Eat’n Park, Wofford ECE to be honored for their commitment to local workers

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group and Wofford ECE Consulting, LLC, will be honored this month by Mon Valley Initiative for their dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region. Their awards will be presented by Mon Valley Initiative July 21 at the organization’s 15th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center. Also […]

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CDC launches Internet crowdsourcing campaign to finish Meadow Park

The word “crowdsourcing” entered our vocabulary in 2005. It’s what happens when someone goes onto the Internet and asks a crowd of people to help a project by contributing ideas, services or donations. In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a popular fundraising tool for charitable causes and start-up businesses. Now, Greater Charleroi CDC is using […]

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June 29, 2017

MVI is hitting the road this summer!

Above: Tracey Reaves, director of workforce and business development, and Camille Smith, workforce development specialist, talk to visitors at McKeesport’s Good Neighbor Day on June 15. Mon Valley Initiative is hitting the road, visiting communities throughout our service area this summer. On June 15, Tracey Reaves, MVI workforce development director, and Camille Smith, workforce development […]

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June 27, 2017

Start-up businesses invited to free workshop June 27

Owners of existing businesses as well as people interested in starting their own business are being invited to a free workshop to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved. The free business financing workshop will be held at 6 p.m. June 27 at 501 Braddock Ave., Braddock. It’s being sponsored by Dollar Bank and Mon Valley […]

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Mortgage dos and don’ts at next homebuyer’s club

The mark of Zorro was a giant “Z” carved with his sword. The mark of a smart homebuyer (someone like you) is knowing what you’re signing before you sign it! If you’re getting ready to take out a mortgage, attend our our next Homebuyer’s Club, where Anthony Cafardi, mortgage loan consultant from Citizens Bank, will […]

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May 17, 2017

New state-level effort is designed to help ex-offenders live productive lives

Workforce specialists from Mon Valley Initiative on Monday joined colleagues from across Pennsylvania at the formation of a new state-level effort to help former prisoners successfully re-integrate with society. The meeting in Harrisburg was part of the announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro of the newly created Pennsylvania Reentry […]

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New tenants sign lease for restaurant in Braddock

As Patrick Shattuck, real estate and community outreach director for Mon Valley Initiative, looks on, Miriam Strong and Fernando Espejel get ready to sign a lease for their new restaurant in the historic Braddock Free Press building. Along with Maria Delpilar, Espejel and Strong operate Brassero Grill, a successful and popular food truck serving tacos, […]

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Saving (and re-using) the places that make a community special

By Patrick Shattuck Director of Real Estate Development © Mon Valley Initiative, all rights reserved Above: The Madonna del Castello condominiums in Swissvale are an example of a successful re-use of a historic building by MVI All of our neighborhoods have them—those unique buildings that create a sense of place and define what makes a […]

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Homebuyer’s Club April 27: Making a budget work for you

In real life, you can’t pass “Go” every time you need another $200. But parking and utilities aren’t free, and if you want to buy property, you probably don’t have a Rich Uncle Pennybags to help. So join Avis Williams from Citizens Bank for a discussion of how to make a budget—and stick to it! […]

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April 24, 2017

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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