Governor Wolf Tours Downtown Altoona as Part of Commitment to City’s Revitalization
September 13, 2018
Altoona, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined local leaders and stakeholders on a tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in downtown Altoona.
“The City of Altoona is another shining example of the positive changes that can happen when the public and private sector partners in a strategic way,” said Governor Wolf. “It is truly inspiring to see the transformation of Pennsylvania’s communities firsthand and I’m proud to support the continued revitalization efforts in downtown Altoona.”
The tour, led by the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, allowed Governor Wolf to see the downtown resurgence taking place with the support of the state. Stops on the tour included the historic Mishler Theatre, which is undergoing a restoration of its seats with the support of the Keystone Communities Program; the Gable’s Building, which is having its brick façade removed and replaced with large windows with assistance from a $2.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant.
“Economic and community development is done best through active public private partnerships. We appreciate Governor Wolf and his entire team at DCED for their continued efforts and strong interest in Blair County,” said Steve McKnight, President and CEO, The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. “In the past three years we have seen more than $300 million in new job-creating projects take place and almost all have been supported in some way by both the commonwealth and the Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation. The ABCD staff and Board was pleased to visit some of these key project sites with Governor Wolf first hand.”
During the tour, the governor also visited multiple small businesses that were supported in part by a public-private revolving loan fund. Owners of The Clay Cup and JJ Hadley and Co. Brewing Company met with Governor Wolf and tour attendees to share their success stories and plans for future development.