Governor Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman Visit Sharon, Greensburg to Highlight Potential Impacts of Restore Pennsylvania Funding
June 06, 2019
Sharon, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman were joined by local leaders on a walking tour of Sharon to observe the city’s ongoing battle to address blight, and to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could assist with revitalizing Pennsylvania’s communities.
“My vision for Pennsylvania includes vibrant towns and cities with new development, opportunities in rural and disadvantaged areas, and a modern, interconnected commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania is the only way to properly invest in the people, and the future, of Pennsylvania.”
“These local-level, meaningful improvements will help revitalize small communities and towns like Braddock, where projects like this would have been a boost during my time as mayor,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “Restore Pennsylvania will have a tangible impact, every day, on the people who live in these communities.”
Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax, will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.
The infrastructure plan will help communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.
“In Sharon we have more than 1000 abandoned houses and blighted properties. Like many other municipalities, we are doing our best to address what we can with the resources that we have, but in order to truly make an impact, we would need something like Restore Pennsylvania,” said David Tomko, Code/Zoning/Public Works Director, City of Sharon.
Encompassing new and expanded programs to address priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.
Later today the governor will visit Greensburg, Westmoreland County to learn more about the city’s need for additional funding to revive the downtown, including the Advance Furniture building which has sat vacant since 1980.
Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-Pennsylvania.