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March 25th, 2014

Funding for Infrastructure Improvements to Add Approximately 250 New Jobs in Perry County

NEWPORT– Continuing to advance Governor Tom Corbett’s JOBS1st PA initiative, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker joined state and local officials today to announce the award of a more than $2.8 million PennWorks grant to the Howe Township Municipal Authority for infrastructure improvements that will benefit residents and support new job creation.

“Having up-to-date infrastructure systems and facilities is critical to attracting new investment and jobs and supporting the added needs of business expansion,” Walker said. “The Corbett administration is proud to partner with Howe Township to make the infrastructure improvements necessary to bring new job creating projects to the community.”

Howe Township Municipal Authority will receive a more than $2.8 million PennWorks grant to be used for Phase I design and building of wastewater infrastructure improvements to support businesses and residents in a planned growth area along State Route 34. Funding will be used to construct a combination gravity, low pressure and pressure sewers, and three pump stations to prepare for connection to Newport Borough Municipal Authority’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Howe Township.

The new infrastructure will support new development in the identified planned growth area including 250,000 square feet of commercial and retail space developed by HAMM Equities LLC that is projected to attract 200 jobs. Newport Medical One LLC will develop a 30,000-square-foot medical center that is projected to add 50 new jobs.

“The grant is going toward improvements to the wastewater treatment system that will allow new commercial and retail development to take place, including a medical center which will be of great benefit to local residents,” said Representative Mark Keller. “I am especially pleased the project is expected to lead to the creation of about 250 jobs for Perry County. These state dollars are money well spent.”

“The PennWorks grant is going to a very deserving plan that will provide a great benefit to the area in both wastewater infrastructure improvement and jobs,” said Senator Jake Corman. “I am glad to see the Howe Township grant approved for such a worthy project.”

“A lack of infrastructure in this area has been an impediment to growth in this area,” said Perry County Commissioner Brenda Benner. “It is exciting to know that jobs will be created and much needed medical services will be added for the residents of Perry County and surrounding areas.”


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