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Last year, Brown authorized a $42,000 grant to Easton for the purchase of a downtown trolley to relieve parking concerns. But there was no funding program in place, leading to concerns that a slush fund was being established in which money could be doled out at election time. The CIPP program, however, which includes a detailed grant application process and involves the use of the General Purpose Authority, provides a structure under which all 38 of the County's fragmented municipalities can revitalize aging communities.
In addition to technical assistance, the County will offer community improvement grants for facades and streetscapes. There will be operations grants to help fund personnel like a regional code enforcement officer, who can work in several communities. There will also be business boost loans, run through the General Purpose Authority, of up to $150,000.
The grant application process starts this week and ends July 31, and can be found at the Northampton County DCED webpage. There will be matching requirements. "This is not a charity," stated Brown.
Brown summed it up by saying the program will "help our downtowns and small communities do what they need to do."
After the news conference was over, everyone moved to the Expresso Cafe next door for a caffeine boost.