YMCA receives $200,000 Grant towards the Capital Expansion/Renovation
The YMCA was presented with a $200,000 check towards the Capital Expansion/Renovation Project. The three funds that provided this support are the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, the Community Initiatives Fund, and the unrestricted grantmaking recommended by the Distribution Committee.
Mike Kane, President and Executive Director of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies commented, "Two-hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money, and the advisers to the three funds at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies that provided this amount of support shared our position that YMCA is a valued community asset. We particularly value it as a safe, healthy place for children and young people and are looking forward to seeking both the energy efficient renovation and the expansion of the youth center. It is also a testament to our community and the YMCA leadership of how much support has been garnered for this project. Their efforts at making our community better are to be commended."
Ed Sheehan, YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chair, added, "I am very pleased that The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies through their various funds have stepped up to assist with funding. I view this as a testament to the importance of this Capital Campaign and the YMCA in the Region."
Pictured (L-R): Ed Sheehan, YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chair; Bill Polacek, YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chair; Mike Kane, President and Executive Director of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies; Julie Sheehan, YMCA Board President; and Sharon Jones, Executive Director Greater Johnstown Community YMCA.
Corbett Administration Announces Economic Growth Initiative Grant to Johnstown Greater Community YMCA
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced a $1 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to assist in the expansion and upgrade of the Johnstown Greater Community YMCA.
"The Johnstown Greater Community YMCA has been a driving force behind the health and well-being of the people of this community,” Gov. Corbett said. “This investment will ensure this facility will continue to serve future generations here in Johnstown.”
The expansion project will include a youth center addition, a therapeutic pool addition, relocation of entrances, an upgrade and replacement of the existing facility roof, and other site improvements.
This is Johnstown Greater Community YMCA’s first major capital project since the original construction of the facility in 1979, and will be accommodated through the purchase of three lots adjacent to the facility. The project is estimated to create and retain more than 170 jobs.
“The YMCA is a vital asset in our community and we look forward to seeing this expansion completed so the youth in our community will have a place where they can learn healthy lifestyle choices and social responsibility” said Ms. Julie Wanamaker Sheehan, the President of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Johnstown. “These enhancements will also help to improve our capability to serve the residents of our region. We appreciate and thank Governor Corbett for recognizing the importance of these services and for supporting our community.”
In 2012, Gov. Corbett reformed the state’s method of funding Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program with a significant redesign, making the process more transparent and objective. Projects are now selected based upon their job-creation potential, their economic impact, as well as their viability and construction readiness.
Prior to Gov. Corbett taking office, the state’s spending and borrowing for capital redevelopment assistance had become unsustainable for the state and its taxpayers, growing from $400 million in 1986 to slightly more than $4 billion in 2010. Gov. Corbett also said that the program had strayed considerably from its intended purpose of encouraging and assisting job growth through regional economic development projects.
In the program’s prior announcements, the Corbett administration announced 58 new Economic Growth Initiative grants, totaling more than $133 million. The announced projects are expected to create more than 45,000 jobs in 24 counties across the state.
To ensure the commonwealth can continue supporting Economic Growth Initiative grants, Gov. Corbett continued to urge the state legislature to enact meaningful pension reform and address the current pension system’s $50 billion debt. Ballooning pension costs, which consume approximately 60 cents of every new dollar of general fund revenues, detract from the commonwealth’s ability to invest in economic development and projects that spur job creation.
For more information on the program, visit the Budget Office online at www.budget.state.pa.us and select the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program link. Media contact: Jay Pagni, 717-783-1116.