Thursday, May 23, 2024

Shapiro Administration Continues Pennsylvania’s Small Business Week Celebration with visit to Luzerne County, Highlights Importance of Strengthening Our Downtowns and Main Streets – PA Department of Community & Economic Development

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From Cumberland to Luzerne to Somerset counties, the Shapiro Administration is celebrating Small Business Week and encourages Pennsylvanians to show their support for their local downtowns and Main Streets.

Supporting small businesses and Main Streets is an essential component of the Governor’s economic development strategy and 2024-25 budget proposal — which includes a total of $600 million in economic development investments.

Hazleton, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Technology and Entrepreneurship Jen Gilburg joined Senator David Argall, Representative Dane Watro, and other local leaders to tour downtown Hazleton in Luzerne County to emphasize the important impact small businesses have on their local and the Commonwealth’s economies and encouraged Pennsylvanians to support their local downtowns and Main Streets throughout Small Business Week ― April 28 through May 4, 2024.

Today’s Small Business Week celebration highlights Governor Josh Shapiro’s proposed investments in our small businesses, Main Streets, and local communities. As part of the Governor’s 2024-25 budget that puts forth a bold vision to create economic opportunity all across Pennsylvania, he is calling for a $25 million investment in the proposed Main Street Matters program.

“The small businesses along Broad and Wyoming Streets that we visited today are the key to a thriving downtown, and Governor Shapiro is 100 per cent committed to supporting them,” said Deputy Secretary Jen Gilburg. “Our vision is to help communities become the best they can be. That’s why the Governor is calling for a $25 million investment into Main Street Matters to help give communities like Hazleton the resources they need to make their Main Streets better places to live, visit, and work ― which means a better environment for small businesses, and a bigger draw for customers.”

Deputy Secretary Gilburg was joined by a group of local leaders as they visited several the city’s businesses, including: the Shared Kitchen Incubator