The Mon Valley Alliance exists to help our communities grow and prosper.

Our Mission

MVA’s mission is to be the leading advocacy organization promoting and marketing economic, community and workforce development in the mid-Mon Valley communities.

Our Vision

The mid-Mon Valley stands at a crossroads for renewal. We, as a region, must seize the opportunities that lie before us, by working in cooperation.

As southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy continues to grow and diversify, we in the Mon Valley need to prepare our workforce to participate in this rebirth.

The merger of the Mon Valley Progress Council and the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association provides our region with the chance to expand our services and align with other regional agencies to do much more than transportation advocacy and real estate development.

We look forward to working together to improve the current economic distress, remove blight, improve community health and promote more effective local government cooperation.

Our History

Even though the Mon Valley Alliance (MVA) is a new name in the Mon Valley, we have a long, rich history of service to the Mid Mon Valley communities. In April 2016, the MVA was formed through the consolidation of two 50 year old economic development organizations, the Mon Valley Progress Council (MVPC) and the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association (MMIDA).

MVPC was formed in 1965 by a group of local businessmen as a response of the sudden collapse of the local steel industry which left many in Mon Valley without jobs. A year later, MVPC spun off MMIDA to foster the development of industrial parks in the region to attract new business, while MVPC remained to focus on improvement of transportation access to the Mon Valley and support existing and new business with a variety of financial and operational support programs.

Nearly two years prior to the official consolidation, the two organizations began discussions about how we could jointly provide a greater impact on improvement of the quality of life in the Mon Valley. As a result of these discussions, and with a significant amount of planning, the organizations voted to combine operational resources and to be led by a common, invigorated board. While we are seamlessly continuing existing projects of the two originating entities, we are branching into new directions that will hopefully result in near term positive impacts on economic development in the Mon Valley.

    New small business loan program available

    Governor Tom Wolf has announced a new loan program designed to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) is administering the program through funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, making $60 million dollars available for loans up to $100,000.

    For-profit retail/service businesses and agricultural producer businesses located in the Commonwealth that have 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible to apply for the new loan program.

    The loans are for working capital needs and will be at a zero percent (0%) interest rate, except for agricultural producers, which will be at two percent (2%). No payments ...

    COVID-19: Business Assistance Programs

    COVID-19 UPDATE: In this time of change and uncertainty, we are working to identify resources for our business community. Federal, State and local programs are being announced daily and we are compiling all of the information into a single resource page. Additionally, our Director of Operations, Jamie Colecchi, is available to discuss details of the programs available with individual businesses. He can be reached at 724-565-5637 or jcolecchi@monvalleyalliance.org.

    Resource Fact Sheet

    COVID-19 Website

     

    $7,500 in Grants awarded to California, Donora & North Charleroi Boroughs

    Photo: Left to Right: Randy Durr, Manager, Regional External Affairs, FirstEnergy/West Penn Power; Steve Hega, Mayor, North Charleroi Borough; John McDonough, Mayor, Donora Borough;  Patsy Alfano, President of Council, California Borough; John Easoz, Chairman, Mon Valley Alliance Foundation.

    The Mon Valley Alliance Foundation, with support from the First Energy Foundation, recently awarded $2,500 each to California Borough, Donora Borough and North Charleroi Borough for the installation of cameras to help fight the opoid crisis, deter crime and increase the economic vitality of these communities. Please read the full Press Release for more information:

    Five Towns consider consolidation

    On January 30th, 2020, residents from Roscoe, Elco, Dunlevy, Stockdale & Allenport came together to engage with State Senator Camera Bartolotta, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Washington County Commissioners Diana Irey Vaughan and Nick Sherman, Washington county Redevelopment Authority, Washington County Elections Office, and the Mon Valley Alliance. Please see the attached article from the Mon Valley Independent for details on the meeting and next steps.

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    DCNR awards $157,250 to continue development on Charleroi Riverfront Park

    Charleroi, PA, November 7th, 2019 –The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced a grant award of $157,250 to the Mon Valley Alliance Foundation (MVAF), formerly the Mon Valley Progress Council, to continue development on the Charleroi Riverfront Park project.

    The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust and the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF).

    The grant funding will be used in conjunction with a matching grant from the Washington County Local Share Account ...

    Town to Town Mini-Grant Program Announced

    Proceeds from the Mon Valley-Opoly Paint and Sip will go towards Mon Valley Alliance Foundation’s (MVAF) Community Development Fund that is implementing a mini-grant program for local individuals and businesses. MVAF will be awarding five separate $250 grants until the end of 2018 under a rolling application system. Mini-grant applications are due by no later than 2 p.m on the last day of the month for consideration for the next month.

    Potential applicants may include organizations such as educational institutions and schools, religious organizations, municipal organizations, parks and recreation and other groups whose main purpose is to benefit ...

    Choose Your Impact with Community Development Funds

    MVA has created four new community development funds to help support and start new projects that strengthen the community and benefit the region: Mon Valley Community Development Fund, Workforce Readiness Fund, Startup Incubation Fund and the Historical Preservation Fund.