Governor Wolf Approves Support for Community Revitalization Projects in Scranton and Hazleton

January 03, 2018 - 1:04 pm
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Governor Wolf Approves Support for Community Revitalization Projects in Scranton and Hazleton

January 03, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.

“Community development has so many benefits for our municipalities, including improving the lives of local residents and attracting businesses to grow the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “The Keystone Communities program encourages that development. These 22 projects will be a boon for those areas.”

Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

“For true economic growth to occur statewide, we need to not only support our businesses through economic development, but elevate our neighborhoods through community development as well,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “These two components are inextricably tied together, which is why the Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”

The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.

Keystone Communities projects in our area include::

 

Lackawanna County

 

Scranton Tomorrow: $400,000 to transform a dilapidated vacant lot on Wyoming Ave. into a downtown business district pocket park

 

Luzerne County

 

Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $300,000 to support Phase II rehabilitation work to a blighted property at 13-15 West Broad Street in Hazleton City, Luzerne County

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