Pennsylvania Department of Community and Econmic Development

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Corbett Administration Announces Designation to Spur Development in Downtown Reading

Reading –Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker joined state and local officials today to designate the City of Reading as a Keystone Community, opening the door to future funding to support downtown development.

“While statewide growth is critical to the success of our economy, Governor Corbett recognizes the important role our communities play in the overall growth of the commonwealth,” Walker said. “Downtown improvements in Reading will revive and attract businesses, encourage commerce and will help the city move forward.”

The designation will assist Reading’s community revitalization efforts by providing funding priority for infrastructure improvements, revitalization initiatives and community planning assistance that will renovate existing buildings and enhance downtown Reading.

The community will focus on attracting new businesses, preserving historic buildings and architecture, promoting green space and encouraging pedestrian activity resulting in a revitalized and vibrant downtown.

Reading’s Downtown Improvement District applied on behalf of the city to be designated as a Keystone Community and enter Reading’s downtown central business district in the Main Street program. The region covers Reading’s core downtown business district and will impact several local businesses and municipal buildings.

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving revitalization. Theprogram supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives visit www.newPA.com or call1-866-466-3972.

Media contact:Lyndsay Frank, 717-783-1132

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