AEDC has partnered with Job Training for Beaver County, Inc. (JTBC) to offer a Targeted Job Success Workshop each week in downtown Aliquippa at the B.F. Jones Memorial Library. Aliquippa residents receive job search, resume, interview skills, job counseling and related training to assist in the pursuit of employment. The program has seen success, with participants reporting getting jobs as a result of the assistance.
AEDC assists the Salvation Army in filling the gap in funding to meet the needs of hunger in the community. The program provides essential food supplies and weekly programs each month which serves warm nutritious meals to those in need.
B.F. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
AEDC funded the creation of a digital Media Lab in an underutilized space of the nationally registered historic B.F. Jones Memorial Library building in downtown Aliquippa. The NPP funds paid for construction, equipment and seed funding for a part-time instructor position for the lab. The lab is free and open to the public. In addition to general public accessibility, the library hosts weekly classes for middle to high school students encouraging STEM skills, and to adults by appointment.
HABC – HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BEAVER COUNTY
Recognizing the importance of housing on the economic development climate of the County, and the effect an aging, deteriorating housing supply may have on the community, the City of Aliquippa has made a substantial commitment to maintaining and preserving the existing housing stock. This commitment is evidenced through the use of the Aliquippa Economic Development Corporation Neighborhood Partnership Program funds for the Home Improvement Program (HIP). The objectives of HIP are to stabilize the housing stock by providing rehabilitation assistance to eligible residents within the City of Aliquippa. Through this approach, the City of Aliquippa hopes to arrest physical decline of the housing stock and thereby promote the economic vitality of the City of Aliquippa.
CITY OF ALIQUIPPA
“… [The City of Aliquippa] is still facing hard times, but we’re taking Aliquippa to the next level. We established the Aliquippa Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), and our board of directors has been phenomenal. With its help, we’re taking our passion and love for our community — along with trust, communication, and collaboration from partners — to get this City to where it needs to be. Aliquippa’s best days are ahead of it, and the renaissance of our future is coming.” ~Mayor Dwan B. Walker