Rep. Madden brings home over $1.85 million to the 115th District for area projects

STROUDSBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced that the115th Legislative District will benefit from $1.85 million in state funding.

“Working alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, I am proud to announce this funding for essential projects in my district,” Madden said.

The projects and awards are as follows:

  • $650,484 to East Stroudsburg Borough to rehabilitate the Middle Dam.

  • $421,835 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority to upgrade the lighting systems of the Mountain Center in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County and to upgrade the HVAC and lighting for Pocono Services for Family and children.
  • $238,492 to Stroudsburg Borough to purchase solar compacting garbage cans in downtown Stroudsburg, Monroe County.

  • $217,524 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority, on behalf of East Stroudsburg University, for a community health education and simulation center.

  • $215,000 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority, on behalf of the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport Authority to replace the airport’s aviation fueling system.

  • $105,000 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority on behalf of Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Co. to upgrade an existing firehouse to use as an emergency shelter for residents in case of a natural disaster.

  • $7,663 to Stroudsburg Borough to purchase solar parking garage lights for a two-story parking lot between Ann Street and Hood Alley located in the borough.

The first grant is from the H2OPA High Hazard Unsafe Dam Project program. The others are Local Share grants funded by the Local Share Account, which received gaming money generated by casinos. The gaming funds provided by the casinos also distribute funding statewide by a reduction in property taxes in Pennsylvania.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state’s funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and Pennsylvania Department of Banking.