Secretary Davin Highlights DCED-Supported Community Revitalization Projects During Walking Tour of Lewistown

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local officials for a walking tour of downtown Lewistown, Mifflin County, highlighting successful state-supported beautification and development projects including façade rehabilitation in Monument Square, infrastructure improvements, and projects like Fountain Square and the Mann Edge Terrace apartment complex.

“In our mission to support and revitalize communities across the commonwealth, neighborhoods like downtown Lewistown are so encouraging because you can see the charm, culture, and sense of community that has been cultivated throughout the borough by our partners as well as the residents and businesses here,” said Secretary Davin. “The Wolf Administration remains committed to supporting those partners in the years to come.”

The tour, led by Downtown Lewistown, Inc. executive director Jim Zubler, also touched on the future of Lewistown’s economic revitalization with visits to key downtown buildings that will undergo façade improvements using a $50,000 Keystone Communities grant, as well as stops at other past project locations.

Lewistown’s designation as Keystone Main Street makes it a high-priority target for state support for planning activities, façade grant programs, accessible housing programs, and development grants. In addition to state funding, Downtown Lewistown, Inc. is also strongly supported by local residents who contribute volunteer hours and funding toward the numerous projects undertaken since the organization’s inception.

“During the past two decades of Downtown Lewistown Inc’s influence, the community-led revitalization effort has made an impact and with the backing of local leaders, businesses, organizations, and individuals, will continue to do so,” said Zubler. “The visit by Secretary Davin and other state officials provides an occasion to showcase this progress while highlighting other opportunities and challenges unique to our area.”

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development and revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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