Wolf Administration Approves Funding for Remediation of Former Jeanette Glass Site

Jeannette, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of nearly $1 million in funding to remediate the former Jeannette Glass Factory site. The announcement was made at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin.

The $960,300 grant is provided through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP), one of several tools used by the state to spur economic development in distressed areas. ISRP provides grants and low-interest loan financing to perform environmental assessment and remediation work on former industrial sites.

“DCED’s funding is the first step toward bringing this blighted, contaminated property back to life,” said Davin. “The governor wants us to make impactful investments into our communities to spur dynamic and dramatic change and the coordination and commitment in Jeannette with our public, private, and non-profit partners is a model for other cities and towns.”

Today’s announcement supports additional administration efforts in the city where the state operates a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP). The NPP, overseen by Westmoreland County Community Action Agency, is a multi-year revitalization strategy that drives $150,000 annually into the community in private investment from Elliott Group and First Niagara in exchange for tax credits. Through the NPP the city is working to eliminate blight; create new housing; and rebuild its business district, parks, and entrances.

“For the region to reach its full economic potential, we must make sure our communities provide people access to a healthy quality of life and job opportunities. I am proud of Westmoreland County’s efforts to address these issues in the City of Jeannette, and I am grateful to the DCED for supporting this project.” said Jason Rigone, Executive Director of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation.

Additionally, the state has provided nearly $250,000 in funding and technical support to Jeannette through the Early Intervention Program. Those funds have been used to create a comprehensive plan, update the zoning ordinance, modernize computer systems, and bolster code enforcement efforts.

For more information about the state’s efforts to support Pennsylvania’s communities visit dced.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT:
DCED Press Office, 717-783-1132

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