Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs

Tax credits to help keep projects moving forward during difficult times

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 9 – Just in time for the holidays, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today said he was thrilled to announce that the state is investing more than $1.3 million in local community organizations, projects and programs, through the state’s tax credit program.

“This investment from the state will allow many projects and programs that benefit our community to keep going forward, even during these difficult times,” Gainey said. “These programs and organizations revitalize housing, attract and help businesses, provide education and training and help keep our kids off the street. This program is critical to keep our community moving forward, and I want to thank everyone involved.”  

By providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital, the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages private sector investment into communities to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems.

Locally, organizations awarded funding included:

  • Operation Better Block, $360,000 – Construction, community programming and food distribution.
  • Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp., $400,000 – Driving economic development in the borough.
  •  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, $160,000 – Transforming two blighted or vacant properties to affordable housing.
  •  Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp., $27.500 – Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project.
  •  Two Frays Brewery, $441,000 – Renovation of the 115-year-old ‘Star Soap Building’ and establish a business.

For a full list of programs and projects in southwestern Pennsylvania, follow this link.