Community volunteers celebrated for hard work, vision

Photo of binoculars overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. Knob says "Turn to Clear Vision"

Above: “Pittsburgh” by Peter Miller, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Mon Valley Initiative honored local groups and organizations this month with its 2020 regional and community partner awards. Called “Beyond 2020,” the award ceremony — usually held in conjunction with a banquet — was held as a virtual, online event due […]

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Davis, Food Bank honored by MVI at annual awards banquet

Above: State Rep. Austin Davis and Laura R. Zinski, chief executive officer of Mon Valley Initiative. Austin Davis grew up hearing stories about how prosperous the Mon Valley was in the 1950s and 1960s. “That’s never been my reality,” said Davis, who recently turned 30. Now, as a state legislator from McKeesport, Davis said he […]

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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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Saved from destruction, this Rankin home has proud new owners

Abandoned and covered in graffiti, this circa 1900 house in Rankin was an eyesore and about to be demolished. Today, completely renovated and updated to modern standards, it has a proud family calling it their new home. In late January, Oscar and Monica Daniels signed the paperwork to take ownership of this 2,800-square-foot house that […]

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Introducing Four New Computer Class Graduates!

MVI Workforce & Business Development Program participants have the opportunity to take an 8-week beginner’s computer class to learn new skills that will help them in their job search. The video below captures the testimonies of four students that took the class in fall 2014. Listen to their stories! The next class starts in February, […]

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