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Archive: Economic Justice

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West Finley and Bentleyville approved for Washington County Broadband program

By Paul Fedore / June 30, 2022
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Recently, the Washington County commissioners approved spending $3.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act or (ARPA) funds to extend broadband service to 944 homes, businesses, and other locations in Bentleyville and West Finley Township, which currently has no internet service. The total project cost is $5.3 million, but Windstream will be providing $2.1 million in […]

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New locations added to the Washington County Broadband Initiative Program

By Paul Fedore / June 14, 2022
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The effort to bring high-speed internet service to underserved communities throughout Washington County continues. The Washington County Authority is in charge of the program and is requesting proposals for other parts of the county. Lots of companies are interested in getting involved with this initiative, and we are expecting to see more projects being approved […]

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Takeaways for Washington and Greene Counties from “Climate Solutions from the Frontlines of Environmental Justice”

By Lisa DePaoli / April 29, 2022
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It’s not often that environmental justice communities are centered in discussions about the solutions we need in order to address climate change. This is unfortunate for one critical reason: people who are most impacted by the climate crisis are the ones who know what has to happen to bring about real solutions. 

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$51.5 million coming to southwestern PA for infrastructure improvements

By Paul Fedore / April 29, 2022
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On March 10th, Congress cleared the first major federal spending legislation of President Biden’s administration. The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill will bring roughly $51.5 million to Southwestern PA. The funds will be distributed across the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. The incoming funds are for initiatives including the construction of […]

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Our Annual Seed Swap is Growing!

By Kristen Locy / April 26, 2022
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On Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, we hosted our second annual “seed swap” in our new office at 30 East Beau St. It was a huge success, with over 70 people attending! We were hoping to have the seed swap in the exciting new Firefly Garden space near our office in downtown Washington; however, the cold, […]

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