Goodman, Tobash, and Argall announce grant funding for Pottsville

HARRISBURG, January 4 – Representatives Neal P. Goodman (D-Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) and Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) today announced funding to re-establish a façade improvement program in the City of Pottsville.

 

The Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO) has been awarded $50,000 to incentivize façade improvements by commercial property owners in the city’s business districts.  The grant will be used as matching funds for interested participants, with a maximum grant of $5,000 for completed projects.  Participants would be required to pay a minimum of 50 percent of the project costs.

 

Administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

“The Pottsville Area Development Corporation is excited to be a grantee of funds committed to façade improvement in the city’s business district,” said Savas Logothetides, PADCO Executive Director.  “The city, Pottsville Business Association, PADCO, local legislators, and other community leaders continue an aggressive multilateral approach towards revitalization in downtown Pottsville.  The façade enhancement that will correlate with the acceptance of funds is one component of continued progress.  PADCO thanks Governor Wolf and local legislators for continued investment in Pottsville.”

 

“DCED’s Keystone Communities program is highly competitive,” said Goodman.  “I applaud PADCO and the City of Pottsville for a successful application and for their efforts to enhance tourism and business opportunities in the downtown and elsewhere.  With more than 75,000 tourists visiting the city annually, this is a smart investment.  I thank Governor Tom Wolf for once again investing in Schuylkill County.”

 

“A couple months ago, we asked DCED Secretary Dennis Davin to come up to Pottsville, and we are thrilled that he recognized the potential in our city to provide grants to allow for further growth and development,” said Tobash.  “I think this will be a benefit to the entire region. This has been a joint effort among the business community and local and state officials.”

 

“I am pleased to see PADCO receive this competitive funding,” said Argall.  “This will energize the community volunteers and business owners to continue their efforts to revitalize their downtown business district.  I look forward to working with PADCO and business owners to improve the community one façade at a time.”