Mon River Towns and MVA host briefing on development opportunities

Mon River Towns joins with Mon Valley Alliance
to host briefing on emerging development opportunities

Event aims to jumpstart discussions on opportunities in the Valley

Charleroi, PA, April 20, 2017 – The Mon River Towns Program and the Mon Valley Alliance (MVA) will host a breakfast briefing for commercial real estate professionals to provide information on a variety of development opportunities throughout the communities that make up the Mid Mon Valley.

The event will take place on April 28 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Off the Wall Arts, 523 McKean Avenue in Charleroi. Presentations will focus on riverfront tax credits available for development projects, the growing artist community, as well as information on available properties. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and share their projects.

“The Mon River Town Program and its co-lead and fiscal agent, the National Road Heritage Corridor, are pleased to partner with the Mon Valley Alliance in encouraging investment in the Mon River Valley communities,” said Cathy McCollom, Director of the River Town Program.

The location of Off the Wall Arts is case study of successful Main Street development. Casey Clark, the owner, has developed two buildings, creating space for eight businesses in the process. She plans to open a Café next door in May.

“When I joined MVA in 2016, my first thought was there are so many opportunities in this region,” said Christopher Whitlatch, CEO of the Mon Valley Alliance. “To realize these opportunities, it is important that we work together to support the future of all of our communities. We are excited to work with Mon River Towns and hope this event will be the catalyst for additional development projects that can propel the Mon Valley forward.”

The Mon Valley is known for its transportation prowess with road, river and rail and has development sites such as Alta Vista and the Mon River Industrial Park that are ready for new business.

The Monongahela River is a key asset. “The increased use of the Monongahela River for recreational pursuits offers an opportunity for businesses to expand and new businesses to launch,” said McCollom. “Visitors, when introduced to the opportunities in the Mon River Valley, can bring new investment to the region.  A key objective of this program is to brief realtors and developers about this emerging market.”

“It is my hope that after this program, attendees will leave with the spark of an idea for a project and will have met others that can help them deliver that idea into a new project in the Mon Valley,” said Whitlatch.

To register for the event, please email Cathy McCollom or Christopher Whitlatch at