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 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.
Thank you to all for joining us at our second Annual Gathering. We appreictae your support and look forward to continuing our partnerships to build a better Mon Valley.
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 ...
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 ...
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