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Mahanoy City earns governor’s excellence award

Mahanoy City was one of 15 communities from the commonwealth recognized for excellent service as part of the 27th Annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.

“The important work done by local officials across our Commonwealth has the power to impact Pennsylvania families every day,” said Gov. Josh Shapiro. “Each of this year’s recipients have shown exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative initiatives and a continued focus on getting things done for their communities. The individuals, municipalities, organizations, and counties being recognized today represent the best of us, and public service is not just what they do - it’s who they are.”

Mahanoy City was recognized for “Responding to Adversity” for addressing its financial recovery through a local initiative.

According to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the borough declared itself in financial distress in 2015. It adopted a recovery plan and made ample changes to its government, and by early 2023, it was no longer considered distressed.

In addition, five organizations and eight individuals were also recognized for excellent service.

The recognitions occur each year on Pennsylvania Local Government Day, which focuses attention on the need for strong, independent, and active local government in the Commonwealth and celebrates the valuable contributions made by residents serving their communities.

“The Shapiro Administration is thrilled to celebrate these local governments - and passionate people that serve them - that provide the highest level of service to their communities across this Commonwealth,” said DCED Acting Secretary Rick Siger. “Local government has the greatest impact on our day-to-day lives. The projects and individuals recognized today are essential in helping to make Pennsylvania the best place to live, work, and prosper.”