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Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project

(Dec 30, 2020)

Grant will address runoff, improve Nine Mile Run stream quality Read more

 

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community

(Dec 28, 2020)

Lawmakers ‘lament’ need for security, but pledge to ensure safety Read more

 

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

Grants will help boost redevelopment, create jobs Read more

 

Matzie: $1.5 million in grants awarded to Monaca, Aliquippa projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 23 – Beaver County development projects will benefit from more than $1.5 million in funding thanks to state grants under state Redevelopment and Capital Assistance Program funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. “The funding to Aliquippa will allow us to transform a dead brownfield area into a thriving manufacturing area, which will provide job opportunities and economic revitalization for the entire area. The grant to Monaca will allow for construction of a 27,000-square-foot building to house police, fire and administrative operations, which will allow the borough to operate with greater efficiency and greater savings to taxpayers.” Matzie said the grants include the following: $1 million for redevelopment of a 40-acre brownfield and construction of a 250,000-square-foot high-tech manufacturing building located along the Ohio River in Aliquippa. $500,000 to build the new 27,000-square-foot, two-story Monaca Civic Center on Pacific Avenue in the borough to house police, fire and administrative departments. In addition to the Aliquippa and Monaca projects, Matzie said development projects in Midland Borough will receive $2.5 million in combined funding, and another development project in Center Township will receive $2 million in funding. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the Read more

 

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services

(Dec 23, 2020)

Major state grants announced just in time for holidays Read more

 

Matzie: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Beaver County Dec. 27

(Dec 23, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 23 – Beaver County residents will have access to free COVID-19 testing at a drive through-clinic in Monaca beginning Dec. 27, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced. Matzie said the testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Sunday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Community College of Beaver County, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca. Matzie said mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests are free and will be performed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patients must be 3 or older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing. More information on the testing is available here. Read more

 

Pisciottano: $50,000 state grant awarded to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

(Dec 17, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 – The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has been awarded a $50,000 grant to upgrade equipment used to train students pursuing aviation careers, state Rep.-elect Nick Pisciottano announced. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the Keystone Communities Program grant process began under his predecessor, former state Rep. Bill Kortz, and he was able to complete Kortz’s efforts and secure the grant with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. PIA will use the grant to replace its 1200Y3 transponder bench unit test with a more updated version, which will provide students the ability to accurately test transponders and equipment used for air traffic control reporting, he added. “This Keystone Communities Program grant will help to ensure that PIA graduates remain at the top of the hiring list for aviation employers all across the industry for years to come,” Pisciottano said. “As young people realize careers in the technical trades are just as financially rewarding and professionally gratifying as those obtained with a four-year college degree, we hope more people will see schools like PIA – a prestigious, nationally top-ranked program – as an excellent option toward a great career, right here in our backyard.” “PIA is grateful to work with the Keystone Communities Program to ensure that this grant is put to practical use in a way that will enhance the career prospects of our Read more

 

Matzie: More than $4.5 million to support law enforcement, crime victims

(Dec 09, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 9 – Grants totaling nearly $4.53 million will bolster programs to assist law enforcement, deter crime, protect domestic crime victims and offer supports and services for women and children victims of abuse, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, acting on recommendations by various advisory committees. “Funding from PCCD goes toward programs that make our communities safer by improving crime detection and prevention and enhancing services and support for victims. They help our law enforcement and social service workers do their jobs better and help crime victims recover and thrive. Essentially, they are investments in peace and safety for our region.” Matzie said grants approved by these committees will fund the following services: County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee – improve probation services Allegheny County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $1.33 million. Beaver County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $282,501. Criminal Justice Advisory Committee – purchase body-worn law enforcement cameras Borough of Ambridge Law Enforcement and Corrections – $23,209. Beaver County Commissioners BWC Program Expansion – $2,892 . Criminal Justice Read more

 

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs

(Dec 09, 2020)

Tax credits to help keep projects moving forward during difficult times Read more

 

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – Following a year of uncertainty and financial strain due to the novel coronavirus, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce an influx of $860,000 through a state tax program to local nonprofits, projects and community initiatives in the Mon Valley. “These organizations directly serve our community, offering educational opportunities, outreach to our most vulnerable citizens, and housing initiatives across the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “COVID-19 has put a financial strain on everyone and everything, and these organizations are no exception. The secured tax credits awarded today will do wonders for those involved, and it surely shows an ongoing, committed investment in our community.” By providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital, the Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages private sector investment into communities to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. Locally, programs funded included: Best of the Batch Foundation Munhall, $27,500 - Construction and rehabilitation of a new state-of-art educational complex. Tube City Renaissance McKeesport, $13,750 - Address blight, lack of safe housing, poor quality of life and lack of skill-based employment opportunities. McKees Point Development Group, $360,000 – Funding for McKeesport’s Rising Project, which includes rehabilitating and resizing the downtown Read more

 

Matzie: $2 million in funding will bring high-speed broadband to area residents, businesses

(Dec 08, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 8 – More area residents and business owners will have the benefit of high-speed broadband access thanks to nearly $2 million in funding from the Federal Communications Commission awarded today to five area broadband companies, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie said the funding is welcome after years of work to bring faster connections to area neighborhoods. “As Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, expanding access for residents and businesses has been a top priority,” Matzie said. “I’m glad to see the federal government make this much-needed investment to help remove the digital divide that unfortunately exits based on Zip code. “So many day-to-day tasks and interactions depend on reliable, quick internet access, and the need is even greater now, as more people are working, shopping and socializing from home. Internet access has become similar to other essential services, such as water, electric and gas utility – with a level of expectation by the consumer that there is access and speed.” Matzie said the funding, which will provide access to 1,731 homes and businesses in the district, includes the following: $716,028 to Windstream Services LLC, to 259 Beaver County customers and another $180,474 for 114 Allegheny County customers. $593,551 to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. for 575 Beaver County customers and an additional Read more

 

Innamorato: State invests $500,000 in local projects, programs

(Dec 08, 2020)

Support ‘has never been as critical as it is today’ says local org Read more

 

Lee: State to invest $455,450 in local projects, nonprofits

(Dec 08, 2020)

Tax credits provide boost when funding sorely needed due to COVID Read more

 

Matzie: $400,000 in tax credits to rehab city of Aliquippa blighted properties, assist residents, revitalize business district

(Dec 07, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 7 – Tax credits totaling $400,000 will help rehabilitate blighted areas of Beaver County, revitalize parts of the business district and provide residents with food, rent and job training assistance, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the tax credits awarded to Aliquippa Economic Development Corp., which were approved under the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, will create investments that transform the landscape while improving residents’ lives. “I am pleased that the funding for this crucial community project continues the vision of our team of stakeholders led by Mayor Dwan Walker, council members Walker, Mottes, Piroli and Milliner, and community leaders,” Matzie said. “The public-private partnership with the commonwealth and BNY Mellon has paid big dividends in a variety of ways thus far, and the continuation of cleaning up blighted properties and rebuilding crucial infrastructure is the next step in improving the quality of life for city residents.” Matzie said that among other things, the tax credits will fund the following: Acquire 7 blighted houses in the West End Franklin Avenue Corridor and acquire and rehab 1 house in this neighborhood. Provide match funding for the house acquisition/rehabilitation projects, replace 800 feet of sidewalk and ADA ramps, and install signage and landscaping at the Gateway Read more

 

Wheatley announces grants to support Pittsburgh museums impacted by effects of pandemic

(Dec 03, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 – The Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh are among 155 museums and historical centers statewide to receive grants designed to support them during the current pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said each museum has received a $40,000 grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program . “Our museums and historical centers have certainly felt significant financial impacts during this pandemic, and my hope is that these grants will help them continue their efforts to educate and enlighten visitors,” said Wheatley. “These funds will provide much-needed support to keep their doors open and continue to provide opportunities to share our region’s rich history and culture.” Wheatley emphasized the goal of the program is to strengthen the commonwealth’s museum community by supporting the operations of eligible museums and county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent). More information can be found here . Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $210,000 in funding to support region’s museums, county historic societies

(Dec 02, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 2 – State grant funding of $209,833 will help boost operations for museums and historical societies in Beaver and Allegheny counties as they work to preserve and showcase the region’s unique past, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie, who serves on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, voted today to approve the grants as part of a package of nearly $2 million to 155 museums and county historical societies statewide. “Our region has an incredibly rich culture and history, and our museums and historical societies are the bridges that keep us connected to that rich past through colorful displays and events,” Matzie said. Many have been hit hard during the pandemic, as restrictions on events and gatherings have drained resources. Securing this funding is going to help ensure they are around to keep telling our history to future generations.” Matzie said the regional grants include the following: Allegheny County Braddock’s Battlefield History Center - $4,000 Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Carnegie Science Center - $40,000 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh - $40,000 Frick Art & Historical Center - $40,000 Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - $40,000 The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh - $8,462 Read more

 

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding

(Dec 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, wrote a letter Wednesday to congressional representatives, urging members of Congress to act fast on extending CARES Act funding and to devise a plan-of-action that would provide unemployed workers and businesses with financial assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Davis, Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation chairman for the 2021-22 legislative session, sent his letter in the wake of the ongoing pandemic and the resurgence of novel coronavirus cases statewide. “While we’re grateful for the initial passage of the CARES Act, I can’t stress enough how important it is that we provide residents and businesses with continued financial assistance as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” Davis said. “The stories I’ve been told by residents in my district about the financial turmoil their families and businesses face are unprecedented. We need action, and fast. The livelihood of our residents and businesses depend on it.” CARES Act funding and its related programs, such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and small business grants expire Dec. 30. A copy of Davis’ letter can be found here . Read more

 

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic

(Dec 01, 2020)

Lawmaker says Pennsylvanians need tangible relief, not rhetoric this holiday season Read more

 

Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

(Dec 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, was elected chairman Thursday of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session. Davis, a third-term state legislator representing the Mon Valley, was elected to fill the delegation’s vacancy following state Rep. Dan Miller’s – prior chairman of ACHDD - appointment to House Democratic Caucus chairman. Davis, who previously served as ACHDD’s secretary, hopes to continue the delegation’s success of best representing Allegheny County and its residents. “It’s an honor to have the confidence and respect of my colleagues to receive this appointment to chairman of ACHDD,” Davis said. “Just like those who came before me, it’s my goal to be the best I can for this delegation and Allegheny County. I look forward to working more in-depth with the rest of the delegation, as we work toward pushing and advancing legislative issues that matter most to residents in our community.” Davis, who also serves as Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, said that while his duties may expand to cover Allegheny County as a whole, his commitment to Mon Valley initiatives is unwavering. “While I’m excited for this new opportunity, the priorities and key issues that matter most to Mon Valley residents will always be in the forefront, and I remain committed to advancing legislation that Read more

 

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months

(Nov 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session, announced today an influx of $1.2 million was disbursed to Allegheny County to assist residents currently experiencing homelessness. “Everyone in the commonwealth deserves a roof over their head, especially during the cold winter months,” Davis said. “Our delegation has worked tirelessly to ensure no Allegheny County resident is left behind, and this funding will ensure the county has the proper resources to accommodate our at-risk homeless community and provide shelter to those in need.” The funding awarded today will be disbursed to ACTION Housing/Team PSBG for temporary emergency sheltering; Community Human Services for emergency sheltering; and to Pittsburgh Mercy for temporary emergency sheltering. Davis said the commonwealth recently received its second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the CARES Act funds, and the Department of Community and Economic Development set aside a portion of those funds to create the ESG-CV Code Blue program, which helps provide emergency shelter in preparation for the winter months. Under the program, Davis said funding will be provided for emergency shelter and temporary emergency shelter to expand shelter for those experiencing homelessness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be used to assist Read more

 

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project
Dec 30, 2020

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community
Dec 28, 2020

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects
Dec 23, 2020

Matzie: $1.5 million in grants awarded to Monaca, Aliquippa projects
Dec 23, 2020

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services
Dec 23, 2020

Matzie: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Beaver County Dec. 27
Dec 23, 2020

Pisciottano: $50,000 state grant awarded to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Dec 17, 2020

Matzie: More than $4.5 million to support law enforcement, crime victims
Dec 09, 2020

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs
Dec 09, 2020

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley
Dec 09, 2020

Matzie: $2 million in funding will bring high-speed broadband to area residents, businesses
Dec 08, 2020

Innamorato: State invests $500,000 in local projects, programs
Dec 08, 2020

Lee: State to invest $455,450 in local projects, nonprofits
Dec 08, 2020

Matzie: $400,000 in tax credits to rehab city of Aliquippa blighted properties, assist residents, revitalize business district
Dec 07, 2020

Wheatley announces grants to support Pittsburgh museums impacted by effects of pandemic
Dec 03, 2020

Matzie: Nearly $210,000 in funding to support region’s museums, county historic societies
Dec 02, 2020

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding
Dec 02, 2020

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic
Dec 01, 2020

Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation
Dec 01, 2020

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months
Nov 30, 2020