Thompson Announces $2.356 Million in Federal Funding for Centre County

March 11, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, announced today that Centre County will receive over $2 million in federal funding through the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The Funds were requested by Thompson’s predecessor, Rep. John Peterson, who was a Member of the House Appropriations Committee.

“Funding much needed infrastructure improvements and expanding technical education –areas that I plan to focus my attention on over these next two years – should serve as welcomed news to Centre County residents,” said Thompson a member of the House Education and Labor Committee. “And while some may criticize earmarks as wasteful spending, I would simply point to each of these four projects as an example of the positive impact congressionally directed spending has on local communities.”

The four projects that Thompson is referring to are the Centre County 911 emergency response communications center upgrades ($1 million), improvements to the Philipsburg Borough wastewater collection system ($500,000), the long awaited Fraser Street re-alignment project that will enhance pedestrian safety, reduce congestion, and assist in downtown revitalization ($475,000), and funding to expand the dental assistant program at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) ($381,000).

“These four projects represent a cross section between education, safety and much needed infrastructure improvements that will undoubtedly enhance the quality of life across the county. I look forward to working with the County Commissioners, the respective borough managers, and the leadership at CPI over the coming months as each of these projects continues down the road to completion,” said Thompson. 

Dr. Greg Michelone, executive Director of CPI weighed in, “providing the necessary training to both high school students and adults – to meet the needs of the workforce in Centre County, is our mission. This funding will allow CPI to expand the dental assistant program and purchase a mobile dental clinic, that could be utilized at Centre Crest and additional county sites that need dental services. This is yet another example of the many programs we have at CPI that were made possible by collaborating with both our local, state and federal officials.”

Centre County Commissioners react:

“These projects will have a significant impact for Centre County.  I am particularly pleased that the funding for the 911 Project will give us the ability to move forward on this important initiative,” said Chairman Jon Eich.  “The current system is nearing its end of life cycle and these funds will benefit the residents of Centre County and our first responders.”

“Congressman Thompson has championed projects that will enhance the health and safety of all Centre County residents.  His efforts will also give a much needed boost to the infrastructure that is vital to our downtown communities.  I would like to personally thank the Congressman and his staff for their efforts in these important projects,” said Steve Dershem.
Commissioner Rich Rogers continued, “I am very pleased to have the monies awarded to our County.  The fact that we were able to secure nearly $2.4 million dollars for 4 projects is a testament to the quality of projects brought forward and the hard work of all involved.  Whether it is much needed funding for the Philipsburg sewer project, expansion of our dental assistant workforce development program, funding for the 911 Communications enhancements – Centre County will certainly benefit from these funds.”