Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Cambria County Battle Blight

first_img Economy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Johnstown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf outlined the components of the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations, Restore Pennsylvania. The governor’s plan will help communities like Johnstown address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure, restoring communities after long neglect.“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. “Unfortunately, after decades of neglect and declining federal investment, Pennsylvania is falling behind, and we need a bold plan to get us back on track.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced an ambitious infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, 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.“I am encouraged by Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative. Our city can greatly benefit from efforts focused on improved infrastructure and eliminating blight,” said Melissa Komar, Executive Director, Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. “We are a proud community that has always been defined by rebirth and resiliency. Our goal is to continually create a more robust economy in our county. We look forward to working with the governor and his administration on the implementation of this initiative to create a better Johnstown and Cambria County.”“The Restore Pennsylvania plan will allow for communities across the commonwealth to invest into their neighborhoods and create a safer and more robust region, which will allow them to attract new residents and businesses, and we look forward to seeing how Restore Pennsylvania will benefit Cambria County and its municipalities like the City of Johnstown,” said Renee Daly, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County.In Johnstown, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania will help the city and Cambria County address blight. There are approximately 1,800 blighted properties in Cambria County,and the municipalities where these properties are located are not able to fund the demolitions themselves.Demolition, Revitalization, and RenewalBlight Demolition and RedevelopmentRestore 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.Brownfield Clean-UpRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to ensure the continuation of Pennsylvania’s Brownfields program, ensuring that more sites can be returned to use for recreation, or returned to the tax rolls as commercial, residential, or industrial sites.Contaminant RemediationRestore Pennsylvania will fund expanded efforts to remove lead and other contaminants from communities.Green InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide significant new funding to enable new environmental projects and new recreational opportunities across the state, including infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation and revitalization of new local parks, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. February 06, 2019 Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Cambria County Battle Blightcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NBA: Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings

first_imgEric Bledsoe had 28 points as the Bucks rallied past Sacramento in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo Loading… Kyle Lowry added 27 points with 11 assists for Toronto while OG Anunoby had a career-high 25 points while hauling in 12 rebounds.Siakam’s points tally included 14 in the fourth quarter, a decisive contribution that helped lock down the victory for Toronto who have 40 wins against 14 defeats.Toronto’s win was made all the more impressive as it came after the late withdrawal of Serge Ibaka, who fell ill hours before tip-off. The Raptors were already without injured starter Marc Gasol.“I think these guys have proven enough that they can win,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said afterward. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but they just keep stepping up and playing and we’ve just gotten used to it.“You at least have to go out and give a great effort, give yourself a chance to win, and don’t let the other team play harder than you.”The Timberwolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23 points while D’Angelo Russell, who completed his move from the Golden State Warriors last week, added 22 points and forced a team-leading six turnovers.– Bucks, Lakers roll on – Siakam’s dominant display included six three-pointers as the reigning NBA champions overpowered a resilient Timberwolves side to cement their grip on second place in the Eastern Conference.# The Milwaukee Bucks meanwhile are a whopping 6.5 games ahead of Toronto at the top of the Eastern Conference after clinching their 46th win of the season on Monday.The Bucks overcame the absence of reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo – who skipped the game after the birth of his son earlier Monday – to rally past the Sacramento Kings 123-111.With Antetokounmpo out, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe shouldered the burden of the offensive duties with each player finishing with 28 points apiece.Brook Lopez had 20 points while Wesley Matthews, Sterling Brown and Donte DiVincenzo all cracked double figures as Milwaukee improved to 46-7 with their fifth straight victory.Harrison Barnes led the Kings’ scoring with 23 points.Milwaukee were made to work hard for the win, overturning a 90-88 deficit at the end of the third quarter to pull away in the final period.Middleton was pleased with the way the Bucks dug out the victory in the absence of Antetokounmpo.“That’s what it’s all about,” Middleton said. “Who has the best team? We definitely feel like we got one of the best players out there. He wasn’t out there tonight but we still think we have one of the best teams in the league.“Teams may think they might be able to win when he’s not out there. But that’s what motivates us. To let them know we’re a complete team.”In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 17 points as the Lakers breezed past the Phoenix Suns 125-100 to maintain their lead at the top of the Western Conference.Rajon Rondo added 23 points from the bench on a night when six Lakers players finished with double-digit points tallies.The Lakers improved to 40-12 for the season, three games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who held on to second spot with a rollercoaster 127-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs.San Antonio looked to be cruising towards victory after opening up a 23-point lead in the third quarter.But a spirited Denver fightback which included a double-double from Nikola Jokic turned the game back in the Nuggets favor, with the home side pulling away to complete the win.Jokic finished the night with 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds while forcing five turnovers. Point guard Jamal Murray added 26 points while Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench.Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings @pskills43@Raptors @Timberwolves @AFP— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 11, 2020Read Also: Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardomIn Dallas, Tim Hardaway Jr had 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 but it was not enough to stop the Mavericks sliding to a 123-119 loss to the Utah Jazz.The Mavericks, missing the injured Luka Doncic, fell to 32-22 while Utah improved to 35-18 to remain in fourth spot in the Western Conference.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pascal Siakam scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors shrugged off their injury problems to extend their winning streak to 15 games on Monday with a 137-126 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Slusher, Chan look back on year in office

first_imgThough hours at the University Park Health Center and Lyon Center remain the same and students still can’t use paper tickets to get into football games, outgoing Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher and Vice President Ashlie Chan say they are satisfied with their accomplishments, which include starting a free tram to L.A. Live and improving communication with students.When they ran for office last spring, Slusher and Chan had a number of ideas they hoped would improve student life at USC. Slusher said he feels his administration managed to complete a majority of those tasks, and the rest he hopes will be continued by the next administration.“I’m really happy with everything that we’ve accomplished,” Slusher said. “We worked on everything on our platform and those that were not finished were passed off. I’m really proud of everyone we worked with.”The highlights of Slusher’s administration include getting a USC tram to run between the school and L.A. Live and improving USG’s visibility among students. The tram, which began running in November, offers students free transportation to the popular Downtown destination and has been utilized by many students since its inception.To improve USG’s visibility, Slusher and Chan conducted a number of student surveys, tabled on Trousdale Parkway and hosted the Council of Presidents, a meeting that gave student leaders a chance to ask USG questions.Several of Slusher and Chan’s platform points, however, did not come to fruition.Initially, Slusher and Chan had hoped to expand the hours of the health center and the Lyon Center, but the university lacked the resources to hire more staff and told USG the plan wasn’t feasible.“It’s not financially viable,” Helen Moser, USG director of campus affairs, said. “If we were to extend the hours, then it would take away from necessary things that students need … Compared to other schools, our hours of the health center is one of the best in the country.”Chan noted, however, that USG has set up meetings between students and administrators to discuss a three-year plan that might involve extending the Lyon Center’s hours.Other tasks USG had a tough time accomplishing were getting USCards accepted at local businesses, creating a paper ticket option for sporting events and adding more computers to USC’s libraries.Chan said that in many cases USG hit administrative or bureaucratic roadblocks in trying to create significant changes around campus.She did note, however, that the next administration will continue working to create a paper ticket option.Another task the new administration will have the chance to finish is increasing library security, including adding turnstiles to the entrance of Leavey.“The libraries were a little bit slow on that,” Chan said. “We will see more turnstiles and safety precautions taken by next year.”Slusher and Chan had also hoped to repave The Row. Greek Senators Hayden Coplen, Dylan Dan and Max Ukropina were heading this issue but found some major roadblocks as they researched the project.“Until The Row shuts down, we can’t repave it because it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse,” Chan said. “By the time we have a repaved street, it’s just going to go back to the same status as it was before. We can’t repave a lot of the streets until we find solutions to making The Row safer … We would not be able to do anything unless we appealed to the L.A. city, which makes it more of a challenge to get accomplished.”Altogether, USG under Slusher and Chan spent approximately $1.72 million from their $1.8 million budget. Treasurer Ashwin Appiah noted that they saved a lot of money during elections, and whenever they considered spending money, they made sure that it would go back to the student body.“We didn’t want to spend money just because we had it,” Appiah said. “We think before we spend and we see if it goes back to the student body, and if it doesn’t, then we double-think about what we’re using the money for.”Although Slusher and Chan did not accomplish all the items on their platform, Chan said she does not consider them failures because changing circumstances might provide opportunities to complete those items.“We had really lofty goals because if everyone keeps saying ‘no,’ then no change is going to get done,” Chan said. “If we found a compromise then it’s a success in itself.”Chan said the only regret she has is not starting certain projects sooner.“Hindsight is 20/20,” Chan said. “There are only so many things that we can do at one time, so, if anything, maybe we should have done some of these things faster or sooner, but there was really no way we could have measured that.”Chan said she and Slusher are pleased with what they accomplished.“I think it was very smart for us to anticipate that our goals were lofty but feasible,” Chan said. “The ultimate goal was to accomplish everything, and I think we tried our best.”last_img read more

Chelsea could go 11 clear in EPL

first_imgA win for Antonio Conte’s side would put them 11-points clear at the top. Elsewhere Crystal Palace host Middlesbrough, Everton play Sunderland, Hull go up against Burnley and West Brom are at home to Bournemouth. The evening game sees Watford take on West Ham at 5.30.last_img