Davis: More than $450K awarded for infrastructure, renovation projects in 35th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that a total of $485,501 was awarded to entities in the 35th Legislative District to help fund their infrastructure and renovation projects.

Davis said the funding was awarded through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“It’s exciting to announce funding to places that are important to our community and that provide residents with a number of needed resources,” Davis said. “It’s my hope this funding goes a long way in helping improve these respective facilities, and I look forward to completion of the projects.”

Davis said the grants were awarded as follows:

  • Healthy Village Learning Institute in McKeesport was awarded $85,501 to replace old windows with energy efficient windows to maximize on its newly installed boiler.
  • Steel Rivers Council of Governments in White Oak was granted $100,000 for the construction of retaining walls.
  • Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall received $100,000 to help fund the installation of a new ADA-compliant passenger elevator.
  • The City of Clairton was granted $100,000 for the installation of safety lighting.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne was awarded $100,000 for the installation of sidewalks, parking and ADA-compliant ramps.

The funds originate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program – a program established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from all casinos. The funds are determined via a daily assessment of the licensed facility’s gross terminal revenue.

The program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety, public interest, and costs to administer GEDTF funds.