‘No grit, no pearl’: Celebrate MVI’s 30th anniversary with us on Oct. 18

The traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is a pearl. And as everyone knows, it takes time — and grit — to produce one. It’s taken time and grit for Mon Valley Initiative to persevere and thrive since our founding on Dec. 1, 1988. That makes our upcoming annual dinner and community awards banquet a […]

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September 17, 2018

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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We’re hard at work this summer — help keep us that way!

Did you know that thanks to your support, the average median value of homes in communities served by Mon Valley Initiative is $61,125? That’s 33 percent higher than comparable nearby communities. Since its founding in 1988, Mon Valley Initiative has worked to strengthen our communities by promoting responsible homeownership, developing quality residential and commercial buildings, […]

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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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Author and ‘champion of change’ will deliver keynote at re-entry conference June 8

  Author and entrepreneur Tracey D. Syphax will deliver a keynote address June 8 at a free conference discussing re-entry to the workforce. The Leadership & Empowerment Conference is being sponsored by the Allegheny County Anchored Re-Entry Consortium (ACAR) and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition (SPARC), and will be held in the Foerster Student Services […]

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18 condo units being created inside landmark 1902 school

Vacant building near heart of Swissvale will gain new life as quality housing Work begins soon on a project to transform a historic elementary school in Swissvale into 18 condominiums. The re-use of the Deniston School will answer a need for high-quality, affordable housing in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh, says Laura R. Zinski, chief […]

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January 20, 2018

Workforce team tackles financial goals at fun community event

Music, food and fun — with a serious purpose — were all evident when MVI’s Workforce and Business Development Team celebrated its second “Tackle Your Financial Goals” event. Held Oct. 23 in conjunction with Gov. Tom Wolf’s recognition of “Financial $ense Week,” “Tackle Your Financial Goals” used a football theme to deliver messages about saving […]

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Don’t fumble your finances — tackle them Oct. 23

If you feel like your financial goals are beyond your reach, you’re not alone. About half of Americans don’t have anything saved for retirement, and more than 67 percent of us don’t budget for household expenses. Almost one in 10 of us don’t even have a bank account. For the second year in a row, […]

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Braddock marks ‘new beginning’ as Civic Plaza construction goes forward

More than 100 Braddock-area residents, business owners and neighbors turned out Aug. 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Braddock Civic Plaza. Located along Braddock Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, the plaza — the size of a football field — will be built on a portion of the former site […]

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August 11, 2017

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New home takes shape in Monessen

Crews from Structural Modulars Inc. of Strattanville, Clarion County, and Disaster Restoration Services of Pittsburgh on July 24 began assembling a new home in the 900 block of Graham Avenue in Monessen. The majority of the three-bedroom, two-story house was constructed off-site and final construction will be completed by local crews in about 30 days, […]

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