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

Ireland’s Donncha O’Callaghan joins Worcester after 17-year Munster stay

first_img O’Callaghan was also selected for two British and Irish Lions tours, playing Test rugby during the 2005 New Zealand trip and in South Africa four years later. ” The opportunity to bring someone in with such international and European experience is a real coup for the club,” Worcester rugby director Dean Ryan said. ” It’s important to get a balance of proven and experienced performers and young developing talent integrated within the squad. “Donncha has tremendous know-how at the highest level and will be able to offer our younger players a great deal of advice. “His experience and leadership can only be of benefit to the team as we prepare for life in the Aviva Premiership.” And O’Callaghan added: ” I am very grateful to Munster for all that they’ve done for me, but now I am hungry for my new challenge. “The developments and structures in place at Warriors are very exciting, but also the quality of management and the players at the club are something I cannot wait to be a part of.” The 36-year-old will move to Sixways after spending 17 seasons with Munster. The 94 times-capped forward played in the last three World Cups, while in 2009 he helped Ireland win the Six Nations title in Grand Slam fashion. His last Ireland appearance came more than two years ago. Worcester have announced the signing of Ireland international lock Donncha O’Callaghan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Shabby Flags Over Senate: Observer MD to the Rescue

first_imgDaily Observer Publisher and Managing Director, Kenneth Y. Best has provided the Liberian Senate 16 flags representing all 15 counties and a giant-size Liberian flag.The flags are to be hoisted on the compound of the Liberian Legislature, the official working theater of the Vice President and members of the Legislature.The good will gesture of Mr. Best came after he had observed over many months that most if not all the flags on poles on the Senate side of the Capitol Building were torn and faded.Making the presentation to Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley last week, Mr. Best said he could go ahead criticizing the Senate without doing something about the problem.  “But I felt that would not be the best thing to do. So, I decided to order the flags made and I now humbly present them to you, Mr. President Pro-Tempore.”Mr. Best also presented a full size flag of the Republic which, he said, would be more appropriate to be flown near the doom of the Capitol, instead of the smaller Liberian flag flying there that he felt was somehow disproportionate.Expressing gratitude for the gesture, Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley said the old flags were embarrassing to the Senate as their faded colors and tattered look did not represent the first branch of government.He also thanked Mr. Best for deciding not to criticize the Senate in his editorial column, but instead thoughtfully decided to make provision for what was lacking at the premises of the Senate. Pro-Temp Findley described Mr. Best’s presentation as “a true act of patriotism.”Upon receiving the flags, the Pro-Temp ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate to immediately take down the old, “disgraceful ones” and hoist the new flags. The Senate is now in line with the House in having new flags flying on both sides of the Capitol, unlike the past when only the House of Representatives had new flags with clean and identifiable colors. The Legislature has been seriously criticized over the years for doing little to represent the country through the hoisting of county and national symbols.It can be recalled that in the 52nd Legislature, Representative Edwin M. Snowe singlehandedly procured flags for each county on his side of the Capitol Building.One of the building’s staffers asked: “When these ones get damaged, who will pay to get another set of new ones?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more