Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Southeastern Pa. Projects Receive Millions In Fed Funds

(previously published here at www.thebulletin.us)

Federal funding for dozens of healthcare, education and labor projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania was approved earlier this month by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

The projects are a part of the Fiscal Year 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Bill.

Montgomery County's Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education and the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation will each receive $200,000 from the bill's funding, for professional development in K-12 mathematics and science instruction and job training for shipbuilding, respectively.

The majority of groups and projects included in the bill will receive $100,000 each. These range from construction, equipment and new beds for Chester County Hospital, professional development courses for K-12 teachers in science instruction at Cabrini College, renovation and equipment for a healthy living center in Northeast Philadelphia's Holy Redeemer Health System, and professional development, workshops and access to books for the Children's Literacy Initiative in Philadelphia.

"I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania," U.S. Senator Arlen Specter said upon announcing the funding with fellow Pennsylvania Senator Casey. "Health and education are our nation's greatest capital assets, and these projects are vital to ensuring quality health care and education for the area's residents."

Sen. Casey added that he and Sen. Specter "will continue working [together] to ensure residents of the area have access to quality health care and education.

Heather J. Chin can be reached at hchin@thebulletin.us

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