HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) is applauding the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) on being awarded a more than $253,000 grant that will be used to address blighted properties in the city.
“The JRA has played a key role in rejuvenating downtown Johnstown and this grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will help them achieve their goal of removing unsightly properties from the landscape in order to make way for new growth,” Rigby said.
The grant will be used for demolishing three commercial properties on Main St., Adams St. and Fairfield Avenue which had been targeted for demolition.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Project applications come before seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities.
“These are tax dollars at work, and we as fiscal stewards of those dollars must view them as investments that will produce the most ‘bang for the buck,’ and this project qualifies easily using that criterion,” added Rigby. “We’re planting new seeds in fertile ground.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Rigby’s district office at 814-536-9818.
Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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