Kane, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin participated in a press conference with leaders from the PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center and Planning Team to launch a regional façade program for communities along Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
“Initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development are critical for the strength and vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding that the PA Route 6 Alliance received will benefit efforts all along Route 6 in McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren counties – restoring façades and improving signage – to help bolster the economic well-being of the region’s businesses, communities, and residents.”
Announced in February 2017, DCED will provide $183,000 to the PA Route 6 Alliance to establish a façade and signage improvement program to target communities along the Route 6 corridor through the Keystone Communities Program. The funding will allow for 32 façade projects and 50 signage projects to be completed.
“The Keystone Communities program allows for assistance to be tailored to meet the specific needs of a community’s revitalization efforts,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “It is designed to create partnerships between the public and private sectors that foster support for local initiatives that promote growth and stability, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life.”
The project was also supported with additional funding made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation and Partnerships Grant Program.
“DCNR is delighted to participate in this shared investment strategy by the state agencies as it truly exemplifies Governor Wolf’s ‘Government that Works’ philosophy,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adam Dunn.
The launch event was held at The Laughing Owl Press Company, a growing small business in downtown Kane that represents the type of applicants the PA Route 6 Alliance plans to include in the initiative.
“We are thrilled that our state partners have decided to invest in this project with us,” said PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison. “It is going to create a lot of opportunities for communities and businesses in the region. We are still working out the details of the program, but anticipate it will be a matching grant program that will fund about 32 façade projects at $5,000 each, as well as make smaller matching signage grants available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative of PA, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow.”
Established in 2003, the PA Route 6 Alliance aims to preserve, enhance, and promote the resources of the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The alliance implements the management action plan, branding and marketing plans, community development programs, and other planning efforts along the corridor. Its membership includes representatives from all 11 counties, nine convention and visitor bureaus, four heritage areas, local development districts, local business owners, chambers of commerce, and other interested parties along the corridor.