Penn Hills CDC Accepted Into Allegheny Conference Strengthening Communities Partnership

The Penn Hills Community Development Corporation (PHCDC) is excited to announce that the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD) has accepted the PHCDC into its latest class of the Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP) initiative.

The Strengthening Communities Partnership is a program of the ACCD that focuses private investment through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), a tax credit program which provides an 80-percent tax credit to companies that make multi-year contributions to qualifying community development organizations. Organizations receiving NPP funding are eligible to receive up to $500,000 per year for six consecutive years to help fund important community development programming.

Participating organizations are also eligible to receive targeted, pro bono professional services from the Allegheny Conference to help take projects from concept to reality.

In June, the PHCDC submitted an application that featured a potential roadmap of programs to address challenges and capitalize on our opportunities. The application highlighted cooperative efforts between the PHCDC, the Penn Hills Economic Development Committee, Penn Hills Council, and included a letter of support from Municipal Manager, Scott Andrejchak.

The SCP consisted of seven member organizations including those in Wilkinsburg, McKees Rocks, Homewood, Sharpsburg, Connellsville, Washington and Mt. Oliver / Knoxville, and has successfully helped raise money for those communities through the state Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and the aforementioned NPP.

This year, the SCP welcomes nine new communities bringing its total to sixteen communities that represent over 200,000 residents in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The PHCDC is excited to be a part of the SCP and believes that it will play a large part in helping us grow our organization and programs to better serve the Penn Hills community by attracting new residents and businesses, supporting existing businesses, providing opportunities for personal and professional development, and coordinating fun, community-building events for our residents. Further, we look forward to working with the municipality, school district, and other community-based organizations to help support their goals and missions.

Please continue to check the Penn Hills CDC website as a new website will be launched soon that will be updated frequently to reflect our latest programs and projects.

More information about the Strengthening Communities Partnership can be found at https://www.alleghenyconference.org/SCP/

For more information, please contact PHCDC Board President, Kathy Kacza, at platooo2002@yahoo.com or 412-403-2242‬.

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