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Matzie: Nearly $72,000 secured for improvements to Center at the Mall

(May 17, 2023)

“The center provides a place for thousands of area seniors to connect, engage and stay active,” Matzie said. “It’s hugely popular, but staff have identified some improvements needed to ensure visitors continue enjoying the best possible experience. Securing this new funding will enable those renovations to move forward.” Read more

Matzie introduces bill to maintain safeguards for public utility consumers

(Apr 28, 2023)

"My bill seeks to expand the tools that utility companies have to work with their customers who are struggling to pay their bills, in order to avoid having their service turned off," Matzie said. Read more

Matzie, Marshall to introduce legislation strengthening PA rail safety

(Mar 22, 2023)

"Our area is one of the most heavily traveled in the country for rail traffic, which means that safety problems create a very real and immediate threat for residents right in our own backyards,” Matzie said. “As the recent East Palestine derailment made clear, we can’t rely on federal safety standards to protect us." Read more

Matzie: More than $4 million secured for Beaver County infrastructure projects

(Mar 16, 2023)

“These dollars are funding projects that keep our water clean, our sanitary sewer systems functioning and our buildings safe,” Matzie said. Read more

Matzie: Beaver Valley Power Station purchaser is 'good corporate citizen’

(Mar 09, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, March 9 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, issued the following statement today in response to news that Texas energy company Vistra Corp. will acquire the Beaver Valley Power Station nuclear power plant: “Vistra Corp. has a strong track record of success and a demonstrated commitment to Pennsylvania. They have been a good corporate citizen, not just in Beaver County but across our commonwealth. “I look forward to working with them to ensure the continued safe and successful operation of Beaver Valley Power Station for our county and our region.” Read more

Matzie appointed Majority Chairman of House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee

(Mar 08, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Rob Matzie announced today that he has been appointed majority chairman of the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee. Matzie, D-Beaver, said he is looking forward to continued leadership as the majority chairman and the role he can play in developing and promoting bills to better protect the state’s consumers. “I appreciate the confidence House leadership has shown in me by appointing me to lead the committee for the next two years,” Matzie said. “Whether protecting consumers, overseeing broadband deployment, keeping tabs on new technologies or monitoring energy generation, our committee’s purview touches on many aspects of daily life in all corners of our state. I’m ready to work.” Formerly known as the House Consumer Affairs Committee, the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee has jurisdiction over the Public Utilities Commission and reviews bills related to a broad range of consumer matters, including, but not limited to, consumer privacy, utilities, broadband and other technology-related issues. Read more

Matzie: More than $50,000 secured for school food service equipment

(Feb 22, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Feb. 22 – New grant funding of $50,177 to the Aliquippa School District will help cafeteria staff prepare and store school meals more efficiently, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the funding includes $35,225 to Aliquippa Elementary School for the purchase of a tilting kettle and $14,952 to Aliquippa Junior Senior High School for a blast chiller freezer. “Quick, safe food production and storage help busy school cafeteria staff and ensure smooth delivery of meals to kids,” Matzie said. “The new tilting kettle – which increases cooking capacity and improves distribution – and the blast chiller freezer – which allows safe storage of pre-prepared foods – will accomplish those things.” The funding, which is administered by the state Department of Education, is part of a package of competitive grants awarded to 130 education agencies statewide. The grant funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. The full list of schools receiving grants can be found on the PDE website at: . Read more

Matzie secures nearly $180,000 for Beaver County fire departments

(Feb 06, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Feb. 6 – New grant funding of $178,300 will help fire companies in the 16 th Legislative District replenish resources and meet operating expenses, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver, said 12 fire companies will receive funding under the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. “Fire and EMT companies are still feeling the impact of the pandemic as they struggle to deal with rising equipment costs and other operational expenses on extremely tight budgets,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help departments replace worn-out equipment, train crews, make needed building repairs and keep operations running.” Matzie said the following grants were awarded: Ambridge Borough Fire Department – Fire Company, $13,335. Ambridge Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $14,563. Baden Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $15,000. Center Township Fire House No. 2 – Fire Company, $13,335. Center Township Volunteer Fire Department Co. No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,826. Center Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 3 – Fire Company, $12,598. City of Aliquippa DBA Aliquippa Bureau of Fire – Fire Company, $14,563. Conway Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $14,317. Freedom Volunteer Fire Department -- Fire Company, Read more

Matzie: Nearly $2.4 million secured for violence prevention, survivor supports

(Jan 13, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 13 – Two state grants totaling nearly $2.4 million will bolster Beaver County anti-violence programs and strengthen resources for survivors, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. Matzie said the funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency includes $1.5 million to the Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. in Monaca to support the center’s P4:247 CommUNITY program. “It’s a unique program that uses strength and fitness training as a way to empower Beaver and Allegheny County youth and families victimized by violence and help them channel their anger, develop self-control and build back self-esteem,” Matzie said. “The program also provides education and work readiness training.” A second grant of $887,767 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County will support both survivor support services and violence-prevention programs for at-risk youth. “The Women’s Center of Beaver County runs powerful anti-violence and trauma support programs, and a key part of those efforts involves tapping the skills of professionals in multiple fields, from criminal justice to human services to medical and counseling,” Matzie said. “Securing this new funding will ensure the center has the resources it needs to continue those connections and expand services for our community.” The funding comes from PCCD’s Violence Read more

Matzie: Nearly $400,000 secured to boost veteran employment

(Jan 12, 2023)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 12 – Two organizations serving Beaver County veterans have been awarded nearly $400,000 to strengthen job training and career opportunities for those who have served, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today. “Veterans often leave the military with experience and skills that can be valuable to civilian employers, but the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, and veterans can face obstacles to finding good jobs,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help them strengthen existing skills and gain new, specialized ones to smooth their path to employment.” Matzie said the funding includes: $200,000 to the Veterans Leadership Program, for a project to train Beaver, Fayette and Clearfield county veterans in marketable job skills, help them obtain certificates, connect them with employers and provide financial assistance with employment-related expenses. $199,979 to NuPaths for a project to train 24 veterans living in Beaver County and several other counties for entry-level software testing analyst and project analyst jobs by providing technical skills training, industry certifications and the job search and readiness skills needed to begin an apprenticeship or full-time IT job. More information about the grants, which are administered by the state Department of Labor and Industry, is available here: Read more