Community and Economic Development Office
The Community and Economic Development Office (“CEDO”) is a self-sufficient department, and acts as the grants administration arm of the City of Lebanon. The CEDO identifies grants programs that could provide sources of support for a variety of community and economic development initiatives and aggressively pursues these funds. The administrator is responsible for administering these grants, taking care to allocate funds to activities that best address important community and economic development needs and ensuring compliance with their regulations. The CEDO will serve all citizens striving to make Lebanon a better place. The CEDO encourages citizen participation in our program and works closely with other governmental agencies and private nonprofit organizations to ensure effective collaboration and collective problem-solving.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):
The City of Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania is designated as an urban area and therefore is an entitlement community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Lebanon receives an annual appropriation of CDBG funds. In order to participate in the CDBG Program, the City of Lebanon contractually agrees to implement the local CDBG Program in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act (HCD) of 1974, as amended, and the CDBG Program Regulations found in 24 CFR Part 570. In addition, all CDBG funds are subject to the regulations found in OMB Circulars A-110 and A-122, as well as, various other Federal Acts. Please click on the links below to view the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, 2021 Annual Action Plan and the 2020 CAPER. The City also funds the First Time Homebuyer Program and the Homeowner Rehabilitation Program through CDBG funds and more information can be found in the links listed below.
The Community and Economic Development Office is affirmatively furthering fair housing. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a Fair Housing Complaint. Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website for instructions on how to file a complaint. For additional information on the Fair Housing Law, click here.
The City of Lebanon through the Community Development Office completed the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in 2011. A copy of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice is available for public review in the Office of Community and Economic Development.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAMS:
The City of Lebanon utilizes the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) and Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) incentives to encourage improvements, rehabilitation and new construction in certain designated areas in the City of Lebanon.
The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) was created in the City of Lebanon to improve the economic and business climate of certain residential and commercial districts by lessening the tax burden on new development. Whatever amount is being paid on taxes before a LERTA - whether it is taxes paid on vacant land or on an existing building - that tax bill would remain the same. The program provides phased out exemptions from all three taxing entities: city school district, city, and county. The exemption is 100 percent in years 1-3; and 50 percent years 4-5. The program applies to commercial and retail-related new construction and rehabilitation projects on properties located on both sides of Cumberland Street, north to the city line.
Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ) are geographic areas that can provide specific state and local tax benefits. The goal of the KOZ program is to revive economically distressed urban and rural communities with one of the most powerful market-based incentives - reducing and/or eliminating taxes. Businesses that locate in designated KOZ parcels are eligible to have the tax burden reduced through exemptions, deductions, abatements and credits. For a complete list and more information, please go to the state website, www.newpa.com/business/expansion-reolocation/keystone-opportunity-zones. There is currently one Keystone Opportunity Zone site in the City, as follows:
Schneider Drive - Lots 2 and 8
This lot is located on the south side of Schneider Drive near the Lebanon Transit Park and Ride facility. It is slightly over two acres and on a site where Bethlehem Steel once was located. The lot has since been cleared and is vacant. It is in close proximity to Route 72 and Route 422.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN:
In May 2015, the City of Lebanon released an Economic Development Strategic Plan known as the "Grow Lebanon 2020 Plan". Mayor Capello and the Grow Lebanon Revitalization Committee continually strive to accomplish the priorities and action items established in the plan. Click on this link to review the "Grow Lebanon 2020 Plan"