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Harrisburg, November 14, 2017— State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that eight projects in Luzerne County will receive more than $3.3 million in state funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Act 13 Grant program.

Under the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program, the Earth Conservancy will receive $2 million in state funding.

The grant will be used to fund the construction of access roads from the South Valley Parkway (SVP) to two key properties of reclaimed Earth Conservancy land. The access roads will open up close to 400 acres of land for additional economic development and will further leverage the $83 million infrastructure investment made in the communities of Hanover Township, Nanticoke City, Newport Township, Ashley, Sugar Notch, and Warrior Run.

“The Earth Conservancy has done a tremendous job reclaiming mine-scarred lands and returning those lands back to constructive use as community-building economic development and conservation projects,” said State Senator John Yudichak.  “Strategic public investments in infrastructure like the South Valley Parkway and its access points has already leveraged over $100 million in private investment, from companies like Northpoint, that will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in the South Valley and along the I-81 corridor,” added Senator Yudichak. 

Mike Dziak, President and CEO of Earth Conservancy, extended his thanks to Senator Yudichak, Representative Mullery and the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) after the announcement of the award.  “Senator Yudichak, Representative Mullery, the CFA, and DCED have been strong supporters of Earth Conservancy since its beginnings. We appreciate how they see the importance of our work, and back our efforts to bring environmental and economic revitalization to the communities we serve,” Dziak said.

State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure the funds for the Earth Conservancy. “The Earth Conservancy has been the leader in improving mine scarred lands and turning them into economic development opportunities across the region. I was pleased to work with Senator Yudichak to secure this funding for these access roads which will bring new investments for the region,” said Representative Gerald Mullery.  

Also under the Multimodal Transportation Fund program, Wilkes University will receive $503,288 for pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along Northampton Street located in Edwardsville Borough. Area State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) and Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for Wilkes University.

Additionally, Wyoming Borough will receive $167,995 for intersection improvements at Eighth Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Area State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure funds for Wyoming Borough.

Under the Act 13 Grant program, funding for the following projects were announced: 

The City of Wilkes-Barre will receive $299,999 to replace a section of the retaining wall along Solomon Creek. They will also receive $75,000 for Weissman Park Improvements. Area State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

West Pittston Borough will receive $25,000 for Phase II improvements at Baltimore Avenue Park. Area State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

Larksville Borough will receive $155,355 for improvements at Romanoskey Park improvements. Area State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds. 

Hazle Township will receive $165,000 for improvements at Hazle Township Community Park. Area State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) worked with Senator Yudichak to secure these funds.

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