2012 saw growth, milestones, for many Mon Valley businesses
Here is a look at what was making news in the world of Valley business in 2012:
• The Charleroi McDonalds was marking its silver anniversary. But the restaurant's new renovations are decidedly green with mixes of earth tones – and with an eye to the future.
• The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of the original 200 founding members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was hosting Ben Taylor of the Great Lakes Regional Office for Congressional and Public Affairs of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
• The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce initiated a Business of the Month program.
• The growing development at Alta Vista Business Park was being noticed.
• Ben Taylor, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Great Lakes Regional Office for Congressional and Public Affairs, at the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon.
• Noting a recent survey from Coupons.com that noted the Pittsburgh region was the 13th most frugal among U.S. cities, according to the 2011 Savings Index, and 10th overall in terms of the use of online coupons, local business leaders said their business is benefitting from use of coupons.
• The Washington County Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2012 Washington County ATHENA Award.
• Ruth Cialone was working in the used car business in 2010 when she seized on the opportunity to acquire her business - Cialone's Auto Care Center in Donora.
Now, she is trekking new ground for women in an industry usually dominated by men.
• This year, Tax Day fell on Tuesday, because April 15 fell on Sunday and Monday was Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. The last time that Tax Day fell on April 17 was in 2007.
• Tri-County Chem Dry in Charleroi was marking 20 years in business.
• Martin's Flowers and Shrub in Rostraver Township was marking 55 years in business.
• Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Bottino shared his vision for the future of the city's business district during a meeting.
• The women's Business Network was taking root in the Valley.
• Pennsylvania's 60-year-old law governing funeral homes could be overhauled this year. But local funeral homes see the value in the current law while accepting change if it comes.
• The hard financial reality of local libraries is that they need the support of the communities they serve if their doors are to remain open.
• The public was expected to get a chance to have its say on how Westmoreland County spends gas well fee proceeds at a series of public sessions.
• One of those public meetings will be held locally at the Rostraver Township Municipal Building, 6 p.m. July 26.
• Fireworks may be synonymous with the Fourth of July, but they are becoming less prevalent as the cost of the displays escalates.
• Soon, those traveling to the park – as well as California, will have a place to stay or do business. After a few planning related delays, construction was about to begin on a Hampton Inn and Suites in the Cal Tech park.
• The economic value of locks and dams was being touted.
• First Federal Savings Bank in Monessen was marking 90 years serving the Valley.
• The Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association plans to complete the final infrastructure improvements in the second phase of the Alta Vista Park within the year.
But it's a water-line project into the park that is already paying dividends for the park as well as surrounding communities.
• Jim Teska and John Mayfield were among those honored by Corning with the Retiree Service Award for 50 years of service to the company.
• Douglas Education Center in Monessen was introducing a course to prepare employees for work in the Marcellus shale industry.
• The 11th annual Mon Valley Job Fair was being planned for Oct. 4 at the Willow Room in Rostraver Township.
• The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce was welcoming junior members.
• Louise Urban was named COO, executive vice president at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
• Jamie McConaha was named the state's top Distinguished Young Pharmacist.
• Local communities were getting in on Small Business Saturday.
•With certification by Norfolk Southern, a new rail spur leading into Brownsville Marine Products was ready for use.
• Businesses were lamenting that the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge would be closed for another Christmas shopping season.
• Seven companies in the Mid-Mon Valley were recently selected to receive economic training grants from the commonwealth.
• Aldo Bartolotta left a legacy of business and community service with his death.
• The Giorgi and Ducoeur families were honored by Charleroi council.
• Amanda Ciranni is operating ACF Law Firm and boutique Favorite Little Things side by side in the Monongahela business district.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.