Mid Mon Valley Regional Enterprise Zone
Participating Communities

Industrial site off of Main Street in Belle Vernon

Industrial site off of Main Street in Belle Vernon

Belle Vernon Borough

Belle Vernon is a small community of 1,211 persons located on the Monongahela River in Westmoreland County. There is a small business district located along Main Street, with light manufacturers located between Main Street and the Monongahela River. The vacancy rate among the commercial and residential units is high.

Business district along Market Street in Brownsville Borough

Business district along Market Street in Brownsville Borough

Brownsville Borough

Brownsville Borough is a small community of 2,804 persons located on the Monongahela River in Fayette County. The business district has a high level of vacant store fronts and dilapidated buildings. A redevelopment plan and blight certification was approved by the Fayette County Planning Commission in June 2005 certifying that most of the downtown area along Market and High Streets is blighted. This area is included in the Special Impact Area as well as a portion of the proposed enterprise zone.

California Technology Park in California Borough

California Technology Park in California Borough

California Borough

California Borough, located along a portion of the Monongahela River in Washington County, has a population of 5,274. California is the location of the main campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), with an enrollment of 14,000 students. Having a campus located in California borough is an advantage for the community and the Mon Valley because it provides an educated workforce, new technologies, and research to the area. The business district is in relatively good shape, with some vacancies. This area is included in the Special Impact Area as well as a portion of the proposed enterprise zone. In addition, there is a technology park that is focused in linking university technology and research with area companies to create a more dynamic economy. The California Technology Park is included in the proposed enterprise zone.

Industrial area in Charleroi

Industrial area in Charleroi

Charleroi Borough

Charleroi Borough is a community of 4,871 persons located on the Monongahela River in Washington County. While portions of the business district remain viable and the streetscape is relatively well-maintained, vacancies are on the rise and there are a number of vacant commercial structures on the peripheral of the core downtown. There are still a number of active businesses along McKean Avenue and a few along Fallowfield Avenue. Between McKean Avenue and the railroad tracks and the riverfront are a number of active manufacturing firms.

Industrial park in Donora

Industrial park in Donora

Donora Borough

Donora Borough is a community of 5,653 persons located on the Monongahela River in Washington County. Most of the central business district falls along McKean Avenue. The Donora Industrial Park (MIDA) is a 256 acre park which has over 30 companies located within it. Approximately 30 acres remain for future development in the park which offers a river front view of the Monongahela River and rail service with Norfolk Southern.

Downtown area of Monessen

Downtown area of Monessen

Monessen Riverfront Industrial Park

Monessen Riverfront Industrial Park

City of Monessen

The City of Monessen is the largest community of the nine communities in the proposed enterprise zone, with a population of 8,669. The community is located on the Monongahela River in Westmoreland County. The Monessen business district is located primarily along Donner Avenue. The business district is one of the most active business districts in the Mon Valley, though it also suffers from storefront vacancies.

Downtown Monongahela

Downtown Monongahela

City of Monongahela

The City of Monongahela has a population of 4,761. The community is located on the Monongahela River in Washington County. The Monongahela business district, located primarily along East and West Main Street, is an active business district. There are storefront vacancies, though, and empty lots.

Industrial building in North Charleroi

Industrial building in North Charleroi

North Charleroi Borough

North Charleroi Borough is a community of 1,409 persons located on the Monongahela River in Washington County. North Charleroi borough contains a mix of land uses similar to many of the Mon Valley communities, including small business and light to heavy industry, as well as residential areas.

Business cluster

Business cluster

Highway commercial

Highway commercial

Speers Borough

Speers Borough is a community of 1,241 persons located on the Monongahela River in Washington County. Speers has a small business cluster, with highway commercial the dominant form.

The Mon Valley Progress Council
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