The Greater Titusville Development Foundation was awarded $25,000 for its ongoing Downtown Titusville Façade Improvement Program. The initiative is focused on improving existing façades in the downtown business district and has done eight rounds of local funding since its inception in 2016.
The project provides a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000 to businesses investing in facade improvements as a way to encourage upgrades to the appearance of the downtown and embrace the historical character of the city. In the past six years, $180,495 has been given to city businesses.
The latest round of state funding comes to the GTDF from the Keystone Communities Program, which awarded nearly $8 million to 51 projects across the state.
Earlier this month the Titusville Police Department received a $132,721 grant from the state’s Local Law Enforcement Support Program.
“This project includes investment into personnel, technology, and equipment towards (the) prosperity of the community,” police chief Dustin LeGoullon wrote in a letter posted online.
Titusville will use its funding to upgrade its digital recording management system to assist with processing traffic stops as well as its scheduling system to more efficiently and effectively ensure that there is police coverage 24 hours a day. Money will also be used to provide extensive crisis intervention training to all 12 officers in the department over a two-year period and to support a full-time clerk position to assist with routine paperwork and other daily tasks.
“These grant programs are one more tool in our toolbox to create safer communities across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “With adequate resources, our local law enforcement and investigative offices can better protect and serve.”