John Easoz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mon Valley Alliance and Mon Valley Alliance Foundation, announced the appointment of Jamie Colecchi as the new Chief Executive Officer and Mary Stollar as Director of Real Estate and Economic Development.
Colecchi joined the Alliance in 2020 as Director of Operations & Development, a key role to support the growth and development of the organization. He was instrumental in the development and management of the Mid-Mon Valley Regional Enterprise Zone, microloan program and achieving significant success on grant funded projects in the region among many other activities.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Colecchi spent a 15+ year career at the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, developing and managing two regional economic development programs: ENGAGE! (Retention & Expansion) and SW PREP (Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance), supporting legislative advocacy of regional priority projects, and providing expert level advice to businesses related to government contracting. His policy work with public officials, advocacy for the region, and business assistance expertise has resulted in numerous awards, job creation and new business development in the area.
“I look forward to continuing the advancement of the mission of the Mon Valley Alliance and Mon Valley Alliance Foundation that has been established by the Board of Directors and the tremendous momentum developed by Ben Brown over the past three years”, said Colecchi. “Being a lifelong resident of the greater Mon Valley, I have dedicated my career to helping businesses and communities grow. I look forward to continuing the development of our existing partnerships and establishing new relationships for the betterment of the Mon Valley.”
John Easoz, Chairman of the Board, stated “We are pleased to be able to promote from within the organization with an exceptionally qualified candidate. Jamie’s deep experience in the region and history of successful projects positions makes him well qualified to lead the organizations in the future. The addition of Mary strengthens our team and brings complimentary skills and experience that are in line with the organizational mission.”
Stollar will handle the real estate and finance related projects of the Alliance, specifically focusing on the continued development of Alta Vista Industrial Park in Fallowfield Township, the construction and leasing of a new office building in Charleroi and continued investments in the downtowns of the Mon Valley. Mary has past experience in the banking and economic development industries, most recently working with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, providing site selection services to industrial companies, access to state incentive programs, business outreach and financing programs throughout Washington County.
“I look forward to continuing my service to the area by assisting businesses with their real estate and finance related needs. Also, I am pleased to become part of an organization that has such a positive effect on the community and a proven track record of successful projects in the Mon Valley”, said Stollar.
Colecchi and Stollar will begin their new roles at the Alliance on May 1, 2022.