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Planning a small business? MVI can help

Building on the 13-week entrepreneurship class offered in the spring, MVI’s workforce team has created a condensed version focused on small-business development.   T. Charles Howell IV, MVI director of workforce development & financial coaching, said there will be two sessions, each three weeks long, to be held at 6 p.m. Mondays via Zoom.  

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Clairton community celebrates completion of $17M mixed-use development

Community leaders and local elected officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a $17 million development that brings 49 new units of affordable housing to Clairton. The Clairton Inn Apartments, located at the corner of Miller and St. Clair avenues, will begin welcoming its first tenants in September. The 70,000-square-foot building, which spans most of

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Nominate volunteers, organizations for our community partner awards

Is there a community volunteer or organization in your neighborhood who deserves a little bit of extra recognition this year? Mon Valley Initiative is accepting nominations for its annual Community Partner Awards, presented each year in October. (Watch: 2021 Community Awards Ceremony) Since 1990, Community Partner Awards have been presented by the community development corporations

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Highmark, AHN launch pilot program to connect community health to social care

Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network announce 20 community benefit organizations to participate in $1M value-based arrangement Pilot Aims to Better Connect Medical Care and Social Care to Improve Community Health Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) today announced the launch of a multi-year initiative to create a high-performing social care network that will compensate

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Upcoming Comcast RISE events

Mon Valley and South Hills business owners may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant money for direct assistance, or to boost their marketing or technology needs. Comcast, the region’s dominant Internet and television provider, announced that it will award $1 million in $10,000 grants to 100 small businesses in Allegheny County owned by

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Free 13-week entrepreneurship class begins June 3

Do you ever think of starting your own business? Well — maybe you should. On June 3, Mon Valley Initiative is launching a free, 13-week online workshop for people interested in entrepreneurship — including in fields such as auto repair, contracting, HVAC maintenance, hair and beauty care, restaurants and catering. Maybe you’re already in one of

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Mon Valley businesses may be eligible for $10K Comcast grant

Above: Community leaders, including Laura R. Zinski, MVI chief executive officer, joined Comcast senior vice president Toni Murphy (third from right) and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (right) at the May 12 announcement. Comcast RISE program will provide $10,000 grants to minority and women entrepreneurs Application period begins in June; MVI will provide help with

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Clairton Cares: Partnerships creating a healthier community

During January 2020, the Clairton Cares Initiative partnered with the Clairton Public Library and Pittsburgh’s public television station, WQED, to host a four-week-long PBS Kids program designed to enhance early childhood education (above). In January 2021, Mon Valley Initiative took over as the lead agency in Clairton’s six-year neighborhood partnership program, or NPP. The NPP

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Real-estate program takes big steps into the future

New and recently completed projects illustrate diversity, flexibility of MVI’s development approach The last three years have been busy ones for the real-estate team at Mon Valley Initiative, which in 2020 and 2021 completed two major projects—the Swissvale Schoolhouse Condominiums and the Holland Avenue Homes in Braddock—while beginning work on the Clairton Inn Apartments. In

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HUD Intermediary: Guiding other agencies ‘through the storm’

Across the U.S., people trust MVI’s HUD Intermediary Program From across the network of housing counseling agencies served by Mon Valley Initiative, Dana Hodge II is hearing similar stories—there’s a real-estate boom underway, and it’s pushing low-to-moderate income homebuyers out of the market. “There are a lot of cash buyers out there who are offering

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