Governor Tom Wolf with Malcolm JohnstoneJanuary 2, 2020 — submitted article

image: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf discusses downtown items with Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of the West Chester BID, during his visit in 2019. Credit: Elle Steinman

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $5 million in new funding to support 42 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth including West Chester Business Improvement District Authority which will recieve a $10,000 matching grant for the development of a five-year revitalization strategy in downtown West Chester.

“These projects will better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians through infrastructure, beautification, and quality of life improvements in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf.

Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

“We will review every aspect of the BID program to ensure it meets the needs for our future,” said Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of the West Chester BID in a related article published in the Daily Local News.

“Supporting initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development in our communities is critically important to the economic prosperity of Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”

Since January 2015, the Wolf Administration has approved more than $27 million through the Keystone Communities program to fund hundreds of projects statewide, including façade grants for businesses, accessible housing projects, public infrastructure improvements, and other projects to strengthen communities and downtown districts.

Additionally, restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5-billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax, will aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs and is the only plan to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. The plan would further bolster community improvement efforts like those currently being invested in through the Keystone Communities program and would help replicate those projects across the state.

See the full release here.

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