for Immediate Release
Corbett Awards CRIZ Program Designations to Bethlehem and Lancaster
Harrisburg– Today, Governor
Tom Corbett awarded two City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program
designations to the cities of Bethlehem and Lancaster.
Corbett signed the CRIZ program into law in conjunction with the 2013-14 state
budget to spur new growth in cities that have struggled to attract development,
help revive downtown areas and create jobs for the residents in the regions.
local communities are the foundation of
Pennsylvania’s economy. We developed the CRIZ program to spark local economic
growth, create jobs, and improve the lives of city residents and visitors,”
officials in Bethlehem and Lancaster were recently informed of their CRIZ
designations. These cities will work closely with the Department of Community
and Economic Development and the Department of Revenue to identify priority
projects within their applications.
the CRIZ program, vacant, desolate or abandoned space can be developed for
commercial use, thereby creating jobs, increasing personal incomes, growing
state and local tax revenues and reviving local economies.
eligible to apply for CRIZ designation based on local economic indicators
include Altoona, Bethlehem, Erie, Lancaster, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and York.
Delaware County, a home rule county, was also eligible to apply for a CRIZ
designation for the City of Chester.
were reviewed by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the
Department of Revenue and the Office of the Budget, which awarded CRIZ
designations based on eligibility requirements identified in program
guidelines. Eligible applicants that did not receive designations have been
encouraged to reapply in the next round of applications.
all eligible Pennsylvania cities that develop quality proposals could have
successful economic development projects. I have directed DCED to work with
cities that did not receive designations to help them improve their
applications,” said Corbett. “We want to inspire our cities to start thinking
creatively about spurring new growth through economic development strategies
and the CRIZ program has certainly helped in that effort.”
Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Steve Kratz, DCED, 717-783-1132