Main Street Matters: Governor Shapiro and Secretary Siger Visit Mt. Lebanon to Spotlight Proposed $25 Million Investment for PA Main Streets and Small Businesses to Foster Economic Opportunity

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Governor Josh Shapiro and DCED Secretary Rick Siger recently visited Mt. Lebanon to showcase the Governor’s proposed investments in Pennsylvania Main Streets, small businesses, and local communities.

The proposed 2024-25 budget aims to create economic opportunities across Pennsylvania, with a focus on supporting small businesses and commercial corridors.

The Governor’s budget proposes over $600 million in new and expanded economic development investments, including $25 million for the Main Street Matters program. This program aims to support small businesses and commercial areas, which are crucial components of Pennsylvania’s communities.

Governor Shapiro Visit to Mt. Lebanon (Credits: Pennsylvania)

Governor Shapiro emphasized the importance of vibrant Main Streets for attracting new businesses, supporting entrepreneurs, and building generational wealth.

He highlighted the role of these investments in Pennsylvania’s economic development strategy, which is the first of its kind in nearly two decades.

The Commonwealth has previously invested nearly $800,000 in Mt. Lebanon for various community improvements. During the visit, Governor Shapiro announced a new $32,810 Keystone Communities Partnership grant to support a public art project in the borough.

The proposed Main Street Matters program will be administered through DCED, building on the success of the current Keystone Communities Program. It aims to revitalize downtowns, main streets, and surrounding neighborhoods, supporting their long-term prosperity.

DCED Secretary Rick Siger praised the Governor’s budget for its bold investments that will strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy and communities. He highlighted the importance of strong main streets in creating vibrant local economies.

During their visit, Governor Shapiro, Secretary Siger, Senator Wayne Fontana, Representative Dan Miller, and local leaders met with owners of local businesses, including Orbis Caffe, Commonwealth Press, and Empire Music. They discussed how the proposed investments would benefit these businesses and the community.

Local leaders, including Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato and Senator Wayne Fontana, expressed support for the Governor’s economic development vision. They highlighted the importance of thriving main streets in creating vibrant communities.

Overall, Governor Shapiro’s proposed budget aims to support Pennsylvania’s economic growth and create more good-paying jobs.

The budget includes significant investments in economic development, innovation, and regional competitiveness, aligning with the Commonwealth’s ten-year strategic plan for economic development.

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