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Wyoming County Lawmakers Applaud Grant to Update County Comprehensive Plan and Economic Strategy
2/19/2014
HARRISBURG – Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/ Monroe/ Pike/ Susquehanna/ Wayne/ Wyoming) and Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) today announced a $50,000 Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) grant to assist Wyoming County and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce update their comprehensive plan and county economic strategy.

The grant is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and is designed to assist local governments plan for and efficiently implement a variety of services and improvements, and soundly manage development with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches.

“This funding will help the local officials and community leaders who are trying to find ways to balance changes in the economy with the need to create jobs, strengthen communities, and continue building the quality of life in the county,” said Baker.

The lawmakers noted that Wyoming County has been greatly impacted by the natural gas boom and new plans are necessary to address the changes in industries, the economy, transportation, and land use that have occurred over the past several years. The last comprehensive plan for the county was completed in 1997 and the last county economic strategy in 1994.

“This funding will enable the county and chamber of commerce to move forward with their plans to maximize new economic opportunities and adequately plan for future development throughout Wyoming County,” said Major. “The natural gas boom in particular has brought about significant changes in the county and these plans will, in part, capitalize on those changes.”

“This funding is essential in helping Wyoming County keep pace with changes in its economy, which includes the natural gas industry,” Boback said. “The money made available through this grant will provide a tremendous boost to the efforts of the county and the chamber of commerce to update and further develop their vision for the future of Wyoming County.”

The total cost of the project will be $113,950.

Representative Sandra Major
111th District
Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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