Our goal is clean up of 500 blighted properties in Westmoreland County. Article on post-blight revitalization.
On January 9, 2020, I made my first public appeal at the 2020 State of the County address for better broadband across Westmoreland County. We are improving broadband in the east of Westmoreland right now in 4 early action projects.
In my first term, I worked with fiscal restraint to keep your taxes low.
In 2020, I voted to provide funds to the Westmoreland Library Network for the completion of their Broadband upgrades, which included robust, outside WiFi networks.
Voted for 3 rounds of funding for restaurants to help them survive the closures forced on them.
Since 2020, I have hosted over 20 Town Halls to share current County developments and to explain the role of county government. I plan to contunue those both virtually and in-person in my 2nd term. Transparency is important for government.
To date, Westmoreland County has returned NO CARES or ARPA dollars.
My office has helped several dozen people access the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. We take calls day or night and have even met people and assisted their completion of the paperwork. Going the extra mile is important to me.
In my 1st term, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) was more active than the last many years, and may have hit a historical record for the 40-year existence of the IDC. In the graph, you see the amount of new business space under construction in Westmoreland County: over 800,000 square feet in construction. That construction brings jobs, and the result of construction is a new property to help contribute tax revenue to our local economy. This is the power of being a full-time commissioner.
In my term, Westmoreland Manor went from a 1-star to a 3-star facility. Thanks to our great staff and administrators!
Watch how much Jeannette has changed since 2019.
$10.4 million for blight removal. The land can then be used for affordable housing or any other development.
One of my favorite days as a Commissioner was May 1, 2023, when the public first learned about RE:Build. RE:Build will bring manufacturing back to the former ALCOA facility in the cities of New Kensington and Arnold. Listen to Jeff Wilke describe American Exceptionalism and I'm sure you'll be as excited for RE:Build as I am.