Community Revitalization Projects Receive State Support

HARRISBURG – Community projects in Washington, Greene and Beaver counties will receive state support through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

One of the projects will support Washington County’s City Mission Vocational Training Program, which will provide work readiness and job training to approximately 60 county residents each year. The project also involves the purchase of an additional clothing recycling baler and 35 additional large clothing collection bins.

Other projects funded through the program include:

  • Additional support for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which helps to meet the nutritional needs of residents of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Funding to support upgrades for the Greater Washington County Food Bank, including a new irrigation plan and installation of a new rainwater collection system.
  • Support for Charleroi Area School District’s Harvest’s Bounty Program to provide easy-to-prepare meals to be distributed to students for weekend use.
  • The expansion and renovation of the Alstom Grid facility in Charleroi to add up to 135 new job opportunities for community residents.
  • The creation of a new restaurant and entertainment complex in the Speers Industrial Park.
  • Construction of a new office and shop facility in the Alta Vista Business Park to allow Frontier Railroad Services to support expanded operations. A separate project at Alta Vista Business Park will create new employment opportunities in the Mid Mon Valley Regional Enterprise Zone.
  • Construction of a new manufacturing and warehouse facility for Bar Nun Properties in Donora.
  • New funding for housing and redevelopment efforts in the City of Washington.
  • Upgrades and rehabilitation of Speers Industrial Park.
  • An affordable housing project in Aliquippa. The project also includes food, rent and utility assistance for community residents in need, as well as improvements and beautification in the downtown area.
  • The creation of a small business resource network serving southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Neighborhood Assistance Program provides tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas. The program helps generate additional funding for affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training and other community projects.

In total, more than $4.5 million in tax credits were awarded to southwestern Pennsylvania projects, and a total of approximately $36 million were awarded statewide.

 

CONTACT:  Katrina Hanna (717) 787-1463