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Corbett awards CRIZ program designations to Bethlehem, Lancaster

Updated: Monday, December 30 2013, 01:36 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett today awarded two City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program designations to the cities of Bethlehem and Lancaster. 

Corbett signed the CRIZ program into law in conjunction with the 2013-14 state budget to spur new growth in cities that have struggled to attract development, help revive downtown areas, and create jobs for the residents in the regions. 

“Our local communities are the foundation of Pennsylvania’s economy. We developed the CRIZ program to spark local economic growth, create jobs, and improve the lives of city residents and visitors,” Corbett said.

Local officials in Bethlehem and Lancaster were recently informed of their CRIZ designations. These cities will work closely with the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Revenue to identify priority projects within their applications.

Through the CRIZ program, vacant, desolate or abandoned space can be developed for commercial use, thereby creating jobs, increasing personal incomes, growing state and local tax revenues and reviving local economies.

Cities eligible to apply for CRIZ designation based on local economic indicators include Altoona, Bethlehem, Erie, Lancaster, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, and York. Delaware County, a home rule county, was also eligible to apply for a CRIZ designation for the City of Chester. 

Applications were reviewed by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Revenue and the Office of the Budget, which awarded CRIZ designations based on eligibility requirements identified in program guidelines.

Eligible applicants that did not receive designations have been encouraged to reapply in the next round of applications.Corbett awards CRIZ program designations to Bethlehem, Lancaster

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