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Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined state and local leaders for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the future home of New Market West, a hub for retail and community services for distressed communities in West Philadelphia. While on site, the governor announced the approval of $10.5 million in tax credits to support the project, accompanying the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program investment announced in December.“This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to get access to critical services,” said Governor Wolf. “The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much needed educational, workforce development, and other services to this building to assist people and families living in the area and I am proud that the commonwealth has invested the New Market West project.”The New Market West project includes the construction of a four story, 135,700 square foot hub for retail and community services on a 1.5-acre vacant site near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia. The building will bring high quality early childhood education; workforce development, educational and emergency support services; behavioral health services; and community-serving retail to this transit-accessible location.This project is expected to create 120 temporary full-time construction jobs. The project’s construction costs are expected to support 135 indirect and induced jobs. Additionally, once completed, the project will create 94 full-time permanent jobs and retain another 263 positions. Activity at the new building is expected to provide $1.385 million in new state and local taxes.New Market West is a joint venture between Mission First Housing Group and Horizon House, two organizations with a long history of creatively using their expertise in affordable housing and human service delivery to make a difference to people in need across Philadelphia. Now, with the strength of community-based partner ACHIEVEability, the organizations have an opportunity to bring this work to the Haddington-Cobbs Creek community.“Mission First is grateful to Governor Wolf for his leadership and his strong support of New Market West,” said Alfredo de la Pena, CEO, Mission First Housing Group. “This unique development is a testament to the power of nonprofit partnerships. Mission First, Horizon House and ACHIEVEability are excited to break ground today on New Market West, which will be a game-changer for West Philadelphia and will serve as a springboard for further revitalization in this community.”The project is supported by a $5 million RACP grant and $10.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.“This New Market West project is taking an empty city lot and transforming it through this construction into a terrific resource for people in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chair and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. “We’re hopeful that nearby families will not only take advantage of its many services but will embrace the facility as a community meeting place.”Construction on New Market West is expected to be complete by fall 2019.center_img February 16, 2018last_img read more

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Windies Women seek salvation in third game against Proteas

first_imgLEICESTER, England, (CMC) – Without a win on tour and with confidence quickly draining, West Indies Women face a massive challenge in turning around their ICC Women’s World Cup fortunes when they face South Africa Women in their third game here today.The reigning Twenty20 World champions and 2013 50-overs World Cup finalists have been off the boil in the tournament, losing all five warm-up matches along with the first two games of the formal campaign.And with five games left in the preliminaries, the Caribbean side are well aware that another defeat would seriously put in jeopardy their chances of making the final four of the competition.Under-pressure captain Stafanie Taylor said Saturday the importance of the South Africa contest at Grace Road was not lost on her her side.“We know how important all games are going forward especially starting tomorrow,” the 26-year-old said.“I think we need to take things in stride and coming tomorrow we will be looking to play hard cricket and fight for this one.”A source of major concern for West Indies will be the way their batting has crumbled in the series. In the opening game against reigning champions Australia Women, they were 123 for two batting first before collapsing to 204 all out.And against India Women last Thursday, the Windies appeared in good shape at 69 for one but were held to 183 for eight.Their batting was also exposed in the official warm-up game against South Africa in Oakham nine days ago when they were bundled out for an embarrassing 63.Teenaged opener Hayley Matthews has been the best batsman with scores of 46 and 43 but no Windies batsman has managed to pass 50.However, Taylor said her side were focussing on pulling all facets of their game together and executing on game day.“We don’t want to think too much about the end result, that will take care of itself. We know how these pitches play, we’ve played here before,” the Jamaican continued.“All the pitches will play exactly the same because they are good pitches so if we bat first we have to get runs on the board and bowling first we have to bowl them out for a decent target to chase it down.”Their best showing on tour to date came at the Grace Road venue even though they went down to Pakistan Women by five wickets, 11 days ago.In that encounter, they managed to get up to 246 with consistent batting and then pushed the Pakistanis who only got home with 14 balls remaining.Taylor said it was important to repeat all the positive things from that game if they were to seriously challenge the Proteas.“We looked in pretty good nick so we could definitely look at the footage and see … the good things that we did so we can come out tomorrow and replicate that and put on a good performance,” she stressed.“They’re a good team so we expect a good game. All the teams are not going to roll over and say ‘take it’ so we know we have to play hard cricket.”West Indies are sixth in the standings without a point while Australia are top with four points, with India second also on four points but with an inferior net run rate.last_img read more

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Climatechange contrarian loses Australian funding

first_imgOnce the darling of Australia’s conservative government, controversial climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg has lost his Down Under caché—and cash. Yesterday, education minister Simon Birmingham, told a Senate committee that the government had withdrawn its offer of $3 million toward establishing an Australian version of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center.The government of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who in 2009 dismissed climate change as “absolute crap,” had been keen to support an Australian Consensus Centre (ACC) that would conduct policy research on overseas aid, Australian prosperity, agriculture, and regional issues. Malcolm Turnbull replaced Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party on 15 September. Long in favor of action on climate change, Turnbull is gradually shifting the government’s course. Birmingham, appointed 19 September, told the committee that his predecessor, Christopher Pyne, had decided before the reshuffle that the “proposal was unlikely to enjoy success and that the funds could be better utilized elsewhere.” A spokesman for Lomborg told The Australian newspaper that it was “disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia.” The ACC proposal had a bumpy ride from the beginning. The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth announced plans to host it last April. The revelation that the government would contribute funding to start the center and cover a third of its operating expenses triggered outrage from the scientific and academic communities. In the wake of the uproar, UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson announced on 8 May with “great regret and disappointment” that he would cancel the center’s contract and return the money to the government. The Abbott government vowed to find another host institution; Flinders University, in Adelaide, was developing a proposal with Lomborg. The news about the loss of funding was “disappointing” to Colin Stirling, Flinders’ vice-chancellor said in a statement. “Universities should be places for contesting controversial issues without fear or favour,” he said.Although government money is off the table, Birmingham noted that if any university wished to work with Lomborg, “they should of course feel absolutely free to do so.” Click to view the privacy policy. 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