Corbett Administration Announces Economic Growth Initiative Awards

Transparent and Objective Process Yields More Than 56,000 Jobs in 54 Quality Redevelopment Projects

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced the award of 54 new Economic Growth Initiative grants. Fifty-four projects, totaling nearly $125 million were selected for funding. These projects will create or retain more than 56,000 jobs in 28 counties across the state.

The program provides grants to local communities for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects.

Last year, Corbett reformed the state's method of funding redevelopment assistance capital projects with a significant redesign, making the process more transparent and objective. Projects are now selected based upon their job-creation potential, their economic impact, as well as their viability and construction readiness.

Prior to Corbett's taking office, the state's spending and borrowing for capital redevelopment assistance had become unsustainable for the state and its taxpayers, growing from $400 million in 1986 to slightly more than $4 billion in 2010.  Corbett also said that the program had strayed considerably from its intended purpose of encouraging and assisting job growth through regional economic development projects.

Governor Corbett explained that the redesigned program has a clearly defined application process with published guidelines and procedures, a merit-based evaluation and selection system, and increased transparency. The new program will also maintain thorough monitoring, measurement and reporting, including posting all applicants and selected projects on the Office of Budget's website.

"Through transparency and well-established criteria, we can assure taxpayers that the projects we fund today will be of true benefit to their communities and will create jobs that Pennsylvania needs," Corbett said. "This newly improved program will allow us to pay down our existing debt instead of passing it onto our children."

Some of the projects selected include funding for the refineries in the Southeast, a pharmaceutical plant expansion in the Northeast, reconstruction along the waterfront of Lake Erie in the Northwest and extensive downtown redevelopment in the Southwest.  The grants range in value from a minimum of $500,000 to a maximum of $5 million

Because the applications submitted for this round of grants far exceeded the amounts available, those who didn't receive grants are encouraged to work with the Office of Budget to determine the likelihood of success in the next round.

For a full listing of selections and for more information, visit the Budget Office online at www.budget.state.pa.us and select the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program link.

Media contact: Jay Pagni, 717-265-8067

Editor's note: For statutory and legislative purposes, the program will continue to be known as the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

A full listing of selected projects is attached.

Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grants Awarded by Governor Corbett

Initial Funding Round

Award Date: February 11, 2013






No.

County

Project Name
(as submitted on Business Plan)

Candidate (Applicant)

Approved Funding Level

1

Allegheny

Lower Hill Infrastructure Project

SEA of Pittsburgh

$5,000,000

2

Allegheny

Bakery Square 2.0

Bakery Square 2.0 LP

$4,000,000

3

Allegheny

The Gardens at Market Square

Millcraft Investments

$4,000,000

4

Allegheny

Calgon Carbon UV Technologies Manufacturing Expansion

Calgon Carbon Corporation

$2,000,000

5

Allegheny

Heinz History Center Museum Support and Conservation Center

URA

$2,000,000

6

Allegheny

Schenley Place

Elmhurst Company

$1,000,000

7

Allegheny

Steamfitter Technology Center

URA

$750,000

8

Armstrong

Northpointe Entrance Development

ACIDA

$950,000

9

Berks

Berks Park 78 Domestic Water Supply

BCIDA

$500,000

10

Bradford

Guthrie Health-Troy Medical Office Clinic

CBPA

$2,000,000

11

Bucks

St. Mary Medical Center Surgical Services Expansion Project

RDA of Bucks

$3,000,000

12

Butler

Summit at Cranberry Woods

Butler County CDC

$3,000,000

13

Butler

Centre City Revitalization

RDA of Butler

$2,000,000

14

Cambria

JWF Industries-Cramer Pike Project

JWF Industries

$1,000,000

15

Centre

CPI Transportation Training Center Final Phase

Cen Penn Institute

$2,000,000

16

Cumberland

Holy Spirit Electronic Data Center

Holy Spirit Hospital

$3,250,000

17

Cumberland

Redevelopment of the IAC Brownfield Site

Carlisle Productions

$2,000,000

18

Dauphin

Pinnacle Health Cardiothoracic Intensive Care

Pinnacle Health

$1,640,000

19

Dauphin

Spring Creek Road Improvement

Bishop McDevitt High School

$710,000

20

Delaware

Project Clarity-Marcus Hook Splitter

Braskem America Inc.

$5,000,000

21

Delaware

Ridley Mixed-Use Development Phase II

MGM Ridley Parking LP

$2,500,000

22

Delaware

Neumann University Phase II

Neumann University

$1,000,000

23

Erie

West Slip Sheet Pile Dock Repair

EWPPA

$5,000,000

24

Fayette

Dunbar Township Business Park Development

Fay-Penn

$1,000,000

25

Franklin

Borough of Chambersburg CNG Refueling

Boro of Chambersburg

$500,000

26

Indiana

Indiana Economic Development Project Segment C

Boro of Indiana

$3,250,000

27

Jefferson

Punxsutawney FQHC Anchored Multi Service Facility

Primary Health Network

$2,000,000

28

Lackawanna

Marywood University

Marywood University

$4,000,000

29

Lehigh

Hamilton Crossings

TGG/TCH-Hamilton Crossings

$2,500,000

30

Lehigh

Sacred Heart-6th Tower Patient Floor Renovations

City of Allentown

$500,000

31

Luzerne

Hayden Tower at the Markle Building

HDC Inc

$750,000

32

Monroe

Route 611 Corridor Gas Line II

Sanofi-Pasteur

$5,000,000

33

Monroe

PMC Medical Home

Pocono Medical Center

$3,000,000

34

Monroe

CBK Lodge

CBK Lodge

$3,000,000

35

Monroe

Arcadia New Ventures

Pocono Mt. EDC

$1,500,000

36

Montgomery

Lankenau Hospital Master Facility

Main Line Hospitals

$2,500,000

37

Montgomery

Madison Avenue Parking Lot Redevelopment

BPG Properties

$2,500,000

38

Montour

Geisinger Hospital for Advanced Medicine

Geisinger Clinic

$2,400,000

39

Northampton

Majestic Bethlehem Center-Commerce Center Blvd. North

City of Bethlehem

$5,000,000

40

Northampton

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for Performing Arts

LV Charter

$3,000,000

41

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Catalytic Cracker Turnaround

Philadelphia Energy Solutions

$5,000,000

42

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art-Art Handling Facility

Philadelphia Museum of Art

$5,000,000

43

Philadelphia

Central Green Project

PAID

$4,000,000

44

Philadelphia

Ambulatory Care Center and Parking Garage

Children's Hospital of Phila

$3,000,000

45

Philadelphia

McNeil Science and Technology Center-Phase II

University of the Sciences

$2,500,000

46

Philadelphia

Hamilton Family Children's Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

$1,300,000

47

Philadelphia

Clinical Learning and Assessment Center

PCOM

$1,000,000

48

Philadelphia

Center for Culinary Enterprises

Enterprise Center of Phila

$500,000

49

Schuylkill

St. Luke's Miners Surgical Center

St. Lukes

$750,000

50

Somerset

Myersdale Medical Office

Conemaugh Health System

$1,000,000

51

Washington

Starpointe Business Park Phase 1B

WCCEDC

$1,500,000

52

Westmoreland

City of Latrobe Parking Garage

City of Latrobe

$1,000,000

53

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Airpark

WCIDC

$1,000,000

54

Westmoreland

Western PA Operating Engineers

Western PA Operating Engineers

$500,000


TOTAL



$124,750,000









SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor



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