Projects At Allegheny County Airport Authority, Holy Family Institute & Clairton Slag, Inc To Benefit From RACP Grant Funding 

Allegheny County, PA − August 1, 2019 − Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D-37) announced the award of $2.75 million in state grant funds that will support economic development and facility improvement projects across Allegheny County.

“This is a win for the 37th District’s businesses and families,” said Senator Iovino. “I look forward to seeing the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus – Phase 2 Project and the Clairton Slag, Inc Barge Dock Wall Reconstruction Project contribute to the region’s economic development. The Holy Family Institute Capital Improvement Project will also enhance our area’s family support services. And I appreciate Governor Wolf’s assistance in obtaining significant state backing for these critical investments.”

The funding comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Grant awards in the 37th Senatorial District include:

$1,000,000 for the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s (ACAA) Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus – Phase 2 Project (Findlay Township). The funds will support site preparation for an Innovation Campus that will feature office space, research and development laboratories, and industrial manufacturing, as well as a town center with restaurants and retail, all of which are proposed to connect to the Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal. The total private investment is projected to exceed $250 million and the campus facilities are anticipated to employ more than 3,000 people. 

“Our strategy is about making Pittsburgh an attractive destination for international commerce and logistics. This grant will be a major step forward in the project, supporting the development of shovel-ready sites for net new jobs to the region,” said Christina Cassotis, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO. “We thank Senator Iovino for her support for this transformative project.”

$1,000,000 for the Holy Family Institute’s (HFI) Capital Improvement Project (Emsworth Borough). This project will improve HFIs facilities, including a roof replacement; upgrades to 11 classrooms, the cafeteria, kitchen, administrative offices, and multipurpose programmatic spaces; and improvements to outpatient program and staff training areas. Among the improvements in all cases are fire protection, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing lines.

“This funding will help Holy Family Institute and the Sisters of Nazareth better achieve our mission of providing help, healing, and hope to children and families in Western Pennsylvania through education and career development, counseling, and access to family-changing resources,” said Sister Linda Yankoski, HFI President & CEO.

$750,000 for the Clairton Slag, Inc. D/B/A RiverLift Industries, Inc. RiverLift Barge Dock Wall Reconstruction Project (Jefferson Hills Borough). This project will replace the entire embedded barge loading/unloading dock structure at RiverLift Industries with a new 500-foot steel sheet pile wall and tie back system.

“The current barge dock wall at RiverLift Industries is over 25-years-old and in need of reconstruction,” said Bob Schaefer, Clairton Slag, Inc President. “This project will extend the barge dock’s lifespan 50+ years, allowing us to continue supporting our great team members, local, state, and national industries, as well as highway safety agencies for many years to come.”

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