City Council may vote on contract for consultant

City Council is expected to review extending a contract for Penn Strategies, the city economic development consulting firm, for $100,000 a year over the next two years.

The Harrisburg-based firm is actively seeking state Redevelopment Capital Assistance Grants through the Office of Budget in Gov. Tom Wolf’s office for money to pay for the unfunded levee recertification, said Jason Fitzgerald, company president.

The contract limits Penn Strategies no more than $200,000 for its life and a 15-day exit clause.

The previous contract paid the company $75,000 per year for two years, according to Janice Frank, city clerk.

Fitzgerald’s firm was valuable in securing the city $3 million toward Destination 2014, which included the Liberty Arena infrastructure, Trade and Transit Centre II and Midtown Landing.

It also was helpful in securing $1.5 million for the renovation of Bowman Field in time for the creation of Logger’s Landing and the first Major League Baseball Little League Classic between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

The company is seeking funding assistance for a project to lower flood risks for those living in and around Grafius Run.

The contract amendment and extension with the city in the form of a resolution was given a positive recommendation from the council finance committee earlier this week.