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Mon Valley chamber intern boosts group's online presence

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
Intern Corey Greenwood, of Belle Vernon, a communications/ public relations student at Slippery Rock University, sits at his desk at the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce in Charleroi on Friday afternoon, July 12, 2013.

A new face in the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce office is helping to plan events and bolster the organization's social media efforts.

As a component of his public relations major at Slippery Rock University, Corey Greenwood is the chamber's summer intern, helping with the group's mission to provide networking and educational opportunities to members and to advocate economic development activities.

To Greenwood, a senior, the internship provides the chance to work “in a nonprofit atmosphere.”

“Working in a professional setting, that's just experience that you're not going to get in the classroom,” said Greenwood, 22, of Belle Vernon.

Along with writing press releases, sending an email newsletter and undertaking clerical work, he has been instrumental in the planning of two events.

At the chamber's recent “Beach Bash,” participants enjoyed food and drinks, and competed in games at a marina.

“Just a fun little night for people to come out and network with other business owners,” he said.

Greenwood is working to gather interested business owners to host the chamber's “Saloons and Salons” community event. The August event in Charleroi would encourage participants to visit local businesses, which could offer wine tastings or product samples.

The Charleroi-based Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce represents 305 businesses in Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Allegheny Counties, Executive Director Deb Keefer said. The full-time chamber works to enhance the quality of life and business climate in the mid-Mon Valley.

Keefer said she's thrilled with Greenwood's work.

“It was really our luck that we were able to put him on our staff for the summer,” Keefer said.

Greenwood's public relations education is helpful for marketing and events, she said.

“He is very, very well versed in e-mail marketing, Facebook, social media,” Keefer said. “He is just so up-to-date with all the technology.”

Keefer also lauded Greenwood's writing, communication and technical skills.

“He puts that new contemporary thought process into what we're doing, and I'm always looking for the viewpoint of the younger member,” Keefer said.

At Slippery Rock, Greenwood plays the trumpet in the Slippery Rock Marching Pride band and skates on an inline club hockey team. He's a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Lambda Pi Eta education fraternity and Rock PRoductions, the school's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Greenwood's internship will end in August. After graduation, he plans to pursue a public relations job in Pittsburgh.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or