Beaver County Elm Street Initiative
A General Overview
|After several years of planning workshops and countless volunteer hours, nine of
our Beaver County Rivertowns were awarded limited “Elm Street Program”
support by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
This was made possible through the determined efforts of the Beaver County
Community Development Program’s Downtown Revitalization Program. The 9
participating Beaver County communities are: Aliquippa, Ambridge, Beaver,
Bridgewater, Freedom, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton and Rochester.
The Elm Street Program, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of
Community and Economic Development (DCED) awards funding for planning, technical
assistance, and physical improvements to residential and mixed-use neighborhoods
in close proximity to traditional downtown central business districts.
The current Elm Street grant was awarded by DCED to provide the selected Beaver
County municipalities with professional assistance to make funding applications
for physical improvement projects in their designated “Elm Street”
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), in cooperation with
Town Center Associates (TCA), will provide professional support for the
initial phase of this initiative.
In August 2007, PHLF and TCA presented an orientation workshop for steering
committee members and borough managers to inform the group on how the grant
funding is to be utilized, and to outline the type of projects that have a
better chance to be funded by the State. PHLF will offer assistance in
submitting applications to the State for grant consideration.
Each of the nine communities has been working closely with Pittsburgh History
and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) to identify a worthwhile project within the Elm
Street designated area. This spring, PHLF will make application to DCED on
behalf of each community.