The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded a $469,292 Alternative and Clean Energy Grant to Beemac Trucking, LLC. Beemac plans to complete a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling facility in Harmony Township, Beaver County. The facility will be open to the public to refuel CNG vehicles. This will be the first CNG station in Beaver County.
This is great news for Beaver County. Not only is natural gas better for the environment, but it’s cheaper to fill up than regular gasoline. I have talked to residents and businesses that want to purchase or convert their vehicles to natural gas but they have been hesitant because the closest stations are in Allegheny County. I applaud Beemac for making this multi-million dollar investment in Beaver County. It will give people the incentive to look at CNG vehicles, help reduce air emissions, and most importantly it will provide more family-sustaining jobs for our area.
I’m also pleased to announce that a Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) grant for $25,000 has been awarded to Beaver County who is working with a group of partners on behalf of Potter Township. They will undertake a development plan in the PA Route 18 Corridor in the township. The plan will analyze industrial and commercial potential, make the business case for public infrastructure needed to spur development, and set the stage for appropriate in-fill development in a planned manner. This will address the community’s need for increased tax base over the long term.
The Municipal Assistance Program provides funding to assist local governments plan for and efficiently implement a variety of services and improvements, and soundly manage development with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches. Counties and municipalities are eligible to apply for funding through this program. DCED provides grants of up to 50 percent of eligible costs for the projects that are awarded. Funding is available for three groups of activities: shared services, community planning, and floodplain management. Shared service activities require two or more participating municipalities. Some projects are open to COGs and other intergovernmental organizations where duly authorized by participating municipalities.