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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -$160,000 in state funding will go toward efforts to revitalize south Bethlehem.

The Department of Community and Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program will provide funding to the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem for its SouthSide Vision 20/20, State Sen. Lisa Boscola said.

“I’m pleased to announce state funds will be used for the Southside Vision 20/20 plan to further restore and revitalize South Bethlehem,” Boscola said. “Funding will promote new business creation in South Bethlehem along with addressing housing issues for residents and promoting recreational opportunities for neighborhood youth.”

The funding for CADC aims to expand the Start Your Business Program, provide business technical assistance, and increase new business start-ups, Boscola said. The funding will also be used to help hire a housing organizer, provide for additional residential facades, maintain two parks and green spaces, and implement numerous youth-related educational and recreational programs, Boscola said. 

The Neighborhood Assistance Program seeks to encourage private sector investment in projects that will assist in community and economic development within distressed areas. The NAP provides tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community needs.