Senator Yudichak Announces $1.5 Million in State Grant Funding for Wilkes University and King’s College

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.5 million in state grant funding has been awarded to Wilkes University and King’s College. 

Wilkes University will receive $1 million to upgrade their pharmacy facilities to allow Wilkes University the ability to deliver a 21st century educational experience for their pharmacy program. Renovations will be made to the Stark Learning Center, including new classrooms, new observation rooms, lab renovations, and a new pharmacy call center.

King’s College will receive $500,000 for renovations to the former Spring Brook Water Supply Company. The building will be used to house their Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs. Renovations will include six laboratories, four large multi-use classrooms, student study areas, and faculty offices.

“Wilkes University and King’s College have been great partners in the renaissance of downtown Wilkes-Barre, advancing a public-private partnership concept that is strengthening their educational institutions and helping set the stage for job growth in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

In addition to the projects funded for Wilkes University and King’s College, the Waterfront Management Group, LLC received $500,000 for a mixed use complete rehabilitation of a warehouse creating 27 market rate apartments, a food court, retail space, and a business incubator in Pittston City.

“The Luzerne County legislative delegation, both Democrat and Republican, continue to work together to fight for public funding that leverages private sector investments in our communities and in regional economic growth,” said Senator Yudichak.

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of the Budget. Senator Lisa Baker, Senator John Blake, Senator John Gordner, Representative Karen Boback, Representative Tarah Toohil, Representative Gerald Mullery, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Representative Mike Carroll, and Representative Aaron Kaufer also assisted with securing funding for these projects in Luzerne County.

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce State Grant Funding for the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center has received $250,000 in state grant funding.

The funds will be used to complete site preparation and construction associated with the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center in the Borough of Nesquehoning. This includes construction of the fireman’s training building, observation tower, and law enforcement training center.

“The Carbon County Commissioners have worked tirelessly to secure funding for the construction of the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center. It is imperative that our first responders have a top-notch facility as they work to protect the residents of Carbon County, and the funding awarded today will certainly assist with those efforts,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“Improving public safety is a top priority of mine, and I am glad to see that funds have been secured for the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center. Giving our first responders the resources they need for training will benefit every single community in Carbon County and make Carbon County a safer place to live,” said Representative Heffley.

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of the Budget.

 

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Growing Greener Grant for The Carbon County Conservation District

Jim Thorpe, December 7, 2017 —  State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Carbon County Conservation District has received a $215,000 Growing Greener grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The grant will go toward the Carbon County Conservation District’s ongoing stream stabilization efforts along the Nesquehoning Creek.

“I have long been a supporter of the Growing Greener program, and this project by the Carbon County Conservation District is the perfect example of how state programs enable local environmental and economic revitalization,” said Senator Yudichak. “Since 1999, Growing Greener has delivered needed resources to local, on-the-ground organizations that are working to improve the quality of life in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“I want to thank Governor Wolf for approving this Growing Greener grant and to Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley for their continued support of the Carbon County Conservation District. We are excited to continue our hard work to stabilize the Nesquehoning Creek watershed,” said Chris Storm, District Manager of the Carbon County Conservation District.

“These funds will be used to restore vital natural resources after years of industrial activity,” said Representative Heffley. “We must continue to be stewards of our watersheds to ensure future generations can enjoy our pristine wildlife.”

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Senator Yudichak Highlights DCNR Grants for Summit Hill Borough and Wildlands Conservancy, Inc.

Jim Thorpe, December 6, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the following grants have been awarded in Carbon County through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program:

  • Summit Hill Borough has received $58,600 which will go toward the rehabilitation and further development of Ginder Field. Work will include construction of a pedestrian walkway; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and lighting; ADA access; landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • Wildlands Conservancy, Inc. has received a $328,750 payment toward the acquisition of approximately 492 acres along the Kittatinny Ridge in East Penn Township, for open space protection and passive recreation.

“Tourism is the number one industry in Carbon County, and we are grateful DCNR continues to be a significant partner in keeping it number one with resources like the Community Conservation Partnerships Program,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“The rehabilitation of Ginder Field and the acquisition of land by the Wildlands Conservancy will bolster the county’s tourism efforts and create further economic development opportunities for all of Carbon County,” added Senator Yudichak.

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Senator Yudichak Highlights Importance of DCNR Grants for Luzerne County

 Nanticoke, December 6, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been awarded in Luzerne County: 

  • Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. has received $84,000 for the design for the development of approximately 4.7 miles of the D&L Trail in Laurel Run Borough, Fairview Township, and Hanover Township in Luzerne County from the Mountain Top Trailhead in Fairview Township to East Northampton Street in Laurel Run Borough.
  • Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership has received $500,000 for the development of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails in Foster Township. Work will include the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of trail from the Foster and Hazle townships line to Eckley Back Road and a bridge; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • Hazleton City has received a grant in the amount of $200,000 for further development of Center City Park, Hazleton City. Work will include construction of a pedestrian plaza, parking area and pedestrian walkway; installation of lighting and signage; ADA access; landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Hazleton City will also receive a grant in the amount of $47,500 which will go toward preparing a comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan for Hazleton City.

  • North Branch Land Trust will receive a $500,416 payment toward the acquisition of approximately 389 acres in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County for an addition to the Pinchot State Forest and open space protection.

“Luzerne County is blessed with unique opportunities for residents and tourists to enjoy the great outdoors — from a growing trail system to the tranquility of the Pinchot State Forest. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is a vital resource for our communities as they work tirelessly to improve and expand recreational amenities for residents and visitors to Luzerne County,” added State Senator John Yudichak.

 

 

 

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Senator Yudichak Hosts Healthcare Enrollment Session

Nanticoke, December 5, 2017 —  State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus in hosting a healthcare enrollment session at the Luzerne County Community College’s (LCCC’s) Education Conference Center in Nanticoke.

The enrollment period for Pennsylvanians looking to secure healthcare coverage has been shortened this year to just a 45-day window of opportunity which closes on December 15, 2017.

 

During the healthcare enrollment session at LCCC, constituents met with certified enrollment specialists and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance who assisted them in securing the most appropriate health insurance plan to fit their family’s needs.

“Every Pennsylvania family deserves the personal security that comes with having health insurance that provides for preventative care, like cancer screenings, and coverage that prohibits discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“Increased access to affordable healthcare results in more Pennsylvania families living healthier and more productive lives that, in turn, helps grow the Pennsylvania economy exponentially,” added Senator John Yudichak.

Consumers can enroll in a new health insurance plan by visiting Healthcare.gov or by finding more information at healthcareforpa.com.

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