HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced that he has obtained $376,250 in state grants for a much-needed improvement project in Elizabeth Borough.
The grants are made possible through the Gaming Economic Development Fund (GEDF), which funds community projects across the Commonwealth through a tax assessed on slot games in casinos. The GEDF is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC). It is intended to provide financial assistance to entities to facilitate economic development projects in Allegheny County.
Puskaric secured the GEDF grant for façade updates, sidewalk repairs, streetscape improvements and installation of security cameras at different locations in the borough.
“It is critical we focus on rebuilding our local economy,” said Puskaric. “This investment will assist in the next phase of development for downtown Elizabeth and allow the town to continue its progress of rebuilding. These funds will focus on sidewalk and streetscape improvements and allow for the elimination of the Second Avenue on-street planters. New traffics patterns will provide much needed wider lanes throughout the business district. Thank you to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for voting to authorize the grant.”
The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
“Elizabeth Borough is more than deserving of this funding, and I am happy the county recognized the value in this project,” said Puskaric.
Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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