ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding
March 04, 2019
Over the last week, Governor Wolf and his administration visited communities across Pennsylvania to see first-hand their critical infrastructure needs, especially around pressing issues like flooding, blight and broadband expansion. Governor Wolf visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. Governor Wolf also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.
Administration officials also visited communities in York, Beaver and Schuykill counties to meet with local officials and residents on the need for more resources to address critical infrastructure needs.
Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan here.
Flooding Prevention and Recovery
Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.
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Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.
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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.