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26Sep

Luzerne County committee preparing to accept blighted property database nominations

Share List By Jennifer Learn-Andes – Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Published: September 25, 2017 Luzerne County municipalities can start nominating abandoned eyesore properties for a new countywide blight database on Oct. 1, officials said. Vacant properties could be declared blighted and placed on the list for numerous reasons, including public nuisance code violations, safety problems that…

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Sep

State Senate hearing in Erie focuses on blight

Share List By Kevin Flowers, Erie Times News Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM State Sen. Dan Laughlin invited members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee to Erie to for a roundtable discussion of blight and community revitalization. Effectively combating blight, especially in urban areas, requires a complex mix of funding, collaboration, initiative and creative thinking. That’s what State…

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12Sep

Commissioners support 7-year extensions for several Keystone Opportunity Zones

Share List By: Jeff Horvath, Scranton Times Tribune Published: September 7, 2017 Hoping to attract potential developers, Lackawanna County commissioners support extending the tax-exempt status of several undeveloped parcels for an additional seven years. Wednesday’s 2-0 vote by Commissioners Jerry Notarianni and Patrick O’Malley represents the last local step required to extend Keystone Opportunity Zone…

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06Sep

Editorial: Fight vs. blight is worth it

Share List Published in the Altoona Mirror Published: Aug 25, 2017 The blight task force being established by the city of Altoona will elevate the community’s attack on that unwanted detriment to quality of life. However, besides getting the effort off the proverbial launching pad, all connected with the stepped-up anti-blight effort will need to…

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22Aug

Altoona to form Blight Task Force

Share List By: William Kibler, Altoona Mirror Published: Aug 17, 2017 The City of Altoona is calling for applicants for a Blight Task Force to develop new strategies for solving the city’s chronic problem of building and neighborhood deterioration. “(The task force) will be comprised of individuals from local organizations, community associations, the business community…

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18Aug

Report: Recommendations on Infrastructure, Efficient Government, and Community Revitialization

Share List By: Pennsylvania State Planning Board Published: July 2017 In 2016 the Pennsylvania State Planning Board received a charge from Governor Tom Wolf to prepare a report with recommendations in three areas: • Infrastructure – Recommend incentives for regional planning and coordination of infrastructure investments. • Efficient government – Make policy suggestions to remedy…

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16Aug

Lancaster Officials Discuss Methods to Alleviate Blight with State Lawmakers

Share List By: Sam Janesh, Lancaster Online Published: August 15th, 2017 Lancaster County officials said Monday they are taking steps to reinvigorate blighted and abandoned properties even as they continue to face challenges with the speed and funding of those efforts. In a public meeting organized by state senators, they discussed what’s been working well…

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Aug

State Government Committee Will Hold Meeting in Lancaster City to Talk Blight

Share List By: Sam Janesch, Lancaster Online Published: August 12th, 2017 State Sen. Scott Martin will host a public meeting with his state legislative colleagues next week in Lancaster to discuss blight and abandonment. The issue of abandoned and deteriorating buildings is not only a problem in cities, “but one that affects the boroughs and…

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