Stained glass windows stolen from historic Braddock church

Mon Valley Initiative and Braddock police are asking antiques and salvage dealers to be on the lookout for stained-glass windows stolen from a historic church. The theft, from the former First United Presbyterian Church on Parker Avenue, near Braddock Carnegie Library, was discovered early Thursday morning by a passerby, who alerted police, said Laura R. […]

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February 15, 2019

Workforce director participates in Jefferson panel

Tracey Reaves, MVI’s director of workforce and business development, joined other local professionals recently for a panel discussion convened by the Jefferson Regional Foundation. Sarah Welch, director of the Career Development Center at Jewish Family & Community Services in Hazelwood, presented information about the center’s regional workforce needs assessment, which was funded through the Jefferson […]

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January 30, 2019

SPC is studying regional transportation issues, and wants your input

Most of us spend a lot of time getting to and from places — work, shopping, health care and child care. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is working on a new regional transportation plan for the Pittsburgh area, including the Mon Valley. The commission is calling it “Smart Moves” and it’s focusing on three themes — […]

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January 14, 2019

#GivingTuesday: $30 for 30 years of working together

Above: J&L’s South Side Works, 1988, photographed by The Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine.   In the early 1980s, steel mills and factories throughout the Mon Valley were closing and being abandoned. A national research organization said the region was facing the same devastation as a community that had been overwhelmed by a natural disaster such […]

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November 27, 2018

We’ve come a long way since 1988

For the past 30 years, planning and partnership have been the keys to the success of Mon Valley Initiative—and our most important partners have been people just like you. Think of how far we’ve come as an organization—and a region—since MVI was founded on Dec. 1, 1988. When rusty buildings and abandoned railroads lined our […]

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November 13, 2018

Valley volunteers, regional champions share spotlight at annual awards banquet

Mon Valley Initiative celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 18 by presenting awards to local residents who made the organization’s work possible over the past year. People who volunteer and participate with local groups “are vitally important,” said East Pittsburgh Councilwoman Mary Carol Kennedy, who chairs Mon Valley Initiative’s board of directors. “Without them, so […]

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Community cuts ribbon on Charleroi’s new Meadow Park

Community leaders, volunteers and donors joined together Aug. 23 to cut the ribbon on Charleroi’s new Meadow Park. Located on the site of Charleroi’s former junior high school, the park is designed as a neighborhood asset for residents of the borough who live on Meadow, Crest and Shady avenues. The park includes a walking trail, […]

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Braddock plaza is $1 million celebration of public, private cooperation

The grand opening of Braddock Civic Plaza on Aug. 11 is more than a celebration of a new greenspace, says the chief executive officer of the non-profit group that spearheaded its construction. Laura R. Zinski, CEO of Mon Valley Initiative, said the plaza is also a celebration of the public-private partnership that began as soon […]

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MVI salutes employers, job-seekers at annual breakfast

Above: Rick Cobbs of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh accepts MVI’s “Employer Partner of the Year” Award from Tracey Reaves, MVI director of workforce and business development. Six years ago, Rick Cobbs was worried. His job as a social services administrator was about to be eliminated and after 25 years in the field, he wasn’t sure what […]

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh to be honored for its commitment to hiring, training local employees

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will be honored by Mon Valley Initiative for its dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region. The Employer Partner of the Year Award will be presented to casino employees at 9 a.m. July 20 at MVI’s 16th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third Ave., […]

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