Costa: Nearly $2 million in state funding awarded to local projects

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved for nearly $2 million in grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. 

"These grants are crucial for the municipalities to continue making improvements in their communities," Costa said. "I commend the officials who worked to get these grants and the CFA for awarding them."

The grants approved in Costa's district are:

•    $1 million for the Churchill Community Development for The Shoppes at Pittsburgh Studios;
•    $500,000 for the URA Nine Mile Phase 3 Connector Road and Bridge;
•    $97,325 for the Swissvale Borough Collingwood Playground; 
•    $112,412 for North Braddock to assist with repairing and rehabilitating Brinton Playground; and
•    $218,000 for Wilkins Township to assist in renovating Lions Park.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.