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Mission Statement

"To maintain a high integrity in the effort of identifying, organizing and implementing projects of civil and commercial importance for the revitalization of the Borough of Etna."

Etna Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Etna’s business district and supporting the Etna business community.  The EEDC administers two grant programs for businesses in Etna: The Façade Grant Program offers up to $3,500 in matching funds for to qualified business owners for renovations to their facades.  The newly implemented Sign Grant Program offers up to $1,200 for businesses located in the Central Business District to upgrade their signage and lighting.

The EEDC sponsors the annual Farmer’s Market, held from early June through mid-October each year, across from the Municipal Building, on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.  We encourage you to visit the Farmer’s Market which features fresh produce from Dillner Family farms.  Homemade jams, Italian food, select teas and honey products are also featured, all from local vendors.

The EEDC sponsors the yearly Etna Lottery Calendar sale – a great way to make sure you don’t miss any of those great Etna events and maybe win a few bucks while you are at it! Their other fund raiser is the annual Night at the Races held in March each year.

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for an application to become a member of the EEDC ($100 for a business and $20 for an individual). Your membership gives you access to numerous business leaders throughout the community and the ability to influence the work done by the EEDC. Please send your check payable to "Etna Economic Development Corporation", c/o 437 Butler St., Pgh., PA 15223. The general membership meetings are held at the Etna Municipal Building the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome, call the borough office to con­firm the meeting date at 412-781-0569.

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Etna Needs Your Help...

We're sure those of you who have lived and worked in this town share our concern for its future. We, of the Etna Economic Development Corporation, wanted to take this opportunity to share with you, the shareholders of Etna's prosperity, some of our vision of our town. Our hopes and dreams are for an Etna community that is vibrant, economically healthy, environmentally friendly and, in short, a wonderful place to live and work. A number of local business people and residents are working diligently behind the scenes to move the community in this direction, but WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We realize our Etna business community does not offer every product or ser­vice to meet every possible need. We do, however, believe that the businesses in the community provide many of the essentials of everyday life, and, in some instances, much more.

The vitality of our business community plays a major role in the quality of the community at large. Police and fire departments, road crews, recreational areas, and activities such as Light the Night, summer concerts, street fairs, local government pro­grams, education for our youth, environmental initiatives and much more, are depend­ent on the tax revenues collected from the local business community.

With this in mind, we ask you, the residents of Etna, to do what you can to patronize your local businesses. So doing will help ensure the long-term vitality of the community we call home.

Sign Grant Program

The EEDC has implemented a pilot program to encourage downtown business proprietors to participate in energizing the Central Business District with new and well-designed business signage and lighting. The program has been structured to make it simple to apply for, and the EEDC has infused $5,000 in funding for the initiative.  Business owners in the CBD can apply for up to $700 for signage or a lettered awning, up to $500 for signage lighting, or up to $1200 for a lighted sign. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as funds for this program are limited and will be awarded (if approved) on a first-come/first-served basis with preference given to EEDC Members. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Melinda at 412-781-0569.

Sign Grant Application

Facade Grant Program

Open to all business owners in Etna, the Façade Grant Program offers the opportunity for business owners to receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds (with a maximum award of $3,500) towards restoration and improvements to their building façades.  The Application period opens each spring with a deadline of May 31st.  For more information, contact Melinda at 412-781-0569.

E.E.D.C. News


FAÇADE GRANT OPEN TO SMALL BUSINESSES
– The EEDC is now accepting applications for the 2019 Façade Grant Program.  The application deadline is May 31.  Eligible applicants must be current dues paying members of the EEDC. Applications and detailed guidelines are available at the Municipal Building. This is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program, in which the EEDC will fund 50% of the project costs with a maximum award of $3,500.00.  The EEDC Board of Directors will select the winning applications in June. This year they will be offering one grant to a business within the Central Business District and one grant outside of the Central Business District.  If you have questions, please call the Borough Office at 412-781-0569.  You can also reach out to any EEDC Board member for more information.   
     
SIGN GRANT OPEN TO SMALL BUSINESSES
– The EEDC is now accepting applications for the 2019 Sign Grant Program.  The application deadline is July 31.  Applications and detailed guidelines are available at the Municipal Building.  The Sign Grant will pay up to a maximum of $700.00 for a new sign, or up to a maximum of $1,200.00 for signage with lighting.  The EEDC Board of Directors will select the winning applications beginning in May.  If you have questions, please call the Borough Office at 412-781-0569. You can also reach out to any EEDC Board member for more information.  
    
EEDC MEMBERSHIP
– In an effort to attract more new members, the EEDC Board voted last year to REDUCE Membership dues by 50%!!!!  Membership to the EEDC is now $10.00 for individuals and $50.00 for businesses!!!! Come join us as we continue to change the face of businesses in our town.  Bring your ideas, dreams and visions of what our community can be for you, our families and our businesses!  General Membership meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Etna Municipal Building.
     
NIGHT AT THE RACES
– Thank you to all who attended or bought horses for the 9th Annual Night at the Races, held on Saturday, March 2.  The hall was filled with exuberance as we cheered our winning horses to the finish line!!!
     
“BEE A FRIEND” TOUR
– On MAY 4, area businesses will greet patrons with FREE packets of seeds provided by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the EEDC!  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., participating businesses will offer discounts, coupons and samples that will showcase what makes their businesses and Etna so special!  The EEDC is sponsoring this event to encourage the community to SHOP LOCAL and also to promote environmental awareness of the plight of declining bee populations.
    
EEDC CARNIVAL
– Come one, come all!!!  For the 3rd year in a row, EEDC will be hosting the Annual Carnival!  The Carnival will take place June 24 – June 29.  The Carnival opens each evening at 6:00 p.m. and will have games, carnival rides, bingo & food.  There will be a variety of food available provided by Cop Out Pierogies and Porky’s Bar and Grill each evening from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Come on down and join us for some good old-fashioned family fun!!!!
     
FARMER’S MARKET
– The annual Farmer’s Market will open for the season on June 6 and will be held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Butler Street, across from the Municipal Building, through October 24.  Dillner Family Farms will return to supply us with their freshly picked fruits and vegetables.  They offer a CSA program, which you can join by visiting www.dillnerfamilyfarm.com. Additionally, they are able to accept WIC produce program vouchers. The market will also feature many other vendors selling an array of items, fresh produce, prepared foods, honey, preserves, delicacies, gift items, crafts, fruit and grape wines, lemonade, spices, chips, salsa, baked treats, books and much more! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the market, please contact our Market Manager, Mike Neiderriter at 412-784-1918 or email at mneiderriter@yahoo.com  

Eco District News

Plans Announced for the Etna Community Library
                         
At the EcoDistrict meeting on April 3, Councilwoman Megan Tuñón announced that plans are underway to create a new Community Library in the heart of Etna! This exciting new space is still in the very preliminary phases of development, but a space on Butler Street has been chosen for the location. Mrs. Tuñón explained that the Etna Community Library will be modeled after the Millvale Community Library, which she described as a  “grassroots, community focused library, that not only offers books and technology to its residents, but a diverse range of programs and services that are in direct response to the needs of the community.” As plans continue to develop, Etna Community Organization will be holding community input meetings so that all residents have an opportunity to share what resources they want to see at their library. Stay tuned!

Etna-Sharpsburg Earth Day Challenge a HUGE success!
                       
Etna and Sharpsburg residents came out in a big way for the Earth Day Challenge on April 13! In total 353 volunteers showed up at their respective borough buildings to suit up for a morning of trash clean up. The first 100 volunteers at each location were given custom, high visibility t-shirts from local business Etna Print Circus, and volunteers received gloves, a vest, and trash bags. The trash bags were collected and transported to the Gateway Portal Park at the Etna-Sharpsburg junction where two 30 cubic yard dumpsters were located to collect each borough’s trash.  All in all, both dumpsters were filled to the top! State Representative Sara Innamorato, State Senator Lindsey Williams, County Council- woman Anita Prizio, and State Senator Wayne Fontana were on hand to judge each group in three areas: total resident volunteers, total outside volunteers, and total trash collected. In the end, a tie was called and both Mayor Tom Rengers and Mayor Matt Rudzki hoisted the Mayor’s Cup overhead. Volunteers were treated to pizza and popsicles and prizes were given out for the most unique trash collected - the top prize going to the finder of an antique-looking bell by Etna resident Mike Tomei. What a fantastic collaboration!                                                                                   

TriBoro Home Performance Workshop – May 18
                             
Join the Etna EcoDistrict Team May 18 at the Millvale Moose for a free series of events tied to energy efficiency. From 3 to 5 p.m., the workshop features hand-on opportunities to learn about simple, low-cost Do-It-Yourself (DIY) improvements you can make in your own home. Plus, you can take a “walk-through” highlights reel tour of the energy audit performed on the Millvale Library, including infrared camera imaging and a blower-door set-up. Drop in and be part of the TriBoro EcoDistrict work in our community.

Tree Celebration Planned for May 25th!
                                                
The Borough of Etna and the Etna Community Organization (ECO) are hosting a celebration at the Playground on May 25. We will be celebrating the opening of the pool for the summer season, as well as the 12 new trees that have been planted on the playground and pool grounds. The trees are just the first of 100 new trees that will be planted this year throughout the borough as part of a $50,000 grant that was awarded to Etna Borough by the Allegheny County Health Department. The ECO Air Quality Champions will also be installing sculptural artwork on the playground fence that provides information about air quality issues in our region. Etna EcoDistrict Fellow, Alexis Boytim, and the Shaler Area High School GATE students will be celebrating the new walking trail and signage throughout the borough. The ECO Water Champions will be sharing information on how to keep Pine Creek healthy as well as leading a nature walk with kids. There will be free food and drinks, though a limited supply and on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you all there!

Farmer's Market

The annual Farmer’s Market celebrates its 12th Anniversary in 2019, and is open each Thursday, from June 6 through October 24, 3:00 to 6:30 P.M., across from the Municipal Building at 437 Butler Street.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at our Farmer’s Market, contact Mary at 412-781-7641.  We have crafters, bakers, chefs, gardeners and farmers are selling their locally made products!

Etna Farmer's Market
 
 
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