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Governor Corbett Announces Grant to Support Downtown Improvements in Montgomery County

May 23, 2014



HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23 -- Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., issued the following news release:

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded Lower Merion Township a $35,000 grant to support downtown improvements to attract visitors and new businesses to Lower Merion Township.

"Achieving economic vibrancy in our local communities is vital to creating more jobs and building a stronger Pennsylvania," said Corbett. "Downtown improvement programs such as this one in Lower Merion Township directly enhance the quality of life for businesses and residents."

The Keystone Communities grant will provide funding for the continuation of the implementation of a facade program which will be used to enhance facade design in Bryn Mawr, Merion-Cynwyd and Bala Village.

"The Township is of course, excited about getting the grant. Each grant project in a commercial area helps to be a building block for the next project," said Eric Persson, Economic Development Specialist, Township of Lower Merion. "The grant can be used for so much more on facade improvement than merely signage or an awning. So we try to help provide suggestions, and point out projects in their area that have utilized the grant, and hopefully they can take full advantage of the grant to make significant improvements."

Funds will be used to continue coordinated facade improvements to the commercial areas in Lower Merion Township in order to further their economic viability by enhancing the character and quality of life of the business district and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.

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