Wolf Administration Celebrates 17 Community Development, Infrastructure Investments in New Kensington
Investments total more than $23 million since beginning of administration
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 12 Executive Joe Szczur, P.E joined local leaders, partners, and business executives to celebrate 17 impactful investments totaling more than $23 million made by the Wolf Administration in New Kensington, Westmoreland County. The investments include job training, community development, infrastructure, recreation, environmental protection, and more.
“The Wolf Administration’s investments in New Kensington over the past three years are helping to make this an exciting time for everyone who lives and works in New Kensington,” Secretary Davin said. “New Kensington’s leadership, business community, nonprofit organizations, and residents have collectively made a tremendous impact in the city – the kind of impact that can spark a dynamic change for years to come.”
The most significant investment is taking place at the Schreiber Industrial Park. Last year, Governor Wolf announced the Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington was approved for a $4 million grant and an $8 million loan through the Business in Our Sites (BOS) program to assist with the redevelopment of the industrial park. The project is expected to create approximately 400 new jobs.
“I am grateful and excited for the support of Governor Wolf and Secretary Davin and the role they are playing in helping New Kensington with our revitalization efforts,” said Thomas D. Guzzo, mayor of the city of New Kensington. “We now have the resources to bring real change to the city of New Kensington. These investments will allow us to be proactive in our redevelopment efforts, secure our sense of place, and enhance job growth in our region. They will make such a positive impact to our city.”
PennDOT has also invested heavily in the area, providing more than $6.5 million in funding to improve roads and bridges in the city of New Kensington alone, and more than $19 million total for infrastructure in New Kensington and the surrounding area. Projects in the city of New Kensington include bridge replacement projects for Route 366 over Route 56, and Route 56 over Little Pucketa Creek; and road restoration projects on Route 366 from Logan’s Ferry Road to Greensburg Road, on Route 4042 from Craigdell Road to Washington Drive, and on Route 4044 from Edgecliff Road to Leechburg Road.
“The investments we’re making in New Kensington and the surrounding area are examples of how we’re improving our infrastructure and enhancing mobility and quality of life across the state,” Szczur said. “Our efforts show our commitment to building and maintaining efficient transportation systems that generates jobs and a stronger economy for our region.”
In addition to the PennDOT investment, DCED is also investing in New Kensington through its Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP). Announced last fall, the six-year improvement plan includes blight removal, beautification projects, renovations of parks and the main playground, entrepreneurial education, and other initiatives.
“This partnership between DCED, the City of New Kensington, and Westmoreland Community Action will bring $1.2 million to the city and will have an enormous impact for the business community, the arts, and for all residents of the city,” said Tay Waltenbaugh, CEO of Westmoreland County Action. “We appreciate the financial support from UPMC and BNY Mellon over the next six years, as well as the support of everyone who helped make this project a reality.”
Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, the administration has invested more than $23 million in the city of New Kensington, including projects funded through DCED, PennDOT, and the Department of Environmental Protection, along with federal funding secured through the efforts of these state agencies. Accomplishments include:
- More than $17 million invested in business and community development projects, including the creation of Penn State University’s new coworking space The Corner, modernizing transportation and traffic systems, and upgrading playgrounds and parks;
- More than $6.5 million invested in roads and other infrastructure projects;
- More than $9,000 invested in incumbent job training; and
- More than $6,200 invested in environmental protection efforts.
For more information about investments in the New Kensington area or programs related to community development, economic development, or transportation, visit the DCED website or the PennDOT 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