Wolf Administration, Mifflin County Leaders Discuss How Restore Pennsylvania Could Help Combat Blight

Lewistown, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local officials and community leaders to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could help Mifflin County eradicate blight.

“The blight issues that communities like Lewistown are facing must be fixed now,” Secretary Davin said. “And the only way to do that is providing meaningful funding to assist local municipalities in their efforts through Restore Pennsylvania.”

Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax would help create new development opportunities and green space by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings.

Local municipalities are often unable to fund the costly demolitions or redevelopment efforts themselves. If passed into law, Restore Pennsylvania would fund blight remediation efforts at a level far beyond any existing funding mechanisms.

“The visit by the secretary provides us with an opportunity for discussion to tackle issues that are taxing the resources of our municipalities,” said Jim Zubler, executive director of Downtown Lewistown, Inc. “The benefits that Restore Pennsylvania would provide to our area are crucial for long term revitalization. Restore Pennsylvania could provide our local municipalities with additional tools in the fight against blight. We look forward to continue working with Governor Wolf’s administration to help our rural communities.”

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.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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