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Corbett Administration Highlights Sunbury Riverfront Project on JOBS1st On the Road

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April 10, 2014


Corbett Administration Highlights Sunbury Riverfront Project on JOBS1st On the Road


Sunbury – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary C. Alan Walker and Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Julia K. Hearthway today joined with Senator John Gordner (R-27) for a tour of the Sunbury Riverfront project, highlighting safety improvements for residents and the community.


“Every natural disaster is a reminder of the tremendous damage that Mother Nature can inflict on residents and businesses if a community is not prepared,” said Walker. “The investments made into the Sunbury Riverfront project have helped upgrade aging and deteriorating flood-control systems, protecting businesses and residents from potential flood damage.”


The City of Sunbury received a $2 million H2O PA grant for riverbank stabilization including repairs to the damaged masonry walls and installation of additional protection measures through the deteriorated reach to restore the riverbank to its original project conditions.


Today, Walker, Hearthway and Gordner toured completed Phases 1 and 2 of the project with Phase 3 slated for completion in May 2014. Once the project is complete, the City of Sunbury will comply with FEMA’s levee certification requirements. 


Later today, the second day of “JOBS1st On the Road,” Walker will tour the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project at Shamokin Dam.


Earlier today, DCED’s international business development office visited Restek Corporation and DCED community financing staff also conducted a “Disaster Recovery Workshop. Additionally, DCED’s innovation and investment staff held a seminar on Keystone Innovation Zone and R&D Tax Credit programs.


The Corbett administration developed “JOBS1st On the Road” to strengthen the relationships with the commonwealth’s regional partners. The three-day visit will take the team to Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, traveling throughout Central Pennsylvania to discuss the administration’s plans for economic growth, job creation and community development


This initiative is privately funded and supported by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a private non-profit partnership with the commonwealth.


Administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, H2O PA provides grants for flood control projects, construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects and high-hazard or unsafe dam projects.


Media contacts:

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717-783-1132




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