Nov. 15, 2022

HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) announced today that $521,500 in grants were awarded for improvement projects in the 28th District through the Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF).

“These investments made toward our community assets will be of tremendous benefit to our residents,” said Mercuri. “These organizations provide our community with invaluable resources every day, and I am pleased to see this funding applied to encourage the continued growth, preservation and improvement of our region.”

These grant awards are intended to facilitate economic development in Allegheny County through a tax assessed on slot gaming revenues in casinos. The program is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC).

Groups receiving the funding, which are accompanied by project descriptions, include the following:

• Richland Township Municipal Authority - $124,000 to replace approximately 3,000 linear feet of 6-inch water line along McMorran Road in Richland Township.
• Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) - $100,000 to help create additional pedestrian walkways and crosswalks that meet existing walkways and roadways; repair and replace deteriorating roadways, curbing and sidewalks; and replace a chained area with an automated system for emergency personnel to access the entire campus.
• Peebles District Volunteer Fire Department - $75,000 to build a three- to four-bay unit to house rescue vehicles and other related fire/rescue equipment.
• Brook Park Recreation and Swimming Club, Inc. - $72,500 to make necessary upgrades to improve overall accessibility, energy efficiency, building stabilization, and water conservation and accessibility. The funding will also be used toward repairing bathrooms, pool concrete and lawn drainage.
• McCandless Franklin Park Ambulance Authority - $50,000 to help repair and resurface the existing garage floor and replace the existing garage doors.
• North Hills Council of Governments - $50,000 to install 4,100 linear feet of 2-inch and 3-inch sanitary sewer forced main pipe along Markman Park Road in Marshall Township.
• Skyhigh Ventures, LLC - $50,000 toward using digital therapeutics to assess reading levels in children with dyslexia and identifies appropriate exercises to improve fluency.

Representative Robert Mercuri
28th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nate Temple