State and local officials will gather for a formal presentation next week to designate Downtown Wilkes-Barre as the state’s newest Keystone Communities Main Street Program member.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 28 on the Public Square stage area. The public is invited.
The designation was effective Sept. 15 and will end Sept. 30, 2025. The Diamond City Partnership will be the administering agency responsible for implementing the revitalization effort in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, according to a news release Wednesday from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
As a DCED-designated program, the downtown will be eligible for free technical assistance and programmatic support from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center over the next five years and will receive priority status for various funding applications submitted to DCED.
For example, Downtown Wilkes-Barre may apply for planning funds, implementation grants, façade renovation grants and other grants, and will be eligible for certain tax credits for private sector development within the designated program area.