Public Private Partnerships Are Vital in Redevelopment

We’ve talked in the past about partnerships in a general sense – folks working together for the common good. Municipalities working with community groups working...

Oil History Links Us to Azerbaijan

Events in different areas, even opposite sides of the planet, can sometimes collide in the most unexpected of ways. When we heard back in May...

Updates on Community Garden, Brownfield Work

If someone could please let me know where the year has gone, I’d much appreciate it. But, here we are in the middle of June...

Grant Pushes ORA’s Goal Closer to Finish Line

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the ORA’s Redevelopment program has been selected to receive another EPA Community-Wide Assessment (CWA) grant! We were one...

Project Shows Benefits of Trees, Grasses

To wrap up our discussion around agroforestry this month I wanted to share a successful tree-based bioremediation project out of Texas. Since much of the...

Many Benefits of Forest Farming

Last week’s Redevelopment Column introduced the concept of agroforestry and how it is often defined by specific practices. In the mid-Atlantic and Northwest regions of...

Can Agroforestry be Incorporated into Solar Farming?

Given the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy, it’s no surprise that a fair bit of agricultural activity is included in redevelopment planning, especially...

Spring Has Spring and There’s Much To Do

With daffodils beginning to bloom all around us, it’s official. Spring is really, truly here, regardless of how many snow flurries we might still get!...

Chicago’s ‘Wild Mile’ Project: A Work in Progress

One of the greatest joys of traveling is seeing how other people do things, how challenges are identified and overcome, how resources are shared and...

Impact of Small Business

We talk a lot in this column about the role of community organizations like the ORA, and we’ve touched somewhat on the role of individuals...

Setting Our Sights on the Allegheny

As we have gotten our regional redevelopment program off the ground, our first focus areas have been Emlenton and Oil City, where the ORA already...

Importance of Community Resilience

I frequently talk about the concept and goals of redevelopment, but this week I’d like to step back a little and look at the even...

Success Provides Inspiration

With spring just around the corner, I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming season of on-the-ground works, with projects kicking off or starting back...

Guest Column – Moody & Associates Talk Remediation

When the ORA acquired the former Fuchs property in Emlenton, we were fortunate to partner with the skilled Environmental Engineering team at Moody & Associates....

Envision Proves a Useful Tool in Redevelopment

Ever wonder how redevelopment projects are prioritized and planned? For those not involved in the behind-the-scenes strategy sessions involved in redevelopment work, it can sometimes...

‘When You Know Better, Do Better’

Redevelopment – the action or process of developing something again or differently. When I first ventured into redevelopment work as an environmental biologist nearly a...

Industries of Interest

After last week’s article on upcoming solar-focused projects, I received some questions about other business opportunities that might arise around our region. If you are...

Broad Benefits of Renewable Energy

Continuing the conversation from last week, let’s look at a few more redevelopment opportunities in the field of solar energy. From conventional residential solar panels...

Benefits of Solar Grazing

While it might be hard to imagine with snow blanketing the ground, my head is currently filled with visions of lush green grass and fragrant...

Our Passions Move Us Forward

What is your passion? What is that thing that excites you more than anything else, that can make you forget everything and lose yourself in...

On To 2022

It’s nice sometimes – especially when things feel overwhelming and hectic or when the pace of progress feels too slow, or both at the same...

Making Progress

Since we’ve been talking a fair bit recently about “what will be” and “what can be,” I figured it’s about time for a “what is”...

It’s All About Perception

Last week we talked about differing realities, and how they can complicate the important work of relationship-building between redevelopment partners. This week we’re going to...

Finding Common Ground Despite Differing Realities

Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking a lot about big, regional-scale redevelopment partnerships and programs. Such partnerships come with their own set of...

Creating Connections is Central to Redevelopment

I often get asked what exactly redevelopment is, or what kind of projects we are involved in, and it can be challenging to succinctly describe...

Coming Together to Make Change

In the last column, I mentioned the creation of a regional coalition of redevelopment partners. I threw out some soundbites like “innovation ecosystem” and “regional...

A Fruitful Fall… In More Ways Than One

Fall is firmly here, and with the change of seasons comes a flurry of updates in local redevelopment! You may have noticed that I’ve been...

Celebrating Partnerships

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Oil Region Alliance held its 16th Annual Meeting at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville. Having missed last year’s meeting due...

Collaborative Conversation is Key

When you think of collaboration, what do you imagine? Do you think of folks pitching in, lending a hand, and getting a job done? Or...

Halloween Happenings in the Works in Emlenton

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the impact of partnerships and cooperation – or the lack thereof – on community redevelopment efforts. When...