Gaming grants provide nearly $900,000 for local projects

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said six projects in the portion of Lackawanna County he represents were approved today to receive $898,282 in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

"These economic development and community improvement grants are important because they help to meet local needs which otherwise may not be met or which might require additional local tax dollars to implement," said Flynn, D-Lackawanna.

The Lackawanna County grants include:

  • $250,000 to the city of Scranton to convert the Serrenti Memorial Army Reserve Center to an Emergency Services Center, which will serve as a secondary location for government operations and will be a central location for multiple law enforcement operations including the Scranton Police Training Division, Special Investigation Division and other specialized units;

  • $200,000 to the SLIBCO Enterprise Center for renovations including a new lobby area, conference room and breakout areas, exterior signs and carpeting;

  • $160,000 to the Lackawanna County RDA and Lackawanna County Land Bank to create a land bank authority and pay its operating costs to acquire land and buildings, demolish hazardous structures and renovate buildings to potentially return the blighted properties to the tax rolls;

  • $105,142 to the city of Scranton to purchase an aerial platform ladder truck to replace an older truck;

  • $100,000 to Lackawanna County on behalf of the Friendship House to complete facility renovations including expanding a parking lot, renovating office space and building a new restroom; and

  • $83,140 to the Lackawanna County Farmer’s Market Co-Op for renovations to the market including updated electrical service and a new ceiling to ensure the future of the market and safety of the customers.

Flynn said the money was provided through the Local Share Account under the state gaming law, which receives its funding from casino proceeds.

Since 2004, the CFA has served as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.