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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$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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Insurance is the focus of our March 28 homebuyers’ club

If you’re buying a house, you definitely need insurance … but do you know what insurance covers—and doesn’t? You’d better find out before you spend your money. Let’s talk about the different types … title insurance, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, mine subsidence … and life and disability! The event is free, but registration […]

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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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