Visiting Williamsport

I had the pleasure to drop by Williamsport on Monday to see some exciting developments happening there. The downtown  is often the heart of a community. Many downtowns across Pennsylvania, including Williamsport’s, have faced difficult challenges  over the years. But that city’s leaders are working hard to stabilize and strengthen the downtown with three projects that I had an opportunity to tour yesterday. It was a beautiful sunny day in Williamsport, and I joined Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana, Lycoming County Commissioner Ernie Larson, State Representative Rick Mirabito and other local officials on a walking tour of a four-block area in downtown.

We looked over the sites of three future revitalization projects that will include construction of a Kohl’s Department Store, relocation of a local bank, expansion of Wegman’s Market, additional parking, and expansion of the Trade and Transit building. Revitalizing a downtown is more than aesthetic – it also means retention and creation of jobs. These projects can provide a much-needed boost to the economy of the region.

Senator Casey in Williamsport May 18, 2009