MVA’s mission is to be the leading advocacy organization promoting and marketing economic, community and workforce development in the mid-Mon Valley communities.
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.
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 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.
Get lucky on Friday the 13th this April. Join us for our first annual Casino Night to benefit our community development funds. It is a night full of fun games for prizes. Tickets are available online and just $25 general admission or $45 for VIP. Doors open at 6 pm and games are from 6:30 to 8:30. Prizes awarded at 9:00. It all happens at By George’s catering space at 1st Monongahela St. Monessen, PA. You may also call 724-565-5638 for tickets.
The MVA would like to thank our Casino Night Sponsors. If you would like to join us as a sponsor for this event, contact us at 724-565-5638.
The Protin Group
Monongahela Valley Hospital
Mon Valley Transit Authority
Monongahela Chamber of Commerce
State Farm – Lisa Doria
Mon Valley Independent
Beynon & Co. Inc.
Bassi, Vreeland & Associates, P.C.
Chaney’s Natural Spa
Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce
Monongahela Chamber of Commerce
Lucchesi’s Bar & Restaurant
Charleroi, PA, February 19, 2018 – The Mon Valley Alliance (MVA) announced today the election of two additional community leaders to its fifteen-member Board of Directors.
Donna Weckoski and Jeremy Wallace were elected by the current members of the Board and began serving their terms January 1, 2018.
“I am pleased to welcome our new board members and value skills, expertise and business experience that they will bring to this organizations,” said Christopher Whitlatch, CEO of MVA.
Weckoski is the executive director of the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority. She has been with the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority for 15 years, ...
Charleroi, PA, February 9, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Water Trail Partnership has named the Mon Valley Alliance (MVA) as the managing organization for the Monongahela River Water Trail.
The Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership, which manages the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program, is made up of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the National Park Service.
The water trail is designated with the Pennsylvania Water Trail Program. MVA plans to work closely with the Mon River Towns Program to form a strong coalition of organizations and individuals to work on ...
Order your copy of Mon ValleyOpoly online or look for it at Perked Up Cafe, CFS Bank locations, Greater Rostraver Chamber or Monongahela Chamber. You can also call in your order – 724-565-5638.
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.
Introducing the Mon Valley Alliance