Volunteers have raised an additional $2 million to revitalize the town.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- In a major step for Slippery Rock's economic revitalization program, Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker gave William Sonntag, president of Slippery Rock Development Inc., a check for $2 million as part of the state's redevelopment capital assistance grant program.
The state assists local communities with improvements to community and economic development efforts. To qualify for the money, communities must demonstrate significant improvements to the region's environment, new job creations and provide improvement to blighted areas.
Over the past few years the volunteer Slippery Rock Development Inc. has developed a program to generate more jobs and help attract more students and professors to Slippery Rock University. And over the last 30 months volunteers have raised $2,072,000. They also received another state grant of $289,000.
Uses for money
The money will be used to revitalize the core business district of Slippery Rock. Improvements include new sidewalks with decorative paving, historical style decorative street lighting, landscaping including shade trees and shrubs, improved parking with 35 new spaces, new signs and turn lanes, utility services placed underground, facade enhancements to existing businesses, improvements to Memorial Park and creating two new parks.
Several new restaurants, an antique store, bookstore and art gallery have announced plans to locate in Slippery Rock. The university will also open a new continuing education center. Other plans call for a new business start-up incubator and a new hotel.