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

 

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 $1.5 million awarded to boost Beaver County early education programs

(Aug 02, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 2 – Beaver County preschoolers will have greater access to early learning resources thanks to nearly $1.5 million in funding awarded to bolster area Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning will increase the number of available Pre-K Counts slots and help ensure that area Head Start programs have the resources to manage increased operating costs. “The right start in life makes all the difference in the world,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding means more kids in our community will benefit from early learning programs that stimulate young minds, help kids build confidence and interact with peers, and ensure that they have the nutrition and health resources they need to thrive.” Matzie said the funding includes the following: Pre-K Counts Aliquippa School District – $400,000 Chippewa Noah’s Ark LLC – $170,000 Head Start Private Industry Council (serving Beaver and Fayette counties) – $925,900 More information on the grants is available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-more-than-384-million-in-grants-for-early-childhood-education/ Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $1.4 million awarded to boost regional apprenticeship programs

(Jul 14, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, July 14 – Nearly $1.4 million awarded to build and modernize Pennsylvania’s registered apprenticeship system will bring greater career opportunities to Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding will give local students and job seekers a leg up in securing good-paying jobs by connecting them with trusted work partners. “Students and job seekers who go through pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs benefit from early exposure to career information, real-life experience with trusted local employers, and a steadier path to family sustaining jobs in key trades,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding is going to expand all of those opportunities right here in Beaver County.” Matzie said the funding includes: $450,000 to KML Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund to expand its Carpenters Apprentice Readiness Program to 100 pre-apprentices. $400,000 to the Pittsburgh A. Philip Randolph Institute Education Fund for the Breaking the Chains of Poverty program, which trains minorities and women for apprenticeships and entry-level jobs in the construction, manufacturing, energy and related industries. The fund plans to train a minimum of 64 students during the grant period and place a minimum of 48. $324,500 to Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Inc. for a Careers in Skilled Read more

 

Matzie: New budget holds the line on taxes, makes important investments

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 -- State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement after casting a “yes” vote for the state budget bill: “Budgets are never easy. We live in a big Commonwealth with many diverse needs. Finding common ground is often difficult. But there were numerous positives, especially to Beaver County, that made it easy to support. “Substantial increases for schools, libraries and community colleges stand out, along with fulfilling our commitments to our state and state-related universities. “Two important areas of particular concern – school safety and mental health awareness/treatment – received large increases, which should help make our schools and communities a bit safer. “Further, my legislation requiring the full use of LIHEAP funding was passed as part of the overall budget package, which will authorize the release of tens of millions of additional dollars to help people pay their utility bills this winter. “At the end of the day, this budget makes a substantial investment in our children and workforce, helps struggling families and funds the core functions of state government, all without raising a tax or fee. For me, that’s always a win, and an easy ‘yes’ vote.” The bill has passed the General Assembly and is now headed for the governor’s desk. Read more

 

Matzie Pushes for Changes to the LIHEAP Program

(Jun 30, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie addresses proposed changes to the LIHEAP Program. Read more

 

Matzie Delivers Opening Prayer

(Jun 28, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Robert Matzie gave the opening prayer before legislative business on June 28, 2022. He asked for guidance as lawmakers make decisions on behalf of the Commonwealth Read more

 

LIHEAP is already a big help, but could be so much more

(Jun 27, 2022)

It’s hard to imagine living without heat in the winter in Pennsylvania. If your furnace has ever died or if you’ve lost power in January, you know what a challenge those few days or even a few hours can be like. For those struggling to make ends meet, this is a very real concern. Thankfully there is a long-running, successful program to help with this issue and it’s called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or simply, LIHEAP. Read more

 

Matzie introduces bills to strengthen state’s home energy assistance program

(Jun 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Rob Matzie today introduced a package of bills to ensure that more Pennsylvanians benefit from the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, including a bill that would require the state to distribute all the annual federal funding it receives for the program and a measure that would implement the program year-round. As Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Matzie said he introduced the legislation to end the state’s harmful practice of withholding some of the annual federal funding it receives – a practice that has kept tens of millions of dollars from getting to families needing it. “These are federal tax dollars coming back home to Pennsylvania,” Matzie said. “We should use every penny. This program has never not been funded – it’s one of the few policy areas in D.C. that has consistently been supported by both sides of the aisle. People are struggling and the electric bill just went up. Something needs done to help families. This can help.” Matzie said his legislation would also broaden LIHEAP to provide year-round assistance. “As the last few years have shown us, cooling in the summer is as important as heat in the winter. People need help year round,” he said. The five bills in Matzie’s package include: H.B. 2691 – would require the state Department of Human Services to expend all of the money it Read more

 

State Rep. Matzie Holds Hearing on Retail Energy Competition/Consumer Choice

(Jun 15, 2022)

As Chairman of the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee, state Rep. Robert Matzie held a public hearing on Retail Energy Competition/Consumer Choice. Matzie believes policy makers need to look into the actual savings these programs can have and who patronizes them. Read more

 

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

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

Matzie: Nearly $1.5 million awarded to boost Beaver County early education programs
Aug 02, 2022

Matzie: Nearly $1.4 million awarded to boost regional apprenticeship programs
Jul 14, 2022

Matzie: New budget holds the line on taxes, makes important investments
Jul 08, 2022

Matzie Pushes for Changes to the LIHEAP Program
Jun 30, 2022

Matzie Delivers Opening Prayer
Jun 28, 2022

LIHEAP is already a big help, but could be so much more
Jun 27, 2022

Matzie introduces bills to strengthen state’s home energy assistance program
Jun 20, 2022

State Rep. Matzie Holds Hearing on Retail Energy Competition/Consumer Choice
Jun 15, 2022