DiSanto to host roundtable in Harrisburg with two senate committees to discuss anti-blight efforts

HARRISBURG – Senator John DiSanto (R-Dauphin/Perry) is bringing in the Senate Majority Policy and Urban Affairs and Housing committees for a roundtable discussion with city officials, local developers and industry experts to find solutions to combat blight and abandonment in Pennsylvania.

The roundtable discussion will feature presentations by the City of Harrisburg, WCI Partners and Community Blight Solutions to review ways the state can assist local officials and developers to revitalize the city and all communities dealing with blight.

The roundtable will take place at Harrisburg Area Community College’s Midtown Campus, 1500 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 (Second Floor) on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. 

Regarding the roundtable, DiSanto said, “I look forward to having a discussion with my Senate colleagues and those on the front lines of blight remediation about ways we can change state law to better support our communities in preventing and eradicating blight.”

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), who chairs the Senate Majority Policy Committee, said these forums allow officials to come together to discuss solutions and ways to implement successful anti-blight strategies.

“This is the first of several roundtables we plan on holding throughout the state,” Argall said. “This forum will help us come up with new ideas to take back to the Capitol to assist Harrisburg in its fight with blight. In addition, we will review recent laws which we have already passed to help communities just like Harrisburg to evaluate their effectiveness.”
Senator Tom McGarrigle (Delaware/Chester), Majority Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee said, “I am looking forward to sitting down with both committees and local officials to discuss strategies that have been effective and ineffective in fighting blight in the City of Harrisburg.  As we work our way through these various discussions I am hopeful that we can take what we learned back to the legislature and implement these strategies across the Commonwealth. “


Chuck Erdman (DiSanto)

Jon Hopcraft (Argall)

Daena Prinsen (McGarrigle)