EZCB Celebrates 30 Years of Economic Development
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The 30th Annual Dinner of the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock (EZCB), serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale, was held on December 1, 2016 at the Grand View Golf Club. The new "In Th
Enterprise Zone Assists Portogallo Peppers, LLC With A Loan
Swissvale native Bob Portogallo served in the Air Force and lived in Chicago for a few years before returning to Western Pennsylvania. Bob remembered a pepper relish named Giardiniera that was popular
EZCB Holds Annual Membership Meeting February 9, 2016
The EZCB Annual Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. at Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock.
Officers for 2016 were elected at the meeting as follows:
Carrie Furnace Flyover Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Held December 21, 2015
On December 21st a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the flyover ramp to the 90-acre Carrie Furnace site on the Monongahela River in Swissvale, Rankin and the City of Pittsb
EZCB Annual Dinner Held on Dec. 3, 2015 at the Grand View Golf Club
The EZCB held its 29th Annual Dinner on December 3, 2015 at the Grand View Golf Club. Over 40 business and public officials attended the event. The Guest Speaker was Howard Slaughter. Howard is Presid
Small Business and Building Investment Loan Program Available in the Enterprise Zone
A new loan program is available in the Enterprise Zone - the Small Business and Building Investment Loan Program.
The purpose of the Small Business and Building Investment Loan Program, administere
Enterprise Zone Business Loan Program Guidelines
Click on the pdf below for the guidelines and application form for the Enterprise Zone Business Loan Program.
Free Press Buildings Renovated in Braddock
On October 30, 2015 the Mon Valley Initiative had a ribbon-cutting at the recently renovated Free Press Buildings in Braddock. The $1.65 million restoration project will house businesses in the commer
EZCB Marketing The Enterprise Zone
In the summer of 2015 EZCB promoted activities in the Enterprise Zone. The Business Roundtable was held on June 17th, marketing activities with a commercial realtor were initiated in Swissvale and Bra
Electronic Advertising in Pittsburgh Business Times
The EZCB promoted the Enterprise Zone through electronic and print advertising in the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Swissvale Business District Revitalization
The revitalization of the Swissvale Business District continues. In 2014 streetscape improvements were completed along Washington Street. In 2015 similar streetscape improvements are taking place on N
Enterprise Zone Business Roundtable
Economic development and business investment were the focus of discussion at the Enterprise Zone Business Roundtable on June 17th at the Grand View Golf Club in North Braddock. Business owners, econom
Website for Swissvale Commercial Properties
The website for available Swissvale commercial properties is
Enterprise Zone Assists Marketing of Business Properties
The Enterprise Zone serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) for the marketing of properties in the Swissvale and Brad
Phillips Tank & Structure Receives Enterprise Zone Loan
The EZCB closed on its 52nd Enterprise Zone loan with Phillips Tank & Structure of Braddock. The $100,000 loan is being used in conjunction with financing from First National Bank and company equity t
EZCB Holds Annual Membership Meeting on February 10, 2015
The EZCB Annual Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Community Initiatives, 820 Braddock Avenue, Braddock.
Officers for 2015 were elected at the meeti
2015 EZCB Membership
Join the EZCB and be a part of the area's revitalization! Each year the EZCB seeks new members from the community. Membership requires payment of an annual fee. To download a membership application, g
Enterprise Zone Holds 28th Annual Dinner
The EZCB held its 28th Annual Dinner on December 4th at the Grand View Golf Club. More than 40 public and private sector representatives attended the event that featured Chef Kevin Sousa as guest spea
Chris Roland Receives Community Service Award from EZCB at 28th Annual Dinner
Pictured: EZCB President Bill Pfoff, Chris Roland and brother Bill Roland.
Superior Motors 15104, LLC Receives Enterprise Zone Loan
The new restaurant being developed by Chef Kevin Sousa recently received Enterprise Zone financing assistance. Superior Motors 15104, LLC is the recipient of a $175,000 Enterprise Zone loan from the E
Trek Development Awarded $500,000 Enterprise Zone State Tax Credit
Trek Development has been awarded a $500,000 Enterprise Zone State Tax Credit for its new commercial building on Braddock Avenue in Braddock. Trek worked closely with the Enterprise Zone Corp. in maki
October 17, 2014 Business Roundtable on Advancing Entrepreneurship in the Mon Valley
On Friday, October 17, 2014 the Enterprise Zone serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale held a Business Roundtable at the Grand View Golf Club in North Braddock. The breakfast was atten
North Braddock Receives Funds for Signs from EZCB. Click on pdf below.
Gulf Materials LLC of Braddock Receives Enterprise Zone Loan. Click on pdf below.
EXCITING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY - Trek Development Group is building a new commercial building on Braddock Avenue in Braddock.
Trek Development Group is building a new commercial building on Braddock Avenue in Braddock. First floor spaces are available for lease. Highmark is the anchor tenant on the second floor.
North Braddock Company Secures Enterprise Zone Loan
Gumpher Electrical Services of North Braddock recently received a $40,000 loan from the Enterprise Zone serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale (EZCB). The Enterprise Zone loan is part
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Applications Being Accepted Until June 13, 2014
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has announced that applications for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits are being accepted until June 13, 2014. In Pennsylvania Enterprise Zon
Tax Credits Available to Businesses in the Enterprise Zone!
Tax credit applications are being accepted until June 13, 2014.
What are PA Enterprise Zone tax credits?
The purpose of the PA Enterprise Zone tax credit program is to encourage private investme
Phillips Tank and Structure Moves to Braddock
Phillips Tank and Structure has moved to 13A Talbot Avenue in Braddock. Lenny Phillips is President of the company. There are 15 employees. Phillips specializes in providing design, fabrication, and c
EZCB Annual Membership Meeting Held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. at Heritage Community Initiatives
The EZCB Annual Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. at Heritage Community Initiatives, 820 Braddock Avenue, Braddock.
Officers for 2014 were elected at the meeti
EZCB Annual Dinner Held December 5, 2013 at Grand View Golf Club
Approximately 40 local businesspersons and public officials attended the 27th EZCB Annual Dinner on December 5, 2013 at the Grand View Golf Club. Guest speaker Mark Urbassik of KU Resources, Inc. disc
EZCB Closes on Loan with The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company
The Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock closed on its 48th Enterprise Zone loan on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 with The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company. The $55,000 loan is part of an over $200,000 project
Bill Pfoff, EZCB President, and Matt Katase and Asa Foster at The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company EZCB Loan Closing
The Overlook Ribbon Cutting in Braddock
U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle speaks at "The Overlook" Ribbon Cutting on November 8, 2013.
The first phase of this development in the center of Braddock includes 24 apartment units. Trek Development
Swissvale Business District Improvements
The EZCB has been involved with Swissvale Borough's Economic Development Advisory Committee, which has been working with Klavon Design Associates on a plan for Washington Street in the central busines
Map of the Enterprise Zone
Rankin Bridge Ramp Planting
On Thursday, May 2nd volunteers from the Braddock Youth Project, the Rankin Christian Center, the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock and others from the community planted flowers near the ramps to the
Spring Comes to The Enterprise Zone!
This is a scene in Rankin Borough, part of the Enterprise Zone that also includes Braddock, North Braddock and Swissvale.
Annual Membership Meeting Held Tuesday, February 12, 2013
At the February 12, 2013 Annual Membership Meeting of the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock the following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors:
Greg Rudman was elected for a three-ye
Braddock Avenue Market Restoration Study 2012
Mon Valley Groups Work Together on Business Development
EZCB Awards Grant to MVI
Mon Valley Initiative (MVI), a coalition of community development corporations in the Monongahela Valley, received a $25,000 grant in May from the Enterprise Zone Corporati
Lucille Rago, Jim Reichert Honored at EZCB Annual Dinner
At the Annual Dinner of the Enterprise Zone serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale the group recognized Deneen Swartzwelder, Mayor of Swissvale; Lucille Rago, Rankin Councilwoman and J
Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder Awarded Community Service Recognition
Enterprise Zone President William Pfoff with Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder.
EZCB 26th Annual Dinner
45 local businesspersons and public officials attended the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock (EZCB) 26th Annual Dinner on November 29th at the Grand View Golf Club.
Guest Speaker Allegheny County
A North Braddock Welcome
On Sixth Street in North Braddock a new welcome sign and landscaping were recently installed. Pictured left to right are North Braddock Councilman Chris Roland, President of Council Nina Burdell, Coun
Downtown Braddock Real Estate Opportunities
A new website marketing available properties in Braddock is available! The Braddock Avenue Market Restoration Study, prepared by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, provided a framework for Braddock Avenu
New Welcome To Rankin Signs
Three new Welcome to The Borough of Rankin signs have been installed. Funding is from the EZCB and Nicholas Electric Company in conjunction with the Rankin Community Development Corporation (CDC). Lef
Braddock's Battlefield History Center Open in North Braddock
The Braddock's Battlefield History Center at 609 Sixth Street in North Braddock is open. The museum commemorates Braddock's Defeat, the French and Indian War, War for Empire.
Hours of operation are
Swissvale Business Roundtable
On June 13th at JR's Restaurant over 40 people attended the initial Swissvale Business Roundtable co-sponsored by Swissvale Borough and the Enterprise Zone serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and
EZCB Board of Directors
Each month the EZCB Board of Directors meets at Heritage Community Initiatives to revitalize Enterprise Zone communities.
EZCB Board of Directors
Urgent Care Center and New Housing Coming to Former Braddock Hospital Site
After the demolition of the Braddock Hospital buildings, local community leaders worked with Allegheny County and Pennsylvania representatives on redevelopment plans for the site. An emphasis was plac
Carrie Furnace Set to Start 2012 Tour Season in Rankin and Swissvale
-Reprinted from The Valley Mirror, April 12, 2012-
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is looking to expand its volunteer base at the Carrie Blast Furnace complex for the 2012 tour guide season.
EZCB Loan Guaranty For Biofuel Stations
The EZCB recently provided a second loan guaranty in the amount of $118,000 to Fossil Free Fuel LLC (FFF) of Braddock for the installation of biofuel stations. The loan guaranty enabled FFF to secure
Annual Membership Meeting Held Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Annual Membership Meeting of the corporation was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Heritage Community Initiatives. At the meeting, the following officers were elected for 2012:
William J. P
$10 Million Federal Grant Awarded for Carrie Furnace Site
The United States Department of Transportation on December 12, 2011 approved a $10 million grant to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC) to improve transportation links to the 130 ac
TIGER Grant Award Project Description - Click on PDF File
Enterprise Zone Celebrates 25 Years
The EZCB celebrated 25 years of assisting in business development and job creation at its Annual Dinner on December 1, 2011 at the Grand View Golf Club in North Braddock. Approximately 45 members and
Gulf Materials, LLC Recognized at Annual Dinner
Gulf Materials, LLC of Braddock was recognized at the EZCB's 25th Annual Dinner for its expansion and job creation activities.
In 2006 this company came to the EZCB with a plan to lease property o
Enterprise Zone Loan Guaranty Supports Biofuel Stations
Two young entrepreneurs, Colin Huwyler and David Rosenstraus,came to Braddock in 2007 with the innovative idea to combine household and industrial waste grease into biofuel for modified diesel engines
Developer Selected for Former UPMC Braddock Site
Reprinted from The Valley Mirror, August 25, 2011
The vacant UPMC Braddock Hospital site will see positive activity in the near future as a developer has been selected.
Trek Development Group of
Sullivan Super Service Gets a New Storefront
Sullivan Super Service
910 Braddock Avenue, Braddock
Stambolis Poultry Market Gets a New Facade
Stambolis Poultry Market
550 Braddock Avenue, Braddock
Krohmaly's Printing & Signs/Fast Signs - Another Storefront Improvement in the Enterprise Zone
Krohmaly's Printing & Signs
7425 Washington Avenue, Swissvale
Cricket Store Opens in Braddock
A new Cricket Store has opened at 640 Braddock Avenue, Braddock. More information on the store is to follow.
Duquesne University's Mon Valley Outreach Program for Businesses
Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center has created a new program focusing on helping small businesses in the Mon Valley area. The Mon Valley Outreach Program (MVOP) offers free one to
A New Roof Provides Shelter to a Braddock Business Symbol
Ella Thomas knows the Braddock neighborhood well. She has lived and worked there for more than 30 years. She opened Thomas Beauty Salon in 1972 and devotedly has continued serving her loyal clientele
PA Act 32 - Employers - See Information on Seminars on PA Act 32
New Building Loan Fund Available in the Enterprise Zone!
Click on the pdf below for news about the new Building Loan Fund available in the Enterprise Zone.
Business Roundtable Held Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at Grand View
The 8th Business Roundtable, co-sponsored by the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock and the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center was held at The Restaurant at Grand View on March 30th.
2010 Annual Dinner Held On Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The 24th Annual Dinner of the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock was held on Wednesday, November 17th at the Grand View Golf Club in North Braddock. The approximately 40 Enterprise Zone members and gue
Local Elected Officials at EZCB Annual Dinner
Pictured left to right: North Braddock Mayor Tom Whyel, Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, Rankin President of Council William "Lucky" Price, Braddock Councilman and EZCB Board Member Matthew Thomas
Heritage Community Initiatives Holds Graduation Day for MOVE-IT Program
On Friday, August 20, 2010 Heritage Community Initiatives held graduation ceremonies for the graduates of Session 1 of the MOVE-IT Program. The ceremonies were held at the U.S. Steel Training HUB in D
Road Access Sought for Carrie Furnace Site
Steel Industry Heritage Corporation and Allegheny County officials held a news conference at the Carrie Furnace Site on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 to announce upcoming plans for the site. They are ask
7th Business Roundtable Held Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Grand View Restaurant
The 7th Business Roundtable, co-sponsored by the Enterprise Zone Corporation of Braddock and Heritage Community Initiatives, was held at The Restaurant at Grand View on April 22nd. Representatives fro
Congratulations to Heritage Community Initiatives for Landing Job Training Grant!
Heritage Community Initiatives of Braddock has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for a job training program. The funds will be used for a program to train approximately 120 students for green jobs; we
23rd Annual Dinner Held on November 19, 2009 at Grand View Golf Club
The 23rd Annual Dinner of the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale was
Enterprise Zone Going Green
As part of the development strategy of the re-designation and expansion of the Enterprise Zone, the EZCB is looking to build on successful green businessess in the area like Liberty Tire Recycling and
Interested in going green? Tapping into the green marketplace?
Whether you're looking for a connection to the regional green network, research on green market trends, information on green job training or ideas for a new promotional angle, we can provide you with
Business Roundtable #6 Co-Sponsored by the EZCB and Heritage Health Foundation at Grand View Energy Efficiency in the EZ
On March 24th business owners in Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale learned about energy efficiency and no and low cost improvements to help the bottom line at the 6th Business Roundtable.
EZCB Makes Loan to Fossil Free Fuel
The EZCB announces its 47th loan in the Enterprise Zone to Fossil Free Fuel. The Enterprise Zone loan of $50,000 is part of a $100,000 project. Funds will be utilized to purchase equipment and invento