Secretary Davin Announces New Funding for Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Highlights Wolf Administration’s Investments into Johnstown

Johnstown, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by state representative Bryan Barbin and other local leaders to announce new funding from the Wolf Administration that will create a “green roof” on the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in the city of Johnstown, Cambria County. Secretary Davin also highlighted the approximately $100 million in funding secured by the Wolf Administration into the Johnstown region since 2015.

“With projects like the Iron to Arts Corridor taking hold in Johnstown, we’re feeling a strong sense of forward momentum for this city – and today’s announcement adds to that momentum,” Secretary Davin said. “The Wolf Administration has been committed to this city since day one, and we’re excited to see it continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead.”

Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center was approved for a $500,000 grant through DCED’s Keystone Communities program to support the construction of a green roof on the building and adjacent outdoor performance space. The green planting areas of the project will utilize sustainable, low-maintenance, native plants.

“Bottle Works is truly appreciative of the support and confidence of Governor Wolf, Representative Barbin, and DCED under the leadership of Secretary Davin,” said John Yeager, president of the Bottle Works Arts on Third Avenue Board of Directors. “While this is important to the Bottle Works, it’s also an affirmation of a far bigger vision – that being the Iron to Arts Corridor. On behalf of our public and private partners, Discover Downtown Johnstown, Johnstown Redevelopment Authority and Gautier Specialty Metals, we are committed to working together to move our community forward in a positive new direction.”

The Bottle Works is located in the two-mile Iron to Arts Corridor in Johnstown, which includes infrastructure improvements, new landscaping, street murals at several intersections, decorative lighting, facade enhancements, and trails to connect the city’s history to its expanding business and art community. Governor Wolf was in Johnstown in August of this year to announce additional funding for the corridor, which was part of the approximately $100 million secured by the Wolf Administration for various transportation, business development, and community revitalization projects in the Johnstown region since 2015.

“Today, the two-mile Iron to Arts Corridor moves from vision to reality,” said Rep. Barbin. “Today’s announcement provides $500,000 from DCED’s Keystone Communities program to complete the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center green roof and outdoor performance project in the center of Cambria City’s art community.”

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