Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction State government of Pennsylvania
Website www.newpa.com

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is a cabinet-level state agency in Pennsylvania. The mission of the department is to enhance investment opportunities for businesses and to improve the quality of life for residents. The department works to attract outside corporations, spur expansion of existing local employers, and foster start-ups by providing tax incentives and technical assistance. Additionally, the agency provides grant funding to community groups and local governments for projects such as revitalizing "Main Street" infrastructure, enhancing low income housing availability, or improving access to technology.[1]

Act 58[edit]

The Department was created by the Community and Economic Development Enhancement Act (Act of Jun. 27, 1996, P.L. 403, No. 58) [1], merging the Departments of Commerce and of Community Affairs. The incumbent Secretary of Commerce, Thomas B. Hagen, became the first Secretary of the new department. [2]

Act 47[edit]

The Financially Distressed Municipalities Act (Act of 1987, P.L. 246, No. 47), also known as Act 47, empowers the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to declare certain municipalities in Pennsylvania as financially distressed. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are subject to separate state authorities, rather than this department.

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