HARRISBURG - Rep. David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) today announced that Snyder and Union counties will be receiving a grant of $966,082 from the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, which is a locally administered funding program established through legislation from the General Assembly.
“I am happy to support a local effort that doesn’t involve increasing taxes to help out an industry that Gov. Tom Wolf is apparently bent on bankrupting through misguided and politically motivated mitigation orders,” said Rowe. “However, I and thousands of my constituents affected by such orders are hoping to see a more long-term solution to help our working middle-class families and small businesses recover from such a devastating year of heartbreak and income losses.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of ‘two weeks to flatten the curve,’ we know that the best grant or stimulus check is a consistent and freely-earned paycheck,” Rowe added. “I urge the governor to lift his capacity mandates on the hospitality industry immediately, and I urge his administration to cease its lawsuits against our restaurants and bars.”
The Hospitality Industry Recovery Program is managed within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The department must allocate the amount available for the program to each county based on the county’s proportion of the Commonwealth’s population based on the 2019 U.S. Census data no later than Feb. 28. Based on populations, Snyder and Union counties will receive $457,268 and $508,814, respectively. Hospitality businesses can apply to either the CEDO or CFDI, whichever the county contracts with.
The department is prohibited from placing any additional stipulations on counties. Each county must contract with a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) or a Community Development Financial Institution (CFDI) no later than March 1 to award grants. Each CEDO or CFDI shall receive applications no later than March 15 on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted or by June 15.
Each CEDO or CFDI shall approve or disapprove applications received by June 15.
Representative David Rowe
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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