Yudichak and Heffley Announce $1 Million in State Grant Funding for the Borough of Weatherly

JIM THORPE, November 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Borough of Weatherly will receive $1 million in state grant funding.

The funding will be used to revitalize the downtown commercial section of the Borough. The borough has obtained easements to create a bike/hiking trail to the Lehigh Gorge State Park and the trail head will be in the downtown section of the borough. The relocation of the Borough offices and Magistrate Building will open parking and commercial sales to the downtown business district.

“Congratulations to the leaders of Weatherly Borough who have fought hard to advance economic and community development opportunities for the residents of Weatherly. With this funding, residents and visitors will see a transformed downtown that they will be able to enjoy for years to come,” said Senator Yudichak.

“This is a significant project that will improve public safety in Weatherly Borough, and I would like to congratulate borough officials for all their hard work. The Weatherly Borough Downtown Revitalization Project is a wonderful investment in the community and I am pleased to see state funding for this project,” said Representative Heffley.

“The Borough of Weatherly is extremely excited about their economic future with the award of the RACP grant for the redevelopment of our downtown. We would like to thank Governor Wolf for awarding the borough this grant as well as Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Doyle Heffley for their continued support and efforts in helping us to secure this great opportunity to move our community forward,” said Weatherly Borough Manager Harold Pudliner.

The grant is administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Budget; and can be used for acquisition and construction of economic development projects in a number of categories including cultural, civic, recreation and historical. 

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Yudichak Announces $2.5 million in State Grant Funding for Hazleton Altamont Redevelopment Project

HAZLETON, November 23, 2016: State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Hazleton Partners will receive $2.5 million in state grant funding for the Historic Altamont Redevelopment project.

“I am pleased to help secure this funding which will continue the revitalization of downtown Hazleton. The redevelopment of the Altamont by the Hazleton Partners will bring new opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Senator Yudichak.

Area State Representative Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) worked closely with Yudichak to secure the funds for the project which will include 8,755 square feet of new, ground floor retail space; 17,510 square feet (floors 2 & 3) of new class A office space; and 41,200 square feet of new, market rate residential space on floors 4-8.

The grant is administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Budget; and can be used for acquisition and construction of economic development projects in a number of categories including cultural, civic, recreation and historical.

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Yudichak Applauds New State Program to Improve Access to Low-Cost Natural Gas

Harrisburg – November 1, 2016 – A new state program designed to provide funding for infrastructure access to low-cost natural gas is now open and applications for the program are being accepted by businesses, manufacturers, municipalities and economic development organizations, school districts, and hospitals, state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) said today.

The Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) offers up to $24 million to expand the availability of natural gas.  Grants of up to $1 million can be used for pipeline construction, acquisition, right-of-way, land clearing and other costs. The grants must be matched by at least 50 percent of total project costs. The first set of grants are expected to be approved next year.

“The Pipeline Investment Program was created by the General Assembly in order to enable even more residents to benefit from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.  It has the potential to further reduce energy costs for homes and businesses,” Yudichak said.

“Pennsylvania is blessed by ample energy resources including natural gas,” Yudichak said.  “Saving money on energy helps businesses and families balance their budgets.  It’s essential that we do more to make accessibility to low cost energy more available so costs can be reduced,” Yudichak added.

The Pipeline Investment Program is being operated through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).  More information about the PIPE program is available at dced.pa.gov.

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Senator Yudichak and Rep. Mullery Participate in Newport Township Press Conference

Nanticoke, November 1, 2016 –  State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) joined Newport Township officials and the Earth Conservancy today to announce new efforts aimed at stopping the illegal dumping and vandalism on Earth Conservancy lands and other key swaths of land in the Lower South Valley.

Through funding from the Earth Conservancy and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Keystone Communities Grant Program, Newport Township has purchased an ATV that will be used to actively patrol the problem areas and prosecute anyone caught dumping or damaging property. Additionally, the Newport Township Police Department has acquired a new police SUV with the help of a USDA grant. The vehicle will be an additional tool for the increased enforcement effort.

“I applaud Newport Township and the Earth Conservancy for their efforts to combat this problem,” said Yudichak. “With the addition of these vehicles and a community that is vigilant to this issue, I am confident that we will be better equipped to patrol these remote areas.”

“The ability to access remote areas of our township will provide a boost to law enforcement efforts as they work to keep the community safe,” said Newport Township Council President Paul Czapracki. “We also want to make sure that our neighboring communities in the Lower South Valley are well protected and these vehicles will assist with that.”

“Our officers need the proper tools to protect and serve our communities. Today, we’ve made their job a little easier and our neighborhoods safer,” said Mullery. “With much of its lands consisting of uninhabited and undeveloped areas, patrolling Newport Township can be a challenge. The acquisitions of the ATV and SUV will greatly assist our police department in preventing illegal dumping and providing all other emergency operations.”

“We’re glad we were able to team with Newport Township to take action on this issue,” said Mike Dziak, President and CEO of Earth Conservancy. “We know firsthand the damage that illegal dumping, trespassing, and vandalism do to these hard-to-reach sites.  An off-road vehicle was key to the Newport Township Police being able to access these areas.”

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