Paige Gebhardt Cognetti
Mayor | Scranton, PA

American Rescue Plan: Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti Supports Small Business COVID Recovery

Idea Category: Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: American Rescue Plan

Pennsylvania: Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti allocated $660,000 of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to support small business recovery from the COVID pandemic as well as to increase wages, which will eventually be fully supported by the businesses themselves. Wages will be increased after analysis of the state averages per position and industry. “Our wage boost program helps people working in Scranton earn a more livable wage, necessitated by more than just the challenges of the past few years. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage belongs in the 20th century; we must keep pushing the state legislature to increase the minimum wage and model the theory that increased wages can stabilize operations in a tight labor market and even enhance a business’s bottom line,” added Cognetti. Applications for grants are ongoing.

More Idea’s From Paige Gebhardt Cognetti

ARPA Case Study: Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti Invests in City’s Recovery and Resilience after Flooding

Idea Category: American Rescue Plan Act, Funding, Public Safety | Funding Source: ARP

Small Business Wage Boost

Idea Category: Jobs and Entrepreneurship, Promoting Equity | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Scranton PA, Creates Recovery Grants to Support Small Businesses

Idea Category: Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: ARP