DCED Secretary Davin Celebrates First Multi-Municipal Project Through Neighborhood Assistance Program

Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin participated in a press conference in recognition of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley’s first multi-municipal project funded through DCED’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.

“The Wolf Administration understands that strong communities and strong businesses go hand-in-hand. Exemplifying this concept, the Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages businesses and their surrounding communities to work together for collaborative success,” said Sec. Davin. “In the case of Slate Belt Rising, several communities have teamed up for a joint project – an innovative move that we have not seen before. We applaud CACLV’s efforts and anticipate positive results through Slate Belt Rising.”

Announced by Governor Wolf in December 2016, the Slate Belt Rising project is one of 114 community investments recently approved through Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) totaling more than $17.8 million. Administered by DCED, NAP provides tax credits to encourage businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts.

CACLV’s Slate Belt Rising project was approved for $80,000 in tax credits to address inter-related community problems in four Northampton County boroughs – Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor, and Portland – including lack of economic opportunity; regional fragmentation; poverty and lower-than-average income; unaffordable, aging, and deteriorating housing stock; and crime.

“Slate Belt Rising is CACLV’s sixth approved NAP project. We are pleased with the progress made through previous projects and expect continued success with our newest endeavor,” said CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings. “Slate Belt Rising is also unique in that it represents the first multi-municipal project approved under the program. Extending this program to rural communities, especially boroughs, is cause for excitement. We are anxious to blaze a trail of success that could open opportunities for boroughs throughout the Commonwealth.”

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, founded in 1965, is a nonprofit community development organization that focuses on lower-income households and their neighborhoods. It offers a wide range of programs in the Lehigh Valley region, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Sixth Street Shelter, and two long-term transitional housing programs, homeownership counseling and foreclosure mitigation, entrepreneurial training and small business lending, neighborhood revitalization like the Main Street Program, housing rehab, and physical enhancements like streetscaping and façade improvements.

For further information on the DCED’s programs and services, visit dced.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: David Misner, 717-783-1132

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