Conklin lauds $4 million in local grants

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, said more than $4 million was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for school renovation and streetlight upgrade projects in the portion of Centre County that he represents.

The Alternative and Clean Energy Program grants include $1.96 million to renovate Radio Park Elementary School in State College and $1.87 million to renovate Houserville Elementary School in College Township into high performance buildings, which involves purchasing high efficiency HVAC systems, LED lighting, and various upgrades and costs associated with LEED certification.

"Both of the schools are more than 50 years old and these extensive upgrades will allow the State College Area School District to continue to serve kindergarten through fifth grade students for many years to come in larger, modern, energy efficient buildings," Conklin said.

Another $360,000 grant was awarded to State College Borough for central business district streetlight upgrades.

Since 2004, the CFA has served as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.