(LEWISTOWN) – A $2.5 million state grant has been awarded to Mifflin County to undertake a major three-part economic development initiative, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-33), state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171), Rep. John Hershey (R-82) and Rep. Rich Irvin (R-81).
“These improvements will all benefit Mifflin County residents and make our area a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Senator Corman said. “I’m pleased that this project was selected for state funding and thank all those who worked to make that happen.”
“I am thrilled to have been part of securing this important funding for our community,” Rep. Benninghoff said. “I see this grant and the important projects it supports as a critical investment in the future of Mifflin County; one that will kick start needed revitalization, and create more jobs and educational opportunities for hardworking people.”
“This grant is excellent news as Mifflin County looks toward the future,” Rep. Hershey said. “Many of the proposals are in the 82nd district, and I cannot wait to get started working with county officials to make these important projects a reality.”
“What a great opportunity for Mifflin County to be a better place to work, a safer place to live, and a great place to raise a family,” Rep. Irvin said. “Through this grant, we can improve on all three.”
The legislators worked with the Mifflin County Commissioners to obtain funding for the project, which is intended to create new jobs, expand educational opportunities for area residents, and improve county operations.
The grant will be used for a three-phase project to:
- Demolish blighted buildings and prepare the sites for commercial redevelopment, providing the opportunity to encourage new companies and jobs to relocate to Mifflin County.
- Expand the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology campus to accommodate new training programs, including CDL and Diesel Mechanic Programs.
- Relocate selected county departments from leased private commercial space into a renovated Annex Building for economic and public safety reasons.
Funding was provided by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program which supports critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.
Jenn Kocher – 717-787-1377 (Corman)