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Sen. Argall Introduces New Bill To Strengthen Downtown Location Law

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) introduced Senate Bill 1201 this week to require the Department of General Services to coordinate with local public and private sector community revitalization organizations when deciding on a location for any state agency office.
            “Over the past 10 years, 90 percent of all state government leases have been designated in our downtown areas,” said Sen. Argall.  “This began as a bipartisan effort to set an example for development in our downtowns.  Now, based on 10 years experience, I hope to improve the original law.
            “To further improve the law, this bill requires coordination between the state and organizations committed to community, downtown revitalization and historic preservation.  This will give these organizations unprecedented ability to reshape and revitalize our aging downtowns,” Sen. Argall added.
            Along with providing for new levels of cooperation, this bill will strengthen DGS’s ability to deny requests to state agencies to locate outside of downtown areas. 
            The Downtown Location Law encourages state agencies to locate new offices in central business districts.  The law requires the Department of General Services to establish guidelines for state agencies that facilitate downtown location.


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