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Successful public hearing; Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport!; $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts!

(Oct 10, 2018)

On Oct. 3, I hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on school and business partnerships in McKeesport. Read more

 

Davis announces $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts in 35th Legislative District

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced two local school districts were awarded $60,000 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant program. The funding, geared toward creating a safer environment for students, will be used for numerous initiatives covered under the grant program, including programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents; purchasing security/safety-related equipment; training and compensation for school resource officers; and training and compensation for school police officers, who are directly employed by school districts. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will help keep our children safe,” Davis said. “We send our children to school to learn – not fear for their safety. Unfortunately, we live in an ever-changing world where horrible acts take place. I’m grateful the commonwealth released this funding and is leading the charge in protecting the state’s youth.” The school districts that received funding include: McKeesport Area School District received $20,000 for programs to prevent and reduce violence. West Mifflin Area School District was granted $40,000 for the training and compensation of school police officers during Year 1 of the 2018-19 fiscal year. These officers are directly employed by the school district. The PDE program is separate from the new $60 million Read more

 

Davis, Policy Committee discuss school and business partnerships

(Oct 03, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Oct. 3 –State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on school and business partnerships at the Consortium for Public Education. Davis was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of education funding and how to better support school and business partnerships. Davis said that the Policy Committee's discussion shed light on the importance of education funding as it pertains to the overall advancement and progression of Pennsylvania’s education system. He also said the committee's work provided an outline on how to best approach advancing the partnerships between schools and businesses. “Today’s hearing was a great discussion on bettering school and business partnerships in Pennsylvania, as well as discussing the importance of education funding,” Davis said. “Continued funding for education is crucial to the forward progression of the commonwealth’s education system. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to provide students with the best possible education we have at our disposal, and that surely would be an injustice to students across the commonwealth.” Sturla added, “Finding ways to fund education and enhance these partnerships will help students in their pivot from education to the workforce, which is an important step Read more

 

Davis: Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport

(Oct 02, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Oct. 2 – Improvements to McKeesport’s municipal parking garage and the Steel Valley Trail will come by way of a $2.9 million state grant awarded to McKeesport, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. Davis said that the allotted funding – awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund – will support an improvement project to the existing Steel Valley trail, which runs through the RIDC Industrial Center of McKeesport along the Monongahela River, linking the river to the McKeesport Multimedia Center. Upgrades to McKeesport’s municipal parking garage, which offers trail parking, also will be covered under the state grant. “I’m elated to announce this substantial grant to the City of McKeesport,” Davis said. “This funding will not only improve accessibility to the trail, but it also will improve the overall experience for those who use the Steel Valley Trail running through the city.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. Program eligibility and project selections were made according to safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Read more

 

Free on Wednesday? If so, attend my public hearing; More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to district!; Need help? Stop by my office

(Sep 27, 2018)

Looking for something productive to do on Wednesday afternoon? If so, attend my House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in McKeesport on school and business partnerships. Read more

 

Davis to hold Policy Committee hearing on School and Business Partnerships Wednesday in McKeesport

(Sep 27, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Sep. 27 – In alignment with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss school and business partnerships. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Consortium for Public Education, 1100 Industry Road, McKeesport. Davis said he requested the hearing to discuss the importance of education funding and how to better support school and business partnerships. Davis will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 3 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Panelists: Mary Kay Babyak Executive Director, Consortium for Public Education Don Martin Assistant Executive Director, Intermediate Unit 1 Joshua Stewart Vice President and Director of Talent Programs and Accessibility, PNC Financial Services 4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Davis: More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to 35th Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $683,946 in state funding to the 35 th Legislative District. “I’m happy to announce the funding awarded today to the 35 th Legislative District,” Davis said. “Maintaining and rehabilitating parts of our community are vital to ensuring our district is appealing to visitors and residents alike.” The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was awarded $175,000 to construct a Regional Public Training Facility, which will be located on Mertha Street in Munhall. The facility will be a two-story structure that can be configured to mimic the characteristics of a residential, commercial or industrial structure. In addition to the training tower, the site will be paved to allow on-ground training exercises that would involve training and operation vehicles. The City of Duquesne received $100,000 to replace waterlines and a reservoir mixer to prevent the formation of Trihalomethanes, a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. Clairton Municipal Authority received $337,000 to replace a combined sewer line located in Clairton City. The Dry Run combined sewer line contains several defects that have caused failures of the system along the Dry Run waterway. This project will rectify the problem. Versailles Borough was awarded $71,946 to help fund its sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. Read more

 

Nearly $150,000 awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence; Carnegie Library of Homestead awarded $500,000 grant; September is National Preparedness Month

(Sep 13, 2018)

On Sept. 7, the city of McKeesport received $149,999 in state funding to support gun violence reduction initiatives through the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program. Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Nearly $150,000 in funding awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the city of McKeesport received a $149,999 state grant to support gun violence reduction initiatives through the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program. “I’m happy to announce this state funding that will assist McKeesport in reducing gun violence,” Davis said. “The safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance, and this funding will assist the GVRP in successfully carrying out their mission of making the 35 th Legislative District a safe place everyone is proud to call home.” Davis said the funding will be used for personnel and consultant-related costs, equipment and outreach programs. The McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program is a multi-faceted approach that includes the use of proactive policing strategies, youth and family interventions, and the hiring of a community outreach specialist. The program includes partnerships with the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Juvenile Probation, Pennsylvania Adult Probation, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi, McKeesport Housing Authority, McKeesport School District, the Health Communities PartnerSHIP, and area ministerium. Today’s funding for Davis’ district is part of a $1.5 million funding package disbursed to eight commonwealth municipalities for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Read more

 

Davis, state Sen. Costa announce $500,000 grant for Carnegie Library of Homestead

(Sep 06, 2018)

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jay Costa, Jr., both D-Allegheny, today announced the award of $500,000 to the Carnegie Library of Homestead for improvements to its Music Hall. “This funding is crucial to the improvement of the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s Music Hall,” Davis said. “The Carnegie Library System is fundamental to the overall improvement and education of our youth, and I’m elated to know we are continuing to put our best foot forward when it comes to ensuring our children are given every opportunity to succeed. I’m excited to see the outcome of this project now that this grant has been secured.” “The Carnegie libraries and our community libraries are an incredible asset in our region, especially Homestead, which has been integral to the Steel Valley for more than 100 years,” Costa said. “I will always advocate for these libraries at the state level, and I’m excited to see the improvements that they will be making with today’s grant.” With the funding secured today, the Carnegie Library of Homestead will install a new ADA-compliant passenger elevator that will provide wheelchair access from the exterior walkways to the lobby, balcony and basement restroom levels of the Music Hall. Approximately 1,200 square feet of total floor area (on three levels) will be carefully demolished, modified and renovated to provide the new elevator and knit together the elaborate and Read more

 

Labor Day: More than just a ‘day off’

(Aug 31, 2018)

When you think of Labor Day, it’s likely you’ll associate the holiday with a day off from work. While true, this holiday is much more symbolic than the end of a three-day weekend, the beginning of a four-day workweek, or a final farewell to the summer season. In fact, Labor Day is the only day out of the 365-day year during which we champion the working men and women across America, who continue to make substantial contributions to the labor movement in our country. The first Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union in 1882 in New York City. This great idea spread among unions across the U.S. and was eventually recognized by Congress as a national holiday in 1894. While more than 120 years have passed since Congress made this decision, the importance of Labor Day has yet to fade. In truth, it is more relevant now than it has been in most of our lifetimes, as labor unions were recently dealt a strong blow by the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFCSME decision, which rolled back laws requiring non-union government workers to pay union fees if they benefit from a union-negotiated contract. The ruling will have a ripple effect on working-class families across Pennsylvania. Likely many of the institutions directly affected by this ruling will see less money, members, and impact in the next few years. It’s hard for me to comprehend this decision by the Supreme Court; labor unions created the American middle class. We have labor unions to Read more

 

Rebates available to help Pennsylvanians drive cleaner cars; Get pre-verified for your REAL ID beginning September 4; New program helps teach civics to students

(Aug 29, 2018)

re you environmentally conscious, especially when it comes to vehicle emissions? If so, you may be eligible for a rebate from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Read more

 

Davis applauds grant funding for development at former steel works

(Aug 17, 2018)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce today that the City Center of Duquesne Redevelopment project has been selected to receive a $500,000 state grant to assist in the continued redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel site. Read more

 

New McKeesport Office Offers One-Stop Help With State, Fed Government

(Aug 03, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Austin Davis recently moved his district office to McKeesport, joining Congressman Mike Doyle for a one-stop shop for any state or federal government needs. They are holding an Open House on August 22nd from 5-7pm. Read more

 

Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Aug 03, 2018)

Schools awarded grants to provide fruits and vegetables, dry-leaf medical marijuana is now available and join us on Aug. 22 for our open house. Read more

 

Davis: Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Jul 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 30 – Grants have been awarded to the Clairton City School District, Duquesne City School District, McKeesport Area School District, South Allegheny School District and the West Mifflin Area School District, in order to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the day, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The 2018-19 grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, whose goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools, by increasing consumption among students with the hope of impacting their present and future health. “These grants are extremely important in order to provide our students with fresh and healthy eating options in schools,” Davis said. “Providing better choices will hopefully lead students to have healthier eating habits throughout their adult lives.” Below are a list of schools and the amount they received: Clairton Elementary School $24,253.50 Duquesne Elementary School $20,812.50 Francis McClure Elementary School$40,237.50 Homeville Elementary School $19,425 New Emerson Elementary School $10,378.50 Propel McKeesport $21,534 South Allegheny Early Childhood $13,042.50 Twin Rivers Elementary School$ 43,623 The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program first started in the commonwealth in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal Read more

 

Meeting held seeking to build police-community relations

(Jul 20, 2018)

Touring state roads with PennDOT; childhood grants awarded to the district; and improving traffic signals at our intersections Read more

 

Over $866,000 awarded to improve traffic signals in Versailles and White Oak boroughs

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program has awarded $265,191 to Versailles Borough and $601,808 to White Oak Borough. The combined amount of $866,999 awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will support traffic upgrades and increase safety and mobility to these municipalities. Davis said the grants in his district will be used for the following: Versailles Borough : Modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. White Oak Borough : Will help six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons and the installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. “Technology improvements made to our traffic lights has a direct correlation in helping with the flow of traffic and safety of pedestrians,” Davis said. “I welcome these upgrades at our intersections in Versailles and White Oak boroughs, because it could reduce accidents and injuries within our neighborhoods.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve Read more

 

Successful public hearing; Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport!; $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts!
Oct 10, 2018

Davis announces $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts in 35th Legislative District
Oct 04, 2018

Davis, Policy Committee discuss school and business partnerships
Oct 03, 2018

Davis: Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport
Oct 02, 2018

Free on Wednesday? If so, attend my public hearing; More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to district!; Need help? Stop by my office
Sep 27, 2018

Davis to hold Policy Committee hearing on School and Business Partnerships Wednesday in McKeesport
Sep 27, 2018

Davis: More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to 35th Legislative District
Sep 18, 2018

Nearly $150,000 awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence; Carnegie Library of Homestead awarded $500,000 grant; September is National Preparedness Month
Sep 13, 2018

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives
Sep 07, 2018

Nearly $150,000 in funding awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence
Sep 07, 2018

Davis, state Sen. Costa announce $500,000 grant for Carnegie Library of Homestead
Sep 06, 2018

Labor Day: More than just a ‘day off’
Aug 31, 2018

Rebates available to help Pennsylvanians drive cleaner cars; Get pre-verified for your REAL ID beginning September 4; New program helps teach civics to students
Aug 29, 2018

Davis applauds grant funding for development at former steel works
Aug 17, 2018

Read my summer newsletter online!; Are you missing a Purple Heart medal?; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended!; Don’t forget to attend our open house Aug. 22!
Aug 16, 2018

New McKeesport Office Offers One-Stop Help With State, Fed Government
Aug 03, 2018

Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables
Aug 03, 2018

Davis: Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables
Jul 30, 2018

Meeting held seeking to build police-community relations
Jul 20, 2018

Over $866,000 awarded to improve traffic signals in Versailles and White Oak boroughs
Jul 12, 2018