Davis: Approximately $54,000 awarded to Mon Valley Senior Center

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that LifeSpan Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center has been awarded $54,300 from the state’s Department of Aging, in order to expand and revitalize services for seniors. Located in McKeesport, the Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center is among eight LifeSpan community centers in Southern Allegheny County offering transportation, meals, information and assistance, and a variety of activities. “I am pleased that LifeSpan Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center has received this grant in order to keep serving older adults living in our Mon Valley communities,” Davis said. “It’s important that we invest in places where our seniors can go to receive support, services and social interactions should they need them.” Forty-one senior centers throughout the commonwealth were recipients of the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants. Funding for the grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Lottery and totaled $2 million. The grants are intended to attract a new generation of participants to the centers. There are over 500 senior centers located in Pennsylvania. Read more


CP Manufacturing Set to Receive Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant

(Apr 13, 2018)

Harrisburg – April 13, 2018 – CP Industries is set to receive a $140,050 grant to support the design and testing of pressure vessels, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). “These funds represent an important investment in our manufacturing infrastructure,” Brewster said. “It is critical to develop new products and provide a path that local businesses can use to grow their product line and address market changes. “The funding for CP Industries will help a local producer compete in the national and international marketplace.” The funding, approved through the state’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program, was one of 19 projects approved statewide. There were more than $1.6 million grants distributed. “I welcome and support the advancement of renewable and alternative energy, especially when it’s within our own community,” Davis said. “Protecting our environment is an avenue that is necessary leading into the future.” The lawmakers noted that the grant dollars will be used for pressure vessels involved in the storage and transportation of alternative fuel gasses such as hydrogen and CNG. The vessels produced as a result of this grant involve the transportation of hydrogen to refueling stations. Read more


Honoring Dr. King’s legacy

(Apr 13, 2018)

Congrats to the Youth of the Year awardee; Equal Pay rally; and info on an upcoming public meeting on new transit options Read more


$300,000 awarded to McKeesport for affordable housing

(Apr 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, said today that a $300,000 grant to construct low-to-moderate income homes for residents of McKeesport has been awarded from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. “Not only will this grant truly help those in need, but it will also sustain the pride of our artistic corridor,” Davis said. “Providing affordable homes is essential in helping our families and communities thrive.” Allegheny County’s Action Housing will utilize the PHARE funds to construct two single-family homes that will be sold to potential buyers with modest incomes, and to upkeep 10 existing homes in the 7 th Ward of McKeesport’s cultural district. “Rebuilding the economic base and strengthening the foundation of any community requires an inventory of attractive housing that will support a growing region,” Brewster said. “This grant will help develop new homes and provide upgrades for other structures in McKeesport.” Approximately 137 housing and community development initiatives in 52 counties will share a total of $26.6 million in PHARE funding. PHARE is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and seeks to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low-and-moderate income families and those with special needs. Read more


Davis, Port Authority to host April 12 meeting to discuss new transit options

(Apr 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that the Port Authority of Allegheny County will host public meetings to hear input regarding new service options for Bus Rapid Transit riders. A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third Ave., in Rankin to discuss bus routes in Rankin, Braddock, North Braddock, Edgewood, Swissvale, Regent Square and Wilkinsburg. Davis said he hopes any new transportation routes will provide riders with better access to jobs and educational opportunities. In addition to Davis, state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, will be in attendance. “The new bus service options are a step forward for the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “I encourage anyone who uses the Port Authority system to attend the meeting and make their voices and concerns heard.” Another meeting will be held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 10 at The McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., in McKeesport. Read more


Join me for April 4 at my Munhall Office Meet & Greet

(Apr 02, 2018)

I will be hosting a Munhall Office Meet & Greet from 5-7 p.m. on April 4. Read more


Davis Attends Disability Summit

(Mar 23, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Austin Davis attended a Disability Summit and House Democratic Policy Committee meeting in the Mt. Lebanon area to interact with students, legislators, service providers and more to learn what more can be done for the disability community. Read more


Davis: New bus service options a step forward for Mon Valley

(Mar 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Port Authority of Allegheny County that it has developed new service options related to the Bus Rapid Transit plans to better meet the concerns of local riders: “The Port Authority’s announcement today is a step forward for Mon Valley residents, and I thank the board and CEO Kelleman for taking another look at its plans. I look forward to joining Senator Brewster and the Port Authority in April for a meeting in my communities to allow riders to get a first-hand look at the options, and to have an opportunity to provide feedback to the authority.” Davis and Sen. Jim Brewster will host a meeting along with the Port Authority in the district to present the new options in April. The date, time and location of that meeting will be announced soon. Read more


Davis announces more than $160,000 in fire, EMS grants

(Mar 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced the award of more than $160,000 in state grants to 13 fire and ambulance companies in the 35th Legislative District. “These grants will provide crucial funding to ensure that our local firefighters and EMS workers have what they need to carry out their life-saving work,” Davis said. “The funding will provide for equipment, training and other resources that are so important to their safety and the safety of our community.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: City of McKeesport Fire Department – Fire Company, $14,770 Clairton Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $12,000 Coulter Volunteer Fire Company & Relief Inc. – Fire Company, $11,911 Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $12,833 Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,754 McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service – EMS, $7,037 Munhall Area Prehospital Services – EMS, $7,037 Munhall Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 – Fire Company, $23,227 Munhall Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,201 Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $12,649 Versailles Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. – Fire Company, $11,543 White Oak Emergency Medical Service – EMS, $7,037 White Oak Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,386 The Read more


Davis bill would enhance career, tech learning through school-business partnerships

(Mar 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that he will introduce legislation that would authorize $15 million in funding to modernize the state’s education system by allowing students to learn high-skill careers in real-world settings. “Now more than ever, our state’s economic health depends on a well-educated and highly skilled workforce,” Davis said. “We need to modernize our education system to deliver the kind of specialized training our young workers need to compete in a 21st-century job market.” Davis said his bill would allow colleges and universities to partner with employers and labor organizations to form training programs for today’s high-skill jobs. The programs would enable students to gain real-world experience by earning college credits and industrial credentials through work-based learning in high-demand, high-growth occupations. “Devoting resources to strengthening career and tech-ed training pays off on so many levels,” Davis said. “It readies a new generation of workers to compete and succeed, and it helps rebuild our middle class by opening new doors in terms of wage growth and career advancement. Beyond that, it helps all of Pennsylvania by allowing workers to stay here, raise families and invest back into the local economy. The bottom line is, it just makes economic sense.” Davis’ bill would also authorize $8 million in funding for Read more


Davis to host first open houses this month

(Mar 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced that he will host his first two open houses at his district offices. The first has been postponed due to snow; the second open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Davis’ Clairton Office, located at 551 Ravensburg Blvd. The phone number is (412) 233-2505. Read more


Davis: Legislation would ensure families have access to water

(Feb 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B. 2099, which would establish the Low-Income Water and Wastewater Assistance Program. The program would provide critical assistance to working families struggling to pay their water and wastewater bills. “Water is one of our most fundamental human needs, and it is essential for the health of our citizens,” Davis said. “Low-income residents working hard to provide for their families should not be forced to contend with safety and sanitation problems if their services are discontinued because of unpaid water or wastewater bills.” The program would operate in a manner similar to the existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides assistance to low-income residents for home heating. Under Davis' proposal, households with an annual income that is below 100 percent of the federal poverty line would qualify for assistance payments ranging from $100 to $500. Households would be limited to one payment per program year. The legislation would also establish the Low-Income Water and Wastewater Assistance Fund, which would supply funding for the program. Davis, who was sworn in as a member of the General Assembly in early February, noted that the bill marks the first piece of legislation he has introduced as a state representative. “When I took the oath of office, I vowed that I would do everything in my power to help make life better for all Read more


Davis: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget is ‘responsible’ and ‘fair’

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 proposed budget address. Davis said he was especially happy to hear about Wolf’s commitment to providing more funding for education, which ultimately will lead to better jobs and workforce development. “The governor put a responsible and fair budget on the table,” Davis said. “I like the increases in education. He adds $100 million to basic education funding, as well as $30 million to pre-k programs.” Additionally, Wolf’s recommended budget outlined a $20 million increase in special education, $15 million to the State System of Higher Education and $10 million in career and technical education. Davis said that type of funding would be huge for the commonwealth and the constituents he serves. “I think this budget is right for Pennsylvania and it personally will affect the communities in my district in a positive way.” A video on this topic from Rep. Davis is available here . Read more


Rep. Austin Davis appointed to four House committees

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – Newly elected state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, has been appointed to four House committees. Davis, who represents the 35 th District, was assigned to the Game and Fisheries Committee, Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Commerce Committee, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. “Being named to these committees really helps to catapult me in helping to address the needs of the people of Pennsylvania,” Davis said. “I am anxious to get to work on addressing important issues, and particularly through these four panels.” Davis said he is excited to serve on all committees, including the Commerce Committee because of his dedication to economic development and job creation. In addition to better jobs, David said public safety, transportation and quality education are equally important to him. His platform falls in line with the Pennsylvania House Democrat’s Plan for PA, which puts people first through good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. On Monday, Davis was sworn in for his first legislative session. His district includes McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles and South Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln, and parts of West Mifflin. Read more


Davis sworn in as state representative of 35th Legislative District

(Feb 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, was sworn in Monday to represent the people of the 35 th Legislative District for the 2017-18 legislative session. “It’s an honor to have the trust of residents from the 35 th District to represent their best interests at the state Capitol,” Davis said. “I look forward to getting started and enacting change in my district and across the commonwealth.” Prior to his election, Davis had been actively involved in local government and the Allegheny County community, serving as an executive assistant in the county executive’s office. Davis currently serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Housing Authority board of commissioners; he served as the liaison between municipal/elected officials and the county executive’s office; and he was responsible for constituent services and many other day-to-day functions at the county executive’s office. To date, he’s received a number of awards and recognitions for his work in government and within the community, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 award, the Josh Gibson Foundation Civil Service award, the McKeesport NAACP Character Leadership award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Gentleman of Excellence in Government Award. The 35 th Legislative District consists of McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles and South Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln, and parts of West Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Feb 01, 2018)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more