Pashinski applauds Wilkes-Barre receiving DCED Early Intervention Program grant

HARRISBURG, May 9 – In an effort to strengthen its fiscal capacity, the city of Wilkes-Barre will receive a $60,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Early Intervention Program, said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne.

The purpose of the Early Intervention Program is to establish short-term and long-term financial and managerial objectives pertaining to revenue and expenditure trends and policies to build a strong fiscal capacity. The grant will be used for city leaders to develop and implement a five-year financial management plan and operational strategy to address fiscal difficulties in a timely and planned manner.  

"Wilkes-Barre and city officials have worked hard over the years to improve the fiscal stability of our city," Pashinski said. "I am pleased Wilkes-Barre is the recipient of this valuable grant which will provide the new administration the opportunity to strengthen the financial status of our city. 

"With proper planning, they will have the opportunity to design a financial plan that will be fiscally prudent and productive for the citizens of Wilkes-Barre for many years to come."

As part of the plan, city leaders must hire a consultant, create and adopt a multi-year plan that identifies the city’s top three to five priorities, details the actions to be achieved and gets public input, and must evaluate and adjust the plan based on a master schedule that identifies the key deadlines for each objective set in the plan.

According to the contract with the DCED, Wilkes-Barre must pay $15,000 in addition to the grant to complete the program. All project plans must be submitted by June 30, 2018.