$644,000 in gaming grants benefit Lackawanna projects

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved $644,000 in state gaming grants for important projects in portions of Lackawanna County he represents.

“While the casinos have continued to provide thousands of jobs and helped the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania, an additional benefit is the local economic development dollars that are provided to host and adjacent counties,” Flynn said.

Flynn said the grants include:

  • $250,000 to the Scranton Enterprise Center to make renovations;

  • $5,000 to Shalom Scranton/The Greenhouse Project for handicapped accessibility and HVAC improvements;

  • $55,000 to the Scranton Police Department for the purchase of tasers;

  • $20,000 for the restoration of the Scranton Transit Trolley Car No. 505 at the Electric City Trolley Museum;

  • $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Scranton for facility improvements and ground renovations;

  • $25,000 to the City of Scranton for the preparation of a pollution reduction plan for the separate storm sewer system;

  • $24,000 to the Tripp Park Miss-E League for equipment;

  • $60,000 to Heritage Valley Partners for improvements to the connector trail from the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to downtown Scranton;

  • $100,000 to Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania for the purchase of vehicles;

  • $65,000 to the Lackawanna County Land Bank for the implementation of a Blight to Bright program; and

  • $10,000 to the Scranton Educational Improvement Organization for the purchase of equipment.

The Local Share Account funds from casinos located in host or contiguous counties are distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and are designed to help economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.