PA Proud Blog:  community

Schuylkill Community Action (SCA) coordinates and focuses state, federal, and local resources on low-income residents’ needs, enabling them to obtain adequate, affordable housing and achieve self-sufficiency. We spoke with SCA Executive Director Ted Dreisbach and SCA Director of Planning David Young, as well as SCA community partner Cindy Daley, Director of Community Redevelopment Initiatives at […]
Lansdowne Borough is a success story in the making: a small town that has completed several community revitalization projects with support from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Keystone Communities Program. For part two of this story, we followed up with Deborah Brodeur, Executive Director of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), to […]
On a mission to improve quality of life and provide economic opportunity for residents, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) has been an active neighbor to the citizens of the Lehigh Valley since December 1965. We caught up with Lynette Praster, director of the Center for Community Services at the PA Department […]
Lansdowne Borough is a success story in the making, a small town that has completed several community revitalization projects with support from DCED’s Keystone Communities program as part of the Elm Street designation. We spoke with Deborah Brodeur, Executive Director of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation, to learn how DCED’s programs and resources have helped […]
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program for community-based organizations. The CSBG program aims to revitalize low-income communities across the state by funding various initiatives, including job training, housing, drug counseling, education, and more. We spoke to Jim Stark, CEO of Fayette County Community Action Agency, […]
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) administers the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act of 1987, P.L. 246, No. 47. Under Act 47, DCED has a responsibility to assist Pennsylvania municipalities that are experiencing severe financial difficulties in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their citizens. Altoona was designated as financially […]
On the heels of a historic investment announcement in Erie, I am once again amazed at the innovation, imagination, and legendary can-do spirit found in this city. With more than $32 million in new state funding for projects on the Erie Bayfront and throughout the city, we are proud to collaborate with other state agencies, […]
Oct. 30 marks National Weatherization Day, a day focusing local, state and national attention on the weatherization assistance programs and the work being performed by dedicated community assistance providers. Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 30, 2017 as Pennsylvania Weatherization Day to recognize the significant impact energy efficiency improvements have on the quality of life […]
In 2014, Strausstown Borough in Berks County was facing several major issues. In order to eliminate budget deficits, it was forced to raise real estate taxes and sewer fees by more than 30 percent. Additionally, Borough Council’s part-time staff was struggling to manage many full-time services, including street lights, trash collection, municipal issues, and the […]
The Keystone Communities Program’s Elm Street division works to address issues of blight and crime in borderline residential neighborhoods that surround Main Street business districts. To learn more about the program and the change it helps create in communities, we talked to Dean L. Rohrbach, Program Manager of the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF), […]
In January 2017, Bucks County Community College (BCCC) signed agreements with three Bucks County technical high schools, as well as Bloomsburg University, to collaborate on a new Technical Entrepreneurship Degree Program, designed for job preparedness and to provide a pathway for career and technical high school students to earn a bachelor’s degree. We spoke to […]
May is National Community Action Month, which celebrates the stories and successes of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and the 1,000+ Community Action Partners (CAPs), while raising awareness of poverty-related problems on both the city and the state level. The PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) manages the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), which […]
As part of the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)’s efforts to provide opportunities to all Pennsylvanians and revitalize communities across the state, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) seeks to expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low- and very low-income Pennsylvanians. A federally funded program administered by DCED that provides […]
In March, my colleague Kim Thomas wrote about Erie’s remarkable revitalization efforts and its long-term vision. And seemingly every day, we hear great news coming out of Erie — thanks to its passionate, loyal residents and advocates. It is beyond inspiring to see a community rally so readily in response to negative press and widespread […]
On May 1, 2017 the Borough of West Chester was recognized as a 2017 Great American Main Street Award winner, as a result of its successful revitalization movement that began in 2000. This is the final post of a three-part series dedicated to West Chester, its growing prosperity, and the key players involved in its […]
2016 was a banner year for economic development in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Action Team (GAT) successfully completed 77 projects for companies who accepted financial assistance offers from the state and who were moving forward with locating or expanding business operations in the commonwealth. These companies pledged to create nearly 12,093 new jobs, retain nearly 24,754 […]
What does it mean to be a “Rust Belt” state? We’re attracting and retaining new residents as more and more people realize this is the perfect place to work smart and live happy. Historically, the term “Rust Belt” has been used to characterize a portion of the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. plagued by a declining […]
Three hundred miles northwest of Pennsylvania’s state capital, nestled between Ohio, New York, and Lake Erie — and merely hours from some of the largest metropolitan cities in the country — sits Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city: Erie. Right from the start, Erie defies the expectations of a Pennsylvania city. It’s where you’ll find Pennsylvania’s only “seashore” […]
Last March I stood with my tourism colleagues to unveil the new tourism slogan, “Pennsylvania: Pursue your Happiness.” As we near the brand’s one-year anniversary, I am more convinced than ever that this bold declaration — a throwback to the famous demand for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence […]
On May 1, 2017 the Borough of West Chester was recognized as a 2017 Great American Main Street Award winner, as a result of its successful revitalization movement that began in 2000. West Chester’s revitalization effort has been spearheaded by Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID). This is the […]
This month, what’s old is new again in Pennsylvania. Keystone Edge — an online magazine covering what’s next and best in the state — is back with a peek at our latest edition. From an innovative land bank to an old building coming back to life, this month’s issue of Keystone Edge brings the past […]
On May 1, 2017 the Borough of West Chester was recognized as a 2017 Great American Main Street Award winner, as a result of its successful revitalization movement that began in 2000. West Chester is a designated community through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Keystone Communities Program, and is a positive example […]
Oct. 30 marks National Weatherization Day, a day focusing local, state, and national attention on the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the work being performed by dedicated members of the weatherization assistance network. Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 30, 2016 as Pennsylvania Weatherization Day to recognize the significant impact energy efficiency […]
This September marks National Preparedness month, which serves as a reminder for individuals, businesses, and communities that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and we visit. In Pennsylvania, September is the beginning of hurricane season, and […]
Pennsylvania is a place where entrepreneurs and business owners flourish and succeed — and State College’s recent ranking as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” confirms just that. Listed among other innovation hotbeds, including Boulder, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor, State College boasts an 18 percent business […]
A month ago today, Shell Chemical delivered a ‘game-changer’ to the future of Pennsylvania with the announcement of the company’s decision to build an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. This multi-billion dollar facility– which is the first major U.S. petrochemical project of its type outside of the Gulf Coast region – is projected to […]
During my ongoing “Jobs that Pay” tour last week, I had the opportunity to visit thredUP — a leading online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell like-new women’s and children’s clothing —that recently established its eastern U.S. processing and distribution facility in Mechanicsburg, PA. In 2015, the Governor’s Action Team announced that thredUP would […]