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Davis: Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area school districts receive funding for cafeteria upgrades

(20 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Grant money awarded today to two school districts in the 35 th Legislative District will go toward the purchase new food service equipment, said state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said the grants, awarded through the state Department of Education, went to Steel Valley and West Mifflin Area school districts. “We champion the ability to provide students with quality, healthy food throughout the school day. But that can’t be done without quality equipment,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will allow the receiving districts to accomplish this goal.” Davis said Steel Valley School District’s Steel Valley High School was awarded $16,085 for the purchase of a convection steamer . West Mifflin Area School District received a total of $12,594. Davis said West Mifflin’s Clara Barton Elementary School will use half the funding for a convection oven. West Mifflin Area High School also will use half the funding to purchase a convection oven. Davis said funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. More than $925,000 in competitive grants has been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the purchase of new food Read more

 

Davis’ legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability passes state House, moves to state Senate

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis’ H.B. 1737 , which would create an environmental liability exemption for land banks, was passed by the state House of Representatives today. Current law, as defined under the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, deems a land bank – enacted by a municipality for the purpose of acquiring and redeveloping local property – is subject to enforcement action by the state Department of Environmental Protection. However, the Economic Development Agency, Fiduciary and Lender Environmental Liability Protection Act exempts “economic development agencies” from liability from the DEP, so long as they do not contribute or exacerbate contamination at the property. Economic development agencies include redevelopment authorities, municipal authorities and other government and community-based entities acquiring properties. Davis’ legislation seeks to grant the same protections to land banks. “The practice of repurposing land has been stagnant due to the Department of Environmental Protection’s enforcement efforts, which has resulted in large amounts of land remaining vacant,” Davis said. “My bill would exempt land banks from this enforcement, while also encouraging environmental cleanup without fear of being reprimanded for contamination that took place prior to the land bank’s purchase.” Read more

 

Davis: Nearly $200K in state funding awarded to 15 fire and emergency medical services companies in the Mon Valley

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced a total of 15 fire and emergency medical services companies are slated to receive a combined total of $187,946 in state funding. “Our first responders put it all on the line to protect our community,” Davis said. “However, they can’t do their job if they lack the training or equipment to do so. This funding will allow emergency services personnel and local firefighters to safely accomplish that goal so that they, too, can go home to their families at the end of their shift.” The grantees include: City of McKeesport Fire Department - $14,248. Clairton Volunteer Fire Department - $12,000. Coulter Volunteer Fire Co. - $11,920. Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department - $12,194. Duquesne Annex Fire Co. - $12,194. McKeesport Ambulance Rescue - $9,192. Munhall Prehospital Services - $9,192. Munhall Fire & Rescue No. 5 - $12,057. Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 - $23,283. Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 - $13,289. Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. - $12,604. Versailles Volunteer Fire Co. - $11,646. Whitaker Volunteer Fire Co. - $11,646. White Oak EMS - $9,192. White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 - $13,426. The grants are funded by Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, administered Read more

 

Davis: Local school districts to receive PAsmart grants to support science, technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Clairton City School District and the West Mifflin Area School District each were awarded a $35,000 grant designed to advance science and technology education, state Rep. Austin Davis announced today. Davis, D-Allegheny, said that the PAsmart grants will provide computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and provide professional development for educators. “It’s vital that we provide the necessary tools and support for students and teachers to help schools succeed in a fast-paced and ever-growing economy,” Davis said. “These grants are invaluable in providing our students with the important skills and education they need to meet the needs of local businesses and spur economic development.” A total of $5.7 million in grants were awarded to help schools statewide introduce and expand computer science training. The funds also will be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ . Read more

 

Putting a cap on prescription drug prices; Duquesne Dukes Football Team honored at state Capitol

(Jan 16, 2020)

This week I stood alongside my colleague and friend, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and introduced what we and many others believe to be crucial legislation that would provide transparency in drug pricing and ensure Pennsylvanians can access affordable, life-saving medication. Read more

 

Skyrocketing drug costs subject of new legislation

(Jan 13, 2020)

With one-in-two Pennsylvanians struggling to afford health care, state Reps. Dan Frankel and Austin Davis, both D-Allegheny, today unveiled legislation to provide transparency in drug pricing and ensure Pennsylvanians can access affordable, life-saving medication. Read more

 

A look at how 2019 helped our community; You can now view my digital winter newsletter; My office can help you expunge your criminal record

(Jan 03, 2020)

I made a promise to my friends and neighbors to put our needs first when I was elected your state representative. Read more

 

Check out my 2019 Winter Newsletter

(Jan 02, 2020)

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Davis to host criminal record expungement clinic Jan. 11

(Dec 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, in an effort to help those struggling to acquire gainful employment, will be hosting an expungement clinic on Jan. 11. The event, co-hosted by the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Founders Hall Gymnasium, 3600 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport. “So many people struggle with employment due to their criminal records. However, many them have already paid the price for their past mistakes yet continue to struggle to find a family sustaining job. This clinic hopes to help as many people as possible in clearing their name and finding gainful employment.” For more information about this event, residents can contact Davis’ district office at 412-664-0035. Read more

 

State investment to assist low-income homeowners

(Dec 19, 2019)

I’m happy to announce that $41,250 in tax credits granted under the Neighborhood Assistance Program will enhance Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s renovation and modification efforts in Clairton. Read more

 

Davis: $41,250 in NAP credits awarded to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – Tax credits of $41,250 under the Neighborhood Assistance Program will enhance Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s renovation and modification efforts in Clairton, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh does great work in the Mon Valley, providing low-income homeowners who are unable to afford the upkeep associated with home ownership a helping hand, which ultimately improves these homeowners’ quality of life,” Davis said. “I look forward to the work that will accompany these awarded tax credits, and I know Clairton residents do, too.” Davis said Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will work in unison with other local service providers to provide low-income homeowners with renovations and modifications to their homes, which will allow these homeowners to continue living independently while also enhancing the economic revitalization of their neighborhood. NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community. Read more

 

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(Dec 12, 2019)

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H.B. 1737 voted out of House Urban Affairs Committee; 60K grant awarded to assist in multi-municipal community improvement project

(Dec 04, 2019)

My legislation, H.B. 1737, which would create an environmental liability exemption for land banks, was unanimously voted out of the House Urban Affairs Committee. Read more

 

Davis announces 60K grant to assist in multi-municipal community improvement project

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced Tuesday that the Department of Community and Economic Development approved a $60,000 state grant that will fund a multi-municipal community improvement project in Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead. Davis said the funding was awarded through DCED’s Municipal Assistance Program, which assists local governments with planning for zoning, coordinating emergency services, and creating comprehensive plans. “The growth of our community is of utmost importance, but that can’t be done without a comprehensive plan that will allow our municipalities to adjust accordingly for current and emerging needs,” Davis said. “That plan, however, costs money, which is why today’s grant is so crucial and important to the forward progression of our community.” Davis said the funding will facilitate the development of an implemental multi-municipal comprehensive plan that will address the needs of the three communities and improve the quality of life for residents. MAP provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities, consolidation and regional efforts, as well as serving as a resource for local government officials, developers and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow and enhance communities. More about MAP and other DCED initiatives can be found on the DCED website . Read more

 

Davis legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability unanimously voted out of House Urban Affairs Committee

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis’ H.B. 1737 , which would create an environmental liability exemption for land banks, was unanimously voted out of the House Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday. Current law, as defined under the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, deems a land bank – enacted by a municipality for the purpose of acquiring and redeveloping local property – is subject to enforcement action by the state Department of Environmental Protection. However, the Economic Development Agency, Fiduciary and Lender Environmental Liability Protection Act exempts “economic development agencies” from liability to the DEP, so long as they do not contribute or exacerbate contamination at the property. Economic development agencies include redevelopment authorities, municipal authorities and other government and community-based entities acquiring properties. Davis’ legislation seeks to grant the same protections to land banks. “The commonwealth has so much land that could be repurposed and used but sits vacant due to the Department of Environmental Protection’s enforcement efforts. My bill would exempt land banks from this enforcement yet still encourage environmental clean up without fear of being on the hook for contamination that took place prior to the land bank’s purchase,” Davis said. House Bill 1737 is expected to be Read more

 

Substantial tax credits, grants awarded to Mon Valley!; Veterans Breakfast a success!

(Nov 20, 2019)

The last week was quite good to the Mon Valley! I’m happy to announce that in addition to more than $700,000 in state funding awarded for local projects, $1.3 million in state tax credits were approved for six entities serving Mon Valley residents. Read more

 

Davis: $1.3 million in state tax credits approved for six entities benefiting Mon Valley residents

(Nov 15, 2019)

$1.3 million in state tax credits were approved under the Neighborhood Assistance Program for six entities whose work benefits 35th Legislative District residents. Read more

 

Davis: $221K awarded for park rehabilitation projects in Munhall

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced Thursday that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved a $221,000 grant to fund the rehabilitation of three parks in Munhall. “Local parks are more than locations that offer recreational activities. In fact, they’re places where communities come together,” Davis said. “So we need to ensure we’re capitalizing on opportunities to enhance and beautify our parks. This funding will help preserve and improve these recreational spaces for our families for years to come.” Davis said Trautman Street Park, Video Drive Park and Vine Street Park all will undergo rehabilitation projects. The installation of play equipment with the required safety surfacing will occur at both Trautman Street Park and Video Drive Park. Both projects also will include ADA access, landscaping and other site-related improvements. Davis said further development will occur at Vine Street Park, including the construction of pavilions, ADA access, landscaping and other site-related improvements. The grant was among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Thursday through its Recreation and Conservation program. The program assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open Read more

 

Mon Valley receives influx of more than 500K for local projects

(Nov 12, 2019)

Today I announced that the Mon Valley was awarded $505,444 that will be used to fund rehabilitation projects! Read more

 

Davis: More than $500,000 awarded for local projects in the Mon Valley

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that more than $500,000 in state grants will be used to fund rehabilitation projects across the 35 th Legislative District. In total, Davis said $350,000 was awarded by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, and an additional $155,444 came by way of the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. “This announcement is an example of the Commonwealth making direct investments in our local communities,” Davis said. “This will make an immediate difference in our community, with money earmarked for roadway improvements, home rehabilitation, improvements to a family support center, and rehabbing areas prone to landslides. I look forward to all the positive developments that this finding will create in our community.” Davis said of the $350,000 administered by RAAC, $100,000 will be used for renovations and repairs to the Duquesne Family Support Center; $150,000 will help fund a Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh housing project in McKeesport; and $100,000 will go toward a stormwater improvement project on Livingston Road in West Mifflin. Davis said the $ 155,444 administered by the Multimodal Transportation Fund was awarded to Lincoln Borough to rehabilitate landslide areas along Fuerher Drive. The project will repair 160 linear feet of landslide by excavating the soil, stabilizing the hill side slope Read more

 

Davis: Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area school districts receive funding for cafeteria upgrades
20 hours ago

Davis’ legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability passes state House, moves to state Senate
Jan 21, 2020

Davis: Nearly $200K in state funding awarded to 15 fire and emergency medical services companies in the Mon Valley
Jan 21, 2020

Davis: Local school districts to receive PAsmart grants to support science, technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Putting a cap on prescription drug prices; Duquesne Dukes Football Team honored at state Capitol
Jan 16, 2020

Skyrocketing drug costs subject of new legislation
Jan 13, 2020

A look at how 2019 helped our community; You can now view my digital winter newsletter; My office can help you expunge your criminal record
Jan 03, 2020

Check out my 2019 Winter Newsletter
Jan 02, 2020

Davis to host criminal record expungement clinic Jan. 11
Dec 26, 2019

State investment to assist low-income homeowners
Dec 19, 2019

Davis: $41,250 in NAP credits awarded to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
Dec 18, 2019

My office can help you expunge your record
Dec 12, 2019

H.B. 1737 voted out of House Urban Affairs Committee; 60K grant awarded to assist in multi-municipal community improvement project
Dec 04, 2019

Davis announces 60K grant to assist in multi-municipal community improvement project
Nov 26, 2019

Davis legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability unanimously voted out of House Urban Affairs Committee
Nov 21, 2019

Substantial tax credits, grants awarded to Mon Valley!; Veterans Breakfast a success!
Nov 20, 2019

Davis: $1.3 million in state tax credits approved for six entities benefiting Mon Valley residents
Nov 15, 2019

Davis: $221K awarded for park rehabilitation projects in Munhall
Nov 14, 2019

Mon Valley receives influx of more than 500K for local projects
Nov 12, 2019

Davis: More than $500,000 awarded for local projects in the Mon Valley
Nov 12, 2019