Nanticoke, February 25, 2019 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that two community revitalization projects in Luzerne County received funding through the Keystone Communities program. The Keystone Communities program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress received $158,000 for the rehabilitation of a blighted property at 13-15 W. Broad Street for the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox, a small business incubator.

“This supplemental funding will allow renovations to proceed as planned with the Penn State LaunchBox–a critical component of the broader downtown revitalization initiative. We are very thankful for the support DCED and our state legislators have given to this project, which will allow for the renovation of a formerly blighted property to be adaptively reused as a new business incubator in downtown Hazleton,” said Krista Schneider, Executive Director for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston received $220,246 to redevelop the second floor of the underutilized “Open Space” building on South Main Street. By repairing and renovating this floor, the building can house additional tenants and catalyze development in Pittston’s central business district.

“We have worked closely with Governor Wolf and DCED Secretary Dennis Davin on these projects in Hazleton and Pittston which will spur economic development and job growth to the area,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Representatives Tarah Toohil and Mike Carroll also worked with Senator Yudichak to obtain funding for these projects.