State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) announced funding for three projects in Carbon County totaling more than $1 million. The money comes in the form of grants from the "local share assessment" or (LSA) account generated by the gaming industry.

"The grants will provide much needed funding for three worthwhile projects during a time of financial difficulty for state and federal governments," said Yudichak. "The projects will provide a wide range of benefits for county residents that include community development, infrastructure and recreation," he added.

The "local share assessment" (LSA) account was established by the Pennsylvania Horse Race and Gaming Development Act. The funds are generated by the commonwealth's gaming facilities, including the Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, Monroe County.

Yudichak worked with state Senator Dave Argall and state Representative Doyle Heffley to secure these much needed funds for the communities of Carbon County.

The three projects in Carbon County will receive a total of $1,348,164. They include:

Ÿ $40,000 - Packer Township – Packer Township Community Park will receive funds to develop a regional recreational site and facility to include a picnic pavilion and tables, horseshoe pits, a playground, walking paths and a community park.

Ÿ $608,000 - Nesquehoning Borough – The Nesquehoning Borough Water Authority will receive funds to replace and relocate a water storage tank. The new water tank will be placed at a lower elevation to reduce the pressure in the Hauto Valley system. The new tank will increase the supply of adequate water for fire fighting and other emergencies.

Ÿ $700,184 - Carbon County Redevelopment Authority - The Blue Mountain Health System will receive funds to purchase and implement a health information technology wide area network and other infrastructure improvements needed to support a fully functional electronic health record at two hospitals.