Flynn wants Scranton to be eligible for CRIZ

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Marty Flynn has introduced legislation that would allow Scranton to participate in the state’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program.

The CRIZ program, created in 2013, provides critical opportunities to selected third-class cities (with a population of at least 30,000) to spur new growth, revive downtowns, and create jobs for residents through the development of vacant, desolate, underused or abandoned space.

"It’s unfair to restrict Pennsylvania’s only second class A city, Scranton, which has a population of over 75,000, from being eligible to apply for the program," said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. "This is a simple fix that I hope will move quickly through the legislative process and be signed by the governor, so Scranton can add this economic development tool to its plans."

The CRIZ program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Department of Community and Economic Development and the governor’s budget office.

Flynn’s legislation (H.B. 1869) has 22 co-sponsors and will be referred to a House committee for consideration in the coming weeks.