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first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Community development has so many benefits for our municipalities, including improving the lives of local residents and attracting businesses to grow the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “The Keystone Communities program encourages that development. These 22 projects will be a boon for those areas.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“For true economic growth to occur statewide, we need to not only support our businesses through economic development, but elevate our neighborhoods through community development as well,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “These two components are inextricably tied together, which is why the Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.The following list highlights Keystone Communities projects being announced today, totaling nearly $5.4 million in state support:Allegheny CountyWilkinsburg Borough: $475,000 to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park located in WilkinsburgBeaver CountyCity of Aliquippa: $365,000 to demolish the three remaining commercial buildings on the redevelopment site on the eastern end of Franklin Avenue immediately adjacent to SR 51 and the entrance to the Aliquippa Industrial ParkBerks CountyBuilding A Better Boyertown: $300,000 to turn a vacant and blighted building at 45 South Reading Ave. into a restaurant and mixed-use property on the first floor and renovate the five upstairs apartmentsGreater Berks Development Fund: $500,000 for acquisition and preparation of a site located around the Buttonwood Street Bridge in ReadingBlair CountyAltoona-Blair County Development Corporation: $150,000 for a seating replacement project in the Mishler Theatre in the city of AltoonaCambria CountyCity of Johnstown: $400,000 for a façade improvement program resulting in the modification and rehabilitation of facades, and approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk improvementsCameron CountyCameron County Industrial Development Authority: $31,150 for façade improvements for deteriorated storefronts in Emporium BoroughDelaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corporation: $95,000 for interior construction in a building located at 32 East Baltimore Ave. to open an arts incubator for more than 30 artists and creative professionalsElk CountyCity of St. Marys Redevelopment Authority: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program preserving the historic features and characteristics of various buildingsErie CountyBayfront East Side Taskforce: $300,000 for critical repairs that will halt further deterioration of the aging housing stock for 30 homeowners in core residential neighborhoods, necessary to address violations of the city property maintenance code as well as structural and exterior maintenance issuesSisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network: $50,000 for facade improvements to be used within the Elm Street-designated Historic Little Italy neighborhood in the city of ErieLackawanna CountyScranton Tomorrow: $400,000 to transform a dilapidated vacant lot on Wyoming Ave. into a downtown business district pocket parkLancaster CountySACA Development Corporation: $50,000 for implementation activities associated with Lancaster’s Southeast Elm Street Plan, including neighborhood beautification projects and public art installationLuzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $300,000 to support Phase II rehabilitation work to a blighted property at 13-15 West Broad Street in Hazleton City, Luzerne CountyMercer CountyFarrell City: $500,000 to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site fronting directly across from the Farrell municipal buildingMontour CountyDanville Borough: $261,028 to combine three parcels in order to create a recreational park in the heart of downtown near public parking, shopping, restaurants, and brewpubs in the central business districtPhiladelphia CountyNew Kensington Community Development Corporation: $300,000 to make improvements to the commercial space at Orinoka Civic House, resulting in more than 7,000 square feet of new commercial spaceSchuylkill CountyPottsville Area Development Corporation: $50,000 for the implementation of a façade improvement program in the city of PottsvilleVenango CountyVenango County: $500,000 to establish a revolving loan fund for improvement projects in the county, the first of which is the creation of a craft brewery in the historic Oil City National Bank building in Oil CityWestmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank (WCLB): $200,000 to acquire, demolish and/or rehab blighted properties throughout Westmoreland CountyYork CountyHanover Borough: $25,000 to conduct a downtown streetscape design and beautification studyHanover Borough: $50,000 for a wayfinding project that will provide improved ability to direct pedestrians and vehicles to a variety of locations around downtown Hanover January 03, 2018 Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — Mike Miller made his coach look like a genius Friday night.Miller, showing little rust from missing seven games with a concussion, scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in his first start of the season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 95-91.Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s decision to start Miller, who missed one 3-pointer in eight attempts and played 33 minutes, paid off in a major way. “When the fire is hot, you want to let it burn,” Blatt said. “It was burning tonight.”LeBron James scored a team-high 22 points and moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list, but the four-time MVP credited Miller for the victory.“He’s a professional guy,” James said. “You know you can always count on him, even when he’s doesn’t make shots. We needed him. He kept us afloat.”Miller, who was averaging 1.5 points and was 5 for 20 on 3-pointers going into the game, downplayed his role in the victory. “I came here for one thing, and that’s to win games,” he said. “For me to be able to be out there and help is all I care about.”Miller hit his first three 3-point attempts, and was 5 of 6 from behind arc for 15 points in the first half. He appeared to injure his left ankle late in the second quarter, but waved off the bench and remained in the game.“I wasn’t coming out of the game,” he said. “I finally got an opportunity to play again.”James and Miller were teammates in Miami for three seasons, including two championship runs. “His ability to shoot the ball gives us so much more of a dynamic out there,” James said.“We’ve played a lot of games together,” Miller said. “We’ve been through the biggest moments. We’ve got a trust factor. He’s pretty easy to play with, ask anybody.”Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins knows how well James and Miller play together. “I thought he was the little guy who was on LeBron’s shoulder who travels with him everywhere he goes,” Hollins said. “He shot the ball great.”Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. Brooklyn guard Deron Williams limped off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and didn’t return. Williams will have an MRI on Dec. 20.“My calf felt tight in the first quarter and it hurt pretty bad when I landed after making an assist,” Williams said. “I don’t want to miss any games so hopefully the test comes back good.”Brooklyn cut an eight-point lead to 94-91 on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers committed a turnover, but Kevin Garnett missed a contested 3-pointer and James split two free throws with 1.3 seconds left.James passed Charles Barkley on the all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer from the corner in the first quarter. Kyrie Irving added 16 points.Mason Plumlee scored 14 points while Jarrett Jack added 13 for the Nets, who have lost three straight and six of eight.The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 110-88 in Brooklyn on Dec. 8, breaking open a close game with a dominating second half in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more