Wolf Administration Visits State-Supported Downtown Revitalization Projects and Business Incubator in Hazleton

Hazleton, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders and stakeholders on a tour of state-supported downtown revitalization projects and the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox business incubator in Hazleton, Luzerne County.

“There’s a positive atmosphere brewing in Hazleton’s business core,” said Vilello. “I’m really excited to see how the investments made by the Wolf Administration are starting to make big changes for this city’s economy and the community.”

The tour, led by Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, visited ongoing renovation projects within the city center, which is being rebranded as the Arts & Innovation District. These included the new City Arts Center and Center City Park, several façade renovations, Lackawanna College, and other historic commercial properties being renovated for new office space. DCED supported these projects through a variety of programs including the Local Share Account Fund and Neighborhood Assistance Program. The tour group also visited the future site of Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox, a business incubator supported by the state through the Keystone Communities Program and Neighborhood Assistance Program. By converting an old bingo hall into a business incubator, the city was able to eliminate a blighted structure while creating a space for businesses to grow.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and our state legislators, and their confidence in our revitalization strategy,” said Krista Schneider, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress executive director. “Their support has enabled us to leverage state dollars for private investment that otherwise would not be possible.”

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