Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County

(Jan 10, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 10 – Grant funding of $1.25 million will help homeowners in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County maintain their homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding includes $750,000 to Lawrence County and $500,000 to Union Township, each awarded in partnership with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. “For homeowners, taking care of needed repairs is an essential part of protecting the health and safety of their family – and the value of their largest investment,” Sainato said. “This grant funding is going to ensure residents in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County have the help they need in maintaining their properties.” The grants – awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program – are part of a package of more than $8.2 million in funding to 15 counties statewide. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage

(Jan 10, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 10 – Hermitage homeowners will have help with needed home repairs thanks to $600,000 in new grant funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding to the city, awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, will provide key help for residents maintaining older properties. “Home maintenance can place a big strain on household budgets, especially in the case of older homes,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding is going to help ensure residents have the resources they need to maintain safe, secure premises for themselves and their loved ones while also protecting the value of their largest investment.” The grant is part of a package of more than $8.2 million to support affordable housing in 15 counties. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park

(Dec 30, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 30 – A new state grant of $70,000 will fund multiple improvements to Mahoning Township Park, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will make the park safer, more accessible and more attractive for residents. “The new funding is going to help bring needed improvements to the park, including renovation of the pavilion, construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area, and installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing,” Sainato said. “Part of the work will include ensuring that the area is ADA accessible so everyone in our community can enjoy it.” In addition to those structural improvements, Sainato said the project will include landscaping, project signs and other site improvements. The grant is administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The “C2P2” program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open space. More information about the grants awarded today is available here . Information about the C2P2 program is available at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $600,000 awarded to boost Erie attractions

(Dec 30, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 30 – New grants totaling nearly $600,000 will enhance area attractions by funding improvements to the Erie Zoo and equipment for maintaining snowmobile trails, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources includes $500,000 to the Erie Zoological Society for rehabilitation and construction of a giraffe exhibit with public viewing structures and related improvements. “The grant to the zoo will help fund construction of a unique exhibit that is part of the zoo’s efforts to expand its ‘Wild Open Spaces,’ where visitors can observe animals in their natural habitat,” Merski said. “The improvements will expand the zoo’s capacity, increase tourism revenue, and help educate visitors about wildlife and conservation.” Other funding includes nearly $100,000 to three snowmobile organizations for purchase of equipment needed to construct and maintain trails. “Erie is an all-season destination, with miles of trails for winter recreation,” Harkins said. “Some of the grants awarded today will fund equipment needed for construction, maintenance and grooming of nearly 120 miles of snowmobile trails to ensure the sport remains safe and enjoyable for residents and visitors.” The snowmobile grants include $38,200 to Wales Sno-Drifters, Read more

 

Burns: $50,000 state grant awarded to Greater Johnstown CTC

(Dec 21, 2021)

Grant to purchase equipment to train students in high-demand careers Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New grant funding of $35,813 to the Mercer County Career Center will ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art training tools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded under the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant Program will provide resources that are key to remaining competitive. “The most critical aspect of career training is ensuring that students land in the modern workforce with the skills they need to compete, which includes the ability to work on state-of-the-art equipment, adapt to fast-paced changes in technology, serve as a resource to coworkers and prepare to step into leadership roles,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding will ensure that Mercer County Career Center has the resources it needs to continue providing that kind of leading-edge training so graduates secure good-paying jobs and our regional workforce remains competitive.” More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding

(Dec 20, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 20 – Three Lawrence County building projects are receiving $600,000 in grant funding, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development under the Keystone Communities Program – will revitalize areas of New Castle and Union Township. “The funding awarded today is going to help transform the landscape for areas of New Castle and Union Township,” Sainato said. “Some of the money will fund ongoing renovation and restoration of New Castle’s Wright Building to give this vacant, mixed-use property new life, while other funding will boost new façade programs for businesses in New Castle and Union. The projects promise to invite new business and residential activity to these areas while at the same time creating jobs. These are exciting developments.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: $50,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., to establish a façade program for businesses in the Elm Street-designated Lower East Side neighborhood of New Castle City. $500,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., for phase 2 restoration of the Wright Building – a vacant, mixed-use building located in the City’s Elm Street designated neighborhood on East Washington Street in New Castle. $50,000 to Lawrence County to implement a new residential façade Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: $165,000 awarded to expand Erie affordable housing

(Dec 20, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 20 – A $165,000 grant will enable Our West Bayfront to redevelop three vacant properties into affordable housing in Erie, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding – awarded through the Keystone Communities Program – will boost ongoing efforts to bring more affordable housing to the city. “Affordable housing is critical for our community,” Merski said. “This new funding is going allow us to expand housing options for residents while creating jobs. It’s an investment that will improve life for families and continue creating spaces where they can thrive.” Harkins said, “By funding work to redevelop three vacant properties into affordable housing units, this funding is going help prevent blight and expand our community in a way that creates new opportunities for residents. I’m looking forward to seeing the new project take shape.” The grants are part of a package of $6 million in funding for 34 community improvement projects statewide. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New funding of $250,000 to the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center will help launch a unique, Hermitage-based pilot program to prepare students for high-demand careers in cybersecurity, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said Hermitage-based LindenPointe Development Corp. will share in the PAsmart Industry Partnership grant to develop a new program to offer cybersecurity training and certification opportunities for high school, college and local employees. “As the world grows increasingly digital, the demand for high-paying cybersecurity jobs has quickly increased, and our region needs to keep pace with that demand by providing training for those careers,” Longietti said. “This funding will allow the eCenter@LindenPointe to lay the groundwork for its pilot program geared toward area high school and college students by funding efforts at recruitment, industry exposure, curriculum and placement.” Longietti said the pilot program plans to enroll 15 high school students and 15 college students in the first cohort for training that would lead to an industry credential. High school students would take three courses designed by LindenPointe partner Comp Tia, while college students would take five courses designed by partner Cisco Network Academy. The grant would cover the student costs for the courses. After being credentialed, students would be qualified to work as Read more

 

Burns: $150,000 state grant awarded to regional workforce development program

(Dec 17, 2021)

Program aims to connect industry, training and students Read more

 

Merski hosting drive-thru open house Wednesday, Dec. 22

(Dec 16, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, is inviting residents to a Drive-Thru Holiday Open House from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at his 3901 Liberty St. office. Merski is encouraging residents to drive over for some warm conversation and a sweet holiday treat. “Our Drive-Thru Holiday Open House may look a bit different this year, but it will still be a great opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, get information on state programs and services, and enjoy a local holiday treat, all from the warmth of their own cars,” Merski said. “I’m encouraging everyone to stop by, pick up a treat and let us know how we can help – or simply exchange some holiday cheer.” Merski said residents should enter the parking lot from Liberty Street. Anyone with questions can call 814-455-6319. Read more

 

Burns: $3 million state grant awarded to improve industrial rail in Cambria, Clearfield counties

(Dec 15, 2021)

Project includes work at Cresson subdivision Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Grassroots organizations receiving $35,000 for vaccine outreach

(Dec 15, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 15 – Grants totaling $35,000 will fund outreach efforts by two groups as they work to encourage Erie residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding – awarded through the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program – includes $15,000 to the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School and another $20,000 to the Sikh Society of Harrisburg, which will benefit residents in Erie and several other counties. “Despite some progress in community vaccine rates, there are still residents who are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” Harkins said. “This new funding will help grassroots organizations reach out with the message that getting the vaccine is a critically important way to protect themselves and their loved ones.” Merski said, “For those who are still hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, sometimes the right message, from a trusted neighbor or group, is all that is needed. Securing this funding is going to allow R.B. Wiley and the Sikh Society to reach out and provide residents the reassurance they need that the vaccine is safe and effective.” The grants are part of a package of $2.5 million to support vaccine outreach efforts statewide. The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Longietti applauds $17 million grant to boost state tourism

(Dec 15, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Mark Longietti today praised news that the Wolf administration will allocate more than $17 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to expand the state’s tourism industry, and he encouraged Mercer County to apply for some of those dollars to bolster local tourism marketing efforts. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant money – which comes from the U.S . Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration – includes $10 million to create advertising opportunities for destination marketing organizations. “This new infusion of funding for destination marketing is a terrific opportunity to boost our own local tourism marketing efforts,” Longietti said. “I encourage groups like Visit Mercer County PA to compete for those dollars, which will help draw more visitors to our area. With natural attractions like the Shenango River, recently named ‘2021 River of the Year,’ Mercer County has so much to offer, and this new funding promises to give local marketing efforts greater reach.” Longietti said that in addition to the $10 million earmarked for destination marketing, the grant includes $6.8 million to attract new visitors and residents to the state and another $250,000 to protect outdoor recreational assets. The grant is administered through the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at the Department of Community and Economic Development. The $17 million Read more

 

Sainato honors military, remembers fallen at Wreaths Across America ceremony at state Capitol

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, joined fellow lawmakers, military, and representatives from Wreaths Across America at the state Capitol today for a ceremony honoring service members, veterans, and fallen heroes and their families. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the event and upcoming wreath-laying ceremonies are opportunities to honor those who served and remember those who paid the ultimate price. “Military members and their families make tremendous sacrifices to defend our freedom, and that is never more evident than during the holidays, when an empty seat at the table is felt profoundly,” Sainato said. “Words and gestures are never adequate, but as we present this wreath today and join other Americans in laying wreaths on Saturday, we can reflect on the courage and selflessness of those in uniform, honor the memories of our fallen heroes and hold in our hearts the families whose loved ones never made it home.” Sainato said that there will be a wreath-laying ceremony organized by Wreaths Across America at noon on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Its mission to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” encourages people to remember our fallen military heroes, Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: $90,000 awarded to shore up security at Erie campuses

(Dec 10, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 10 – Three grants totaling $90,000 will enhance security and prevent sexual assault at Mercyhurst University, Gannon University and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the three schools are receiving grants of $30,000 each under the “It’s On Us” program to ensure students remain safe from the threat of sexual violence. “College campuses should be safe havens where students feel confident to pursue their hopes and dreams,” Merski said. “This new funding will help ensure that Erie campuses have the proper security in place to deter crime and allow students to thrive and learn.” Harkins said, “No student should ever have to worry about facing the threat of an assault on campus. Securing this funding is going to bring new resources to ensure students remain safe and, equally important, enjoy peace of mind.” The “It’s On Us” campaign is a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault; teaching participants that assault includes non-consensual sex, advising them on how to identify dangerous situations, empowering them to intervene, and urging them to create an environment of support for victims and survivors. Read more

 

Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion

(Dec 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 9 – Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has been awarded $137,000 to expand the facility’s cold storage capacity, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding – awarded under the COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program – will increase the food bank’s ability to maintain fresh, perishable foods. “Securing this funding is going to enable Community Food Warehouse to expand its cold storage area by 20 feet, which will triple that storage capacity,” Longietti said. “That’s terrific news because it means the facility will be able to maintain a greater supply of the fresh, nutritious foods – including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products – that families need for good nutrition.” The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program allows Pennsylvania food banks to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to ensure that they can deliver fresh food to struggling families. Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerator trailers and cargo vans, building expansions, and more. The grants are part of a package of $11.4 million in funding to food banks statewide. More information on the grants is available here. Read more

 

Burns: $279,000 in funding awarded to local food bank

(Dec 09, 2021)

Funds will help food bank with cold storage facilities Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades

(Dec 09, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 9 – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA has been awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding will help the food bank expand its capacity for storing and transporting supplies. “No household should have to deal with the stress of food insecurity, especially during the holidays,” Merski said. “Securing this funding will ensure that Second Harvest Food Bank has the equipment it needs to store and transport plentiful supplies so that families have fewer worries about keeping nutritious food on the table.” Harkins said: “Second Harvest has always been a wonderful resource for our region. With so many residents still feeling the effects of the pandemic, it’s important for folks to know that the food bank is there for them and – thanks to this new funding – able to serve our community with expanded capacity.” The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program allows Pennsylvania food banks to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to ensure that they can deliver fresh food to struggling families. Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerator trailers and cargo vans, building expansions, and more. The grants are part of a package of $11.4 million in funding to food banks statewide. More information on the Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000

(Dec 08, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 8 – Two state grants totaling nearly $14,000 will support the Lawrence County Historical Society’s efforts to continue preserving and showcasing the county’s unique past, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – which includes a $9,950 Historical and Archival Records Grant and a $4,000 Cultural and Historical Support Grant – will fund the society’s ongoing work preserving history and educating the public. “Our county’s beautiful historical society plays such an important role in preserving the past, from collecting and restoring rare documents to showcasing artifacts and educating the public through events, exhibits and publications. The funding awarded today will help the many dedicated volunteers at the society by providing the resources needed to continue telling our county’s story and connect new generations with their roots.” Sainato said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 154 museums and county historical societies statewide under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program and more than $175,000 awarded to 34 organizations statewide under the Historical and Archival Records Care Program. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and Read more

 

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County
Jan 10, 2022

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage
Jan 10, 2022

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park
Dec 30, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $600,000 awarded to boost Erie attractions
Dec 30, 2021

Burns: $50,000 state grant awarded to Greater Johnstown CTC
Dec 21, 2021

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment
Dec 20, 2021

Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding
Dec 20, 2021

Merski, Harkins: $165,000 awarded to expand Erie affordable housing
Dec 20, 2021

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity
Dec 20, 2021

Burns: $150,000 state grant awarded to regional workforce development program
Dec 17, 2021

Merski hosting drive-thru open house Wednesday, Dec. 22
Dec 16, 2021

Burns: $3 million state grant awarded to improve industrial rail in Cambria, Clearfield counties
Dec 15, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Grassroots organizations receiving $35,000 for vaccine outreach
Dec 15, 2021

Longietti applauds $17 million grant to boost state tourism
Dec 15, 2021

Sainato honors military, remembers fallen at Wreaths Across America ceremony at state Capitol
Dec 14, 2021

Merski, Harkins: $90,000 awarded to shore up security at Erie campuses
Dec 10, 2021

Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion
Dec 09, 2021

Burns: $279,000 in funding awarded to local food bank
Dec 09, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades
Dec 09, 2021

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000
Dec 08, 2021