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Author: Jason Togyer

MVI Spotlight: Zinat Naderi

Zinat Naderi, the MVI Real Estate Developer, is celebrating her 2-year MVI Anniversary today! Since most people we come across aren’t quite sure what exactly a Real Estate Developer does, we thought we would ask Zinat a few questions to find out more about her, and her job. If you have more questions for Zinat,

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A Love Note to the Mon Valley

Today is a day to acknowledge the place we call home for all the things we love about it. In honor of Love Note Day (September 26, 2014), we have compiled a list of the little things in the Mon Valley that move and inspire us and put them together in a heartfelt tribute.  

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East Pittsburgh to Host Second Annual Community Health Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – East Pittsburgh, PA, September 22, 2014 – The East Pittsburgh Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) is hosting its Second Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, September 27, from 10am until 1pm. The Health Fair will be held at the East Pittsburgh Community Center, 506 Bessemer Avenue, and will provide access to community

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5 Tips for Answering Interview Questions…About Your Rap Sheet

Many individuals with a criminal background view their past as a permanent barrier to finding employment. In many cases, the first impression you make is what makes the difference between the employer seeing you as someone who has overcome their past, or who lets their past define them. For you to have a successful job

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So You’re Part of the MVI Coalition: Meet HERC!

The Homestead Area Economic Revitalization Corporation (HERC) was founded in September of 1978, and is one of the oldest of MVI’s member CDCs. HERC draws its membership from four communities and leads programs in those areas with goals of beautification, fundraising, and community involvement. We interviewed Janet Whitney, President, about her experience with this CDC.

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These are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Because our COO John Bixler is usually responsible for coordinating the recognition of employee anniversaries, we missed it when he hit his 10 year mark in April! To make up for it, we had everyone share their favorite thing about John and something that they think John adds to the MVI team. At yesterday’s staff

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Lessons from the 2014 NeighborWorks Training Institute

For those of you who are curious why Jonathan, Bethany, and Stephanie were under palm trees instead of behind their desks last week, you might be interested to know that the trio was in sunny Orlando, Florida for an intense week of learning at the NeighborWorks Training Institute! We asked each of them to supply

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MVI 101: What is the Workforce Development Program?

  “Workforce Development” is a strategy focused on increasing an individual’s self-sufficiency by assisting them as they prepare to enter the workforce, find and apply for jobs, and gain employment. The ultimate goal is reaching success in the workplace and establishing a long-lasting career. All of our clients are required to attend an orientation session

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So You’re Part of the MVI Coalition: Meet EPEDC!

East Pittsburgh is home of the George Westinghouse Memorial bridge, a bridge that spans from East Pittsburgh to North Versailles and whose central arch was once the longest concrete arch span in the world. An even more impressive part of the community, however, are the volunteers of the local Community Development Corporation that meets monthly

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So You’re Part of the MVI Coalition: Overview

If you’ve had the chance to read about the history of the Mon Valley Initiative, you’ve probably read that we are a “grassroots coalition made up of 10 Community Development Corporations (CDCs).” But what does it really mean to be part of the MVI coalition, and who are these 10 member CDCs? We hope this

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