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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2015 05:29 PM
From: Senator Sean Wiley
To: All Senate members
Subject: CRIZ expansion
In the very near future, I will introduce legislation accelerating the expansion of the City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program to additional municipalities. As you likely know, Act 52 of 2013 limited the initial CRIZ authorizations to two cities of the third class, with additional cities of the third class to be authorized annually, beginning in 2016.

This proposal, similar to last session’s Senate Bill 1227 introduced by Senator Schwank, would authorize additional CRIZ designations prior to 2016. Eligible cities would include the city of class 2A and all cities of the third class. No municipality would be allowed more than one CRIZ or Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

In the short time since the initial legislation was approved, the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program has proven to be a game changer in Pennsylvania municipalities. I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation to ensure that additional areas, in critical need of development, and many with shovel-ready projects, are afforded the benefits of this designation to further the Commonwealth as a whole.

Should you have any questions regarding this proposal, please contact Michael Thomas at mthomas@pasenate.com or 717.787.8927.

Introduced as SB382