Phillips-Hill, Klunk announce grant to promote local tourism, economic development

NEW FREEDOM – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Representative Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) today announced a competitively awarded $450,000 state grant to aid Steam Into History’s rail line improvement between Seven Valleys Borough and Spring Garden Township in York County.

“This investment will help make a major tourist attraction and economic engine even better,” Phillips-Hill said. “This grant is a testament to the hard work and efforts of the board of directors, staff and volunteers who comprise the Steam Into History team for their dedication to preserving a local landmark that generates economic activity for the entire region.”

“With a long railroading history in southern York County, I am glad to see this project to revitalize a portion of the rail line along the York County Heritage Rail Trail come to fruition as it will help spur on tourism. The increased tourism dollars will lead to further economic development in the county,” Klunk said. “I applaud the Commonwealth Financing Authority for recognizing the importance of this project that will benefit residents.”

Steam Into History will also use the state grant to refurbish an existing rail line owned by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

The total project cost is $729,410.

Steam Into History is a nonprofit based in New Freedom.

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