Johnstown Redevelopment Authority Receives ARC Grant

December 19, 2019
Press Release
$1,396,497 awarded for the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park Connector Street

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) and John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) announced the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) as the recipient of a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The $1,396,497 grant will be used for the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park Connector Street project.

“We are ecstatic to receive this funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission to commence work on the industrial connector road to the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park,” said Melissa Komar, Executive Director for JRA. “For decades this land has remained unused and not able to be accessed. This additional funding is what we need to begin the work and is paramount to continue our efforts to push for heavy industry and manufacturing within the city of Johnstown.”

“The Johnstown Connector Street project has the potential to create nearly 400 new jobs,” said Rep. Thompson. “The grant will cover 100% of project costs and contribute to utilizing the more than 100 acres available in the Urban Industrial Park, which has great potential for development and brining additional jobs to the area.”

The project includes the construction of new access road connecting Iron Street to Johnstown Urban Industrial Park in Cambria County, PA. This new roadway will create access to ten developable properties located next to major transportation corridors, including the east-west U.S Route 22 and the north-south U.S. Route 219. 

“By investing nearly $1.4 million in our community, this Appalachian Regional Commission grant will support critical infrastructure updates, as well as create jobs and expand economic opportunities in Johnstown and across the region,” said Rep. Joyce. “This is great news for Johnstown and I am encouraged by the immense potential of this project.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will administer the project and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will serve as the basic federal agency for the project.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.