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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Saved from destruction, this Rankin home has proud new owners

Abandoned and covered in graffiti, this circa 1900 house in Rankin was an eyesore and about to be demolished. Today, completely renovated and updated to modern standards, it has a proud family calling it their new home. In late January, Oscar and Monica Daniels signed the paperwork to take ownership of this 2,800-square-foot house that […]

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New homeowner takes advantage of Charleroi program

Above, Lewis Farkas signs the papers that make him a new homeowner in Charleroi Borough as attorney Rick Mudrick assists. Last week, Farkas took advantage of down payment and closing cost assistance available in Charleroi through a program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered on behalf of Washington County by Homestead-based Mon Valley […]

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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

It’s #GivingTuesday — how does your gift go to work at MVI?

The day after “Cyber Monday” has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” and Mon Valley Initiative, along with other charitable groups, is participating. If you are thinking about making a year-end charitable contribution, we’d appreciate it. You can donate to MVI in one of three ways … Give directly to MVI, via our website, using a credit […]

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Community leaders mark milestone in Turtle Creek’s renewal

  Federal, county and local leaders joined members of Turtle Creek Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative to celebrate the creation of nearly $2 million of real estate investment in the Borough of Turtle Creek. The investment, including 17 rehabilitated single-family homes, has eliminated vacant properties and helped to stabilize several older neighborhoods. Cutting the […]

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Awards recognize community partners for their dedication to the Mon Valley

More than 200 people attended a banquet Thursday night honoring groups and volunteers from the communities that are represented in the Mon Valley Initiative. The awards ceremony at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township was emceed by Cara Sapida, a reporter and anchor for WPXI-TV (11), Pittsburgh. Sapida is a native of Turtle Creek in […]

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October 21, 2016

Homestead-area Economic Revitalization Corporation to disband

After nearly 40 years, board members ready to ‘pass the baton’ After 38 years of service, including development of 27 new homes, renovation of about three dozen existing homes, and providing thousands of dollars in grants and low-interest loans to local businesses, the Homestead-area Economic Revitalization Corporation is dissolving. Also known by its initials, “HERC,” […]

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October 20, 2016