Collegeville Receives $95K Keystone Communities Grant

The grant will support façade improvements to preserve historic buildings and promote family and visitor activities.

(Patch file photo)
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The following was provided to Patch by the Governor's Office:

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded Collegeville Borough a $95,000 Keystone Communities grant to support façade improvements to preserve historic buildings and promote family and visitor activities.

“By helping local communities like Collegeville, we are further facilitating the connection between businesses and the community that will continue to spur economic growth,” said Corbett.

The Keystone Communities grant will provide funding to Collegeville Borough, on behalf of the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), for the administration of the Main Street program and to undertake a façade improvement program.

The façade program will target the business district, offering assistance from the design committee and the Borough on streetscape design and the preservation of historic buildings.

The strategic goal is to improve and promote the Collegeville Business District as a destination for a vibrant shopping and distinctive dining experience, enhancing and promoting the social and economic connection between the Business District and Ursinus College.

“We appreciate the support of the DCED in providing the money to assist the CEDC,” said Rachael Morrison, Executive Director, CEDC. “We will use these funds to increase the attractiveness and economic development of Collegeville. By improving Collegeville we are making the core of the community more vibrant.”

“I and Representative Vereb are pleased to continue our support for the Borough of Collegeville and the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation for their $95,000 Keystone Communities Grant for the Main Street Program as well as to provide funding for the Collegeville Main Design Challenge program,” said State Senator John Rafferty (R-44). “Collegeville Borough is a most attractive community to live, work, worship, recreate and this funding will continue to enhance the Borough. Mike and I are pleased with the successful award.”

“The CEDC has played a vital role in growing the community of Collegeville and embracing its ideals and community spirit,” said State Representative Mike Vereb (R-150). “I personally have enjoyed the results and look forward to the work to be done. I congratulate both the CEDC and the borough of Collegeville on this award."

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program 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 call 1-866-466-3972.


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