Thursday, March 31, 2022

$3.8 Million Federal Grant For Coal Community Revitalization Awarded In Bedford, Huntingdon Counties

On March 31, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $3.8 million investment, funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, to create and retain more than 100 jobs, grow manufacturing, and support small diverse businesses in Bedford and Huntingdon counties.

“I’m grateful that the Biden Administration shares my commitment to supporting the diverse businesses and industries that power our economy in Pennsylvania while simultaneously creating new, good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a $3.8 million investment in a successful future for these communities.”

The $3.8 million investment is part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment Program to support coal communities in their pandemic recovery, create new jobs and opportunities, and expand industry sectors.

Bedford County is receiving $2.6 million to construct a 24,000-square foot, multi-tenant building at Bedford County Business Park to support manufacturing businesses. 

The grant is generating a $640,000 local investment and expected to create 46 jobs and retain 36 jobs.

Juniata College in Huntingdon County is receiving $1.2 million to renovate and expand the capacity of their Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. 

The expansion will provide new space to be used by several diverse local businesses. Matched with $290,000 locally, the project is expected to create or retain 25 jobs.

Visit the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Coal Communities Commitment Program webpage for more information on this program.

[Posted: March 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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