Matzie: Nearly $2.4 million secured for violence prevention, survivor supports

(Jan 13, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 13 – Two state grants totaling nearly $2.4 million will bolster Beaver County anti-violence programs and strengthen resources for survivors, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency includes $1.5 million to the Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. in Monaca to support the center’s P4:247 CommUNITY program. “It’s a unique program that uses strength and fitness training as a way to empower Beaver and Allegheny County youth and families victimized by violence and help them channel their anger, develop self-control and build back self-esteem,” Matzie said. “The program also provides education and work readiness training.” A second grant of $887,767 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County will support both survivor support services and violence-prevention programs for at-risk youth. “The Women’s Center of Beaver County runs powerful anti-violence and trauma support programs, and a key part of those efforts involves tapping the skills of professionals in multiple fields, from criminal justice to human services to medical and counseling,” Matzie said. “Securing this new funding will ensure the center has the resources it needs to continue those connections and expand services for our community.” The funding comes from PCCD’s Violence Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $400,000 secured to boost veteran employment

(Jan 12, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 12 – Two organizations serving Beaver County veterans have been awarded nearly $400,000 to strengthen job training and career opportunities for those who have served, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. “Veterans often leave the military with experience and skills that can be valuable to civilian employers, but the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, and veterans can face obstacles to finding good jobs,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help them strengthen existing skills and gain new, specialized ones to smooth their path to employment.” Matzie said the funding includes: $200,000 to the Veterans Leadership Program, for a project to train Beaver, Fayette and Clearfield county veterans in marketable job skills, help them obtain certificates, connect them with employers and provide financial assistance with employment-related expenses. $199,979 to NuPaths for a project to train 24 veterans living in Beaver County and several other counties for entry-level software testing analyst and project analyst jobs by providing technical skills training, industry certifications and the job search and readiness skills needed to begin an apprenticeship or full-time IT job. More information about the grants, which are administered by the state Department of Labor and Industry, is available here: Read more

 

Matzie: $50,000 secured for Beaver County nonprofit Crop and Kettle

(Jan 10, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 10 – New funding of $50,000 approved for the Beaver County-based Crop and Kettle will allow the nonprofit to expand resources for urban agriculture training, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the funding awarded under the 2022-23 PA Farm Bill Urban Agriculture Grant program can help provide residents a path to productive jobs. “Beyond fighting food insecurity, urban agriculture can open doors to jobs,” Matzie said. “The funding awarded today will expand resources for Crop and Kettle so this community nonprofit organization can continue providing the training and social development skills that help residents overcome employment barriers.” More information on the funding is available here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=1290 . Read more

 

Matzie: $25,000 secured for Beaver County Career and Technology Center

(Dec 21, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 21 – A $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will fund new resources for The Beaver County Career and Technology Center, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the Career and Technical Education Equipment grant will help ensure Beaver County CTC graduates are ready to compete in the modern workplace. “Maintaining state-of-the-art equipment is essential for preparing career and tech students to hit the ground running,” Matzie said. “The new funding will ensure Beaver County CTC has the resources needed to train students in cutting-edge techniques so they can step into family sustaining jobs. It will also help ensure regional businesses have the well-trained workforce they need to stay competitive.” More on Career and Technical Education grants is available here: https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Career%20and%20Technical%20Education/Grants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $200,000 secured for Beaver County improvement projects

(Dec 20, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 20 – Nearly $200,000 in new funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development will fund streetscape improvements for the city of Aliquippa and storefront renovations in Monaca, among other improvements, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the grants awarded under the Keystone Communities Program include $100,000 to the Aliquippa Economic Development Corp. for the Clean and Safe Franklin Avenue project and $45,000 to the Monaca Community Development Corp. for the Façade Grant Program. “The new funding will bring fresh changes to the Aliquippa and Monaca downtown areas,” Matzie said. “The grant to Aliquippa Economic Development Corporation will fund streetscape improvements to the Franklin Avenue corridor, supporting the city’s efforts to make real substantive change to the downtown’s appearance.” “Likewise, the funding to the Monaca Community Development Corporation will support work to restore building facades in the downtown area, which will draw more pedestrian traffic and boost area stores.” Matzie said that in addition to the Aliquippa and Monaca funding in his district, the Beaver Falls Community Development Corp. was awarded $43,500 to renovate a home through the Jubilee Housing Project. Keystone community grants are administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development Read more

 

Matzie: Franklin Center awarded $25,000 to boost security

(Dec 15, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 15 – New funding of $25,000 will allow The Franklin Center of Beaver County to bolster security, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the funding to the Aliquippa facility was administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund. “The Franklin Center is a place of hope for our community, where folks in need can find essential resources and opportunities,” Matzie said. “It’s essential that staff who work there and the residents they serve feel secure. This new funding will provide the additional resources to make that happen.” Matzie said grants under the program may be used for a wide range of resources, including safety planning, training, and threat assessments; equipment and technology such as metal detectors, theft-control devices, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, emergency communications equipment, and other facility upgrades; and specially trained canines. The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund provides funding to nonprofits that principally serve people, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication. The categories include race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity. Read more

 

Matzie: More than $3 million secured to strengthen Beaver County law enforcement, records management, victim services

(Dec 14, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 14 – More than $3.1 million in new grants will allow Beaver County to upgrade law enforcement recordkeeping and computer systems, provide additional resources for crimefighting and support victims, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will lead to greater efficiency and swifter justice for crime victims. “Securing this funding is going to put tougher crimefighting tools into the hands of Beaver County police and bolster county resources for investigating, tracking, and prosecuting crimes and supporting victims,” Matzie said. “Part of the funding will be used to upgrade records management and computer systems for law enforcement countywide, which will make those systems more efficient. The end result is speedier justice, safer communities and greater peace of mind for residents. Matzie said the funding to the 16th Legislative District includes: • More than $2.6 million to Beaver County Commissioners to upgrade the records management system and computer equipment for 22 participating law enforcement agencies in Beavery County. • $291,000 to Beaver County Commissions to ensure crime victims whose cases are prosecuted within the criminal and juvenile courts receive proper protections. • $88,014 to Rochester Township Police for technology upgrades. • $47,000 to A Child’s Place at Beaver to Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $435,000 in new funding secured for Hopewell, Aliquippa projects

(Nov 19, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 19 – Major infrastructure and housing projects in Hopewell and Aliquippa are getting new infusions of funding, thanks to additional grants totaling $434,350 from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding includes an additional $250,000 to G&B Development Hopewell LLC for major public improvements to the Hopewell Business Park (bringing total funding for the project to $2 million this year) and an additional $184,350 to the Beaver County Industrial Development Authority for The Bricks affordable housing project (bringing total project funding to $934,350 this year). “Securing additional funds for The Bricks Project maintains my commitment to the city of Aliquippa and Mayor Dwan Walker to partner on projects important to their community,” Matzie said. “The Hopewell Business Park has been a workplace destination since its construction decades ago, and this project will allow the business park to grow to meet the demands of the airport corridor.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is administered by the Office of the Budget for acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Matzie: Monaca project awarded $1.2 million state tax credit

(Nov 10, 2022)

Financing will help construction of 39-unit housing building Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $420,000 in tax credits awarded for Beaver County projects

(Nov 03, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, NOV. 3 – Nearly $420,000 in tax credits awarded under the state Neighborhood Assistance Program will leverage investments in Beaver County projects to continue revitalizing Downtown Aliquippa and boost digital literacy for job seekers, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding includes a $400,000 tax credit for the Aliquippa Economic Development Corp. for pedestrian improvements to Franklin Avenue. “I pushed hard to secure this funding to continue our momentum in Downtown Aliquippa,” Matzie said. “Partnering with Mayor Dwan Walker and Aliquippa leaders to create safe, inviting spaces to downtown is an essential part of those efforts. The new funding will allow Aliquippa Economic Development Corporation to move forward with work on Franklin Avenue to upgrade sidewalks and lighting and add crossing lights and related street improvements.” Matzie said a second tax credit of nearly $20,000 will bolster the work of Literacy Pittsburgh, a Monaca organization that helps students transition to jobs. “The new funding is going to support Literacy Pittsburgh’s efforts to help job seekers in underserved areas develop digital literacy skills, so they have a better shot at finding work,” Matzie said. “It’s a practical program designed to help folks achieve real-world success.” The state’s NAP encourages private sector Read more

 

Matzie secures $1 million grant for business expansion in Aliquippa

(Oct 31, 2022)

ALIQUIPPA, Oct. 31 – A state grant of $1 million has been awarded to support local expansion efforts of the Cronimet Corporation, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said that the grant to Cronimet will fund a project at their Woodlawn Road location, including site preparation, the construction of three new buildings, and miscellaneous internal infrastructure for the three facilities. “This investment will spur job growth in our community,” said Matzie. “I have always looked to partner with local businesses to ensure our tax dollars come home. This is another example of pursuing grants to create career opportunities and increase the overall well-being of our residents.” The grant is sourced from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are state-funded and cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Matzie: $7 million secured to boost Beaver County projects in Ambridge, Hopewell and Aliquippa

(Oct 26, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 26 – New funding of $7 million secured from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will support major projects in Ambridge, Hopewell and Aliquippa, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding includes $4.5 million to Centria Enterprises LLC for Phase I work on the Ambridge Community Center Sports Complex; $1.75 million to G&B Development Hopewell LLC to add major public improvements to the Hopewell Business Park; and $750,000 to the Beaver County Industrial Development Authority site preparation and construction of new housing in Aliquippa. “Bringing tax dollars home is one of, if not the most, important facets of serving as a state legislator,” Matzie said. “RACP funds are competitive and come from a limited pool of dollars. They are not randomly allocated. If a project meets the set criteria, it is up to the individual legislators, through experience and expertise, to champion those projects and secure the funding. I am proud to have done so for these worthy ventures. “Phase I of the Ambridge Community Center Sports Complex will begin to turn the Centria Steel Mill into a multi-use sports complex. “The Hopewell Business Park funding will allow for the completion of vitally needed public improvements, setting the state for further growth and development. “Finally, the grant to Beaver County will support work on The Bricks site in Aliquippa Read more

 

Matzie: $10 million in new funding will support job training for Pa. residents re-entering the community

(Oct 06, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 6 – New job training and related resources are on the horizon for Beaver County residents re-entering the community after incarceration thanks to $10 million in new federal funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced. Matzie, D-Beaver, said the funding under the First Step Act Initiative will support a statewide re-entry program to reduce recidivism and strengthen the region’s workforce. “For people returning to the community after incarceration, a chance at a decent-paying job offers the best path back to building a new life,” Matzie said. “Unfortunately, many lack the training and skills needed to find those opportunities. “With this new funding, the state will create a re-entry program that offers job training in areas that meet the specific needs of regional employers. Having specialized skills that make them attractive to employers – sometimes for the first time in their lives – empowers people, gives them a chance to return to their families and cuts the chances of their returning to crime. The entire community feels the impact of that success. “I will be working to ensure Beaver County reaps the full benefits of the new program.” More information about the funding is available here: Read more

 

Matzie Lauds Historic Education Funding

(Sep 23, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie joined Governor Tom Wolf, students and educators in the Aliquippa School District in Beaver County to talk about Pennsylvania’s historic $3.7 billion investment in public education during the past eight years. Read more

 

Matzie: What sports betting has done for western Pa.

(Sep 16, 2022)

Legalized sports betting has proved to be a real shot in the arm to our region, and I am very proud of the hard work it took to make this happen. This will be a useful revenue source for state and local governments in Pennsylvania for a long time. Read more

 

Matzie Suits Up for Firefighter Training

(Sep 13, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie joined firefighters in Pittsburgh for Fire Ops training. Matzie climbed a fire ladder, practiced forced entry, and went into a burning building to experience what firefighters undergo every day. Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $300,000 awarded to boost regional masonry trade opportunities

(Sep 06, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 6 – Beaver County workers will benefit from new training and job opportunities in the masonry trades, thanks to nearly $300,000 in new state funding to bolster a successful apprenticeship program serving the region, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Read more

 

Matzie: $85,000 awarded to boost fresh fruits and vegetables for grade-schoolers

(Sep 01, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 31 – More fresh produce is headed to Beaver County elementary schools, thanks to nearly $85,000 in grant funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today . Matzie said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes $38,570 to the Aliquippa School District, $22,330 to the Ambridge Area School District and $24,080 to the Rochester Area School District. “Providing fresh produce for school snacks helps kids concentrate and retain information better and gives them stronger resistance to germs and illness,” Matzie said. “Better nutrition is tied to better test scores, fewer absences and kids that are more energized to learn. Securing this funding is going to help fuel learning in all the right ways.” Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. More information about the grants is available here , and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here. Read more

 

Rep. Matzie's Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Aug 31, 2022)

Rep. Matzie's Summer 2022 Newsletter Read more

 

Matzie: Brighton Rehabilitation charges ‘disturbing but not surprising’

(Aug 09, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 9 -- State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to news that state and federal officials are charging the owner and several former directors and managers of Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center with health care fraud : “The indictments announced today are disturbing but, sadly, not surprising. “As far back as early in 2020, I asked Attorney General Shapiro to investigate Brighton Rehab for their apparent malfeasance in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and other concerning information conveyed to me by residents’ families regarding the conditions and administration of the facility. “Seniors in skilled nursing facilities are an extremely vulnerable population. When families make the gut-wrenching decision to admit a loved one, they have a right under the law to expect the highest level of care and an honest accounting of that care. According to the indictment today, that was not the case at Brighton Rehab, to the point of criminal charges being filed.” Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $2.4 million secured for violence prevention, survivor supports
Jan 13, 2023

Matzie: Nearly $400,000 secured to boost veteran employment
Jan 12, 2023

Matzie: $50,000 secured for Beaver County nonprofit Crop and Kettle
Jan 10, 2023

Matzie: $25,000 secured for Beaver County Career and Technology Center
Dec 21, 2022

Matzie: Nearly $200,000 secured for Beaver County improvement projects
Dec 20, 2022

Matzie: Franklin Center awarded $25,000 to boost security
Dec 15, 2022

Matzie: More than $3 million secured to strengthen Beaver County law enforcement, records management, victim services
Dec 14, 2022

Matzie: Nearly $435,000 in new funding secured for Hopewell, Aliquippa projects
Nov 19, 2022

Matzie: Monaca project awarded $1.2 million state tax credit
Nov 10, 2022

Matzie: Nearly $420,000 in tax credits awarded for Beaver County projects
Nov 03, 2022

Matzie secures $1 million grant for business expansion in Aliquippa
Oct 31, 2022

Matzie: $7 million secured to boost Beaver County projects in Ambridge, Hopewell and Aliquippa
Oct 26, 2022

Matzie: $10 million in new funding will support job training for Pa. residents re-entering the community
Oct 06, 2022

Matzie Lauds Historic Education Funding
Sep 23, 2022

Matzie: What sports betting has done for western Pa.
Sep 16, 2022

Matzie Suits Up for Firefighter Training
Sep 13, 2022

Matzie: Nearly $300,000 awarded to boost regional masonry trade opportunities
Sep 06, 2022

Matzie: $85,000 awarded to boost fresh fruits and vegetables for grade-schoolers
Sep 01, 2022

Rep. Matzie's Summer 2022 Newsletter
Aug 31, 2022

Matzie: Brighton Rehabilitation charges ‘disturbing but not surprising’
Aug 09, 2022