Editors note: This column has been updated to include the response of former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed.
Harrisburg, PA – Spring has sprung in the city and with it comes positive indications for education and economic development.
The news of a federal tax incentive program has been announced for low income sections of Harrisburg, and while the intent of the program could create potential economic development, the real implications have not yet been realized. The initial response from Harrisburg residents is hopeful, but questions have been raised about why the impoverished section of Camp Curtin was not included on the submission.
In response to the posting, Uptown resident Nevin Mindlin says: “Interesting. Camp Curtin, largely within census tract 207, is not included. It is an impoverished area.”
Former Mayoral Candidate and Camp Curtin native Lewis Butts expressed his support of an inclusive plan for Harrisburg to utilize the federal tax incentive, while incorporating plans for Camp Curtin as well.
“Mayor Eric Papenfuse was cautiously optimistic about the incentive program on Tuesday, when he announced to City Council that Harrisburg tracts had been included in the governor’s submission.” -theBurg
Papenfuse said that the recommended zones aligned with the city’s current development efforts, including the MulDer Square revitalization project and the Paxton Creek reclamation in the industrial corridor.
Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste was recently honored at the Harrisburg University Gala for his involvement in putting HU together.
Haste invited former Mayor Stephen Reed and gave him credit on stage because it was Reed that originally brought the idea to Haste.
Friends of Allison Hill founder Beau Brown attended the Harrisburg University Gala and posted his account with this photo.
“Did you know that Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is involved in studies that could have global impacts? Regenerative medicine, digital humanities, scrumsim simulation, analytical knowledge acquisition – and many other works are right here in the city.
It was a fantastic privilege to be invited to the table of tonight’s Gala Honoree – Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste. A great surprise was when former Mayor Reed showed up to sit at our table!
Reed was instrumental in bringing H.U. to fruition.
Many great stories from students tonight.” ~Beau Brown
In response to this posting, former Mayor Reed Says: “HU and SCI Tech High were initiated in the mayor’s office at the same time and ran parallel development tracks. I thought then and still believe that these projects will, long term, be the most significant economic development projects undertaken in the modern era, amongst literally several thousand projects.”