Pashinski: Additional $3 million in RACP grants awarded for local improvement projects

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – Two additional Luzerne County projects have received funding approval from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program totaling $3 million, according to state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne.

“I’m proud to have advocated for and received approval for both of these RACP projects, and I want to thank again Governor Wolf for seeing how important this additional $3 million investment will be for Wilkes-Barre and our region,” said Pashinski. “These dollars will help improve our community’s access to affordable health care at the Wright Center’s Wilkes-Barre Practice, as well as improve the capacity and efficiency of our municipal recovery facility.”

According to Pashinski, the following organizations are receiving funding in his district:

  • Wright Center for Community Health Wilkes-Barre Practice - $2 million for building out its location in order to equip the space for primary care, dental and behavioral health services.
  • Wilkes-Barre Municipal Recovery Facility Expansion - $1 million to add a metering bin system/infeed conveyor and an optical sorter in order to increase efficiency, allowing for Municipal Recovery Inc. to expand and create jobs.

These grants are in addition to the $5.35 million in RACP grants Pashinski and state Rep. Gerald Mullery announced last week for five other local projects.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.