement in response to the approval of the Pine Hall Traditional Town Development (TTD). The board decided to release the statement in response to numerous public remarks and media inquiries. Due to recent litigation, the board agreed that any inquiries in reference to the approved development would be forwarded to Board Chairman Steve Miller and any inquiries concerning litigation would be forwarded to Township Manager Dave Pribulka. The statement can be found in its entirety on the Ferguson Township Website.

As a candidate for the Board of Supervisors and a current Planning Commission member, I have decided to refer any questions concerning the Pine Hall TTD to the Press Release issued by the Township. While the matter is in litigation, the Board of Supervisors would like to ensure that clear and consistent communication is being released to the public. I will continue to follow this matter and provide any updates as they are released to the public.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Evaulating Opportunities in Public Transporation

A few months ago the Centre Regional Planning Commission (CRPC) approved a Work Order that will provide $96,000 in Federal Funding for the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) to conduct an analysis of route fares, bus pass contracts, and policies.

Currently, only 10% of CATABus riders pay a cash fare to ride. The other riders are using loop and link service which is free to ride between campus and downtown and the various bus pass programs offered by CATA. Through this upcoming study, a consultant will evaluate the pricing structure of the ride fares and programs to determine if the fees are set correctly in a way that encourages utilization of those programs without discouraging ridership. In addition, the consultant will be able to determine if opportunities exist for CATA to expand it program offerings and attract new stakeholders.

One of the largest stakeholder groups at CATA is the various apartment complexes which offer bus passes to their residents. Through this analysis, CATA maybe able to identify additional apartment complexes which might benefit from participating in a bus pass program. Another stakeholder group this study maybe able to identify are employers within the Centre Region and the valuable opportunities that may exist in public transportation between those entities and CATA.

Another area the study would take a look at is the ways in which riders can pay and board the bus. Today riders can pay with cash, purchase tokens at various locations, use a swipe card pass, or show their day pass on a mobile app. However, as technology has continued to evolve this study maybe able to identify several new ways in which CATA riders can pay and ride the bus. In the near future could riders be able to use their smartwatches to board a bus for instance? Will we see riders opting to use QR barcodes instead of swipe cards to ride? There are several ways people pay and access goods and services today, public transportation should be able to provide various options as well.

After comparing and contrasting CATA with various other transit systems within the industry, the consultant will be able to provide valuable recommendations in which CATA can consider and implement to enhance public transportation within the region, while maintaining a competitive advantage.

While I was pleased to support a rather valuable project, I look forward to seeing Ferguson Township partner with CATA further on this project. Pending the results of the study, there maybe some ways in which the Township can help CATA improve upon it's service.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Jeremie Thompson Announces Election Campaign for Ferguson Township Supervisor

PARK FOREST VILLAGE, March 18 – Jeremie Thompson has announced he will be running for Ferguson Township Supervisor in Ward III on the Republican ticket in the May Primary.

A current representative of the Ferguson Township Planning Commission and the Centre Regional Planning Commission, Jeremie has been actively participating in local government since moving to Park Forest in 2013.

Thompson has over a decade of experience in retail and customer service at Pilot Flying J, The Home Depot, DVDXpress, and Winston Retail Solutions. Jeremie is currently a human resources associate at Penn State University.

A 2012 alumni of Penn State, Jeremie majored in labor and employment relations with concentrations in human resources and organizational leadership. In addition, he earned a minor in business and the liberal arts.