AEDC 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. A total of 119 persons received job search, resume, interview skills, job counseling and related training to assist residents in the pursuit of employment. Twenty-four persons reported getting jobs as a result of the assistance.
AEDC assisted the Salvation Army to fill the gap in funding to meet the needs of hunger in the community. An average of 656 persons monthly were provided with essential food supplies. An average of 526 children and adults enrolled in weekly programs each month were served warm nutritious meals.
B.F. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
AEDC funded the B.F. Jones Memorial Library to create a digital Media Lab in an underutilized space of the nationally registered historic building in downtown Aliquippa. The NPP funds paid for construction, equipment and seed funding for a part-time new instructor position for the lab. The lab is free and open to the public. The Library hosts classes for middle to high school students weekly 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 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 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