Greensburg to debut new business initiatives at conference |

Greensburg to debut new business initiatives at conference

Jacob Tierney
Fog blankets railroad tracks and the clock tower at the historic Greensburg train station on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

The Greensburg Community Development Corporation has invited business owners and developers to a conference to learn about the city’s new approach to planning.

GCDC Executive Director Ashley Kertes said the city has long been known difficult place to do business.

“People haven’t wanted to come here because of the reputation that the city has,” she said.

Friday’s City of Greensburg Development Conference aims to change that by introducing developers to some new faces.

Kertes took over last year and city Planning Director Jeff Raykes was hired in July. Both will speak about the various tax breaks, grants and other incentives available to those who want to do business in Greensburg.

“It’s just a way to educate people about what’s going on, and learn about the opportunities that are here,” Kertes said.

GCDC will formally announce a new grant program, called the G-Fund.

These grants will be given to property owners investing in projects with the potential to have a “significant community and economic impact,” according to Kertes.

The money in the G-Fund comes from a tax-break initiative implemented in 2015. The program lets property owners keep 25 percent of the taxes they would normally pay on improvements they make to dilapidated commercial or industrial properties in Greensburg for 10 years. They pay pay 10 percent in taxes as normal, and pay the remaining 65 percent into the G-Fund.

There’s about $30,000 in the fund, according to Kertes, and it is expected to grow over the next few months.

Kertes said the GCDC was hoping to get more than 50 people at Friday’s conference. More than 100 have signed up.

The conference starts 9 a.m. at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center.

More information about the free event is available at

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.