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Keystone College has received a $456,660 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to make a variety of important campus enhancements to benefit the College and local community.

The grant from DCED’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will be used for new sidewalks, streetlights, and storm management improvements to an area on campus from Gambal Athletic Center to approximately the Keystone Children’s Center. Keystone will match 30 percent of the grant, as required by DCED regulations.

The funding announcement was made by Pennsylvania State Senator John P. Blake, whose district includes the La Plume portion of campus where the improvements will be made. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2017.

“We are very grateful to Senator John Blake, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and all parties who played a role in helping this grant become a reality,” said Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D.  “We view our beautiful campus as not only a tremendous asset for our students but also for the entire community. So, as we continue to see these important improvements to our campus, we are mindful that we are proud to serve all residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Keystone’s 276-acre campus is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the region. In addition to the college new $3 million Athletic Field and Track Complex, the campus features a variety of streams and hiking trails which are open to the public. Keystone offers numerous musical performances, plays, lectures, and other events all of which are open to the public.