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Shouldn’t government do the work the Penn Hills CDC is trying to do?

Absolutely not. Though our local government is in charge of many CDC related functions, local government simply cannot accomplish all the projects a CDC can. For one thing, there are significant pots of money that are accessible to CDCs that are not available to local governments. This means that in some cases, the CDC can accomplish initiatives easier because it has the funding to do so. It is also easier for a group of residents via a CDC to bring together different organizations to work on a project than it is for local government.