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Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Fourteen More Community Re-Invest Projects

Fourteen new projects, focusing on youth recreation, the environment and accessibility were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $200,943.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the Commissioners have approved grants for 71 projects totaling $1,105,610.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of these ventures is $5,150,683.

The funding for these projects once again highlights the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding helped to leverage new development in our boroughs, townships and municipalities.

“These projects represent our commitment to Lackawanna County’s quality of life.  A vital part of our economic development program is to improve our neighborhoods and recreational facilities, which is the core of the Community Re-Invest Program,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

“Once again, we are giving back to our communities and neighborhoods.  This round of funding involves opportunities dealing with the environment, youth and preserving history,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“I am very impressed with the breadth of the projects funded by the Community Re-Invest Program.  It has served as a true partnership with the County, our communities and civic groups.  It has been a win-win opportunity for everyone involved,” explained Commissioner Edward G. Staback.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include: 

Applicant: Roaring Brook Township

        Project Description: Upgrade recycling drop-off site by constructing a 35’ x 45’ concrete pad, blacktopping around the pad to meet the parking lot, improve drainage, and install two light posts.

        Total Project Cost: $20,240

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: South Scranton Little League

        Project Description: Repairs to the little league field fence and purchasing new bleachers for the first-base side of the field.

        Total Project Cost: $19,500

        Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: Blakely Borough

        Project Description: Purchase and install 10 new benches and two display boards at the Borough’s Recreation Complex (formerly Mellow Park).

        Total Project Cost: $19,818

        Amount from CRP Program: $14,522 

Applicant: Abington Little League

        Project Description: Installation of a play area at the little league complex in Glenburn Township, which will include a five-12 year-old play set, a two-five year-old play set, four swings, benches and fencing.

        Total Project Cost: $75,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $20,000 

Applicant: Ronald McDonald House

        Project Description: Construction of a front porch with a handicap accessible ramp.

        Total Project Cost: $29,500

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Scott Baseball Association

        Project Description: Restoration and upgrades to the teener field, which includes a new backstop, fencing, breakaway base pads, the refurbishing of existing bleachers, and the purchase of new bleachers for the visiting team side.

        Total Project Cost: $8,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $6,000 

Applicant: Benton Township

        Project Description: Community center upgrades, which includes the installation of an updated fire alarm system, security lock doorways, and ADA handicap-accessible restroom.

        Total Project Cost: $20,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Glenburn Township

        Project Description: Refurbishing the landmark caboose on display at the municipal building.  This entails repainting the exterior and interior, undercoating the bottom, coating the roof, and replacing the window glass.

        Total Project Cost: $11,240

        Amount from CRP Program: $7,000 

Applicant: Theodore J. Wint VFW Post 25 (Scranton)

        Project Description: Construction of a handicap-accessible ramp and vestibule at the entrance to the post home.

        Total Project Cost: $51,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Friends of the Forgotten (Dunmore)

        Project Description: Refurbish the tank at South Blakely and Cherry Streets in Dunmore, install a Korean War Memorial, eight new flagpoles and a pedestrian friendly surface, and landscape the area.

        Total Project Cost: $40,750

        Amount from CRP Program: $14,000 

Applicant: Aylesworth Creek Reservoir Park Authority

        Project Description: The construction of a handicap-accessible fishing pier at the Lackawanna River is the final component of the Gravity Slope Recreational Area in Archbald at the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

        Total Project Cost: $51,911

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Applicant: Waverly Community House

        Project Description: Construct an ADA handicap-accessible restroom on the lower floor and install a new set of ADA compliant exterior doors.

        Total Project Cost: $20,213

        Amount from CRP Program: $16,421 

Applicant: North Abington Township

        Project Description: Construct an ADA-compliant municipal building to replace the existing structure that is not up to ADA regulations and also lacks restroom facilities.

        Total Project Cost: $618,533

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Mayfield Junior Baseball Association

        Project Description: Construction of new dugouts and fencing at the Mayfield Sports Complex.

        Total Project Cost: $14,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2015.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Four More Community Re- Invest Projects

Four new projects, focusing on youth sports activities, holiday lighting and recreation facility upgrades, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $100,000.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the Commissioners have approved grants for 57 projects totaling $904,667.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of the ventures is $4,150, 978.

The funding for these projects once again highlight the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth, development and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding for the activities have helped to serve as a catalyst to leverage new growth and development in other boroughs, townships and municipalities.

Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley noted that the Community Re-Invest Program has been a true partnership with the surrounding communities and civic groups.  It has served as a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include:

Applicant: Archbald Borough

        Project Description: Upgrade the existing basketball and tennis courts at Ed Staback Park with the application of an acrylic, colored sport surface.

Total Project Cost: $45,168

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000

Applicant: Dickson City Light Committee

        Project Description: Purchase new Christmas lights and banners for Dickson City, including 45 snowflake lights, 12 angel lights, and 40 banners for Main Street from I-81 to Blakely Borough line.

        Total Project Cost: $60,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: Carbondale YMCA

        Project Description: Purchase a hot water heater system, pool heater, gym divider, Astroturf for outdoor play area, and an upper body ergometer.

        Total Project Cost: $34,245

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Applicant: Triboro Soccer

        Project Description: Purchase and installation of a permanent lighting system at the soccer field next to the Eagle-McClure Hose Company.  The Triboro league serves the communities of Moosic, Taylor and Old Forge.

        Total Project Cost: $110,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2015.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.      

CHAMBER PARTNERS WITH LACKAWANNA COUNTY TO DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

Thinking of starting a business?  Looking to grow your business?  Today The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Lackawanna County announced a joint economic development initiative designed to make it easier to access services to help grow your business, right here in Lackawanna County.

Lackawanna County is home to a host of business development organizations that provide a wide array of support services to help budding and growing businesses. This initiative seeks to strengthen the communications and interconnectedness between and among those entities; Establish a gateway to such resources for those looking to start or expand a business, and; Launch an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness of these services, and position Lackawanna County as one of the best places to start, expand or relocate a business.

“In nearly every aspect technology is driving industry and innovation.  To compete with other markets, we need to exist in that space,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “By developing a web-based portal to the support services available to businesses located in Lackawanna County, we can increase the effectiveness of these independent services while making the process of starting or growing a business here easier to navigate.”

The initiative can be perceived as a “portal” through which entrepreneurs and/or ongoing business concerns can step to access the range of business development tools including: loan programs, tax incentives, business plan support, educational resources, venture capital, technical support, networking opportunities and more.

“This economic development initiative is a tremendous way to showcase Lackawanna County and will be a very valuable asset for us in our goal of creating jobs and diversifying our economy.  It will inform local businesses and companies outside the area where to go for assistance and what’s available to utilize for their projects,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners.  “This program is a true community partnership.”

“As a part of our Job Creation Initiative, this project will let corporate officials and site selection personnel know that we are ‘open for business.’  It will feature the public/private partnerships at work in our community that are business-friendly,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “We are also promoting the incentives that are available to help companies come here, build a foundation, create family sustaining jobs, thrive and be a cornerstone for our growth.”

“This is a great opportunity for Lackawanna County.  It is a chance to show off our community’s assets, vibrancy and business climate.  It gives decision-makers a real hard look at what we can offer if they locate their operation or a satellite branch here,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.