Tuesday, August 11, 2015
$35,000 DCED Grant Went to For-Profit Company ... in Massachusetts
Lori Sywensky, who is with NorCo's DCED depart defended that grant because both ReStore and Habitat for Humanity LV are Valley-wide entities. "We looked at the greater regional good here." Council member Ken Kraft defended the grant because it beats tossing it into a landfill.
Late yesterday, one of my readers discovered that the real recipient of this grant is a company called The Paint Exchange, LLC. It's located in Rockland, Massachusetts.
"Is the NorCo grant helping a Lehigh County nonprofit organization and also subsidizing a for profit company located in Massachusetts?" my reader asks.
It appears that the answer is Yes. From the corporate papers on file at the Massachusetts Department of State, it appears that we indirectly subsidized a Massachusetts company. A reader sarcastically observes, "Real good use of county gaming dollars! Create ZERO jobs for the county while helping others outside the county to profit."
Updated 11 am: As a point of clarification, I should note that this money went indirectly to The Paint Exchange. The direct recipient of the grant was LV Habitat for Humanity. Both ReStore and LV Habitat support regional efforts for affordable housing.