Connellsville Redevelopment Authority - Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Downtown Connellsville
 

 
Visit www.downtownconnellsville.org for additional information
Reaching Our Goal: To date we have received over $ 136,900 in donations and pledges towards our Revitalization Program. We have surpassed our goal of $ 125,000. Please keep those pledges coming in. We appreciate your efforts in helping us exceed this goal. We have submitted our application to the state for review.
The following businesses and organizations have made a financial
donation to the Downtown Connellsville Program: Attorney Carolyn Maricondi, City of Connellsville, Community Foundation of Fayette, Conn Area Catholic School, Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, Connellsville Elks, Donna J. Evans Realty, Gasbarro Insurance, Horewitz, Cordaro, Dietz & Miele, Janney Montgomery Scott, Kisiel & Rudnik, Risers Pub, Fink Funeral Home, Mancuso's Barber Shop, City Church of Connellsville, Connellsville Counseling and Psychological Center, Molinaro Law Office, Grasso Greenhouses, Charleroi Federal Savings, Graft Oil, Johnson Accounting, Glass Cap Federal Credit Union, Rotary Connellsville, Colebrook Chocolates, Sheetz, The Bug Trap, Armstrong, Connellsville Area Senior Tigers, Widmer Engineering, CAEA, McCarthy Public Relations, Connellsville Area Education Association, Trinity Lutheran Church, Slovak Club, Wesley Methodist Church, Davies Ford, Fayette EMS, Fiesta Insurance, New Haven Volunteer Fire Department, Daughters of the American Colonists, Highlands Hospital, Connellsville Area Garden Club, Dr. Grimaldi, Connellsville Industrial Enterprises, Demuth Florist, Federal Enterprise Community Grant, Bruner Chiropractic, Tina's Hair Nook, H&R Block, Bud Murphy's Restaurant, Lions Club, National City Bank now PNC, The Stern Center, St. John's Lutheran Church, King's Physical Therapy and Fitness, Connellsville Area Historical Society, Lidl Lyns and Beck Outlet.
Many individuals have also made financial committments to the program.

Downtown Connellsville Vision Statement: Connellsville is a community of rich natural and historic resources where all embrace: local history, the benefits of tourism centered on the Great Allegheny Passage and the Youghiogheny River, the beauty of the environment, the advantages of local services, businesses, artists and crafters; so that both the quality of life and vitality of businesses are improved through increased visitors and active members of the community.

Downtown Connellsville Mission Statement:
With the current business community, natural and historic resources and our cultural diversity as a solid foundation, the Downtown Connellsville Program will provide opportunities for existing and future businesses to expand and flourish by encouraging economic development and revitalization through the promotion of our heritage, the arts and tourism.

Website for the Pennsylvania Main Street Program

Questions & Answers
Who benefits from a Main Street Program?
Merchants
by providing a greater opportunity for growth and expansion. There would be an expanded customer base and less financial risk.
Property Owners
by stable or increased rents, increased occupancy rates, improved marketability of property and increased property value.
Financial Institutions
by an expanded customer base both commercial and residential. Opportunity to improve public image and goodwill towards the community and fulfill the community reinvestment mandate.
Professional and Service Businesses
by having a ready-made customer base of local employees.
Chamber of Commerce
by the potential increase of membership. There would be a healthier overall business climate and potential partnerships on joint projects.
Residents
would have local accessibility to goods and services. More employment/career opportunities. There would be opportunities for volunteerism and leadership development. Preserving the community for future generations. A stronger tax base helps to support other community aspects including schools, parks, etc.
Local Government
would have an increased sales and property tax base, thereby protecting property values and creating an opportunity for infrastructure investment. There is also a reduced pressure for sprawl development.
Community Partners
would see an improved quality of life in the community. There is the potential for new membership among new residents.
Schools
benefit through youth involvement in civic projects. The potential to use the commercial district as a "classroom" for school projects. There would be more places to go and activities for youth.
Businesses outside of the Commercial District
benefit by the increased visitor traffic to the community, improved municipal services throughout the community. The additional amenities for employees and clients provide further benefit.
Industry
benefits because an improved quality of life makes recruiting and retaining employees easier.

SWOT Analysis Visioning Session I
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
 
March 18, 2008
Strengths
Historic
Buildings
Rich in History
Library
Churches
Sports Figures
Historical Society
Coal & Coke Capital
Tourism
Amtrak
Airport
GAP Bike Trail
Scottdale Trail
Festivals—Geranium, Timber Days, Braddock’s Crossing
Fallingwater
Linden Hall
Ohiopyle
Skiing, proximity
4 Seasons of Recreation
Nature/Ecology
Yough River
Mountains
Trout fishing
Low pollution
Clean Environment
Float /Raft on River
Parks
Community Oriented
Local Hospital
Local Newspaper
Good Schools
Diverse Ethnicities
Small Town feel
Police/Fire Service
Affordable Housing
Strong Service Org.
Families moving back
Wellness programs
Friendly people
Arts
Local artists
Theater in Community Center
 
Weakness
Infrastructure
Bridge repairs
Potholes
Public Transport
No Plan/Vision
Parking
Code Enforcement
Buildings, disrepair
Vacant lots
Lack of Landlord Pride
Job-Related
Lack of Industry
Not attracting Jobs
Declining skills
Lack of Investment
Tourist-Related
Unappreciated:
Bike Trail
Our History
Natural Resources
Lack: Hotel
Amenities
Visitor's Center
Population-Related
Aging
Lack of Youth activities
Loss of Youth
Political
Squabbling
Budget Challenges
Other
No Recreation Center/amenities
Drug Abuse
Too Many Dollar Stores
No Bike Orientation in School
Weak Academics in School
 
Opportunities
Tourism
Bicycling Hub
Create Race/Tour
Amtrak promote biking
Cumberland—sister city
Scenic Railroad
Festival Promotion
Day packages
Economic
Coffee Shop/Restaurant
Build on Lots
Vacant Storefronts to Viable Business
Jobs for Youth
Farmer’s market
Bus Trips
Bicycle services
Art Related
Theater
East Park—concerts
Other
Bedroom Community
Swimming Pool
Engage youth in activities
Interaction with people
Threats
From Inside
Close schools
Negative attitude
Apathy
Code Enforcement:
Buildings Deteriorate
Blight
Infrastructure
Decline in Residential neighborhoods
Tourism
Riverfront Access
Not drawing tourist to downtown
No economic impetus from Tourism
Economic
Lose Hospital
Lack: Economic Opportunity
Lack: Employment Opportunity
Non-commercial base
From Outside
Youth Continue to Leave Area
Other Bike Towns
River degradation
Getting Ready for Community Revitalization in Connellsville
We have hosted three community meetings to get the community input towards the
visioning process
that will help to create our Main Street.
We need your help to make this work.
At our first meeting will looked at our
Strengths
(what you like and what you want to retain or enhance)
Weaknesses
(what you want to change)
 Opportunities
(things that you would like to have in the community)
and Threats.

Revitalization takes a 4 point approach to downtown revitalization.
There will be 4 committees: Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring and Promotion. Each committee will need members to assist in its operation.
Organization Committee

Chairpersons: Bryan Kisiel and Lucy King
Building consensus and cooperation among
the groups that play a role in downtown and
providing the necessary resources
Partnerships
Volunteer Development
Communications
Funding
Design

Design Committee
Chairpersons: Leo Rudnik and Michael Edwards
Enhancing the physical appearanceof the central business districtBuildingsPhysical ImprovementsPlanning/ZoningParking/TransportationVisual MerchandisingGraphic Elements
Economic Restructuring Committee

Chairpersons: Gerry Browell, Dave Marchewka and Laurie Hensel

Strengthening and diversifying the
economic base of the central business district
Business Retention
Business Recruitment
New Economic Uses
Trade Area Information
Financial Incentive

Promotions Committee
Chairpersons: Pat Stefano and Fr. Bob Lubic
Marketing the unique characteristics to
shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists, youth and others
General Image
Special Events
Retail Promotions
If you would like more information or to volunteer please email us or
call us at 724 626 1645.