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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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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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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MVI receives Citizens Bank grant during financial literacy month

Mon Valley Initiative was one of seven Pittsburgh area non-profits to receive support from Citizens Bank during Financial Literacy Month. MVI will share in $112,000 contributed by the bank under its Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program, along with East Liberty Development, Inc., Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment […]

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May 3, 2018

What do you know about municipal planning?

Upcoming workshop reviews permits, approvals and timelines If you’re involved with planning or zoning in your municipality, or you’re interested in learning how those processes work, you may want to attend an upcoming workshop being sponsored by Allegheny County Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “The Local Development Review Process […]

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April 4, 2018

Now hiring: Employment & Financial Coach

Mon Valley Initiative is currently accepting applications for an employment and financial coach. This position will work in our Homestead and Charleroi locations and reliable transportation is required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls or Facebook messages!

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March 5, 2018

Free tax help available March 16

Residents of the Steel Valley area on low or fixed incomes and who need assistance preparing their tax returns can get free, professional help during a clinic planned in Homestead. The free tax clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at the Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave. Appointments […]

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March 1, 2018

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