We are proud to call the Mon Valley home.

The Monongahela is formed by the confluence of the West Fork River and its “East Fork”—the Tygart Valley River—at Fairmont, West Virginia. The river is navigable its entire length with a series of locks and dams that maintain a minimum depth of 9 feet (2.7 m) to accommodate barges. In Pennsylvania, the Monongahela is met by two major tributaries: the Cheat River, which joins at Point Marion, and the Youghiogheny River, which joins at McKeesport.

MVA serves the Mid-Mon Valley, roughly defined as Elizabeth to Brownsville (North/South) and Smithton to Bentleyville (East/West). The communities that make up this area have a strong manufacturing heritage and though many communities have seen a decline in population, the area is still 100,000 people strong.

The area is also host to a variety of recreational activities, including:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking and Biking
  • Swimming
  • Parks
  • Bowling
  • Music Concerts

The area is also home to many historical sites, including:

  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • Donora Smog Event
  • Native American History
  • And more

We need your help to expand this site. We are creating a local directory of local businesses, shops, restaurants, sites and anything else you would like to feature in the Mon Valley.  Send your listing via the form below.

    Opportunity Zone Lot for sale/build to suit

    138 McKean Ave, Charleroi, PA 15022 is a 6,600 sf vacant lot available for sale or build to suit.

    More information here: 138 McKean Ave

    Jamie Colecchi joins MVA as Director of Operations & Development

    Mr. Jamie Colecchi has joined the Mon Valley Alliance as the new Director of Operations & Development. With over 20 years expierence in Economic & Community Development, Mr. Colecchi brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to work in the Mon Valley. Read the news release here: MVA News Release- Jamie Colecchi

    Request for Proposals – Engineering & Design, Magic City Riverfront Park

    We have released a RFP for engineering and design services for the Phase 1 of the Magic City Riverfront Park in Charleroi, PA. This project is supported by the Washington County Local Share Account (LSA) Program and the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

    Additional information: https://www.monvalleyalliance.org/open-rfps/

    Monongahela Valley Hospital – Citizens Funding Drive

     

    Given the impact of COVID-19, the Monongahela Valley Hospital needs our help. Please see below for ways you can help support our local Health Care workers.

    Citizens Drive for Monongahela Valley Hospital

    Monongahela Valley Hospital Foundation Website

     

    New small business loan program available

    **UPDATE** As of Tuesday, 3/31/20, this program has closed for applications pending additional funding.

     

    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, ...

    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 ...