Nov. 15, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress today was awarded $80,000 through the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne). Toohil played a key role in securing the state funds.

“For the past several years, the alliance has worked hard to implement projects and programs to attract new business,” said Toohil. “With this funding, the alliance, with the help of its partners, will be able to continue revitalizing downtown Hazleton by strengthening its partnerships, attracting new business, and organizing programs designed to culturally and economically integrate the community.”

The NPP funding will be used to support programs that will make use of new facilities that have been developed downtown in the past five years, particularly those serving low-income youth and the Hispanic community, as well as other projects and programs identified through the strategic planning process that will nurture business growth and integration.

Those efforts will include a Youth Entrepreneurship Summer and Afterschool Program in partnership with the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox; planning and delivery of a Youth Arts Summer Program in partnership with the Hazleton Art League; additional arts and cultural events in association with First Friday; bilingual marketing and advertisement of art and cultural programs and events; and the development of an Art Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with the Hazleton Art League and the Penn State LaunchBox.

It will also involve the development of a program designed to help integrate the Hispanic business community and increase nonprofit and community organization board leadership, and the development of a Marketing and Business Recruitment Plan.

The Hazleton funding was included in $26.5 million that was approved to support 197 community revitalization projects across the Commonwealth.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil


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