Wolf Administration: CHIRP Program Helps Commonwealth Restaurants Recover From COVID Difficulties
Altoona, Pennsylvania – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined Altoona Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD) President and CEO Stephen McKnight, Altoona Mayor Matthew Pacifico, to Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb and the owners of Mama Randazzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant to highlight the assistance available through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).
âThe COVID-19 pandemic has put many of our favorite restaurants at risk. It’s places like Mama Randazzo Pizzeria, where friends and families have come together for years to get together or celebrate special occasions, âsaid Sec. Davin. âThe support provided to them through the SCHIRP program will help them on their journey to recovery and allow customers in Commonwealth communities to enjoy their favorite restaurants for years to come.
Last year, Governor Tom Wolf secured $ 145 million in funding to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the Commonwealth has worked with counties and economic development partners to quickly send aid to the hospitality industry.
Public funding has already been provided to 67 counties.
“On behalf of the Altoona City Council, we appreciate programs like CHIRP which have been able to help provide a lifeline for our local hospitality industry which has been hit the hardest,” said the mayor. from Altoona, Matthew Pacifico.
âThe close collaboration between ABCD Corp. and the Board of Trustees, in cooperation with other community partners, has enabled the successful and timely distribution of SCHIRP funds to these businesses as they move towards a successful recovery, âsaid Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb.
Counties manage funding through one or more designated Community Economic Development Organizations (CEDOs) or Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which began processing applications from businesses in each county on March 15. Funding must be provided to businesses by July 15, 2021..
âOn behalf of the Board of Directors of ABCD Corporation, we have been pleased to play a role in the administration of this program and, most importantly, to get these dollars into the hands of businesses as quickly as possible. Everyone looks forward to better days ahead, âsaid Stephen McKnight, President and CEO of ABCD.
Mama Randazzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, a long-time favorite family restaurant in Altoona, has received $ 25,000 in assistance through CHIRP.
âThe CHIRP program was more than a welcome lifeline for us locally in the restaurant industry. The ABCD Corporation, as well as the State of Pennsylvania, deserve a lot of credit for getting the funds straight to restaurants on a timely basis, âsaid Paul Randazzo of Mama Randazzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant. âWhen federal, state and local agencies work together, as they did with CHIRP, they deserve to be recognized. Here at Mama Randazzo, we thank everyone who participated in this program.
Casey Smith, DCED, [email protected]
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