Monroe, Northampton projects earn job creation grants

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Gov. Tom Corbett awarded 58 new grants from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, including four projects in Monroe and Northampton counties.

The Anderson Campus at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem Township earned $800,000 to expand its fourth floor patient care room. Also, in Northampton County, Majestic Realty Co. earned $5 million to continue to extend and improve infrastructure to Majestic Bethlehem Center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII in Bethlehem.

Jay Pagni, spokesman for the governor's office, said Majestic received $5 million during the last round of awards.

The program provides grants to local communities for the construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

"The projects are evaluated and awarded on a variety of criteria and among those criteria are job creation, economic development and what the impact is to the surrounding region," said Pagni.

He told Lehigh Valley Business this morning that the projects are awarded based on those that create jobs, improve the community and "make Pennsylvania a competitive state in which companies would want to set up shop."

In Monroe County, the county's transportation authority received $2 million for the Route 611 corridor natural gas line extension while the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority received $3 million for the Coolbaugh/Tobyhanna natural gas line extension.

The next round of grant applications opens Jan. 6, 2014.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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