Hill-Evans announces $62,500 in grants for York County
HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced two important sets of grants have been awarded to develop the area’s infrastructure and talent.
The grants include a Keystone Communities Program grant of $12,500 to plan for the re-establishment of an Enterprise Zone in West York and North York boroughs and Spring Garden and West Manchester townships, and a competitive Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program award of $50,000 to the York County School of Technology from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations.
Hill-Evans said, “I was proud to support this grant application as this money will help economically develop an Enterprise Zone in West York and North York boroughs and Spring Garden and West Manchester townships. This money will bring economic opportunity and revitalization and strengthen the quality of life in these areas.”
The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors to jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of their specific revitalization effort.
Hill-Evans also announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program awarded a grant of $50,000 to the York County School of Technology to purchase new equipment to help train students for high-demand occupations.
“This funding will help ensure our York County students get the cutting-edge skills and training they need to enter into well-paying careers,” Hill-Evans said. “By helping train students, this funding will spur on York County’s development in innumerable ways, including by making the county attractive to companies because of our highly skilled workforce.”
Each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which can include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners.
Since 2015, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 38.7% and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 33.6%.