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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania

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Jobs and the Economy

As he has long said, Congressman Cartwright’s number one priority is to bring good-paying, family-sustaining jobs to Northeastern Pennsylvania.  While the people of the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania are known for valuing hard work, the recent recession has created a lasting impact. 

To create jobs, Congressman Cartwright will act to ensure that Congress is investing in infrastructure, and that the 17th District is getting its share of these projects.  Pennsylvania has thousands of structurally deficient bridges that need repair and thousands of unemployed workers who have the skills to correct this issue.  The Congressman will act to ensure that the two are linked.  Also, Congressman Cartwright will work to expand rail service to the district and bring new clean energy jobs to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

While addressing our immediate needs is important, Congressman Cartwright also recognizes that we need to create long-term, sustainable jobs so that future generations of Northeastern Pennsylvanians will live in prosperity.  To accomplish this goal, Congressman Cartwright will act to bolster our public education system and ensure that this generation of Americans can compete in the world-wide marketplace.

The engine that drives the economy of northeastern Pennsylvania and the United States is small business.  Congressman Cartwright will work to ensure that the small businesses in the 17th district are on a level playing field with their larger competitors, so that their growth can continue.

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More on Jobs and the Economy

Apr 4, 2018 Press Release

Luzerne County, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1,700,000 grant to the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. The funds will be distributed via the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Mar 28, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA  Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is now open and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The SAFER program provides grants to local fire departments to assist in hiring and retaining staff. Grants are administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Mar 26, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA– U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright is pleased to announce that the USDA is inviting applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects.   These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. This notice seeks applications for FY 2018 funding.

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bipartisan legislation that would stimulate rural economic development. The Transformative Hiring in Rural Industries and Vital Economies (THRIVE) Act would establish an interagency council to determine ways to best utilize rural federal investments.

Feb 15, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced legislation that would create manufacturing and construction jobs while saving energy. The Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act would establish a Department of Energy (DOE) program to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers make energy efficient upgrades.

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Easton a $57,570 Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) grant.

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

Pittston, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA Alliance) received a $70,000 Cooperative Agreement grant for a partnership-planning project from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Oct 20, 2017 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology received a $100,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This grant will provide funding for a study of the proposed Science Center and Aquarium envisioned for downtown Easton.

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rebuilding America Task Force, wrote to President Donald Trump calling on his administration to develop a comprehensive infrastructure plan.

Rep. Cartwright urged the president to immediately develop an infrastructure plan that includes job opportunities with fair wages, skill development programs, and comprehensive improvements for our schools, roads, and bridges.

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the Jobs for America task forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a legislative agenda to benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families.

Rep. Cartwright will serve as co-chair for the Rebuilding America Task Force.