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$585,000 APPROVED FOR REVITALIZATION EFFORTS IN 16 COUNTIES

 $585,000 APPROVED FOR REVITALIZATION EFFORTS IN 16 COUNTIES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg today announced the approval of $585,000 in Community Economic Recovery Program (CERP) funding for revitalization efforts in 16 Pennsylvania counties.
 The funding will be used for projects in Centre, Clearfield, Erie, Juniata, Lawrence, Northampton, Tioga and Washington counties and for a regional project in the northwest region of the state -- Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.
 "CERP grants help communities analyze and set priorities for their economic development needs," Greenberg said. "As Pennsylvania works its way out of a national recession, it is doubly important that we help our communities plan for the future."
 CERP targets $1 million each year in grants of up to $100,000 to distressed communities across the state. The grants are used to explore economic development opportunities at the local level and design strategies to implement economic development plans.
 Centre/Clearfield County -- $65,000 to the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership for the development of a marketing strategy to attract business to the Moshannon Valley. The study will help identify potential sites for development.
 Erie County -- $100,000 to the Economic Development Corp. of Erie County for the development of a countywide economic development strategy. The study will identify projects for future development, conduct a community credit needs analysis and examine the strategies developed through the Continuing Reinvestment in Erie Program.
 Juniata County -- $40,000 to Juniata Business and Industry Inc. to establish and implement a marketing strategy for improving Juniata County's business climate. The strategy will focus on how best to utilize local development resources for the retention and the recruitment of businesses.
 Lawrence County -- $100,000 to develop a detailed reuse study for the Rockwell International facility in New Castle and for an organizational analysis of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. The grant will also fund a study of the economic development potential of industrial sites throughout the county and the marketing of the sites.
 Northampton County -- $50,000 to the City of Bethlehem for the development of a two-part revitalization strategy for South Bethlehem's transition area. The first part of the strategy will focus on the development potential of individual industrial sites and buildings in the area. The second part of the strategy calls for the preparation of an economic development marketing strategy.
 Tioga County -- $70,000 for the establishment of the Tioga County Development Corp. The grant will fund the development of a Business Retention and Marketing Plan.
 Washington County -- $100,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington for the development and implementation of a plan to preserve existing jobs in the county's coal mining industry.
 Northwest Region (Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Mercer counties) -- $60,000 to the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the northwest section of the state.
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