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Strengthening Communities

On August 25th 2016 in  Lawrenceville, PA House Finance Committee held a public hearing on the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Several PA House representatives were in attendance from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and representatives from as far as Philadelphia. The panel heard from community developers: Jerome Jackson, Operation Better Block (Homewood), Michael Edwards, Connellsville Redevelopment Authority (Connellsville) and Tracey Evans, Wilkinsburg CDC. Each talked about how the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) has benefited their neighborhoods in a myriad of ways.

The panel also heard from some of the corporate partners, Scott Lammie, UPMC, Evan Frazier, Highmark and Bill Schenck from TriState Capital. All three gentlemen spoke eloquently about the NAP program and the huge impact it has had on the communities they have supported. Until now, I don’t believe the representatives realized how involved the corporate partners are at the community level. They certainly have a better understanding now.

The best news is that the panel was moved enough by the testimony to amend the bill that asks for an increase from the current $18 Million to $25 Million to increasing the funds to $36 Million. If the bill passes and the available tax credits increase to $36 Million (next year) that’s a lot of workforce development, social services, youth engagement, economic revitalization and most importantly the ability to hire professional staff to make all these things and more happen. Bill Schenck underscored the importance of professional staff, probably the most important element in community revitalization.

Neighborhood Partnership Program

The Allegheny Conference created the Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP), as part of its broader 2012-14 Strengthening Communities strategic priority.
The goal of the SCP is to make long-term, positive impacts in participating communities by concentrating private investment through tax credits purchased by businesses in the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Partnership Program. These investments are complemented with targeted, pro bono professional services that will make redevelopment projects happen in the neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Partnership Program 
1st year in Review

NPP 6.12.15.pdf (PDF — 9 MB)

Neighborhood Partnership Program
2nd year in Review

NPP 2nd year.pdf (PDF — 383 KB)

The below is a list of our Supporters under the
Neighborhood Partnership Program

First Energy Foundation - (2015-2917)

Thanks to the Allegheny Conference, Neighborhood Partnership Program, UPMC, Somerset Trust, TriState Capital, and First Energy Foundation  for a great first year in Connellsville!

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Below are our partners under the Neighborhood Partnership Program.  The Neighborhood Partnership Program has had s significant positive affect on the city of Connellsville.

January 2018

Thanks to the support of the Allegheny Conference‘s Strengthening Communities Partnership Program, the Fayette County Cultural Trust was able to be a part of the Neighborhood Partnership Program administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. This six year program brings together three businesses that are able to utilize their tax credits in our local community. These businesses are UPMC Health Plan, Somerset Trust Company and TriState Capital Bank. Together they have pledged a total of $200,000 each year for six years. This is the 4th year in the program. Over the past 4 years funding has been used for improvements at the Connellsville Carnegie Free Library, supporting the food pantry at the Connellsville Area Community Ministries and helping to provide free medical care to low income men and women at the Wesley Health Center. There also have been enhancements to city parks, the downtown business district, and improvements in the quality of life for the residents of Connellsville. Pictured here receiving $5000 for each of their organizations are from left to right, Kevin Ghost and Rita Smith - Connellsville Community Ministries, Eileen Gallo Beveridge - Connellsville Carnegie Free Library and Margie Eiford - Wesley Health Clinic. Presenting the checks was Daniel Cocks - Fayette County Cultural Trust.

05 January 2019

Another great day in Connellsville. This is Connellsville's 5th year in the Neighborhood Partnership Program. Over the past 5 years we were able to distribute $25,000 to each of these great organizations - Connellsville Community Ministries, Wesley Health Center and the Connellsville Carnegie Free Library. We would also like to thank Pittsburgh's Allegheny Conference for supporting the city of Connellsville.

Connellsville Carnegie Free Library


Wesley Health Center

Connellsville Redevelopment Authority