HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that Pennsylvania will invest more than $67.5 million to support important water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the state that could help to create and retain more than 31,000 jobs.
"Every day for nearly four years, we've worked to revitalize Pennsylvania's economy and create a more competitive business environment," Governor Rendell said. "Not only have we cut business taxes and provided capital investments, but we've built the infrastructure companies and communities need. Making sure water and sewer systems are in place is critical as companies decide where to locate or expand.
"It is because of these types of investments that Pennsylvania has been named as the number one destination for new projects in North America, according to IBM Business Consulting Services. We have made use of our resources to improve the quality of life for our residents and help position Pennsylvania for future growth.
"The PennWorks funding we're announcing today will help municipalities improve their water and wastewater capacity. When combined with our efforts to create shovel-ready sites, communities all across the commonwealth are moving one step closer toward development goals and attracting new employers."
The projects approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority will receive funds through the Water Supply and Wastewater Infrastructure Program, or PennWorks. This $200 million program was established in 2004 to provide single- or multi-year grants and loans to municipalities, municipal authorities, industrial development corporations, and investor-owned water or wastewater enterprises. Projects may include construction, expansion or improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure related to economic development.
PennWorks supplements the Governor's 19 economic stimulus programs by providing help for off-site improvements, as well as significant site-specific projects. Together, these programs leverage state support to attract private sector investments.
More than $1.3 billion has been allocated for 1,400 economic stimulus projects that will eventually bring more than 125,000 jobs to the commonwealth. This investment has leveraged more than $2.03 billion in additional private and local funds.
To date, 56 PennWorks projects totaling more than $154.5 million have been approved by the CFA.
The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the Governor's economic stimulus plan. In addition to PennWorks, the CFA oversees Business in Our Sites, the Tax Increment Financing Guarantee, First Industries Fund, New PA Venture Capital Investment, New Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee, Building PA, and the Second Stage Loan programs.
Projects approved by the CFA today include: Berks County
The Lyons Borough Municipal Authority will receive $8 million ($5 million loan / $3 million grant) for expansion to the wastewater treatment facility, the acid concentrator system and the sanitary treatment pre-treatment system serving the East Penn Manufacturing Company (EPMC). The expansion is necessary due to an additional two manufacturing plants that are expected to be constructed around the EPMC, which will cause an estimated 76 percent increase in wastewater. The total project cost is estimated to be $16.8 million, with the expansion creating 500 new jobs and retaining another 4,848 employees.
Colebrookdale Township will receive $7,250,357 ($5,000,000 loan / $2,250,357 grant) for upgrades to the Cabot Corporation's wastewater treatment facility. The project will help the company comply with the revised wastewater discharge permit limits. The project will include modifications and improvements to the on-site industrial plant, and is expected to cost $7.4 million. Two hundred jobs will be retained through this project.
Duncansville Municipal Authority will receive $6,506,147 ($4,720,000 grant / $1,786,147 loan) for expansion and upgrades to the borough's sewage treatment plant. In order to increase economic development opportunities, the borough and its surrounding municipalities need to expand the plant's potential to 1.74 million gallons per day. Components of the project will include eliminating the hydraulic overload problem and enabling the plant to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from its sewage, per the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Program. The total project cost is estimated to be $6.5 million and 30 to 50 new jobs are expected to be created.
The Johnstown Redevelopment Authority will receive $3.6 million ($2,520,000 loan / $1,080,000 grant) for upgrades and improvements to the Johnstown Waste Water Treatment Plant. Several commercial and industrial sites in the Johnstown area are undergoing redevelopment, creating an increased need for efficient wastewater treatment service. Inconsistencies also exist with the current system. Components of the project include construction of an additional clarifier, a return-activated sludge building, and a retaining wall. The total project cost is estimated to be $3.6 million, and is expected to create between 1,100 and 1,200 jobs.
The Forest Hills Municipal Authority will receive $2.7 million ($2,025,000 grant / $675,000 loan) for the expansion of the South Fork Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Conemaugh Township. The plant services nine municipalities, with the major customer being the Johnstown Industrial Park that holds the Pepsi Bottling Group and the American Read Cross. The expansion will allow for wastewater service to Phase II of the industrial park. The project will include the installation of an additional treatment unit and the equipment necessary to upgrade the organic capacity at the treatment plant. The total estimated cost is $2.7 million and 636 jobs are expected to be created upon completion.
The Bellefonte Borough Authority will receive $7,357,597 ($5,000,000 loan / $2,357,597 grant) for upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system in Benner Township. The township will be the home of the 135-acre Rockview Business Park, which will house advanced manufacturing / light industrial development companies. Project components include providing on-site water and sewer, constructing a new sewer interceptor and upgrading the existing wastewater treatment plant to accommodate the additional capacity. The total project cost is estimated to be $9.4 million and is expected to create 11,050 new jobs.
The Clinton County Sewer Authority will receive $1,393,205 ($557,282 loan / $835,923 grant) for sewer improvements to the Lamar Township Business Park. The funds will be used to extend the sewer lines at the business park in the township, as well as replace the interceptor line in Flemington Borough. The total project cost is estimated to be $5,758,205. The Clinton County Economic Partnership has indicated that 52 new jobs could be created due to this project.
The McConnellsburg Borough Municipal Authority will receive $7,448,503 ($5,000,000 grant / $2,448,503 loan) for construction of a water treatment facility in Todd Township. The current water supply deficiencies and inconsistencies have hindered many of the region's current businesses, as well as restricted their economic growth potential. The project will include construction of a facility, as well as related transmission pipelines to support current businesses in the area. The total project cost is estimated to be $7.5 million and will create a total of 750 new jobs.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority will receive $3,439,000 ($1,269,073 loan / $2,169,927 grant) for waterline extensions into the Village of Mount Morris in Perry Township. The area is home to the new 108-acre Meadow Ridge Business Park. The funds will be used for installation of 8.3 miles of waterlines, as well as modifying an existing water pump station to support the development of the park. The total project cost is estimated to be $3.4 million and is expected to result in the creation of 150 new jobs.
The Lehigh County Authority will receive $5 million ($3 million loan / $2 million grant) for water and wastewater improvements in Upper Macungie Township. Three companies in the western Lehigh County area are expanding their facilities by over one million square feet, mandating the need for additional water supplies. The funds will be used for the development of additional water supply and storage; the construction of two pump stations; and interconnection with the City of Allentown's water system. The total project cost is estimated at $18 million with 555 jobs expected to be created upon completion.
The Philadelphia Water Department will receive $5 million ($3 million loan / $2 million grant) for water and sewer improvements at the Philadelphia Naval Yard in the city of Philadelphia. The 90-acre Historic Core will be redeveloped, including upgrades to the water supply system, replacement of sewer pipes, and improvements to the sewage pump station. The total project cost is estimated to be nearly $7 million and is expected to create and retain a total of 10,000 jobs.
The Lincoln Township Municipal Authority will receive $394,972 ($353,351 grant / $41,621 loan) for construction of a wastewater treatment plant and collection system. Both the Somerset Welding and Steel Plant and the Somerset County Historical and Genealogical Society Complex have been unable to expand due to limits on their sanitary disposal system. The project will involve constructing the Southside Water Treatment Plant, as well as a collection system. The total project cost is estimated to be $526,630 and will create at least 40 to 60 new jobs.
The Municipal Authority of Mansfield Borough will receive $6,290,983 ($4,718,237 grant / $1,572,746 loan) for expansion and upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant in the borough. Currently, the county is developing the Tioga County Business Park to attract new industries, which will need to be connected to a wastewater system. The project components include retrofitting a new treatment process known as Membrane Bioreactors. The total project cost is estimated to be $6,290,983. Upon completion, 300 new jobs are expected to be created.
The Borough of Rouseville has received $2,379,880 ($1,784,910 loan / $594,970 grant) for water and sewer improvements for the former Calumet refinery site. The Enviro Bio-Diesel plant is redeveloping the site which currently has no public water service. The funding will be used to extend water lines, improve the wastewater treatment plant and replace existing sanitary sewer lines. The total project cost is estimated to be $2.4 million and at least 60 new jobs are expected to be created upon completion.
Westmoreland County will receive $825,000 ($577,500 loan / $247,500 grant) for construction at the Westmoreland Distribution Park II in Hempfield Township. The 1,200-acre park surrounding the Sony Technology Center needs upgrades to the water storage tank and pump station to provide adequate water service and pressure to the planned lot development, as well as sufficient water for safety and protection. The total project cost is estimated to be $1.1 million. These upgrades are expected to result in the creation of 1,200 new jobs.
For more information on PennWorks and other stimulus programs, visit http://www.newPA.com or call 1-866-GO-NEWPA (1-866-466-3972).
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Source: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor