Newsmaker: Heath DiSalvo
Noteworthy: Closing Main Street in Greenville turned Heath DiSalvo into an unexpected community leader. He's now a pivotal figure trying to bring city agencies, the business community, commuters, state lawmakers and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation together to find a way to save downtown commerce after officials on Sept. 3 condemned the rickety N. N. Moss Store building, a Greenville icon since 1870. On Oct. 10, DiSalvo launched a fundraiser to help local business leaders pay their utility bills following the slump in sales caused by the road closure and a Nov. 2 rally brought more than 200 residents downtown to learn more about the continuing economic slump.
Occupation: Co-owner with his father, Ross, of The News Depot, a downtown bookstore that has seen an estimated loss of $55,000 in sales since Main Street closed.
Family: Father Ross, 64; mother Charla, 63
Education: Attended Butler County Community College
Background: A former nationwide sales trainer, DiSalvo joined his father at the helm of The News Depot three years ago.
Quote: I never thought I'd be a community activist, that's for sure. But I looked around and other business leaders weren't taking the lead. So I started asking the state — especially PennDOT — our borough council and citizens to come together to find solutions. It's been hard on everyone downtown.”