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Governor Corbett Announces Grant to Support the City of Latrobe's Main Street Program

August 11, 2014



HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 11 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development issued the following news release:

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded the City of Latrobe a $60,000 Keystone Communities grant to support the Main Street Program, designed to help attract visitors and new businesses to the city.

"By creating sustainable communities that are at the core of economic growth and job creation, we are building a stronger Pennsylvania," said Gov. Corbett. "Our partnership with Latrobe will help advance their localized economic development efforts and bring more people to the city."

The Keystone Communities grant will provide funding to the City of Latrobe, on behalf of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program, for implementation of the Main Street program over the next three years.

Funds will be used to implement coordinated economic development strategies such as attracting new businesses and hotel development, downtown facade improvements, ordinance enforcement, the development of a walk/bike trail and the renovation of 3,000 square feet of mixed-use space.

"As the City of Latrobe's community development arm, the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program is pleased to partner with the City of Latrobe for the betterment of the community," said Nick Felice, Executive Director. "The $60,000 grant provided by DCED will help us continue to fulfill our mission of spurring community and asset development, and promotion of our downtown businesses. We greatly appreciate the commonwealth's support."

"I am so pleased to have worked with Governor Corbett in assisting the leaders of Latrobe with their strong efforts to move this great city forward through its Main Street Program, which draws businesses, services and jobs to the downtown," said State Senator Kim Ward (R-39).

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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