Robinson Bill to Modernize, Streamline Neighborhood Improvement District Act Approved by Senate

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) bill to modernize and streamline the Neighborhood Improvement District Act and allow for the development of a Tourism Improvement District in Allegheny County was approved today by the state Senate.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in devastating consequences for the tourism and hospitality industries and Southwestern Pennsylvania is no exception,” Sen. Robinson said. “So many of the sites and attractions that make Pittsburgh a great place to visit have suffered immeasurable challenges. It is my hope that Senate Bill 797 can help Pennsylvania’s tourism industry on its road to recovery.”

Originally adopted in 2000, Robinson’s update to the Neighborhood Improvement District Act would include Allegheny County as an eligible jurisdiction and provide much of the simplified process and flexibility already afforded to Neighborhood Improvement District authorization in Philadelphia County.

“Modernizing the system, simplifying the process, and allowing other communities to participate will provide much needed momentum for reviving our economy.” said Sen. Robinson.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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