Tag: Community

Lebanon, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) regional director Fadia Halma joined local leaders to designate the City of Lebanon as the commonwealth’s newest Keystone Main Street. The designation will further enable the city to support downtown businesses and improve quality of life for residents. “The Wolf Administration is so excited […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of nearly $18 million in tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to support 136 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth. NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities. “Fostering public-private collaboration and encouraging investment are some of the […]
Chambersburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders for a tour of downtown Chambersburg, Franklin County. The tour highlighted the downtown district’s progress in recent years as well as the state funding from the Wolf Administration that has contributed to its success. […]
Lewistown, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund joined local leaders to celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the S.H. Rothermel Walking Trail in Lewistown, Mifflin County. The project was supported by nearly $500,000 in state […]
Philadelphia, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) southeast regional director Aliyah Furman Stanger joined local leaders to celebrate new funding from the Wolf Administration for renovation of the McCreesh Recreation Center in the city of Philadelphia. “It’s vital for us to support places like the McCreesh Recreation Center that provide so […]
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 […]
Warren, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by local officials and community leaders for a tour of multiple state-funded community revitalization and economic development projects in downtown Warren, Warren County. “Today’s tour showcased some of the important history of Warren, but even more so, we saw […]
Bloomsburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Rick Vilello was joined by Sen. John Gordner, Rep. Dave Millard, and other local leaders to announce a new multi-phase, mixed-use residential and commercial development in Bloomsburg. The project will create new, flood-resilient housing for residents, many of whom found their homes […]
Easton, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders and stakeholders on a downtown tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in Easton, Northampton County. “It is inspiring to see so many positive changes happening at once in Easton,” said […]
Lansdowne, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders and stakeholders on a tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in Lansdowne, Delaware County. “Lansdowne is a great example of how a community can become stronger when public and private organizations work together,” said Secretary Davin. “The state […]
Aston, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders on a tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in Aston, Delaware County. “Today’s visit has been a great opportunity to see a place where a lot of progress is being made,” said Deputy Secretary […]
Harrisburg, PA — Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $3.75 million in Community Block Grant Development (CDBG) funding to provide clean water, repair roadways and sidewalks, and improve sewage in communities in Blair, Centre, Fayette, Schuylkill, and Somerset counties. “This vital grant program will allow for costly […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to bring broadband internet access to nearly 1,400 customers across Potter County through the construction of more than 100 miles of fiber cable. “Access to broadband opens the lines of communication in many ways,” Governor Wolf said. “By bringing faster internet service to rural Pennsylvania, […]
Girardville, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders on a tour of state-supported blight remediation and housing access projects in Girardville, Schuylkill County. “The Wolf Administration is committed to making Pennsylvania a great place to live and work, from the largest cities […]
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 […]
Greensburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by community members for a Cabinet in Your Community event in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. “The feedback from the Cabinet in Your Community events is invaluable to help those in Harrisburg make decisions with the information gathered by being in our cities, towns, boroughs and townships for […]
Four-Zag Hill is a family owned and operated dairy farm that supplies high-quality milk for the fluid market from its dairy farm in Columbia County. We spoke to owner Rosalie Zaginaylo to learn more about her story and how funding through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program helped jumpstart her small business. The PIDA […]
Waynesboro, 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 community revitalization projects in Waynesboro, Franklin County. “This is my first time in Waynesboro, and I’m blown away by the charm of the downtown,” said Deputy Secretary […]
Erie, 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 community revitalization projects in Erie. “Erie has become a model of community revitalization for the state,” said Deputy Secretary Vilello. “The Wolf Administration has prioritized economic development […]
Kittanning, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders in touring two state-supported programs that increase access to food and affordable housing in Kittanning, Armstrong County. “Seeing the physical construction of this critical work to support members of the Kittanning community is uplifting,” said Secretary Davin. “We […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the new Rail Park in Center City Philadelphia. The park is designed to serve as an informal, leafy green space with room to walk and sit for the Philadelphia community, and was supported […]
Pine Grove, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined Senator David Argall, Representative Mike Tobash, and other elected officials to announce the approval of funding to support a comprehensive flood protection project in Pine Grove. This announcement comes after years of the administration working with the community to […]
Bloomsburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined Senator John Gordner, Representative David Millard, and other elected officials to announce the approval of funding to support a comprehensive flood protection project for the town of Bloomsburg. This announcement comes after years of the administration working with the community […]
Erie, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders in breaking ground on the first phase of the state-supported Harbor Place development project, a mixed-use residential and commercial center on Erie’s Bayfront that will draw businesses, investors, residents, and visitors. “In the past few years, Erie has […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger, Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services Lauren S. Imgrund, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project manager April Hannon joined the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and local leaders for the ribbon cutting […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by Senator John Yudichak, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, and Mayor Anthony G. George to announce the approval of more than $1.4 million in additional funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program to protect the city of […]
Started in 1997 by brothers Chris and John Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing has made a name for itself in the Central Pennsylvania community for its signature brews and commitment to its neighbors. We caught up with John to learn more about their story and success in Pennsylvania. How did you get started with Tröegs? In […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 11 projects through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to assist local governments with planning for zoning, coordinating emergency services, and creating comprehensive plans. “Proper planning is crucial for the success of municipalities and local governments, as well as the families and businesses that reside […]
As Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), I have the distinct privilege to travel the state and meet people from all industries and walks of life. In addition to our legendary can-do spirit and incredible work ethic, we possess a relentless commitment to making our communities the best they can be. […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders and community development professionals in New Castle, Lawrence County, to celebrate the approval of a community revitalization project in the South Side neighborhood. The project was funded through DCED’s Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) that will leverage private […]
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, […]
Home to one million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in their communities. From a homegrown brewery’s “Brew Unto Others” campaign to responsible fabric, PA’s small businesses have become champions for their local neighborhoods and the greater good. At the PA Department of Community and Economic Development […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $17.9 million in funding to support 125 community investments through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, NAP provides tax credits to enable businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support […]
Carlisle, PA – The Wolf Administration joined state and local officials from Carlisle Borough and Cumberland County Wednesday to kick off the shovel-ready phase of a private-public collaborative project to transform a 48-acre industrial brownfield into a residential/retail/office complex and public park. The complex will include a hotel, restaurant, retail, residential and office space. Streets […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders and Senator Elder Vogel for a tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in Zelienople, Butler County. “Tours like this one demonstrate what is possible when the private and public sectors come together with a shared vision to make […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders in groundbreaking ceremonies for the Braddock Civic Plaza, a new community park in the heart of Braddock, Allegheny County. “The Wolf administration is committed to making investments like this, that create significant […]
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin, hosted by Rep. Stephen Kinsey, toured four of the 16 historic houses, destinations, and museums in northwest Philadelphia, and discussed the role of historic building preservation in community development. “These sites are so important to Philadelphia not just because of their […]
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), […]
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 […]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $3.8 million in funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 30 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth. “We are making impactful investments to revitalize communities and strengthen business development efforts. This important influx of funds will go a long way toward improving the […]
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 […]
Release Date: March 17, 2016 11:26 pm Author: Heidi Havens Erie, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced $3.6 million in new state investments designed to spur economic development and support revitalization throughout the City of Erie. This announcement follows the nearly $10 […]
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2017: Happiness on the Horizon

February 22, 2017
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 is a designated community through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Keystone Communities Program, and is a positive example […]

National Weatherization Day

October 27, 2016
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 […]