Leadership Pittsburgh tours Swissvale project sites

Members of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII learned about efforts to revitalize Swissvale during a walking tour of the borough on April 5. The tour was led by Patrick Shattuck, Mon Valley Initiative real estate director, and Stephanie Eson, MVI senior community outreach coordinator. About 10 people were greeted at lunch by Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, then […]

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$200,000 state grant will help make urban park possible

A $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will help make a community park in the heart of Braddock a reality. Mon Valley Initiative announced today that DCNR is providing funds from the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund for construction of Braddock Civic Plaza, to be built on part of […]

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New program reimburses contractors for getting lead-paint safety certifications

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Are you a contractor or remodeling professional who works on older homes? If you need to be trained and certified to work with lead paint safely, you may be eligible for reimbursement, with help from a new program offered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The Lead Safe Homes Contractor Training program will reimburse […]

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MVI elects 2017 board of directors and officers

At their November meeting, members of the Mon Valley Initiative’s board of directors elected directors and officers for 2017. Eight directors were nominated by the 10 community development corporations that participate in the MVI coalition. They are: Dale J. Bizub (Turtle Creek Development Corp.) Jeb Feldman (Braddock Economic Development Corp.) Alix Garlitz (Greater Charleroi Community […]

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December 2, 2016

MVI honors community volunteers at annual dinner Oct. 20

“A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” —Jim Watkins, American humorist Turtle Creek native and WPXI-TV reporter Cara Sapida is scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies when the Mon Valley Initiative hosts its annual dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 20. Tickets are $35 and are […]

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October 4, 2016

Make homebuying magic in the Magic City on Oct. 30

2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 Charleroi Municipal Bldg., 338 Fallowfield Ave. Refreshments … free information! Meet lenders, vendors and contractors There will be treats, but no tricks, when real-estate agents, contractors, loan officers and community volunteers come together on the day before Halloween to promote homeownership opportunities in Charleroi Borough. “Make Homebuying […]

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Tackle your financial problems Oct. 10 — with help from MVI

Fall means football. It also means finishing up leftover tasks before the end of the year. So why not tackle your financial problems this fall? The Mon Valley Initiative, in cooperation with Neighborhood Allies, presents “Tackle Your Financial Goals” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. This free workshop at the MVI offices, 305 […]

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Save the date: The second-annual “Make Swissvale Home” house tour is Sept. 11

With real-estate values in Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville, East Liberty and Bloomfield going higher and higher every month, Swissvale may be the best-kept secret in the east suburbs … and residents are eager to make sure it’s not a secret any longer. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the non-profit Swissvale Economic Development Corp., or SEDCO, […]

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Buying a house in Charleroi Borough? Up to $10K in assistance available

Up to $10,000 is available right now to people who want to buy a home in Charleroi Borough … but they need to take advantage of it as soon as possible. The money — available through the state’s housing trust fund — may be put towards a down payment or closing costs, says Jonathan Weaver, […]

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Mon Valley Initiative Receives Grant from EQT Foundation for $25,000

Homestead, Pa., August 4, 2016 – Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the EQT Foundation to further support improvements to Meadow Park in Charleroi Borough. Understanding that their ultimate vision of a truly functional and well-loved greenspace in the community had not yet been achieved, the […]

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