Blake Applauds Early-Stage Investments in Lackawanna County

HARRISBURG, November 14, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the investment of over $170,000 by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) in regional economic development projects.

The funding, approved by the BFTP/NEP Board of Directors, is designed to develop and grow early-stage technology-oriented companies; help established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices; and to promote an innovative community-wide infrastructure.

“I applaud the BFTP/NEP Board of Directors for their dedication to bringing early-stage investment back to Lackawanna County,” Blake said. “This program has been critically important to our economy and continues to make smart investments that develop and grow our innovative local businesses.”

In 2013, Senator Blake spearheaded the development and passage of the Innovate in PA program which provided for the sale of deferred tax credits in order to provide a source of investment capital for investment by the BFTP and others.

The following local companies received an early-stage company investment through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners:

  • ChannelApe (Scranton) received $100,000 to support customer integrations and marketing and sales efforts for an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for e-commerce store owners.
  • Pleasant Mount Welding (Carbondale) received $25,000 to complete an advanced wastewater treatment system that removes pollutants from wastewater at treatment facilities.
  • Simplex Industries (Scranton) received $25,000 to fully integrate and implement AutoCAD 3D architecture and line automation equipment and processes to improve production flow and increase throughput.
  • JED Pool Tools (Scranton) received $21,450 to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning tool.

Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 17,415 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and to retain 27,384 existing jobs, to start 492 new companies, and to develop 1,591 new products and processes.

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Blake Announces Nearly $5 Million State Funding for Local Projects

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $5 million dollars in state grants for important community and economic development projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The funding, approved earlier today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), includes over $2.7 million in grants to projects in Lackawanna County from the state’s Local Share Account (LSA) program and Act 13 funding.

“I was proud to work with my colleagues in Harrisburg to assure this significant investment of state funding into communities throughout NortheasternPennsylvania.” Blake said. “These state dollars are vitally important to local municipalities; they support economic growth; and they provide positive, long-term impacts in the quality of life for our residents.”

Blake said that he worked closely with State Representatives Mike Carroll, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Marty Flynn and Kevin Haggerty to achieve the best possible outcome in the distribution of state funding in a highly competitive process.

The majority of the grants approved today were through the Monroe County Local Share Account program. Blake noted that these LSA funds may be used for eligible and fundable projects in Monroe County and its contiguous counties, which include Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne.

In Lackawanna County, the following projects received grant funding through the Monroe Local Share Account:

  • The City of Scranton will receive $195,000 for paving Oakwood and White Birch Drive in the Oakwood development in Scranton’s west side.
  • The Keyser Valley Neighborhood Association will receive $125,000 for paving and re-grading of the Keyser Valley Community Center parking lot.
  • Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1 will receive $15,000 for the purchase of an emergency response vehicle.
  • Scranton Tomorrow will receive $115,000 for curb appeal improvements in the downtown Scranton business district.
  • The Greater Scranton YMCA will receive $285,000 for the renovation of two pool facilities at the YMCA in Dunmore.
  • The Everhart Museum will receive $220,000 to address general renovations and safety at the Scranton museum.
  • Moscow Borough will receive $200,000 for the design and construction of a sanitary sewer extension along Church Street.
  • Madison Township will receive $166,064 to make improvements to Becks Crossing Road.
  • VFW Post 25 will receive $100,000 for the construction of Scranton Veterans Memorial Park to honor Scranton’s fallen soldiers.
  • Heritage Valley Partners, in partnership with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, will receive $90,000 to make pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements in the city of Scranton.
  • The Greenwood Hose Company in Moosic Borough will receive $88,000 for the purchase of one rescue vehicle.
  • Mayfield Borough will receive $81,000 for the construction of a community center dedicated to agriculture, civic activities, entertainment and environmental education to complement the new Life Sciences and Environmental Technology Incubator.
  • Archbald Borough will receive $63,080 for the purchase of a police vehicle.
  • The Archbald Athletic and Sportsmen’s Club will receive$60,000 for the renovation of the community athletic field.
  • Scott Township will receive $58,000 to construct a salt storage shed on recently purchased township land.
  • United Community Food Bank will receive $50,000 to renovate the food bank’s existing food storage warehouse in Blakely Borough.
  • Waverly Township will receive $47,500 for the purchase of a 2017 Ford Utility Interceptor police car and a 2016 Ford Super Duty F-550 municipal dump truck to maintain township roads.
  • Blakely Borough will receive $46,000 for the replacement of deteriorated sidewalks in the borough’s business district.
  • The City of Scranton will receive $44,000 to purchase a Fire Marshall vehicle equipped for a K-9 officer.
  • The North Scranton Neighborhood Association will receive $39,021 to renovate playground equipment at McLain Park.
  • West Scranton High School will receive $37,000 for the renovation of the school’s training facility.
  • South Abington Township will receive $35,000 for the purchase of two new police vehicles.
  • The Coal Miners Remembered Committee will receive $35,000 to erect a monument in honor of all coal miners from Blakely Borough.
  • Marywood University will receive $25,000 for the final phase of their Learning Commons project which includes the demolition of the existing library and construction of an outdoor amphitheater.
  • Taylor Borough will receive $24,021 for the purchase of adapters for the borough’s fire hydrants and police equipment.
  • The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society will receive $22,500 to replace the roof on the passenger station.

Two municipalities in Lackawanna County were also awarded grants through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program. The Scott Township Sewer and Water Authority will receive $200,000 for an upgrade to their sanitary sewer collection system. Clarks Summit Borough will receive $200,000 for sewer upgrades. Lastly, Dupont Borough in Luzerne County will receive $50,000 for renovations to the Quail Hill pump station.

In Luzerne County six projects in Senator Blake’s 22nd District received over $900,000 in grant funding through the Luzerne County Local Share Account:

  • Avoca Borough will receive $350,000 to perform renovations and recreational improvements at the existing Community Center on Main Street.
  • Pittston Township will receive $275,000 for the reconstruction of the township fire station.
  • Duryea Borough will receive $150,000 to construct an addition to the existing Street Department building.
  • Avoca Borough will receive $102,640 for the purchase of a new fire engine.
  • Duryea Borough will receive $24,000 for a remodel of the Germania Hose Company.
  • Dupont Borough will receive $20,000 for the Greater Pittston Regional Composting Facility.

Finally, in Monroe County four projects in Senator Blake’s 22nd District received grants through the Monroe Local Share Account program:

  • Pocono Services for Family and Children will receive $640,500 to replace the roof on the recently purchased Mountain Center facility in Coolbaugh Township.
  • The Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport Authority will receive $400,000 to construct a 6,000 square foot building to store its snow removal equipment.
  • Stroudsburg Borough will receive $130,670 for paving and drainage improvements along Sarah Street from Fifth to Ninth Streets.
  • KidsPeace Corporation will receive $130,000 to renovate a vacant space and expand its operations in Coolbaugh Township.

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Blake: Lackawanna and Monroe County Projects to Receive Over $3M in Grants

HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 – – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced state grants totaling over $3 million for 14 projects located throughout Lackawanna and Monroe Counties.

“The Local Share gaming funds continue to provide a much-needed revenue stream for projects that improve our quality of life, enhance public safety, encourage economic development and create jobs. These projects throughout Lackawanna and Monroe Counties are important to our communities, and, thanks to the hard work of local officials, have earned state support,” Blake said. “I also applaud the House delegation of Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe Counties for their hard work in advancing the approval of these funds.”

Projects that received funding in Lackawanna County include:

  • The City of Scranton received $500,000 to pave streets over several blocks throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods that have been destroyed by cracks and potholes.
  • The City of Scranton received $440,000 to assist Lace Building Affiliates, LP, with a portion of the Scranton Lace Company Industrial Complex remediation project through demolition and remediation activities.
  • Lackawanna County received $400,000 to assist Geisinger Health Systems with the purchase of new laboratory, women’s health, pediatric, radiology, and primary care equipment at the Mount Pleasant Outpatient Center in the City of Scranton.
  • Dunmore Borough received $345,000 to renovate and build an addition to the existing firehouse located in the borough.
  • Scott Township received $275,000 to construct a new gravity sewer line from Scott Technology Park to the township central sewer system.
  • The City of Carbondale received $275,000 for façade and building improvements at six locations in the designated Enterprise Zone along historic Route 6 in the Salem Ave./North Main Street corridor.
  • · Jefferson Township received $120,000 to acquire land as part of establishing a recreational facility in the township.
  • · Olyphant Borough received $65,000 for the construction of a 970 square foot ADA compliant field house and a 330 square foot pavilion at Condella Park.
  • Jermyn Borough received $70,000 to install a new roof on the borough community center.
  • Moosic Borough received $60,000 for construction, infrastructure, and engineering costs to widen East Corey St. – the dividing line between the Borough and the City of Scranton.
  • Clarks Summit Borough received $19,987 to purchase four Hoenni Loadmaster Wheel Load Weighers and related equipment to start a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement project.

Projects that received funding in Monroe County include:

  • Coolbaugh Township received $511,699 for the preparation and acquisition costs associated with the construction of a left-hand turning lane at the intersection of State Route 196 and entrance to A Pocono Country Place main gate.
  • Barrett Township received $20,000 for the purchase of an emergency generator for The Shepherds low-income senior housing center.
  • Monroe County Industrial Development Authority received $50,319 to assist the American Red Cross of the Pocono with the purchase of an emergency response vehicle.

All projects were approved Tuesday at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funds were made available through the allocation of gaming funds for community and economic development projects.

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