Pashinski applauds $70,000 in community improvement funding

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski today announced $70,875 in state funding to improve downtown Wilkes-Barre.

“The Diamond City Partnership is a nonprofit organization that does a great deal of important work to improve our community,” Pashinski said. “Wilkes-Barre is a beautiful place offering many amenities to improve the quality of life, especially in the downtown area. The Diamond City Partnership is Wilkes-Barre’s alliance that aims to revitalize downtown Wilkes-Barre and make it a premier place to live, work and visit. Their work helps to boost our economy, enhance our environment and create the best version of this area. I am proud that I could work to help secure funding for one of the historic caretakers of our community’s vision for downtown Wilkes-Barre.”

This project was funded through the Keystone Communities Project, which supports Pennsylvania Main Streets across the commonwealth, helping communities pay for new sidewalks and improved streetlights, small businesses to renovate their facades, and developers to build more affordable housing.

Run by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the KCP encourages the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that support the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. Local governments, redevelopment and housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, and business, neighborhood, and downtown improvement districts are all eligible to apply for KCP grant funding.