Wilkes-Barre, December 14, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne), and City of Wilkes-Barre Mayor Anthony George announced today that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded the city of Wilkes-Barre a $200,000 Early Intervention Program (EIP) grant to be used for the continuation and implementation of the city’s multi-year financial plan.

The scope of the work for Phase III of the Early Intervention Program includes funding for a qualified consultant to complete a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic 5 Year Plan and the purchase of necessary financial software.

“I am pleased that the Commonwealth, through DCED’s Early Intervention Program, remains committed to providing the necessary resources to assist the city of Wilkes-Barre in executing their long term financial recovery plan,” said Senator John Yudichak. “I will continue to work with Mayor Tony George, City Council and Representative Pashinski in advancing initiatives that will revitalize Wilkes-Barre.”

“I’m very appreciative of the continued support from Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for Wilkes-Barre in dealing with the challenges our city faces,” Representative Pashinski said. “Any support is appreciated as we continue to move forward toward the goals of the city’s multi-year financial plan.”

“As Mayor, and as a lifelong resident, I do not want the city to fall in distressed status. This grant is essential in restoring Wilkes-Barre’s financial health and to secure the city’s long-term growth,” said Mayor Anthony George. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf, Senator Yudichak, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski and DCED for their support and commitment to the City of Wilkes-Barre.”