Pennsylvania Governor Wolf has made the fight against blight a focus of his administration. In a recent press release the Department of Community and Economic Development highlights funding in Northwest PA that will focus on rehabilitating blighted areas using three action strategies:
- prioritizing homeowners adjacent to vacant lots for acquisition;
- encouraging individuals and organizations to adopt vacant lots, and;
- encouraging individuals and organizations to sponsor the rehabilitation of vacant lots.
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With the focus on blight, it is encouraging to see one local community succeeding in engaging the next generation.
A recent report from WYTV, discusses three robotics teams, comprised of 4th-9th grade students in the Sharon (PA) City School District advancing to world competitions. Two of the three developed solutions directly address blight.
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