Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Carbon County Battle Blight

March 25, 2019

Lansford, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state Senator John Yudichak and other officials in Lansford, Carbon Country today to outline Restore Pennsylvania, the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations. The governor’s proposal will help communities in Carbon Country to address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.

“My vision for Lansford and other communities is to have a vibrant downtown that will attract new opportunities,” said Governor Wolf. “For many towns and cities that means dealing with empty and decaying buildings. It’s time to invest in these communities to remove blight and create a bright economic future for residents and businesses. Unfortunately, with declining federal investments, many communities lack the resources for these projects. We need an aggressive plan to get us back on track.”

To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced Restore Pennsylvania, an ambitious infrastructure initiative funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania 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.

Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five 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.

In Lansford, the governor joined Sen. Yudichak for a tour starting at the former Panther Valley Middle School on East Bertsch Street and continuing to East Ridge Street. The governor highlighted how Restore Pennsylvania could help revitalize the commonwealth.

“Restore Pennsylvania is a bold bipartisan plan to invest in Carbon County’s efforts to eliminate blight in communities hard hit by an aging housing market and abandoned businesses,” said Sen. Yudichak. “By enacting a responsible severance tax, we will be investing in our communities and creating economic development opportunities that will benefit Carbon County and all Pennsylvanians.”

Restore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.

View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.

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