Community Development Projects Announced for Allegheny, Montgomery Counties
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced several new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) drawing from the Local Share Account (LSA) for Montgomery County and the Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund (GEDTF). The projects support community development projects in Montgomery and Allegheny Counties.
“Part of our responsibility with gaming revenue is to make sure a portion of that money is used to build and develop our communities,” Governor Wolf said. “These projects will have a positive impact in Allegheny and Montgomery counties through rehabilitating water and sewage systems, improving parks and public spaces, and fixing buildings and infrastructure in need of repair.”
The LSA for Montgomery County was established under the CFA as part of Act 71, known as the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. The act enables the CFA to use gaming funds to provide grants and guarantees for projects in Montgomery County relating to water supply and wastewater infrastructure and the acquisition and development of sites in the county.
The two projects approved at yesterday’s CFA meeting using funds from the Montgomery County LSA are as follows:
- The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery has been approved on behalf of Ambler BH Development Partners for a $200,000 grant to evaluate the environmental, geotechnical, and traffic implications for redevelopment of a former Keasbey & Mattison industrial site. The feasibility study will result in the final determination of a use for the site and the preparation of a site remediation plan.
- The Norristown Municipal Waste Authority has been approved for a $200,000 grant to rehabilitate manholes in the sanitary sewage collection and conveyance system. The repair of the manholes will significantly reduce the amount of groundwater and inflow from inappropriate connections during wet weather, which will maintain the capacity of the collection system to better serve customers in the sewer service area.
The GEDTF program operates under the CFA and funds community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from all casinos. The funds are determined via a daily assessment of the licensed facility’s gross terminal revenue. The program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County including economic projects, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety, public interest, and administration costs.
The 33 GEDTF projects approved during today’s CFA meeting totaling over $4.7 million can be found in our CFA Approved Projects document.
Also during the meeting, the CFA approved updated LSA guidelines for Luzerne and Monroe counties that further clarify nondiscrimination policy for the program.
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132