Governor Tom Wolf announced the distribution of $8,210,240 in funding through the Pennsylvania HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to support affordable housing in Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Franklin, Fulton, Indiana, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, and Perry counties.
Wolf Administration: $42,000 in New Funding Approved to Lower Energy Costs and Create Jobs in Crawford County
Titusville Redevelopment Authority, in cooperation with National Fuel, was approved for $42,544 in grant funding to install 1,547 linear feet of natural gas pipleine that will bring the Titusville Opportunity Park into compliance with the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as the PUC requires each building in the business park to be metered separately. This project will connect the 14 buildings at the park to the main gas line located just outside of the park. The project will retain more than 300 jobs in 18 businesses within the park, and will provide for the growth of the park, bringing more businesses and jobs to the area. The total project cost is $85,088.
This video was filmed on 3/22/21 in the early evening. The reason for this video is to show how dangerous the corner of Bank and Allen Street can be when runners, walkers and bikers are exiting the Queen City Trail and entering the shared road.
There was 19 minutes of actual video. In that time, 51 cars went by which means a car every 20-30 seconds. This is not even the busiest hour of the day, which is when baseball, softball, track or soccer practices are letting out at the Ed Myer Complex right down the street.
We are thrilled that the Retail Incubator is open for business!
Fully renovated historic building, formerly home to famous Thompson Drug Store this building has been a staple of the community for generations. We are pleased to see community happening here once again!
Please visit the website and Facebook page for a store directory, hours, and menus!
By Lorri Drumm Herald Managing Editor Sep 14, 2020
DEP Offering Grants to Small Businesses and Farmers
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. New to the program this year is the opportunity for farmers to install solar pumping systems for their agricultural operations.
“Pennsylvania is committed to assisting those small business owners who want to become energy efficient, increase their profitability, and help the environment,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding will support projects designed to reduce operating costs and boost competitiveness, while simultaneously protecting the environment.”
Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.
Last year, 233 small businesses were awarded grants for their projects. Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural storm water management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.
“We are excited to expand the program to help lower energy bills through the use of solar energy,” McDonnell said. “Encouraging businesses to embrace alternative energy projects helps clean our air, reduces greenhouse gases, and give small business owners a sense of satisfaction on making smart choices.”
Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.
Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021 are eligible.
Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.
The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions and instructional videos for completing the online application, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Advantage Grant website.
Posted: Jun 12, 2020 / 04:38 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 12, 2020 / 04:38 PM EDT
By Lorri Drumm Herald Managing Editor Jun 11, 2020
Region leaders hoping for positive economic impact, with increased recreational trail tourismOct 5, 2017 Updated Feb 8, 2018