COMMERCE-JUSTICE-SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services
Location:                Allegheny County      
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:            Explosive Detection Technology Initiative

Purpose:  If awarded, the Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Region 13 Counterterrorism Task Force, will purchase law enforcement technology designed to detect explosive triggering devices.  Consistent with other metropolitan areas, Southwestern Pennsylvania sites have experienced numerous credible terror threats. According to project proponents, Allegheny County topped the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s list for most bomb and terrorist threats reported in 2005-2006.   In April 2007, West Jefferson Hills School District was plagued by fear due to credible bomb threats.  Carnegie Mellon University closed buildings three times in 2007 for bomb threats. In 2008 these trends continued to accelerate.  In addition to the purchase of the technology, funding will be used to provide training and equipment to current members of the police departments that are supported by the Region 13 Task Force.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     A Child Is Missing, Inc.              
Location:                Statewide          
Amount:                $300,000                      
Project Name:            A Child Is Missing, Pennsylvania      

Purpose: A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is a not-for-profit organization that assists law enforcement agencies across the county in the first few hours a child or an elderly adult is reported missing.  The request will help assist all 1,231 law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania find missing children and the elderly.  ACIM has a sophisticated satellite mapping technology program and an advanced, telephony computer system that can place 1,000 emergency telephone calls every 60 seconds to residents and businesses in the area where the missing child/elderly adult was last seen.  ACIM assists in all missing cases whether they involve abduction, children who are lost, wander or run away, the elderly (Alzheimer's), and mentally- and physically-challenged individuals.  ACIM works in concert with the Amber Alert and all child safety programs.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Bethlehem Police Department      
Location:                Bethlehem, PA  
Amount:                $500,000                      
Project Name:    Bethlehem Multi-Jurisdictional Public Safety Camera Project

Purpose:  This funding will be used to enhance crime prevention efforts in the City of Bethlehem and enable the Bethlehem, Lehigh University, and Moravian College Police Departments to take a proactive approach towards public safety by installing outside wireless surveillance cameras in key locations throughout the city and around the college and university. The enhanced system will be capable of data sharing over common links to all of the departments which will provide additional ability to deter crime and monitor events.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Carlisle Borough          
Location:                Cumberland County      
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:            Carlisle Public Safety Video Surveillance Project  

Purpose:  If awarded, funding would be used for the purchase and installation of video surveillance cameras in downtown Carlisle, PA.  Funding would go towards the acquisition and installation of necessary equipment for the project. Surveillance cameras have assisted the Carlisle police in deterring criminal behavior and apprehending suspects after the commission of a crime.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will allow for a more effective and efficient use of existing law personnel in the borough of Carlisle and reduce crime.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Carnegie Mellon University      
Location:                Pittsburgh, PA  
Amount:                $300,000                          
Project Name:            Next Generation Robotics Initiative  

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to create a Space Robotics Laboratory (SRL) at Carnegie Mellon University to serve governmental and commercial markets in a complementary fashion that is unachievable as a captive organization or as an exclusively commercial or federal laboratory.  SRL will catalyze a new era of space robotic collaboration among Carnegie Mellon, government and companies. Space robotic enterprise is essential to satisfy a global need for lunar data, services, and payload delivery.  Information that reduces uncertainty for future missions and provides ground truth data for lunar surface conditions and mechanism performance is critically important.  If awarded, funds will go towards staffing costs, fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students, and materials. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will further advance the field of space robotics and, according to the University, will create fifty to one hundred new jobs.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Centre County
Location:                Centre County, PA
Amount:                $500,000
Project Name:            Centre County 911 Emergency Communications Upgrade

Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used to replace the existing 800 MHz analog radio communications system and the relations subsystems currently used in Centre County. These will be used for 911 emergency communications. The current system is outdated, and updates and technical support are no longer available. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will help the county better respond to any local disaster or emergency and better serve the citizens of the area.

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Name of Potential Recipient:        City of Allentown          
Location:                    Lehigh County, PA      
Amount:                    $500,000                      
Project Name:                Security Surveillance Cameras Initiative

Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used to purchase and install security surveillance cameras in the City of Allentown.  Allentown has embarked on an aggressive campaign to install security survellance cameras in the downtown areas of the city. Cameras will also be installed in area neighborhoods, parks and in school locations and will be used to protect critical infastructure. The City is building out a wireless camera  infastructure that will serve not only the cameras but be able to transmitt public safety data. The cameras will be monitored and recorded 24 hours a day. Other applications such as acoustical gunshot location technology will be tied into the system. Federal funding is needed to complete the system.  


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Name of Potential Recipient:         City of Beaver Falls      
Location:                    Beaver Falls, PA  
Amount:                    $100,000                      
Project Name:    The City of Beaver Falls Surveillance Camera Project

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to purchase and install surveillance cameras in the downtown area on the main street to monitor nuisance problems and illegal activity.  If awarded, funding will be used towards the purchase and installation of a camera system intended to reduce nuisance and criminal activity. This request is in response to increasing problems small police agencies such as the City of Beaver Falls Police Department experience with investigating and responding to street corner narcotics sales and prostitution.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will enhance the police department’s ability to investigate, respond, and prosecute nuisance and criminal offenses.


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Name of Potential Recipient:         City of Coatesville
Location:                    Chester County, PA
Amount:                    $1,000,000
Project Name:                Local Law Enforcement Initiative

Purpose:  Coatesville City in Chester County has been plagued by a series of arsons that continue to threaten the safety and well-being of local residents and those in the surrounding communities.  Additional federal resources are needed to combat this problem and prevent its reoccurrence.  Allocation of federal funding is justified because of the unprecedented level of arson activity in the city.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         City of Philadelphia
Location:                    Philadelphia, PA
Amount:                    $2,000,000
Project Name:                Youth Violence Reduction Partnership
      
Purpose:  YVRP is a multi-agency initiative, started in 1999, that has been proven effective in reducing youth homicides in Philadelphia. YVRP includes more than a dozen public and private agencies that combine their personnel, skills, and resources in an integrated effort to provide increased surveillance and support to youth who are most at-risk of killing or being killed.  Allocation of federal funding for this initiative will assist local efforts to reduce youth violence throughout the City of Philadelphia.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         City of Pittsburgh
Location:                    Pittsburgh, PA
Amount:                    $500,000
Project Name:    Crime Watch Neighborhood Camera Security System

Purpose:  The goal of this project is to reduce crime in Pittsburgh through the placement of eighty-four cameras in thirty-four business districts across the city.  Installation of cameras would establish safe business districts and neighborhoods across the City, encourage City neighborhood business development, and assist in the investigation of incidents which occur.  If awarded, funding would go towards the design, installation, maintenance and management of the equipment, network, and software over the next five years.  The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Safety identified the areas of the city that need this project the most in order to fight against crime. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it would reduce crime in urban areas across Pittsburgh.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         City of Wilkes-Barre      
Location:                    Luzerne County, PA
Amount:                    $450,000
Project Name:    Local Law Enforcement Technology and Equipment

Purpose:  The City of Wilkes-Barre has unfortunately suffered an uncharacteristic spike in violent crime in recent months.  As a result of these events, Luzerne County now ranks third on the statewide list of homicides in the current calendar year behind Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties.  Additional federal resources are therefore needed to combat violent crimes, and funding is sought to enable the City to acquire necessary technology and equipment that will aid the police department in addressing this problem.  Allocation of federal funding is justified because it will support local efforts to bolster police protection.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     City of Williamsport      
Location:                Lycoming County, PA
Amount:                $450,000
Project Name:            Local Law Enforcement Assistance

Purpose: The Williamsport Police Department is proposing the acquisition of new equipment to be used by the emergency operations and 9-1-1 centers that service both Lycoming and Sullivan Counties.  The new equipment will more effectively serve the 127,000-plus residents of the bi-county region and provide critically needed continuity of government operations if the Lycoming County courthouse experiences fire, flood or terrorism damage.  The new equipment will assist the County in meeting federal and state mandates for emergency services in future years.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Cranberry Township              
Location:                Butler County, PA      
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:            Public Safety and Emergency Operations Program

Purpose: If awarded, funding will be used to increase police, fire, and emergency capabilities to improve response times and safety on Interstate 79, Interstate 76, and State Route 19, and the surrounding community.

Cranberry Township is a rapidly growing community in western Pennsylvania with multiple highways (I-79, I-76, SR 19) which run through and are accessed through the community.  Increasing population, as well as the need to manage emergency situations on these regional highways, has placed an increasing burden on public safety service in the community.  Cranberry Township Police manage critical incidents in their emergency management operations center.  The Township has identified critical system deficiencies in its emergency operations facility.  New equipment will correct these deficiencies and improve interoperability between Cranberry and the surrounding counties.  Improved communications with both surrounding responders and residents will lead to improved response times and better intelligence that can help prevent crimes and accidents.
 


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Fayette County              
Location:                Fayette County, PA          
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:            Fayette County Public Safety Equipment Upgrade

Purpose:  The proposed project is to construct a new digital repeater for the Fayette County Department of Emergency Services and the 90 police, fire, and EMS entities it dispatches.  The new repeater will allow the County to provide enhanced data to mobile terminals for first responders, as well as provide the various departments with the ability to migrate from the analog to the new digital platform over a period of years.  If awarded, funding would be used to replace outdated equipment with mobile data infrastructure that will include database records with look-up capabilities. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will better enable first responders in Fayette County to react to emergencies.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Clarion County
Location:                Clarion County, PA
Amount:                $500,000
Project Name:            Northwest Central Regional Interoperability
                    Strategic Telecommunications Plan

Purpose:  The purpose of this initiative is to create a Northwest Central Emergency Response Group, consisting of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties.  The goal of this project is to promote seamless interoperability capabilities among counties, hospitals, regional, state and federal agencies.

If awarded, funding will be used to improve all of the counties’ communication systems including first responder agencies, hospitals, school districts, and public work departments that have critical need for communication with public safety in major incidents. This will allow all local and county governments, school districts, higher education facilities, hospitals, state and federal agencies to communicate seamlessly on a daily basis and in the event of a catastrophic event.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will fund seventy-five new jobs and make the region along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania better equipped to handle emergencies.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Cumberland County      
Location:                Cumberland County, PA      
Amount:                $500,000                      
Project Name:    Communications Infrastructure for the Public Safety Building

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to relocate and replace communications infrastructure that is essential to the   operations of the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Services, and the Public Safety’s Answering Point.  The emergency communication infrastructure allows us to be fully integrated into the State’s emergency communication system and thus linked to other external agencies at the national level.  If awarded, funding will be used for equipment and moving portions of the infrastructure.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it strengthens Cumberland County’s regional participation in emergency planning and response.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Dauphin County Department of Human Services   
Location:                Dauphin County      
Amount:                $450,000                      
Project Name:            Family Group Conferencing  
              
Purpose:  This project will assist in expansion of a dynamic and innovative practice currently being implemented throughout Dauphin County.  Family Group Conferencing is a practice that recognizes the expertise of extended family, friends, neighbors, ministers and all others who care about a child.  These individuals are brought together to plan for the care of the youth & adults, the needs of the family, the safety of the community & restitution to the victim.  If awarded, funds will help increase the number of family conferences in the local community and adult probation system.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it will assist families Dauphin County.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     East Stroudsburg University          
Location:                Monroe County, PA  
Amount:                $500,000                      
Project Name:            Cyber Crime and Forensics Institute

Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used to deliver training in cyber crime, fraud and forensics to federal, state and local law enforcement officials, business managers and consumers.  It will also be used to develop a master’s degree program that leverages Institute strengths in business, criminal justice and computer security in East Stroudsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Lawrenceville, New Jersey.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Erie County
Location:                Erie County, PA
Amount:                $350,000
Project Name:    Erie County 911 Training Standardization Project

Purpose:  This project will standardize Erie County volunteer and paid public safety professional training to preserve resident safety in their time of need and reduce responder liability while in the field.  Pennsylvania has seen the number of volunteer fire fighters and volunteer EMS & Law Enforcement numbers decrease over the last two decades. This proposed project will go a long way in relieving the financial pressures local fire departments experience by providing training dollars that raise the competency of volunteer and paid public safety officials.

If awarded, funding for this project would be used for streamlining emergency responder training. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it the Erie County residents would receive a safer blanket of response during emergencies at a lower cost to the community.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         Lehigh University          
Location:                    Northampton County, PA      
Amount:                    $500,000                      
Project Name:                Mid-Atlantic Partnership for NASA Nanomaterials                      
Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used for the fourth year of a partnership between Lehigh University the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and industry partners in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware.  The purpose of the partnership is development, characterization, and application of engineered nanomaterials and devices for NASA space missions and aeronautical applications.  

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Name of Potential Recipient:         Lower Providence Township          
Location:                    Montgomery County      
Amount:                    $300,000                      
Project Name:                Police Department’s Technology Improvements

Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used to upgrade the Township’s Police Department law enforcement equipment through the purchase of digital in-car video systems, mobile data computers, and roadway video systems.  Lower Providence Township’s Police Department currently lacks modern technology, which restricts law enforcement's ability to protect the public.  Funds would go directly towards the purchase of digital in-car video systems, mobile data computers, and roadway video systems. Allocation of federal funding is justified for this project because the increased officer communication effectuated by this project will improve law enforcement’s ability to protect the public.  Project advocates estimate that it will create seventy new jobs.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         PA Chapter Children’s Advocacy Centers
                        And Multidisciplinary Teams
Location:                    Erie, PA
Amount:                    $200,000
Project Name:                Internet Child Safety Education

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a multidisciplinary approach to internet Child Safety Education.  The goal of the program is to further enhance the well being of Pennsylvania’s children and to increase adult responsibility for protecting children from online sexual predators and child sexual abuse.  Through training, this initiative will benefit 3,000 parents and strengthen local experts on the protection of children from online sexual predators.

If awarded, the majority of the funding will go towards training and staff costs, and the remaining funds will be used for project design support and supplies. It is estimated that this project would create forty internet child safety trainer jobs within service organizations including Children’s Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, medical and mental health and victim advocacy.  Federal funding for this project is justified because it will protect the children of Pennsylvania from sexual predators.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Location:                    Harrisburg, PA
Amount:                    $300,000
Project Name:    Use of Technology to Enhance the Capacity of Local Community-Based Domestic Violence Programs to Provide Services and Improve Outcomes  

Purpose: If awarded, funding will be used to increase the capacity of local domestic violence programs to access the training opportunities, gain new skills and education towards meeting legislated requirements and program standards.  Congress has recognized the importance of local, community-based services that provide safety and access to justice for survivors of domestic violence through funding from FVPSA and VAWA. Through this project, and with the help of the technology identified, PCADV can ensure low cost, effective web based training for Pennsylvania’s 61 domestic violence programs. Web-based trainings are becoming necessity because the reduction in funding has caused programs to make cuts in travel expenses and reduce staff. This project will make it possible for the staff to get the necessary training at their offices while still being available to assist survivors.  Forty percent of the funding will go towards salaries, and another forty percent towards computer upgrades. The remaining twenty percent will be used for supplies and internet upgrades. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it assists survivors of domestic violence across the state of Pennsylvania.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
Location:                    Enola, PA
Amount:                    $250,000
Project Name:                HERO Project

Purpose:  If awarded, funding will be used for statewide implementation of the HERO Project – which engages adults in reporting and intervening in child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. The HERO project uses powerful media messages, such as television and radio PSAs, posters and brochures, to educate adults on the issue of child sexual abuse and to encourage adults to call the statewide HERO Hotline to obtain additional information about preventing child sexual abuse and how they can report suspected abuse.  PCAR is the country’s oldest and largest anti-sexual violence coalition and is a national leader in sexual assault prevention and advocacy.  Allocation of federal funds for this project is justified because it will result in an increase reporting of child sexual abuse.  In turn, this will help prevent further sexual abuse.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         Persad Center, Inc.          
Location:                    City of Washington, Washington County      
Amount:                    $150,000                      
Project Name:                Community Safe Zone Initiative

Purpose:  The goal of this initiative is to broaden the Persad Center’s Community Safe Zone program in Western Pennsylvania.  In an effort to combat homophobia and hate crimes based on sexual orientation, this program will provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in multiple western Pennsylvania communities.  Specifically, the program will develop community leaders who will provide information about the most effective way to addressing the stigma and negativity facing the LGBT community.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         Philadelphia Police Department
Location:                    Philadelphia, PA
Amount:                    $1,000,000
Project Name:                Gunshot Location System

Purpose:  The goal of the Philadelphia Policy Department is to purchase a ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System (GLS).  This system calculates position where the gun was fired and sends the data to a central server accessible by law-enforcement agencies. This would produce additional arrests, decrease police response time, increase officer safety, and save numerous lives.

2008 saw 1513 shooting victims and 4882 guns seized in the City of Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Police Department believes the use of a Gunshot Location System would be an essential tool in the war on crime. If awarded, funding will go exclusively to ShotSpotter GLS equipment. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it increases safety of the people and the police of Philadelphia.

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Name of Potential Recipient:         Philadelphia Police Department      
Location:                    City of Philadelphia, PA  
Amount:                    $500,000                      
Project Name:        Philadelphia Police Real Time Crime Center

Purpose:  The specific purpose of this project is to create a single center that will act as a focal point for intelligence-led policing efforts and support operations for serious crime investigations and major events.  If awarded, the funding will be used to buy equipment, software and technology to support the Real-Time Crime Center.  Without such a facility, the city is not likely to sustain the recent gains in crime fighting.  The Philadelphia Police Department’s Information Technology organization has made many strides in using innovations in crime fighting. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it provide officers with the technology needed to fight crime and better protect the people of Philadelphia.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Philadelphia University              
Location:                Philadelphia, PA      
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:            Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety      

Purpose: With this funding, the University intends to establish a fully-equipped testing facility with trained staff to serve as a demonstration project for the nation.  The ITAPS Demonstration Project will be a national resource for consumers, retailers, importers, manufacturers and government agencies to identify toxic agents present in consumer textile and apparel products; quantify the extent of their use in readily available apparel and textile products and provide alternative materials that could be used in the manufacturing process that would eliminate the toxins from consumer textiles and apparel products.

Philadelphia University, originally the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, is a knowledgeable and responsible authority on the subject of apparel and textile products. With recent disclosures of harmful substances in food products, cosmetics, pet food, toys and other imports, public and government scrutiny of imports has expanded to include textile and apparel safety. In response to this growing national concern, this Institute focuses on researching potential dangers in apparel and textile products, especially those used by infants and children, and developing standards for screening products prior to consumer purchase.


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Name of Potential Recipient:     Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative          
Location:                Allegheny County      
Amount:                $1,000,000                          
Project Name:            Regenerative Therapy Delivery Initiative  

Purpose:  Funding will be used to further development of devices to enable delivery of regenerative treatments for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders by the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and MEDRAD, Inc (Warrendale, PA).  Such disorders are of concern to NASA as astronauts engage in longer space flight missions.

This Initiative brings together the expertise of western Pennsylvania organizations: PTEI, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Carnegie Mellon University and MEDRAD.  Through regionally focused research collaborations such as The Regenerative Therapy Delivery Initiative, this project has the potential to expand opportunities for local researchers, physicians, scientists and engineers, while allowing for the translation of research discoveries to clinical implementation and patient benefit across the nation.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Somerset County              
Location:                Somerset County, PA          
Amount:                $300,000                          
Project Name:            Confluence Cellular Communication Tower Project

Purpose:  The proposed project is to construct a self-supporting cellular communication tower in the Confluence area near the Youghiogheny Lake of Somerset County, in order to make mobile phone and radio communication possible along the Great Allegheny Passage.  The proposed tower would make emergency communication available to trail users, law enforcement personnel, and rangers for critical incidents and accidents.  If awarded, funds would be used for equipment and construction of the tower. Federal funding of this project is justified because it would impact the long-term economic viability of the region and assist law enforcement and emergency management personnel in addressing critical incidents.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Susquehanna County              
Location:                Susquehanna County, PA          
Amount:                $500,000                          
Project Name:    Susquehanna County 911 Communications System Upgrade

Purpose:  The goal of this project is to make infrastructure improvements to the county’s radio communications system. The improvements will allow interoperability between the different emergency agencies, primarily volunteer, in and around Susquehanna County.  The current county public safety radio system does not provide adequate countywide mobile radio coverage.
If awarded, funding will allow Susquehanna County to provide the emergency services a countywide system that will allow all agencies the ability to communicate together for the safety and well being of responders and citizens during a multi-agency incident.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Westmoreland County
Location:                Westmoreland County, PA
Amount:                $500,000
Project Name:    Regional Center for Emergency Management

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to create a Multi-Purpose Regional Readiness Center to enhance the implementation of the National Preparedness Strategy.  The goal of this center is to improve emergency preparedness and readiness, and enhance the operational levels of participating agencies and organizations.  The Center will effectively coordinate local, state and federal emergency agencies and the efficiencies will augment Pennsylvania’s statewide efforts.

If awarded, the funding of this project would create two hundred short-term construction jobs, and twenty-five long term staff positions at the Center.  Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it would enhance emergency preparedness in Western Pennsylvania.


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Name of Potential Recipient:         Women’s Resources Center of Scranton      
Location:                    Lackawanna County, PA
Amount:                    $450,000
Project Name:                Domestic Violence Reduction Initiative

Purpose:  Scranton is not exempt from the social problem of violence against women. Due to the great danger that is often present in domestic violence cases, 24 hours access to secure temporary emergency safe housing is critical to women and children in the community.

WRC provides services that support justice, autonomy, restoration and safety for adult and child survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna County. The WRC served 1,948 adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence in 2008/09. WRC provided emergency shelter to forty -nine (49) women and sixty- seven (67) children for a total 3,894 nights of shelter increasing the average length of stay to 33 days. WRC is the sole provider of such services in the community.  Allocation of federal funding is justified because it will support WRC’s efforts to reduce domestic violence in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Name of Potential Recipient:     Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Location:                    Allegheny County, PA
Amount:                    $250,000
Project Name:                Domestic Violence Support Program

Purpose:  Funding will be used to provide a comprehensive range of services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) is a safe haven to help women and their children free themselves from the dangers of domestic abuse.  Women are given a better position to determine what is best for them—choices, respect and the opportunity to survive on their own. The WC&S is one of the first six shelters in the United States for battered women, founded in 1974.

Every three days, a citizen of Pennsylvania dies because of domestic violence.  Last year, for the first time since 2001, domestic violence fatalities declined in Pennsylvania, with 53 fewer deaths overall since 2005.  Still, 39% of all female victims of homicide in Pennsylvania were victims of domestic violence.  This statistic shows that these programs are working to shine a light on this issue.  While this certainly is encouraging, it stresses the need for the continuation of support programs.


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Name of Potential Recipient:         York County
Location:                    York County, PA
Amount:                    $500,000
Project Name:                York County Law Enforcement Wireless
                        Communications Enhancement Project

Purpose:  The purpose of this project is to respond to challenges addressing cross jurisdictional communications in York County. Police forces must coordinate with multiple colleges and universities, private security operations in downtown districts, and community policing efforts in an effort to reduce violent crime and enhance the value of the city for business investment.  The goal of this project is to assist in tracking team members responding to local emergencies and better coordinate efforts. Allocation of federal funding for this project is justified because it ensures the challenges of serving across multiple municipalities, fire departments, police departments, EMS stations, and county agencies are met through streamlined day-to-day law enforcement operations.