Local Government Academy’s Managing Marcellus training series, launched in 2012 in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, will continue this summer, with two initial programs focusing on:
- Impact fees that are available to improve the availability and affordability of housing
- The Sunshine Act, Right to Know Law and running effective meetings, with an additional emphasis on new provisions in the Municipalities Planning Code that impact the rights of property owners when developments, such as Marcellus Shale, come to town.
Details and registration for each of these programs are available by clicking here. A number of discounts and scholarships are available; please contact LGA at (412) 586-5659 to see if your municipality qualifies.
Scheduled for July 15, 2014, the first program is especially appropriate as the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency announced in early June that the agency has issued a Request for Proposals for projects that improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. These funds are come from Marcellus Shale impact fees and are administered from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. $5 million is available for 2014. Proposal submissions are due by August 15, 2014.
This upcoming program will include a summary of the funds available, examples of projects that have received funding in past years and requirements for receiving the funds. Elected and appointed officials from county and local governments are encouraged to attend this program to learn about the entities can work together to meet the goals of the PHARE Fund and how to best meet the housing needs of communities impacted by Marcellus Shale development.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can avail your county and municipality to funding for housing programs from the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.