Wolf Administration Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Proposal Will Benefit York County

York, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin joined the York County Economic Alliance to discuss how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal will benefit York County. Secretary Davin addressed a gathering of local business leaders and community organizations to outline how addressing blight, expanding broadband access, and strengthening flood protection through Restore Pennsylvania will boost the local economy and rebuild York County’s infrastructure.

“Inadequate infrastructure is a challenge facing not just York, but communities all across the commonwealth,” Secretary Davin said. “Yet as communities find themselves needing to do more with less with every passing year, we at the state level need to ensure they have the resources they need to tackle these challenges. Restore Pennsylvania is the only way we can accomplish that.”

Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax, would increase financial resources at the local level to acquire and demolish blighted properties to create new development opportunities and provide new green space.

More than 300,000 blighted properties exist in Pennsylvania, causing health and safety concerns and lowering property values and tax revenues. In York alone, estimates place the number of blighted properties between 500 and 700, each coming with a significant price tag for renovation or demolition. If passed into law, Restore Pennsylvania would fund blight remediation efforts at a level far beyond any existing funding mechanisms at the local and state levels, and allow municipalities to direct funding to other economic development projects.

“We’re pleased to host Secretary Davin to brief local business leaders on the governor’s Restore Pennsylvania proposal,” said Kevin Schreiber, President & CEO, York County Economic Alliance. “We’re appreciative of how the proposal strives to address critical needs in our state’s competitiveness.”

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.

Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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