Governor Wolf Announces Newly Approved Funding for Business Development and Job Creation, Supporting More Than 560 Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 24, 2017 Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) totaling more than $4 million in funding to support business development growth in Pennsylvania that will lead to the creation and retention of more than 560 jobs.“Working on behalf of the people, one of the greatest pleasures is to see a beneficial program come to fruition and serve the best interest of the commonwealth and the business community,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s approvals reflect my administration’s commitment to making government work for everyone by providing funding that allows businesses and communities to achieve their advancement and expansion goals and further contribute to the state’s overall well-being.”Today’s approvals through the CFA mark the first investment made in the newly established Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) and a new approval for the successfully recapitalized Business in Our Sites program.Last year, Governor Wolf successfully secured funding through the reallocation of two fiscal years of funding from a previously underutilized program to develop the new the PIPE program. The program offers grants of up to $1 million per project in funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs.Today, the CFA approved funding for the first project through this program by awarding a $1 million grant to funding Domtar Paper Company LLC in Elk County for the installation of a three-mile pipeline to its paper mill facility in Johnsonburg Borough.Additionally, the CFA approved funding to support one Business in Our Sites project in Cambria County. A $3,026,352 BOS loan at 2 percent for 20 years was awarded to Green Diamond Services, LLC in Cambria County to assist with the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel site located in the City of Johnstown. It is anticipated that this project will result in the creation of 123 new, full-time jobs.For more information about the CFA, or to view a complete list of CFA-approved projects, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Drivers can now feel a little safer parking their cars near USC.Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested two individuals they believe may be responsible for stealing more than 60 catalytic converters from around the Los Angeles area,including at USC.Catalytic converter theft has run rampant at USC and in the surrounding area, according to Capt. David Carlisle of USC’s Department of Public Safety. Carlisle said there were more than 20 thefts both in 2008 and so far in 2009.Catalytic converters — part of a vehicle’s exhaust system — are stolen because they contain trace amounts of valuable metals, including platinum, palladium and rhodium. Thieves can sell the converters to metal recyclers who can use the precious metals.Most of the time, the converters were stolen from Toyota pickup trucks, because the converters are easily accessible on those models, Carlisle said.“It’s something that occurs all the time and we started having those thefts, so that really comes to our attention as a specific problem,” Carlisle said.The Sept. 4 arrest of two suspects — 28-year-old Juan Calderon and 36-year-old Christopher Williams — came as the result of a joint investigation between LAPD, DPS and UCLA’s campus police force.“Our detectives have been working with LAPD all along in coordinating dates and times and these pieces of information so LAPD would have a clear picture of any trends,” Carlisle said.The two men were arrested by LAPD Pacific-LAX detectives after officers witnessed them removing a catalytic converter from a car parked on USC’s campus.According to Carlisle, LAPD has recovered eight converters so far and expects to recover more.“While we know these suspects completed at least one theft in a structure on campus … I suspect they were responsible for most, if not all,” Carlisle said.LAPD will continue to investigate the series of thefts in an attempt to determine how many converter thefts Williams and Calderon were involved in.Calderon is currently being held without bail and Williams is being held on $20,000 bail.Officer Bruce Borihanh, a spokesman for LAPD, said the two will likely face charges of vehicle tampering, burglary from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.Anyone with information regarding catalytic converter crimes is asked to call Pacific-LAX Detective Axel De Leon, at (310) 577-3473.