HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling nearly $5.3 million for projects throughout Lackawanna County.

Lackawanna County received $3.35 million in grants under the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s H2O PA program and an additional $1.9 million from the local share assessment account.

“Both the H2O PA grants and the local share assessment funding will provide much-needed state support for many worthwhile projects throughout Lackawanna County,” Blake said. “In this economy, every penny counts and it is great to be able to bring state money back to our communities for projects that improve the quality of life and create jobs. I want to commend the community officials who worked so hard to prepare quality applications to compete for and secure this funding.”

The following is a list of projects that received grants through the H2O PA program:

  • Abington Township received $1 million to replace the existing wastewater treatment facility and make other sewer improvements
  • Scott Township Water & Sewer Authority received $1 million to continue the ongoing sewer project in the township
  • Abington Regional Wastewater Authority received $1 million to upgrade and expand the Abington wastewater treatment plant and make additional sewer improvements.
  • Elmhurst Township Sewer Authority received $350,000 to improve treatment and conveyance portions of the Wastewater Treatment Plant

The H2O PA program allocates single-year or multi-year grants to municipalities or municipal authorities to assist with the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects.

The following projects received funding from Lackawanna County’s local share of gaming monies:

  • The Carbondale Center for Small Business Technology Transfer received $536,759 to renovate and make green energy improvements at the former Clifford of Vermont building and its current incubator facility.
  • Jessup Borough received $518,000 to assist with the construction of a 43,000 square foot technology incubator facility anticipated to house 112 employees in the Jessup Small Business Center.
  • Taylor Borough received $350,000 for the construction of a storm sewer
  • Scranton City received $225, 000 for construction costs related to the Cedar Avenue Neighborhood Housing Revitalization Initiative.
  • Scranton City received $165,791 to design and construct a parking lot and pocket park in the vacant lot between Wright Court and Eight Avenue
  • Moscow Borough received $139,000 to pave two off street parking lots and make storm water improvements in the lots to assist in the Main Street revitalization efforts

The “local share assessment” (LSA) account was established by the Pennsylvania Horse Race and Gaming Development Act. The funds are generated by the commonwealth’s gaming facilities.

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