Share This Page

Effort to redevelop Connellsville gets financial boost

| Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

Connellsville has received a boost in the drive to help fund economic development.

Fayette County Cultural Trust announced that the FirstEnergy Foundation will donate $100,000 in $25,000 installments over four years to help redevelop the city's downtown area and provide assistance to local small businesses.

Michael Edwards, Cultural Trust president, said the grant was recommended by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's “Strengthening Communities” partnership program.

“We're happy to have the support of FirstEnergy,” he said.

FirstEnergy was sought out as part of the program where corporations provide funds to help strengthen communities in the region.

“They (FirstEnergy) were able to use their foundation, doing it this way (to provide funding),” Edwards said.

Some of the funds will be used for benches, streetside improvements, flower beds and sign and facade projects. Other funds will be provided for various festivals, such as the Mum Festival and Christmas program. Funds also will be used for the “Lunch and Learn” business classes.

“Hopefully, we can use the funds for leverage when we have opportunities for matching grants, as well,” Edwards said.

“FirstEnergy has a strong history of supporting community development organizations in Western Pennsylvania. and we are proud to support the work being done by the Fayette County Cultural Trust to assist with investment and job creation in Fayette County,” said Jim Lash, president of FirstEnergy Generation and an Allegheny Conference on Community Development board member, in a news release announcing the grant.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.