EZCB Selected For Allegheny Conference’s Strengthening Communities Partnership

(03/04/2020) - The Enterprise Zone, serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale, has been selected to participate in the Allegheny Conference’s prestigious Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP). This program stimulates regional vitality by forging collaboration between businesses and community leaders to improve neighborhoods across Southwestern Pennsylvania. The EZCB is one of sixteen (16) groups participating in the program.

“In order to build our next generation economy for all, we need a vital, globally competitive economy where thriving people live in the highest quality of place,” said Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny Conference. “This involves creating the right opportunities for the business community to contribute to economic advancement of struggling neighborhoods. The Conference is uniquely positioned to help build strong relationships between business and community leaders and has committed resources to assist our 16 community partners.”

Since its inception in 2012, SCP has assisted communities to bring in over $15 million in revenue, close to 50% coming from tax credit funds. By expanding the program, SCP will benefit close to 200,000 residents in the Pittsburgh region.

EZCB President William Pfoff said “Since we started our EastShore Initiative we’re seeing a lot of energy among our public and private sector representatives. The SCP will help us to achieve a stronger momentum in our economic transformation. Working with the SCP we have the opportunity to access new public and private resources and tools”. Mr. Pfoff added, “We’re witnessing new private investment in business and residential sectors in our communities. The Allegheny Conference has recognized the progress we’re making and we’re thankful to them for including us in their efforts to continue the progress in revitalizing the region.”

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