Solomon presents $20,000 grant to help local organization light up business corridors this holiday season

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today presented a $20,000 state grant to Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to go towards their holiday lighting program. 

“When our small businesses succeed, we succeed,” said Solomon, D-Phila. "Lighting up our business corridors and making them look more festive for the holidays helps bring our community closer together and attract more people to the area, giving local entrepreneurs the exposure and recognition they deserve to grow and flourish. I’m proud to work with Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to continue moving our neighborhoods forward."  

Solomon joined Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila., and Pearl Wang-Herrera with Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association – who played a critical part in securing the state funds for the project – outside of Nick's Roast Beef to present the grant to the business association.

"As a business owner, finding new ways to bring our diverse community together is a major priority," said Matthew Rossi, owner of Nick's Roast Beef and president of Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association. "The holiday lights throughout the corridors is a great example of how we are all one community." 

Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association is comprised of area businesses with the goal of finding ways to better the neighborhoods around them.  

The grant was approved through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Keystone Communities program, which is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. 

More details about the Keystone Communities program can be found at DCED's website.