DCED Announces Investments to Bring Low-Cost Energy to Residents and Businesses in Crawford and Wayne Counties
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced two new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), that will bring natural gas energy to households and help develop pad-ready sites for businesses to occupy and create family-sustaining jobs in Crawford and Wayne counties.
“As our natural gas infrastructure grows, the PIPE program is crucial for building out pipelines to bring our abundant natural gas resources to households and businesses across the commonwealth,” Secretary Davin said. “These investments create jobs and enable us to take greater advantage of the assets that Pennsylvania provides.”
Though Pennsylvania has a vast network of natural gas pipeline infrastructure, some areas require funding assistance to construct the “last mile” of pipeline to extend that network to business and residents. Created by the Wolf Administration in November 2016, PIPE provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas lines to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new jobs in the commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents. Applicants eligible for PIPE funding include businesses, economic development organizations, hospitals, municipalities, and school districts.
The following loans were approved:
The Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County was approved for a $300,000 grant to extend a natural gas line into the Keystone Regional Industrial Park in Greenwood Township, Crawford County. The property was previously utilized as a World War II-era manufacturing facility. The gas line will serve the Crawford Advanced Materials biodiesel production facility and other development sites for up to 15 new businesses in the southern section of the park. The total project cost is $604,741 and is expected to create 50 jobs.
The Wayne Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $376,392 grant for the installation of a natural gas line through Waymart Borough and portions of Canaan Township, Wayne County. The project will bring clean-burning natural gas to 47 households, two churches, eight businesses and 29 acres of developable land along S.R. 296, Honesdale Road and Railroad Lane. The total project cost is $752,784.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132