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Lawmaker proposes extended Main Street administrative costs grants

By , - Last modified: February 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

A Northampton County Democrat has proposed allowing additional years of grants to support the administrative costs of Main Street programs employed to help revitalize Pennsylvania communities.

The legislation is from state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton County.

House Bill 700 would allow the state Department of Community and Economic Development to authorize up to an additional five years of grants for administrative costs associated with hiring Main Street managers.

Today, the program provides for basic grants for these administrative costs for up to five years, according to the legislation.

But the current timeframe is often too short for an effective turnaround of a downtown, according to a news release from Freeman's office.

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