Lock Haven nonprofit asks for more funds

LOCK HAVEN — City Council reviewed the health of the water and sewer funds going into 2018, with no rate increases foreseen.

On Monday, council looked at portions of the recommended city budget for 2018 and heard Downtown Lock Haven Inc. ask for an increased contribution next year, for a total of $15,000.

Downtown Manager Kasey Blesh spoke about the nonprofit organization, which is designed to promote the downtown, provide grant opportunities for local businesses, act as a one-stop information center for member businesses and work as a liaison between downtown businesses and city government.

Downtown Inc. focuses solely on economic growth in the city, according to information Blesh presented. It can also “apply for grants that provide immediate, positive results for local businesses.”

The nonprofit’s duties include assisting with media and market research, grant and funding opportunities and Main Street revitalization.

“Please help us keep our beautiful community strong by investing in our program. You will see a clear return on investment in your business and your community,” she said.