BRIDGEVILLE – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today announced Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund (GEDTF) Program grants were awarded to Boggs Systems & Solutions in McDonald and Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania in Bridgeville.
The GEDTF program provides funding for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety and public interest. Twenty-one projects were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority earlier this week.
“Both of these projects will benefit the community in years to come,” Ortitay said. “Boggs Systems & Solutions’ plans will assist first responders with coordination when responding to emergencies. The Junior Achievement project will allow students to run an imaginary town for a day and take on a variety of job in order to apply what they have learned in the classroom.”
Boggs Systems & Solutions’ $75,000 grant will help fund creation of a first-responder accountability software system for Androids and iOS software systems. This will allow for real-time radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC) tagging and communication and tracking to share information to better coordinate the management of incident personnel during emergencies.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania’s $154,050 grant will assist with creating a fully interactive, mock town to simulate day-to-day functions of a thriving community. Elementary and middle school students will visit the location as part of BizTown curriculum that focuses on the principles of financial literacy, community and economy, work readiness and business management. The program helps students connect what they learn in school with the real world, while practicing jobs from many industries.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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