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$1.1 MILLION IN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC RECOVERY GRANTS TO FUND REVITALIZATION EFFORTS IN 17 COUNTIES

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- State Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg today announced $1.1 million in Community Economic Recovery Program (CERP) grants for revitalization efforts in 17 Pennsylvania counties.
 Grants were approved for three projects in Allegheny County and one each in Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Franklin, Jefferson, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Philadelphia, Venango and Warren counties.
 "CERP grants enable communities to address basic economic development needs," Greenberg said. "Often the grants are used to help communities develop plans to reuse industrial sites and attract new business investment."
 Following are the grants announced today:
 Allegheny County -- $75,000 to the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority. The grant will be used to identify abandoned sites for future industrial reuse, identify sites requiring new land use regulations and devise marketing strategies for the targeted sites.
 Allegheny County -- $40,000 to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corp. The grant will used to encourage the development of export networks from within distressed communities.
 Allegheny County -- $60,000 to the Steel Valley Authority for the start-up of the Pennsylvania Early Warning Network. This project is also receiving $21,500 through the state Department of Labor and Industry. The network will identify manufacturers in danger of closing and target possible assistance to these companies. In addition to Allegheny County, the network will serve Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
 Bucks County -- $50,000 to Bristol Twp. for the preparation of an economic development plan that will identify and catalogue available industrial sites in Bristol.
 Cambria County --- $33,000 to the Cambria County Planning Commission. The grant will fund the preparation of Blacklick Valley Community Economic Recovery Plan. This area includes Blacklick Township and the boroughs of Nanty Glo and Vintondale.
 Carbon County -- $50,000 to Carbon County for the development of an economic development strategy that will focus on business retention and the development of a marketing strategy to attract new business investment to the area.
 Clarion County -- $70,000 to Clarion County. The grant will be used to enhance sewage and water system development in the areas of Redbank Valley and Exit 8 of Interstate 80, conduct a traffic flow study of the New Bethlehem intersection of Routes 28 and 66, develop a conceptual design for an industrial/professional park near the Clarion Airport and develop additional economic development marketing materials.
 Clinton County -- $80,000 to the Clinton County Economic Partnership for the development of an integrated development and marketing plan for the adaptive reuse of vacant industrial properties in and around Lock Haven.
 Crawford County -- $25,000 to the City of Titusville. The grant, which will be matched by federal funds, will be used to develop a business retention plan for the Titusville area.
 Elk County -- $50,000 to the Borough of Saint Marys. The grant will be used to develop an economic development strategy for Saint Marys that includes a redevelopment plan, environmental assessments and engineering study of the former Stackpole industrial complex.
 Forest and Warren counties -- $80,000 to the Forest County Industrial Development Corp. and the Warren County Development Association. The organizations will use the grant to develop a plan to offset the impact of several plant closures in recent years.
 Franklin County -- $70,000 to the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. The grant will be used for job creation and investment generation strategies for Chambersburg and Franklin County.
 Jefferson County -- $35,000 to the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corp. The grant will fund economic development impact studies for industrial sites in Punxsutawney and in Bell and Young Townships. The studies will include environmental and topographic analyses of the sites. In addition, the grant will fund the development of a marketing strategy for the sites.
 Lehigh County -- $50,000 to the City of Allentown. The grant will be used to develop a business retention strategy and to support its efforts to be designated as an Enterprise Zone.
 Luzerne County -- $50,000 to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund. The grant will fund two projects -- a comprehensive economic development study of the Daniel J. Flood Industrial Park and the development of a land use and marketing plan for Nanticoke and Newport Township.
 Northampton County -- $50,000 to the Industrial Development Commission of Northampton. The grant will fund an economic development recovery plan and action program for the Upper Northampton area.
 Philadelphia County -- $100,000 to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. The grant will fund a regional economic development strategy that focuses on economic competitiveness issues at the county and local levels.
 Venango County -- $60,000 to to the Venango County Industrial Development Corp. to develop a preliminary marketing and engineering report regarding creation of the Greenfield Industrial Park in Scrubgrass, and the enhancement of the Venango Area Industrial Complex in Franklin City, and the Oil City Industrial Park.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis V. Curtin of the Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/


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