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Toomey and Keller Laud EDA Grant to Repair Levee in Lycoming County

February 24, 2020
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Congressman Fred Keller (R-Pa. 12) issued the following statements in support of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration's (EDA) decision to award a $5.6 million grant to Lycoming County. The funding will be used to help prevent flooding by repairing a structurally unsound I-wall located within in Williamsport.

Both Senator Toomey and Congressman Keller's offices have met with local officials regarding Lycoming County's grant application and wrote letters in support of it (Toomey letter, Keller letter).

"The greater Williamsport area has been working for years on flood protection measures to better safeguard the community," said Senator Toomey. "This grant will help modernize and improve the Greater Williamsport Levee to protect Williamsport's bustling economy that supports thousands of jobs in the downtown business district. It will also give confidence to businesses and industry wanting to expand operations in Williamsport. I was glad to support Lycoming County's application for this grant, and am pleased the U.S. Department of Commerce saw fit to award it to this deserving community."

"I thank the Economic Development Administration for awarding this grant to help upgrade critical components of the Greater Williamsport Levee," said Congressman Keller. "This sizeable grant, coupled with investments from state and local stakeholders, will help protect the nearly 120,000 people living in the greater Williamsport area and the area's regional economic assets. I look forward to continuing to work with federal, state, and local partners to continue to ensure the Levee upgrade project has the funding it needs as the project continues to move ahead."

The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.4 million in local investment and is expected to create 240 jobs, retain 1,300 jobs, and generate $425 million in private investment.