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Economic Development

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.

  for more information about EEDC, our wonderful business district and the many opportunities here in Etna.

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

Come on out and skate in the street! The EEDC joins with Etna Borough, Etna Deck Hockey Association, the Etna Volunteer Fire Department and TriBoro EcoDistrict to sponsor the 3rd Annual Etna Winter Street Skate on Sunday, February 24, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rink will be located on Butler Street between High and Freeport Streets.  The Volunteer Fire Department will be making s’mores for everyone and Olaf will make an appearance. Come and experience this family-friendly fun event for all ages!

Get your horses in position for the EEDC’s 8th annual Night at the Races!  This thrilling evening of horse racing and camaraderie will be held on Saturday, March 2 at Fugh Hall.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with betting windows and races beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to arrive early to reserve your table because last year we had almost full capacity.  You can purchase a horse and name it for $5.00 each, preceding the event. The winning horse from each race receives $25.00 (winner need not be present).  Admission to the event as well as beer and soft drinks is FREE!!! Please bring any other drinks you would like to have, as well as snacks, with you.  You can purchase horses now from any EEDC member, Winschel Hardware, Cop Out Pierogies, Porky’s Bar, The Shiny Bean or at the Etna Borough Municipal Building by February 23.  For more information, call 412-781-0569.  

The EEDC membership is not just for businesses; individuals are welcome to join too! Membership entitles individuals to a voice in Etna’s future and voting privileges. Come bring your ideas, dreams and visions of what our community can be as well as plan annual events like the winter street skate, night at the races, carnival, etc. Membership forms are available at the Borough Office or on the EEDC website, Annual membership is $10 for individuals ($50 for businesses), applications enclosed. You can drop them off at the Municipal Building. Your dollars go directly towards projects and programs right

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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